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Makoshika State Park

1301 Snyder Avenue, Glendive, Montana 59330 USA

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Sun 10a-6p
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“Montana's largest state park!”

The name Makoshika (Ma-ko'-shi-ka) is a variant spelling of a Lakota phrase meaning 'bad land' or 'bad earth'. Today, as Montana's largest state park, the badlands of Makoshika are set aside for visitors to see and enjoy. In addition to the pine and juniper studded badland formations, the park also houses the fossil remains of such dinosaurs as Tyrannosaurus Rex and Triceratops. A newly remodeled visitor center (with a gift shop) at the park entrance houses a Triceratops skull and other badland interpretive displays. Included within the park are an archery site, scenic drives, nature trails, a campground with 16 sites, a group picnic area, and an outdoor amphitheater. Makoshika State Park encompasses 11,538 acres at an elevation of 2,415 feet. The park offers special events throughout the summer, including Montana Shakespeare in the Park, March for Parks, a Summer Youth Program and the famous 'Buzzard Day' in June celebrating the return of the turkey vulture to eastern Montana. Visitors are asked not to bring metal detectors, and no digging, collecting or removal of artifacts is allowed.

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  • 1 Review
  • 5 Helpful
September 26, 2017

Stopped there today but the visitor center is only open Wed - Sun. Would have been nice if this was part of the details of this stop. Oh well.

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Ben Kobashigawa

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June 27, 2016
Rated 5.0

A beautiful campground for overnight or longer for tent camping. Sites on the heights are designed to enhance privacy; no one else in sight around us. Not for every one, however. Campsite is basic. Had to haul up water from below. Still, it's beautiful and serene here.

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July 22, 2017
Rated 5.0

We stopped here for the dinosaur trail stamp and to view the triceratops skull. Great park!

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Nancy Sewell

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March 04, 2016

Good star gazing

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  • 11 Reviews
  • 10 Helpful
August 11, 2015
Rated 4.0

This is a beautiful park. There are some very beautiful hikes and the camp sites are very nice and some are completely private. Some of the roads could be challenging in smaller cars.

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  • 5 Helpful
October 08, 2014
Rated 5.0

So much to do, so much to see. Photographers, hit Makoshika during the magic hours and you will almost be guaranteed to be richly rewarded. The scope is vast; some of the roads through the park are dirt and generally well-maintained; several warn that they are impassable in inclement weather, and I'd believe it. The geology is so beautiful. We went in October, and many of the facilities were closed - still fantastic.

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Makoshika State Park

1301 Snyder Avenue
Glendive, Montana
59330 USA


Open now until 6:00 pm
  • Sun - Sat: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

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Good for bird watching, hiking, and 2 more activities.

  • Parking
  • Pets Allowed
  • Restrooms
  • Wifi
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Credit Cards Accepted
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  • Paved Sites
  • Fifty Amp
  • Full Hookup
  • Pull Through
  • Tent Sites
  • Firewood
  • Laundry
  • Potable Water
  • Pull Through RV Sites
  • Reservations
  • Sewer Hookup
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  • Standard Tent Sites
  • Vehicle Wash Permitted
  • Water Hookup
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