Makoshika State Park
Walk a real dinosaur trail. Montana’s largest state park features badland formations and the fossil remains of Tyrannosaurus Rex, Triceratops and more. You’ll find a visitor center at the park entrance with interpretive exhibits great for kids.
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Hunting and Fishing Licenses
The region provides excellent mule deer and antelope hunting. Upland game bird and waterfowl opportunities are available. Fishing in ponds/reservoirs and 3 major rivers, the Missouri, Yellowstone, and Tongue, provide a unique warm water fishing experience.
Licenses Available at the following locations Beer Jug (406) 377-9986 313 N Merrill Ave, Glendive Runnings (406) 377-8233 1806 N Merrill Ave, Glendive Ranch & Farm (406) 365-4711 207 Harmon St, Glendive
For rules and regulations can be found at the FWP website or call using the links below.
This large area offers over 2,240 acres of public land that is open to all vehicle types. The area is open year-round but the best time to visit is during the spring and fall months or after a light rain since the trails can get very dusty during dry weather conditions.
Bureau of Land Management
Just North of Glendive on Highway 16 is Hollecker Lake that is managed by Dawson County Public Works. Hollecker has Toilets available, is open all season, has a picnic area and offers fishing, swimming, and a life-size triceratops. There is no overnight camping allowed but is a family-friendly day use location.
Black Bridge Fishing Access Site
Situated on the west side of the Yellowstone River. In the town of Glendive, take West Bell Street Toward river, entrance is adjacent to the historic Bell Street Bridge. The Black Bridge area is also a great place to walk, train your dog, and hunt for agates on the banks of the Yellowstone. So plan time for more than fishing.
Intake Fishing Access Site (FAS) 18.6 miles north of Glendive on Highway 16 N. Opening day for Paddlefishing at Intake FAS is May 15. Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks also provides primitive camping sites available year round.
The City of Glendive currently maintains over 37 acres of improved parks and a swimming pool. Some features include; Llyod Square park which holds the community swimming pool, four tennis courts, a covered picnic pavilion, & large playground. Whipkey Park on Glendive’s South Side holds a zero entry splash park & playground. Jaycee West Park just over the Towne street bridge is the home of Brett Fitch Memorial Skate Park and six tennis courts. Eyer Park just across Towne Street from Jaycee West has a great picnic area and is home to numerous summer community events. Our Park (locally known as Gazebo Park) just off Merrill Ave in downtown Glendive is another favorite spot for community gatherings. These are only a few of the parks to explore throughout Glendive. So plan some time for play and respite!
(406) 377-3318 Ext. 15
Brett Fitch Memorial Park
Jaycee West Park just over the Towne street bridge is the home of Brett Fitch Memorial Skatepark which facilitates the use of Skateboards and roller stakes. The Skatepark was completed August 16, 2014, 7 years after the death of Brett Fitch for whom the park is named. The construction was possible thanks to donations including many local organizations, grants, and contributions by local businesses and individuals.
(406) 377-3318 Ext. 15
Dinosaurs, Galleries, and Museums
Frontier Gateway Museum
Frontier Gateway Museum is historical in content beginning with prehistoric times continuing into the 21st century. It includes seven buildings on an acre of land. Major displays in the main building include fossils, Native American artifacts, homesteaders, cattlemen, settlers, and railroad.
Glendive Dinosaur Museum
The Glendive Dinosaur & Fossil Museum proudly presents its exhibits in the context of Biblical history. The museum houses more than 24 full-size dinosaurs plus numerous singular fossils. It also houses informative exhibits explaining the origin of the geologic column, the fossil record, the age of the earth, as well as a Biblical history exhibit, a theater, and a gift shop.
Promoting “the arts” in all their forms including, but not limited to, drawing, painting, sculpture, crafts, dance, music, poetry and literature. Located in downtown Glendive, you will find the art of numerous local and regional artists. The Gallery is generally open in the afternoons Mon-Sat. and is run totally by volunteers. Explore the arts while downtown.
Bronze Statue Trail
As you venture down Merrill Ave while in Glendive, you will find the legacy work of local sculptor, Pamela Harr of Bridger Bronze. Take a moment and explore the life-size art and story preserved and captured in bronze for generations to treasure.
Baisch’s Dinosaur Digs
Baisch’s Dinosaur Digs, LLC, conducts paleontological day trips on a privately owned ranch, within view of Makoshika State Park, and just a few miles from the town of Glendive. Much of the ranch is composed of the highly eroded gumbo of the badlands that is rich in fossil. Since dinosaur bone begins to deteriorate within a few years of being exposed to the air, there is the constant quest to find and preserve fossils before nature turns them to sand.
Montana Dinosaur Trail
This statewide trail runs across Montana and consists of 14 locations from the Two Medicine Dinosaur Center in Bynum to the Carter County Museum in Ekalaka. Each location offers a glimpse at the historic discoveries in the state and provides visitors with a better understanding of the giants that once inhabited our planet.
Joe and Dees Bowling and Movies
Bowling, movies, casino, and mini storage. We set out to make a family fun center. There is a single screen movie theater, 12 lanes bowling center, and a full casino all through the same doors formally known as Glen Bowl Lanes and the Rose Theatre.
Dawson County Fairgrounds
The Dawson County Fairgrounds is located at the very end of North Merrill Avenue; North off Exit 215. The facilities include several stables for overnight boarding, a grass show arena with bleachers and other livestock barns. There is a very large exhibit hall, several service organization vendor buildings, two restroom facilities, and a covered stage with storage and coordinated shade shelter with moveable bleachers. These are located in a park-like atmosphere.
Local Sporting Events
Home of the Buccaneers Glendive’s Dawson Community College is nestled close to the Makoshika badlands with around 400 students attending courses. DCC Features sports teams such as Men’s and Women’s Basketball, Baseball, Softball, Rodeo, and Women’s Volleyball
Welcome to the home of the Red Devils of Dawson County High School a Class A school in Eastern Montana. The Red Devils feature Boys and Girls Basketball, Girl’s Volleyball, Football, Track & Field, Cross Country, and Golf.
SubZero Skating is now up and running. The skating rink is located in the basement of the Glendive Moose Lodge on Merrill Avenue. The rink is open on Fridays and Saturdays from 7-10 p.m. and on Sundays from 2-5 p.m..
Cottonwood Country Club
Located in the Eastern Montana badlands just minutes away from Makoshika State Park. This secluded 9 hole golf course is well respected throughout the area for its great layout and pristine condition. With it’s mature cottonwood trees, great elevation changes and undulating greens it is sure to appeal to all golfers. Cottonwood Country Club offers golf access to both members and the public.