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Makoshika State Park, Glendive

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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. 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. To visit Makoshika State Park on your trip to Glendive, use our Glendive day trip site.
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  • Excellent out of the way place! We camped 2 nights which was fantastic. The trails are great. I recommend going in late spring or fall as the summer heat can stop you in your tracks. 
    Excellent out of the way place! We camped 2 nights which was fantastic. The trails are great. I recommend going in late spring or fall as the summer heat can stop you in your tracks.  more »
  • We stopped by this park our first day in Glendive and found it to be a good place for a hike after a long day of driving. 
    We stopped by this park our first day in Glendive and found it to be a good place for a hike after a long day of driving.  more »
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  • If you love geology this place is fascinating and beautiful. There are tons of trails to hike and pictures to take. It's known for dinosaur finds but if you come in the off season like I did, the hours at the visitor center are limited as well as the museum in town. Check before you get your hopes up. Also use caution when it's wet or raining. Gumbo is real slippery and messy. Still think this place is worth seeing!!
  • Great views and trails. Lived north of here for a few years and found myself looking forward to every nice weekend so i could go hike trails here. If you enjoy nature this is a definite stop. Beautiful area!

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