Dinosaur Hill Park (also known as Dino Hill) is a park in Pleasant Hill, California. The park, located off Taylor Blvd, has 13 acres of open space, biking, and panoramic views. Only northbound traffic has access to a small parking area. A staircase and railroad tie steps lead to the top of the hill from here. The park is one of several owned and managed by the Pleasant Hill Recreation and Park District. The park has good views of Mount Diablo and is popular on July 4th because it is possible to see several simultaneous (but distant) fireworks displays. The park offers a panoramic view of Pleasant Hill, Concord, and Walnut Creek, as well as the northern end of the Diablo Range.
It's not a park in the conventional sense. A breathtaking view of the east bay and Mount Diablo. The view of Mount Diablo's fire from the top of Dinosaur Hill was (tragically) breathtaking. The best time to visit is at night. It feels like one of those retro hangouts where kids in the 1950s would park their cars and make out. Occasionally, elderly people will be present to do just that. Shocking!!! Talk about reminiscing and simply stating, "Those were the days." And cops will occasionally pull in to see what's going on.
In the past, high school students would spend the night at this park just to play with a ouija board and freak each other out on Halloween. It does have that creepy zodiac on a spooky night.
Dinosaur Hill is more of an open space with no play equipment or designated facilities, and it's probably not the best place for small children because they'll get bored. However, for those who grew up knowing this location, it would be enjoyable to return and relive their youth.
One of the last great lookout points in the area, you can see from Walnut Creek all the way to Martinez numerous spots for different views or one spot where you can see all the great places to bring your children right now, it's very green, it's a perfect place for a selfie or a group picture to get an Instagrammable shot for your social media.
It didn't have as many houses around it 40 years ago, but it's all the same now. Unless you go to the top of Mount Diablo's mat, this is the best view in the area. So bring your dog and your kids to Dinosaur Hill and have a good time. It's a great place to have a picnic or just take in the sights. You'll have a good time either way.
Seriously, this park offers the best view of Mt. Diablo in the East Bay. Beautiful oak trees and trails that curve across the hills can be found at the top of the hill. This is an excellent location for taking amusing photographs. In February, the hills are covered in lush, bright green grass. It's an excellent vantage point. It can be seen all the way from Alamo to Martinez. It's a great place to go for a walk with your dog or to unwind after work.
Things To Do
There are beautiful old trees, lampposts, and park benches, as in many parks. Is it ever too young or too old to go on a picnic? Bring a basket and a blanket for a lazy, languorous feast on the park's grassy lawn. Alternatively, pack some hearty fare in a backpack and hike to the perfect spot at the top with an endless view. Introduce your children to the wonders of nature and teach them about native plant and animal species that live in various ecosystems. Bring your camera to capture the strange and wonderful things you've discovered. You can later create a scrapbook of your discoveries.
Scavenger hunting is a great way to see a lot of the park in a short amount of time. Make a list of the items you'd find in your park and divide your group into teams. Give each team a list of items to carry and a bag to carry them in. Include items such as a mirror if the challengers must demonstrate that they climbed to the top of a hill or paper and a pencil where to take a rubbing if they must locate a specific statue.
Pleasant Hill, California is blessed with some of the area’s most interesting attractions that you shouldn’t miss. Here’s a list of some of our favorites:
Dinosaur Hill Park
Lindsay Wildlife Experience
Briones Regional Park
Pleasant Oaks Park
Six Flags Hurricane Harbor
Heather Farm Dog Park
Lime Ridge Open Space
All of these wonderful attractions are located just a short distance from our location at 609 Gregory Lane, Suite #220 in Pleasant Hill! Stop by for a visit anytime!