The Montana Dinosaur Trail consists of 14 locations, including the famous fossil beds at Two Medicine Formation and Hell Creek Formation, along with museums, exhibits and dig sites. Each stop showcases the state’s historic discoveries and the prehistoric creatures that once roamed the land. While dinosaurs lived millions of years ago, you never know when a new one might be discovered. In the 1990s a new dino was spotted in Glendive, Montana: Glendisaurus.
The Glendisaurus dinosaur statue is a based on a Triceratops and named for the town it resides in. The big green dinosaur roadside attraction is made of metal and is actually a life-sized representation, standing at around 10 feet tall.
The giant dinosaur statue was created between 1994 and 1997 by volunteers from the community. It lives on Olmstead Drive between Hollecker Park and Hollecker Lake.
While Glendisaurus is sadly left off, two other locations in Glendive are on the Montana Dinosaur Trail. The Frontier Gateway Museum, which has historical displays from prehistoric times including fossils and a full-size dinosaur skeleton cast.
Also in Glendive you can find Makoshika State Park. Makoshika is Montana’s largest state park and is part of the late Cretaceous Hell Creek Formation. Over ten different discoveries have been made there, including a complete Triceratops horridus skull, the fossil remains of Edmontosaurus and Tyrannosaurus rex, and an almost complete skeleton of the rare Thescelosaur.
Close to Glendisaurus you can also find the Glendive Dinosaur & Fossil Museum, which features over 24 full-size dinosaurs and even has a giant T-Rex bursting from the side of the building. However, this museum is not part of the official dinosaur trail due to it’s rather divergent take on these prehistoric creatures. With the tagline “where biblical history comes alive,” this creationist museum claims that dinosaurs and humans coexisted and that dinosaurs were even on Noah’s Ark.
Whether you believe that dinosaurs lived millions of years ago or thousands, just know that Glendisaurus has lived since 1997 and will always be a Montana roadside attraction worth stopping for.
Glendisaurus Triceratops Dinosaur Statue
Address: Hollecker Park, Olmstead Drive, Glendive, MT
Hours: Always Visible
Cost: Free to See