Lewistown to Winifred Day Drive
Trip Length: 78 miles
This 45-minute each way ride takes you between the Judith and Moccasin Mountain ranges and north towards the ranching community of Winifred.
After a quick stop for refreshments at Shirey’s Pub in Hilger, you will find Winifred at the end of the paved road. Once there, be sure to tour the Winifred Museum, where you’ll see everything from historic relics of the homestead days of Central Montana to large dinosaur bones to one of the largest collections of Tonka trucks and hundreds of other toys from your childhood. Play a round of Mini Golf at Duane’s World, check out the Winifred Tavern, a mainstay of Winifred for years, and stick around for an incredible dinner at the 1028 Steakhouse.
If that tires you out, book a night at the very impressive Winifred International Suites, complete with themed accommodations. Might as well bowl a couple of games while you’re there!
The trip there and back is relaxing, with lots of open road, a few winding stretches, not much traffic, and pretty scenery. Do keep an out out for the occasional deer, antelope, or pheasant that may want to share the road with you. Total time there and back: 1-1/2 hours.
Gas Locations En-Route: Winifred
Refreshments: Hilger, Winifred
Other Things You Might Like
The Winifred Museum is about 40 miles north of Lewistown and features clothing, household goods, newspapers, furniture, and nearly anything you could imagine from the homestead era. There are antique guns and tools, old cigarette cartons, outdated maps, saddles, and soldiers’ uniforms. Other notable collections include over 400 salt and pepper shakers that once belonged to the “town grandma" and what is claimed to be the largest collection of Tonka toys in the world. A dinosaur fossil name “Judith” is also proudly displayed in the Winifred Museum. This is a replica of the skull found just north of town in the Judith River formation. Judith was the first of her species to be discovered anywhere and was excavated right here in Central Montana. Surrounding Judith is a collection of smaller fossils, which may not be as eye-catching as the giant horned skull, but are still interesting to look at if you dig ancient history.
Duane's World Mini Golf Course
From the mind of Duane Bergum comes the melding of geography and sport. Duane's World is a 9-hole mini golf course whose design is based on the Winifred area. This very challenging and therefore very fun layout is far more than your typical mini golf course with a token windmill--this is Winifred as told by mini golf. An 18-hole round (each hole re-stages for the back 9 for a completely new challenge) is only $4, and all putters, balls and scorecards can be picked up at Winifred Grocery during business hours.
1028 Steakhouse and Fireside Lounge [Winifred]
Located in Winifred, Montana, the 1028 Steakhouse, promises an exceptional dining experience. True to its Montana heritage, the 1028 combines authentic western charm with a friendly, welcoming atmosphere. Serving hearty dinners, paired with generous sides, you'll enjoy the mouth-watering goodness of a cooked-to-perfection meal. 1028 Steakhouse and Fireside Lounge. Reservations are recommended.