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Makoshika State Park, Glendive

#27 of 118 in Nature in Montana
Must see · State Park · Nature / Park
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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  • We first stayed here six years ago but a storm prevented us from doing anything but sit in our tent. This time, we were able to enjoy much more of the park. Site 11 was lovely on the edge of ravine...  more »
  • Makoshika update July 2021. Entrance road improved. Increased interest and volume. Highly recommended for its unique terrain and atmosphere. Largest state park in Montana.... a sleeper that...  more »
  • Loved hiking the trails and seeing all the unique geology! Cap Rocks trail was my favorite. The dogs enjoyed the challenges of stairs, steep paths, and rock overlooks... thoroughly tired them out.
  • AWESOME SCENERY! Well worth the 4 1/2 hrs we spent. Beautiful walking paths with places to stop and rest along the way.

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