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Makoshika State Park, Glendive

Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
Inspirock Rating:
4.6/5 based on 120+ reviews on the web
Makoshika State Park is the largest of Montana's state parks at more than 11,000 acres . It is located east of Glendive. The park contains spectacular badlands which conceal dinosaur fossils. The park contains rock from the Hell Creek Formation and dinosaurs such as Triceratops are found there. In 1997, a fossil Thescelosaurus was found at Makoshika by an expedition led by Jack Horner and Bob Harmon. Birds such as turkey vultures, prairie falcons and eagles make their homes here. The visitor center houses a small museum with displays about geology and local fossils.Facilities18 Hole Disc Golf Course. Widely considered one of the toughest disc golf courses in the U.S. Set right into the Badlands, the course has difficult and somewhat intimidating holes.Amphitheater. During the summer, educative talks, walks, and performances are put on.Group Shelter. Host to many activities such as the very popular "Buzzard Day" celebration. The park also features an archery site, scenic drives, nature trails, and a 16-site campground.
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  • This park is easy to access, and has nice well marked trails ranging from pretty easy to moderate. It's a must see if visiting Glendive and the surrounding areas. It's well kept and a good way to expe...  read more »
  • We loved this park. A little tricky to find. It seems out a ways but worth the time to get there. Very unique scenery with sandstone hills. Lots of hiking and a small dinosaur fossil still in the grou...  read more »
  • Makoshika must be seen and you must have made the trails, then there is only the feeling of these Badlands.
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  • Would be great if the had more campsites with water hookups up on the mountain and out on the pines. People can do without electricity while camping, but water is a necessity and would be a nice added amenity.
  • Was kind of difficult to figure out how much we needed to pay but the area was very beautiful and clean. The directions were easy to follow to get there and wasn't too far from town.
  • You don't even need to get out of your car (although I encourage it) to take some of the most incredible pictures.
  • Rustic campsites and beautiful views of the coulees. It was a really nice place to camp.
  • Lots of great lookouts, hiking trails, and things to climb around on. It's worth the trip for sure.
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