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Popular amenities for Glen Rose vacation rentals

Stay near Glen Rose's top sights

Big Rocks Park51 locals recommend
Oakdale Park8 locals recommend
Big Cup Eatery17 locals recommend
Wheeler Branch Park6 locals recommend
Squaw Valley Golf Course13 locals recommend
Los Primos Mexican Restaurant & Cantina10 locals recommend

Quick stats about vacation rentals in Glen Rose

  • Total rentals

    50 properties

  • Nightly prices starting at

    $60 before taxes and fees

  • Total number of reviews

    2.9K reviews

  • Family-friendly rentals

    20 properties are a good fit for families

  • Pet-friendly rentals

    20 properties allow pets

  • Rentals with dedicated workspaces

    30 properties have a dedicated workspace

Your guide to Glen Rose

Welcome to Glen Rose

Glen Rose, Texas, is an exceedingly family-friendly destination, but you don’t have to be a kid to delight in the sight of 113-million-year-old dinosaur tracks or to cannonball into a swimming hole on a hot day. There’s no doubt that dinosaurs drive tourism to this little enclave of 2,500 in the middle of Northern Texas, but if you come for the sauropods, you’ll stay for the small-town charm. Glen Rose’s historic downtown area is a cluster of family-owned restaurants, shops, and antique stores, as well as churches and museums. It also hosts a long-running weekend farmers’ market. Twenty-nine buildings in Glen Rose are on the National Historic Register, including an ancient mill turned art museum; the visitors’ bureau provides an informational pamphlet that details the legacy of each. And just a mile from downtown along a tree-lined riverwalk, people gather at idyllic Big Rocks Park to splash in the river and cool off during the hot Texas summers.

The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Glen Rose

Spring and fall are the most pleasant times of year to visit Glen Rose. In April and early May, the days are warm and sunny and wildflowers such as the Texas state flower, the bluebonnet, are in full bloom. September and October boast similar weather but different colors as the leaves turn red, yellow, and orange. Fall is also the quietest time of year around here.

Amateur paleontologists should visit in the summer, particularly in August. The days are hot and the weather can get humid, but the Paluxy River is at its lowest then, exposing the famous fossilized footprints on the riverbed. Summer is also the best time to soak up small-town culture, whether you’re cooling off in the water at Big Rock Park, attending summer concerts and outdoor movie nights, or taking part in such annual events as the National Day of the Cowboy celebration in late July.

Top things to do in Glen Rose

Hiking in Dinosaur Valley State Park

At Dinosaur Valley State Park, everyone gravitates to the riverbed to check out the tracks of Acrocanthosaurus, a sort of smaller T. rex, which roamed the area millions of years ago. But the park also contains a number of hiking trails of varying lengths and difficulties that will bring you to overlooks, natural springs, and interesting rock formations. Keep an eye out for winged wildlife including black vultures, great crested flycatchers, eastern bluebirds, and many kinds of butterflies.

The historic farmers’ market

The Glen Rose farmers’ market has been running for so long that even locals aren’t quite sure when it started. Each weekend, they gather to proffer handmade or homegrown items — that’s important, because the city doesn’t allow vendors to sell commercial or prefabricated goods — including seasonal produce and preserves.

Wheeler Branch Park

Opened in 2010, Wheeler Branch Park sits on the southeastern edge of Wheeler Branch Reservoir and is a popular place to pass a summer day. The park features a boat ramp with a floating dock, a beach area, a fishing pier, a pavilion, and public restrooms.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How is the weather in Glen Rose?

    Glen Rose enjoys a subtropical climate, with hot summers averaging 96°F (35.5°C) and mild winters around 55°F (12.77°C). Spring and autumn are quite pleasant, offering moderate temperatures perfect for outdoor exploration.

  • What are some of the best things to do in Glen Rose?

    Visitors often enjoy exploring Dinosaur Valley State Park, visiting Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, and walking around historic downtown Glen Rose. Discovering ancient dinosaur footprints and wildlife spotting are also frequent activities here.

  • What is the best time of year to visit Glen Rose?

    Spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) are the most popular times to visit Glen Rose, with pleasant weather ideal for outdoor activities. The town hosts the annual Bluegrass Festival in September, attracting music lovers.

  • What are the best places to stay in Glen Rose?

    Popular areas to stay in Glen Rose include downtown for its proximity to local boutiques and eateries, near Dinosaur Valley State Park for nature enthusiasts, and around Fossil Rim Wildlife Center for wildlife lovers.

  • What are the best places to visit in Glen Rose?

    Dinosaur Valley State Park and Fossil Rim Wildlife Center are among the most frequently visited spots in Glen Rose. Barnard's Mill Art Museum and Somervell County Museum are also popular for history buffs.

  • What are some hiking trails in Glen Rose?

    Glen Rose is home to numerous hiking trails, including those in Dinosaur Valley State Park such as the Blue Hole trail and the Cedar Brake Outer Loop. The Paluxy River Walk in downtown is also a favored route.

  • What are some family activities to do in Glen Rose?

    Families commonly enjoy exploring the Paluxy River for dinosaur tracks, visiting the Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, and taking part in interactive exhibits at the Creation Evidence Museum. A picnic in Big Rocks Park is also a delightful choice.

  • What are some of the best day trip ideas in Glen Rose?

    From Glen Rose, taking a day trip to Granbury for its historic downtown, or Cleburne for its state park, are popular options. A visit to Fort Worth, about 75 miles (121 km) away, provides a mix of urban and cultural attractions.

  • Do house rentals in Glen Rose have self check-in?

    Absolutely! We offer over 10 house rentals with self check-in in Glen Rose. Enjoy a tailored experience with all the comforts you desire.

  • Are there vacation rentals with a dedicated workspace in Glen Rose?

    Yes! Work meets play with ease at over 30 vacation rentals in Glen Rose featuring dedicated workspaces. Stay connected and productive in your home away from home.

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