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Makoshika State Park, Glendive

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#25 of 75 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. 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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  • 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 »
  • We had been in the Badlands of South Dakota and thought that they were going to be much worse but are very different and have references that are worth visiting. The trails are short and will children love, also to the older lol.
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  • We would definitely recommend visitors to the area take some time at Makoshika State Park. The museum is informative and initiates you as to the rock formations, vegetation and wildlife in the area. O...  more »
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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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