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Makoshika State Park, Glendive

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#26 of 75 in Nature in Montana
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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 wonderful for anyone that like hiking and camping. The trails are great & wonderfully maintained. The Folf (Frisbee golf) is a lot of fun (until you get your disc stuck on top of a hill o...  more »
  • Having read the reviews of this park we decided to include a stop here on our 17 day vacation. I found it to be just so-so. The views were not very striking after having been to the other bigger natio...  more »
  • How can we get in a hot, dry, arid place and find wonderful? It feels like we have in Makoshika State Park! The soil formations, the landscape, the sunset ... everything is beautiful in this place! In addition it is well taken care of! Good roads.
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  • Still looking for bones? Great find don't give up we found it it's worth the drive just go slow. Cameras around so smile take your time. Friendly staff and there's a fee keeping everything clean.
  • A pleasant surprise with both moderate and challenging hikes in the middle of nowhere.
  • My favorite piece in the whole world along with breathtaking views an awesome camping!
  • This park is great if you like to get off the beaten path, hike around, and climb. There are also lots of opportunities for scenic pictures with some great views. I would recommend stopping for a visit.
  • Easy and short hikes with very unique formations.

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