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6 Best Things To Do In Glendive, Montana

From unexpected recreation areas to pre-historic fossils, there’s a lot for visitors to Glendive to find. If you’re coming to explore Montana’s Badlands, Glendive is the perfect base from which to see this unique region of the country, but don’t discount getting to know the town itself while you’re in town.

While you’ll find no shortage of places to see dinosaur bones, go fishing in the Yellowstone River, or explore the local flora and fauna, you can also poke around Glendive’s quaint Downtown. If you’ve never been to Glendive before, here are a few places you can’t miss while you’re there.

6 Best Things To Do In Glendive, Montana

1. Frontier Gateway Museum

 

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With information and several immersive displays full of original pieces dating from as far back as the mid-1800, the Frontier Gateway Museum aims to tell the story of the settlers who relocated to the area. With a total of seven buildings on an acre of land, there’s a lot to see here including dinosaur fossils, examples of period clothing and furniture, and even suits of armor.

2. Baische’s Dinosaur Digs

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One of the most immersive experiences on Montana’s dinosaur trail, Baische’s Dinosaur Digs incorporates educational presentations about geology and paleontology with a half or full day of hunting for fossils. After the knowledgeable staff instructs you on the basics of unearthing fossils, you are invited to go fossil hunting on their privately owned ranch. You get to keep the fossils you find, which makes an excellent souvenir.

3. Makoshika State Park

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Encompassing some of the most scenic parts of Montana’s Badlands, Makoshika State Park is one of the best places in the country to see fossilized dinosaurs. This otherworldly landscape – that many visitors liken to walking on Mars – is so unique because they not only were ideal conditions for preserving fossils, but the specific geological makeup in the area yields itself perfectly to unearthing them. The result is one of the most consistently bountiful resources for fossils of all kinds, including dinosaurs.

4. The Gallery

 

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Preserving the rich artistic history of Glendive and the surrounding region, The Gallery showcases works of photography, painting, sculpture, and more. They focus on promoting local artists but are also on a mission to support up-and-comers: their educational arts programs are incredibly robust considering Glendive’s size. If you’d like to take a piece of Glendive home with you, they have a wide variety of pieces for sale.

5. Savor a Montanan Meal

The restaurant culture in Glendive is simple: quality food that people love at prices that folks can afford. While you may not find haute cuisine during your stay in town, you’re likely to find more than one comfortable, delicious restaurant where you can feel comfortable taking a load off and making a few new friends.

CC’s Family Cafe

Right off I94, CC’s is a Glendive institution. Beginning with breakfast service at 6 am, they keep serving lovingly prepared meals through dinner, every day. As the name would suggest, this is the perfect place to bring the whole family: the prices are exceptionally reasonable and the food tastes homemade, as in, made with love.

Gust-Hauf

This slick sports bar serves up brick-oven pizzas alongside a vast selection of rotating local craft beers. While the bar is popular – and the perfect place to catch a game while you’re in town – the Gust-Hauf is also somewhere you’re welcome to bring the whole family for a quality meal. A long-time favorite among Glendivites, the Gust-Hauf has been around since 1965.

Cross Country Brewing

Billed as “Glendive’s original brewery,” Cross Country Brewing is a distributing brewery in Glendive, but they also have a small, but formidable taproom. You can stop in to try a flight of their current offerings, or grab a growler to take home with you.

6. Browse Local Goods

Glendive’s retail offerings are quite varied and surprisingly sophisticated for such a small town. Many of the local businesses here are much more specialized than you may imagine a city of its size could support, but this is a welcome surprise for visitors. With so many unique things available, you’ll be sure to find something interesting to take home with you.

Hello Beautiful

This Glendive boutique carries a wide selection of well-curated clothing at very affordable prices. They offer clothing for men, women, and children, as well as shoes and accessories. This is a hyper-local operation, with goods and clothing perfect for the Montanan climate.

Vint

This charming boutique sells artful basics perfect for life in the wild west. While the selection feels contemporary and fresh, a definitively rustic feel permeates the clothing offerings here. You’ll also find beauty and skincare items, as well as accessories, homewares, and gifts.

Farm to Table Store

The retail outlet of the Farm to Table Co-op, the Farm to Table store carries a mix of locally and regionally sourced foods and snacks, with a focus on organic, unprocessed, and unpackaged foods. They also sell many locally produced preserves, honey, pickles, and other assorted items that make perfect gifts or souvenirs from your trip.

3 Free Things To Do In Glendive, Montana

1. Makoshika Visitor Center

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While there is a fee to enter Makoshika State Park, a trip to the visitors center is free. Inside you’ll find informative exhibits, a well-stocked gift shop, and even triceratops and tyrannosaurus rex fossils. This is also where you can pay your entrance fees or reserve a campsite within Makoshika State Park if you don’t have an annual pass.

2. Historic Bell Bridge


Part of a pedestrian and bicycle trail, the historic Bell Street Bridge is a 1,300 ft long steel bridge that spans the Yellowstone River. Once a major thoroughfare for automobile traffic, now it serves as one of the best places in the region to take a stroll and snap some scenic photos on foot.

3. Black Bridge Recreation Area

 

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Arranged on 71 acres right along the Yellowstone River, the Black Bridge Recreation Area is part fishing access site, and part park for local Glendivites and visitors alike. Filled with cottonwood trees and encircled by a modest trail, this urban recreation area is a delightful place for a picnic or a stroll. If you’re coming to go fishing, you’ll be delighted to find it is a spot that is rich with native species like catfish, walleye, and sauger.