Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) is a state agency dedicated to protecting Texas wildlife and their habitats. The TPWD’s responsibilities include managing the state’s historical areas and parks. The mission of the agency is to conserve and manage the cultural and natural resources of the state and to create fishing, hunting and outdoor recreation opportunities for everyone.
Dinosaur Valley State Park
Designated a National Natural Landmark, Dinosaur Valley State Park is located near the town of Glen Rose in Somervell County, Texas. Visitors can camp, fish, hike, picnic, swim, and place their feet in the park’s fossilized dinosaur footprints.
Monarch Butterfly Program
There are many programs and special events occurring in Dinosaur Valley State Park throughout the year. One of these is the state’s Monarch Butterfly Program. The 2014 event runs every day from September 6 to October 14, 2014 between 10:00 and 11:00 am. Meet Texas Master Naturalists Bob and Gail Bullard at the park’s store. They will give you a brief presentation about the monarch butterfly’s biology and life cycle. Following that, you’ll participate in a field survey of milkweed host plants and monarch larvae.
Monarch Butterfly Migration
The monarch is the most easily-recognized North American butterfly. Its wings, with a wingspan of three and one-half to four inches, have a distinctive black and orange pattern. The North American monarchs from east of the Rocky Mountains migrate from southern Canada and the United States to Mexico. Monarchs from west of the Rocky Mountains migrate to California.
Where to Stay
The Dinosaur Valley Inn in Glen Rose is the place to stay while participating in the Monarch Butterfly Program at Dinosaur Valley State Park. Awarded a 2014 Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor, the hotel’s amenities include a waterfall outdoor swimming pool open all year, 15-person spa, and garden area with stone waterfall. Room amenities include free high-speed wireless Internet access, microwave, refrigerator, coffeemaker and cable TV with HBO.