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Escape the everyday and explore the rugged beauty of Fossil Rim Wildlife Center. Amidst the live oak thickets, limestone outcroppings and stands of juniper; nestled away in the rustic hills of Somervell County you will discover a sanctuary for endangered species. Our goal is promoting the preservation and procreation of threatened/endangered species, environmental awareness and a recreational and educational experience for people of all ages. Listed below are offerings that will help you plan your trip to Fossil Rim and the Glen Rose area.


Whether you’re visiting Fossil Rim by driving you’re own vehicle through our 9½ mile Scenic Drive or to take a Guided Tour on one of our busses or vans, the following are points you should take into consideration when planning you’re visit:

  • Rain or shine, Fossil Rim is the place to be. Come and explore nature at its finest any season of the year.
  • The animals don’t care what the weather is doing. They’re always out and about. In fact, the rhinos love to slosh around in the mud when it is raining. Keep in mind, we will put the giraffes in their yard if the forecast for the night is going to be 50° or below, or if there will be any bad weather (heavy rain, hail, etc.) We may also put the giraffes in the yard for health or management reasons. Typically, we begin the process of rounding up the giraffes and herding them to their yard between 4:00pm and 4:30pm. Any animal that needs protection from cold or severe weather will also be handled this way.
  • Animal food is available for purchase at the front gate and we limit it to one bag per vehicle for animal health reasons. Cost of feed is $7.00 (includes tax).
  • Any notice of closure due to inclement weather, will be on our main page. Please check there before leaving home.
  • We are located one hour* southwest of Fort Worth and two hours* from Dallas via US 67. Approximately three miles west of Glen Rose, turn left onto County Road 2008. You can find map directions here.
  • ABSOLUTELY NO PETS ALLOWED! We realize that many people travel with their pets, but due to government regulations pets can not be allowed on Fossil Rim property or left in parked vehicles in our parking lot. Please take this under consideration while making plans to visit us. There are veterinarians in the Glen Rose area that offer boarding services, please call our 254.897.2960 for more information.
  • Guided tours and lodging must be reserved in advance. No reservations needed to drive through in your own vehicle (please allow at least 2-3 hours). Call 254.897.2960 for information.

* Please Note: Travel times quoted above are average, and may take longer due to traffic or weather conditions.


When you visit us for a stay, you have these choices. The lodge was the original “ranch house” for the property and, with a few modifications, now serves as a Bed and Breakfast. Located half a mile further inside the Wildlife Center from the Lodge you’ll find Foothills Safari Camp. There you’ll find seven cabins overlooking one of Fossil Rim’s most popular wildlife watering holes where an ever-changing variety of animals including herds of waterbuck, addax, gemsbok, fallow deer and more. The camp is also the location of our glassed-walled pavilion where breakfast is served as well as dinners on Friday and Saturday evenings. For large groups, our Education department offers cabins at Wolf Ridge Camp that can sleep up to 14 people.


At the midway point of our scenic drive you will find the Overlook where you can get out and stretch your legs, visit the Children’s Animal Center (CAC), Nature Store and Overlook Café. The CAC is where you’re kids can pet goats, see our exotic feathered animals, tortoises and Vietnamese pot-bellied pig. Our Nature Store offers many selections of souvenirs and gifts for every age and the only restrooms inside the park are located there. Relax and enjoy the breath-taking view from the surrounding deck of the Overlook Café while enjoying one of our Signature Sandwiches or Salads.