Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Campground review - Dinosaur Valley State Park

I have been looking forward to our stay at Dinosaur Valley State Park for months. I was not disappointed! How amazing to walk in a stream and put your foot in a dinosaur track!

Cleanliness - 8 - State Parks are usually clean. No exception here.

Bathrooms - 8 - Hot, spacious showers and clean bathrooms.

Facility fun - 8 - Small playground. Dinosaur tracks throughout park near river bed. Hiking trails. Two giant fiberglass dinosaurs. There is also a small visitor center that has some displays and info on the tracks, the types of dinosaurs they think made them and the excavation of the tracks themselves.

Facility usefulness - 6 - Dump station, no full hook-ups, showers, dinosaur novelty store. No laundry.
Nearby attractions - 7 - Dino World (didn't go too expensive), Creation Evidence Museum and Fossil Rim Safari (did not go here either) are all very close. Fort Worth is 90 minutes away.

Staff - 6 - Rangers were helpful, not so much for the camp hosts.

Natural surroundings - 8 - Lots of great nature including the river running through the park.

Roominess 8 - Can't beat state parks for roominess. Of course they rarely have pull-through sites.

Value - 5 - we paid $25 a night. We also purchased a Texas State Park card for $60. This saved us $45 in entry fees, plus 1/2 price on the third night, for a total savings of $62. This card will also get us savings and wave all entry fees at future Texas State Parks.

Overall - 8

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