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Makoshika State Park, Glendive

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#24 of 95 in Nature in Montana
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. Extraordinarily well placed into the Montana badlands geography, this 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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  • 5 star park!!!! Go, see and enjoy !!!! Has frisbee golf course, many hiking trails, a very up- scale visitor center. Lots of parking, and several campgrounds. Overlooks are along trails and roadways. ...  more »
  • Over 20 miles of trails. The Gateway to Makoshika trail is paved parallel to the road into the park visitor center. The Paramount trail is gravel from the visitor center to the Campground. Most of the...  more »
  • I've been to Makoshika many times; most recently, it was near sunset for a quick drive through. Everything was beautiful -- the rock formations are amazing. Lots of deer, as well. It was bitterly cold...  more »
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  • This visitor center is very nice, with very helpful staff! My son loved all of the dinosaur exhibits. The part it's self was kind of confusing because when we arrived no one was there to help show us where to go as they weren't open yet. But we just kept driving and eventually made our way up to Doc Hiatt Overlook, it was breathtaking!
  • This park is a great place to escape from all of life's madness. It's a place of beauty, peace, and a real look at what God can do. You will love every moment you're here. With ever turn of your head there is amazing views, so many trails to hike with different difficulties. There is also plenty of campgrounds. Arranging from grounds to park a car and pop a tent with family or friends, or even bring the RV. This Should be a must on anyone's list of parks to visit.
  • Love it! Beautiful place! Seen wild horses running free. My daughter got married here and it's just an absolutely beautiful place of nature! Great place for a wedding!!
  • Beautiful scenery, great hiking trails, a folf course and even dinosaurs. Well worth the visit.
  • This is Montana's largest State Park. It is all Badlands and home of ancient dinosaurs. There is camping here but it is dry camping. So you have to bring your own water. There is a Visitor Center and you can get water here. There are lots of great hiking trails here. But it is wise to stay on the trails for two reasons. The first reason is that it could be hazardous if you walked off Trail and fell from a cliff. The second reason is that's some of the landscape is very delicate and that if you leave a footprint it will be there for thousands of years. Also there are rattlesnakes in the area so staying on the trails is wise. If you like the Badlands then you will like the state park. Photographers will will enjoy it. There are lots of colors especially at Sunset and in the morning. Hiking trails are not very long and very scenic. It's a great place to visit the try not to leave any footprints.
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