If your travels take you through Glendive, Montana in the eastern part of the state, take some time to explore this geographically diverse area of the country.
Located about 40 minutes from the North Dakota border off of Interstate 94, Glendive will appeal to hikers, photographers, history buffs, and golfers, too.
You’ll have to endure a few days of dry camping if you stay at Makoshika State Park, but it is well worth the minor inconvenience. There are 15 sites available at Makoshika, which is the largest of Montana’s 55 state parks.
Featuring incredible badlands formations and the fossil remains of Tyrannosaurus Rex and Triceratops, history and paleontology buffs can spend weeks exploring this picturesque area. You can find the visitor’s center at the entrance to the park; kids will enjoy the interpretive exhibits. Before venturing out into the park, this is a great place to get some background details and history about the park.
If after visiting Makoshika State Park and you still haven’t had enough dinosaurs, head to the Glendive Dinosaur & Fossil Museum. Featuring 24 full-size dinosaurs and numerous singular fossils, Glendive Dinosaur & Fossil Museum is impressive in its authenticity.
The Frontier Gateway Museum in Glendive also gives a great overview of life as it was and is. The museum covers prehistoric times right on through to the 21st century. Major displays in the main building include fossils, Native American artifacts, homesteaders, cattlemen, settlers, and the railroad.
Opened in 1962, the 9-hole, par 36 Cottonwood Country Club in Glendive measures 3,163 yards from the tips. Available to members and the general public, Cottonwood is always in immaculate shape and features mature cottonwood trees, challenging elevation changes, and undulating greens.
In addition to the golf course, facilities include a driving range, practice green, pro shop, patio for dining and viewing the course, and a fully-stocked lounge.
For more information on the area, check out VisitGlendive.com. You can also read more about Makoshika State Park on RV LIFE Campgrounds.
Rick Stedman is an avid golfer, RVer, and writer who lives in Olympia, Washington. Rick writes a golf column, “The RV Golfer,” which is published every month in rvlife.com. He can be reached at email@example.com.
I believe the Dinosaur Museum mentioned in the above article promotes the creationist ideas that the dinosaurs were alive at the same time as christ? It is so deceiving for families who bring their children to learn about the science of prehistory, pay an admission fee, and then walk into a creationist exhibits. Try taking your young dinosaur lover away from that! Please do not direct people to this place. It is a private religious venue.
That is exactly right. I have heard that elementary teachers, in Glendive, take their kids to this museum. So disappointing that Glendive people support this museum. It is not based on scientific facts. Just “ creationist “ made up information. It won’t be closed any time soon. ????
That’s right! If someone’s world view or religion disagrees with your own, the answer is to close them down!
Wait a second . . . What country did you say this is?
Dwight L. Cramer says
I live in the United States of America. I don’t know about you. I’m proud of it. I don’t know about you.
I don’t live in a country where religious liberty includes the right to delude children and poison their minds with silly nonsense that will corrupt their ability to function as informed adults down the road. Do you live in a country where religious freedom includes, oh say, the right to practice human sacrifice or child marriage? Where do you draw the line between corrupting little minds, raping little girls and practicing human sacrifice?
Robert Herndon says
You’re absolutely right! It’s common knowledge that dinosaurs are a recent reptile. If you get permission you can go to Costa Rica and watch them cavorting in the wild. Otherwise just go to the movies… LOL