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Makoshika State Park, Glendive

#27 of 117 in Nature in Montana
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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.
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  • This was an unexpected great park to stop at on our way between Dickinson and Billings. We wanted to hike the "big three" as they were described to us at the visitor center: Cap Rock, Kinney Coulee....  more »
  • This is a very unique park with beautiful badland canyon scenery. There is terrific ½ mile nature trail with a trail head in the middle of the rustic tent sites up a very steep (15-20 degrees) dirt...  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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