Dinosaur Valley is a fun state park. There is so much to do here. The main draw is the dinosaur tracks in the creek bed. There's much more to this park than the tracks. There are mountain bike trails, hiking trails, and equestrian trails. There are primitive and RV campsites. There is also a place to go swimming in the creek called the Blue Hole.There are ranger led programs and activities. It is a lot of fun.
With hiking, camping, swimming, birding and dinosaur tracks, this state park has something for everyone. It can be more than a little busy at peak times, so plan ahead, and try to go during the week if possible. The park staff also does a great job of doing events like guided tours and night hikes so check them out as well!
great fun. Some really nice trails. It would be nice if the trails were a little more clearly marked. My group had 2 different maps. One from the main gate office and another from the gift shop. The maps didn't really match. The main office map seemed to be better, but some of the trails are easy to confuse or miss.
I love this state park. I've never been anywhere else that offers loads of great trails through beautiful limestone uplift and river bed terrain, a crystal clear springfed river (so nice that I'm willing to get in...) beautiful examples of dinosaur tracks you can get up to and even put your foot in if you're willing to get in the river - put your phone in a waterproof case or leave it in the car the limestone is slick and the water moves briskly - and gloriously tacky 1930s era dinosaur statues. What's not to love? I've never camped here, it's always been a day trip for me being less than 2 hours from home, but I've hiked past some of the drive up tent sites and the primitive camping areas and they're good stuff. Depending on your equipment (hammock/tent/big tent/etc.) I'd recommend asking the ranger station for a suggestion on which site to select as they have varying degrees of trees, lack of trees etc.
Loved the park! Great Hiking. The footprints were very interesting. Water looked beautiful. Great view from the look out! My negatives were they charged 7 dollars per person and the sign/Trail markers were really bad. We ran into at least three forks unable to determine which way to go, got lost twice.