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Incredible art along the Enchanted Highway should not be missed

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Driving the Enchanted Highway was a fabulous short stop on the way to Glacier National Park. The highway from Gladstone, North Dakota, to Regent, North Dakota, is a 32-mile stretch through richly rolling farm fields.

An artist on a mission

Artist Gary Greff had a dream to help revitalize his hometown of Regent, North Dakota. He brought together local farms and ranchers to use skills they knew well—welding. They started creating the biggest metal sculptures in the world and hold the Guinness World Record for them!

Tin Family

More than 30 years ago, Gary and his team created the first of the sculptures, the Tin Family. Mammoth mom, dad, and son statues tower over the landscape. Each one is a story or more high.

Enchanted Highway Photo credit Nanci Dixon
World’s largest Tin Family along the Enchanted Highway. All photos by Nanci Dixon.

Enchanted Highway

Driving the Enchanted Highway is truly enchanting

We were usually the only ones on the road on a mid-September weekday. The harvested golden fields appeared lit from within. Contrary to popular belief, North Dakota is not all flat! The hills are gentling rolling with a few mesas and badlands in the distance. The sculptures are all placed several miles apart, leading to the rather sleepy town of Regent.

Enchanted Highway Photo Credit Nanci Dixon
Along the Enchanted Highway

The Enchanted Highway reflects life on the prairie

Each sculpture reflects a piece of North Dakota life and heritage. When I walked up to the grasshopper in the photos below, thousands of real grasshoppers started jumping. Not a staged prop, just everyday life on the prairie.

Scale

These are so breathtakingly large that the scale in a photo is hard to tell. You can barely see my husband standing under Bambi!

Enchanted Highway Photo Credit Nanci Dixon

Geese in flight

This eye-catching sculpture is on I-94 at the crossing to driving the Enchanted Highway. It made the Guinness Book of World Records for the largest sculpture.

Enchanted Highway Photo Credit Nanci Dixon

Teddy rides again

Enchanted Highway Photo Credit Nanci Dixon

Enchanted Highway Photo Credit Nanci Dixon

Pheasants on the prairie

Enchanted Highway Photo Credit Nanci Dixon

Enchanted Highway Photo Credit Nanci Dixon

“Grasshoppers in the Field”

Enchanted Highway Photo Credit Nanci Dixon

Enchanted Highway Photo Credit Nanci Dixon

“Fisherman’s Dream”

Enchanted Highway Photo Credit Nanci Dixon

Enchanted Highway Photo Credit Nanci Dixon

Enchanted Highway Photo Credit Nanci Dixon

Family friendly and art you can touch!

Kids can go right up to the sculptures and touch them. There are picnic tables, a shelter or two, and even an iron maze.

Enchanted Highway Photo Credit Nanci Dixon

Enchanted Highway Photo Credit Nanci Dixon

Enchanted Highway Photo Credit Nanci Dixon

Click here for more information on the North Dakota Travel and Tourism website.

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Drew
2 months ago

RE: Enchanted Highway
One of the best features is that each sculpture has a huge parking area. We were able to pull into each one with our 43′ Newmar Ventana, towing our Jeep, take our photos and just continue around the lot and back out onto the highway.

Spike
2 months ago

We did this drive in ’07 or ’08. They were just doing the finishing work on the fish sculpture. Unfortunately, a strong windstorm had recently bent the leaping buck sculpture flat on the ground. A VERY worthwhile and enjoyable drive.

TIP…do it with a full tank of fuel as it’s relatively expensive in tiny Regent…or at least it was when we were there.

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Hubert Rosch
2 months ago

We did the Enchanted Highway in 2019. Well worth the drive. Good road, easy parking and very fun sculptures.

Donald N Wright
2 months ago

If I was wealthy, I would want some life size fiberglass dinosaurs on my property near the street.

Leonard Rempel
2 months ago

All look very interesting, but only one picture had a person in it for size. A real missed opportunity here!

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