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Makoshika State Park


  • Southeast Montana
  • State Park
Makoshika (Ma-ko-shi-ka) The name is a variant spelling of a Lakota phrase meaning bad land or bad spirits. Today the badlands of Makoshika are set aside for visitors to see and enjoy. In addition to the pine and juniper studded badlands formations, the park also houses the fossil remains of such dinosaurs as tyrannosaurus and triceratops. A visitor information center at the park entrance houses a triceratops skull and other badlands interpretive displays. Included within the park are archery, scenic drives, nature trails, a campground with 16 sites, a group picnic area, an outdoor amphitheater and many picnic sites. The largest of Montana's State Parks encompasses 11,538 acres at an elevation of 2,415 feet. You can camp, picnic, go bike riding or hiking, or watch for wildlife. There's also photography, archery and folf (Frisbee golf).

The park offers a visitor center, both flush and vault toilets, grills/fire rings, picnic tables, outdoor amphitheater and group use shelter, trash cans, drinking water, interpretive displays, an archery range, a Frisbee golf course and special events throughout the summer. Please, no metal detectors, digging, collecting or removal of artifacts. A golf course and museum are located nearby in Glendive. Visitors may camp 14 days during a 30-day period with a fee. Day use is $5.00 for non-resident vehicles. Campground reservations available at

Water is only available May through September.

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Alternate Phone
Toll Free
Mailing Address
Montana State Parks
PO Box 1242
Glendive, MT 59330
All Year
Memorial Day - Labor Day: 10:00am - 6:00pm Labor Day - Memorial Day: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Payment Methods
Cash, Master Card, Personal Check (In State), Personal Check (Out Of State), Travelers Checks, Visa
Special direction map

Special Directions

Makoshika State Park is located 1/4 mile southeast of Glendive. Take I-94 Glendive Exits and follow signs two to three miles through town to Makoshika State Park. Makoshika is adjacent to the southeast city limits.