After a year of construction, Dinosaur Valley RV Park is hosting its grand opening at 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1.

Owners Mark and Teena Crawford of Glen Rose say the campground is geared for family fun.

“It will boast a nostalgic theme with weekend activities such as live music, movie nights, and Texas Cowboy and Native American interpretive programs,” Mark said. “We really want to showcase that part of this valley’s history in addition to the dinosaur connection. This is a family-owned and operated park. It was built entirely by local contractors. The picnic tables are being built by students from the Glen Rose ISD shop programs.”

The couple was inspired to create an RV park due to encouragement from their friends and family.

"They always have a good time at our ranch so we wanted to open up something similar to the public,” Mark said.

The campground is located next to Dinosaur Valley State Park and across the road from Dinosaur World. It is surrounded by state park property and backs directly up to the Paluxy River.

“We built this campground with the mindset to compliment the state park using the same feel and operation philosophies,” Mark said.

The park will feature a general store, cabins, spacious campsites, primitive camping, teepee camping, swimming pool, oversized hot tub, bicycle and kayak rentals as well as a cowboy camp complete with various livestock and farm animals for the kids to experience.

“[We wanted to make the RV ranch] kind of the same theme as our ranch,” he said. “Friends and family would come stay at the ranch on the weekend and the kids would be gathering eggs, riding ponies and seeing the cows and so that’s what this is going to be.”

Mark said Dinosaur Valley RV Park differs from other RV parks because it will “be a low-light operation at night to protect the sovereignty of the dark skies that attract star gazers to Dinosaur Valley.”

Each RV spot will have an 80 foot pull through with full hook-ups, a picnic table and fire ring. A large activity center is currently being built that will accommodate family reunions, club meetings, weddings and music events. The park staff will even come help those start their campfire if desired.

The park is being built in three phases. The first phase, which is almost complete, will have 50 campsites and is slated to be finished by the first of March. Future phases of the park will feature additional cabins, campsites, entertainment and activities.

Mark is excited for the RV park to open and said he is looking forward to “helping people make great memories with their families.”

For more information, call 888-996-3466. Reservations can be made directly from their website at www.dinosaurvalleyrvpark.com.