Glen Rose, a quintessential small Texas town, sits right in the middle of the Paluxy and Brazos Rivers and is the Dinosaur Capitol of Texas! Who knew that a town with only a population of just over 2500 people would have so much to see and do.
Where to Stay…
You would think that choosing where to stay in Glen Rose would be an easy task, being a small town and all. In reality, it was a bit hard to choose as there are all sorts of places to stay. From B&B’s, to cabins & houses to tent camping, there is a style of lodging for every taste. Ultimately, we chose to stay at the local Holiday Inn Express Suites primarily because we didn’t want to worry about cooking and we wanted a pool.
Where to Eat…
We had several places on our list to try from the The Day Tripper episode. Our first stop was Loco Coyote Grill. Loco Coyote is just on the outskirts of town and a place where you can “come on in, kick back & relax and stay as long as you want!” The restaurant provides both indoor seating, complete with a sawdust floor, outdoor seating and good BBQ and burgers! With live music, great food and friendly service, you won’t be disappointed by this local watering hole. And be sure to come with a healthy appetite as portion sizes are Texas size!
And nobody will raise an eyebrow if you happen to drive in on your favorite red tractor!
Next on our food to-do list was Pie Peddlers. Pie Peddlers is located on the square and features 15 different freshly baked pies to choose from – “you are treated to the same great pie made the same old fashion way.” Have it a la mode or with your favorite flavor shake from Shoo-Fly Soda Shop next door!
For breakfast be sure to stop at The Green Pickle for some rib sticking biscuits and gravy, the biggest, fluffiest buttermilk pancakes or farm fresh eggs.
What to do…
Now that Lucas is old enough, we are able to incorporate golf into our vacations and did you know that small town Glen Rose has one of the consistently top rated golf courses in the state? Squaw Valley Golf Course features beautiful vistas of century old Oak trees and Squaw Creek that meanders through 36 holes of Championship Golf – Apache Links and Comanche Lakes. Comanche Lakes was designed by John Colligan and measures 7,000 yards from the tips, and boasts well over 100 bunkers. I think I was in at least half of them.
Despite being in way too many bunkers, the course, in my opinion, was hacker friendly with fairly wide open fairways, challenging but fun greens and beautiful scenery.
Our next stop took us to Fossil Rim Wildlife Center. Fossil Rim has been open for nearly 45 years and has been “dedicated to the conservation of species in peril and focuses on the good stewardship of wildlife for the well being of our planet, our children and the generations to come.” Fossil Rim represents more than 1,100 animals, including 50-plus species of native and non-native animals living at the 1,800-acre park you drive through. And the best part? Just like Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch in New Braunfels, there are “ostrich feathers, zebra ears and buffalo noses so close to you, you could touch them.”
One place we weren’t expecting or even knew about was Big Rocks Park located in the heart of town on the Paluxy River. Big Rocks Park is full of unusually large rocks and plenty of shallow areas for children to climb, explore and play. A perfect place to cool off after a long day in the summer heat!
The main attraction in Glen Rose is DINOSAURS!! And we begun this leg of our adventure at Dinosaur Valley State Park, where dinosaurs roamed! Long ago, dinosaurs left footprints in the mud at the edge of an ancient ocean and today, you can walk in their tracks in the bed of the Paluxy River. Not only are there dinosaur tracks to track down, but Dinosaur Valley also offers camping, picnicking, hiking, mountain biking, swimming, fish in the river, watch for wildlife, look for a geocache, ride horses, or visit the interpretive center. It’s an amazing state park that does not disappoint!
If dinosaur tracks are not wow enough, then head on over to Dinosaur World. Throughout this park, you can wander among hundreds of life-size dinosaurs and learn about the real dinos that used to roam this land. There’s even a guided “fossil dig,” dino-themed playground, dino gem excavation, bone yard, prehistoric museum featuring animatronic dinosaurs and of course a gift shop filled with all things dinosaurs.
With so much to see and do, Glen Rose, TX was a roaring good time!