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Makoshika State Park, Glendive

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#27 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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  • August 14, 2017
    This was a neat place for a quick unique hike with the kids. We went and hiked to the hadrosaur vertebrae and my son loved it. Really interesting and unique hiking through badlands.  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    We were looking for lodging and our drive back to NW Montana from the midwest and trying to decide between a motel and camping. We decided to camp in Makoshika. It's gorgeous. The hosts were welcoming...  more »
  • August 6, 2017
    I have wanted to stop by this park for years. Finally had the time and found out once inside the park that you cannot pull a camper all the way through it, so was not able to see much. We will return ...  more »
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  • July 9, 2017
    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.
  • June 18, 2017
    A pleasant surprise with both moderate and challenging hikes in the middle of nowhere.
  • May 27, 2017
    My favorite piece in the whole world along with breathtaking views an awesome camping!
  • November 6, 2016
    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.
  • May 8, 2017
    Easy and short hikes with very unique formations.

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