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Attention: September 9, 2014 - The main switchback road will be closed Monday-Friday for repair. The public is expected to be able to access the road using motorized vehicles starting on Friday evenings at 5 p.m. and continuing through the weekend. The public can hike in on foot during the week by using the Switchback Trail at the base of the switchbacks. This construction is expected to complete in November 2014. This construction does not affect access to the parks main campground, located one mile inside the park entrance.

Makoshika, MT

Status: Open year round.   Season Dates
Max reservation window: Tue Jun 16 2015   Later Dates
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Description

To the Lakota Indians, Makoshika meant bad earth or bad land. Today, as Montana's largest state park, the pine and juniper studded badland formations house the fossil remains of such dinosaurs as Tyrannosaurus rex and Triceratops. You'll find a visitor center at the park entrance with exhibits explaining the site's geologic, fossil, and prehistoric stories. Roads and hiking trails let you explore the park's whimsical badlands landscape. Or try out the campground and the park's disc golf (frisbee golf) course.

Services & Amenities:

Within Facility
  • Amphitheater
  • Archeological Sites
  • Bicycling
  • Bird Watching
  • Fire Rings
  • Geological Formations
  • Hiking
  • Interpretive Center
  • Photography
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Picnic Tables
  • Picnicking
  • Toilet, Pit/Vault
  • Water Drinking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Alerts and Important Information
ADA designated campsites may only be reserved and occupied by a party who can provide proof of disability upon arrival. Proof of eligibility for at least one member of your party will be required in the form of a DMV (or other states equivalent) issued person with disabilities placard or disabilities motor vehicle license plate. The eligible member of your party must be an occupant of the site for the entire reserved period. Failure to comply with these requirements will result in the cancellation of your reservation and forfeiture of your reservation fee. Additional cancellation fees will be applied.

Camping is allowed in designated areas only. All boats, trailers, rigs and motorized vehicles must fit entirely within the campsite parking-spur provided. Any equipment that does not fit entirely within the campsite parking-spur must be parked outside the campground in an area designated by the park manager. If no outside parking is available, a second campsite must be purchased.

Check-in time is 2:00pm for campsites and 3:00pm for yurts, cabins and tipis's (local time).

Check-out time is 1:00pm for campsites and 12:00pm for yurts, cabins, and tipis (local park time). Late checkouts may incur additional fees unless prior arrangements have been made with park staff.

The maximum capacity at each individually signed or numbered campsite is eight (8) people. This typically involves a single camping unit, which includes, but is not limited to, a tent, motor home, camping bus, truck mounted camper shell, pull-type camper, or other device designed and commonly used for sleeping. In the event the site is designated as Double Site, the site capacity for that site is doubled to allow for sixteen (16) people and two camping units.

Campfires are allowed in designated areas only!

Pets must be kept on a leash. Please check with destination park staff for local restrictions.

Quiet hours are enforced from 10:00pm to 7:00am.

Fireworks are prohibited in all parks at all times. No Exceptions..

In case of an emergency when visiting Montana State Parks, please dial 911. You may also wish to notify park staff for additional assistance if necessary.

For non-emergency assistance please contact park staff.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
47.062, -104.668
47°3'43"N, 104°40'5"W

Follow signs thru town to Snyder Avenue in Glendive.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

Makoshika
1301 Snyder Ave
Glendive  MT  59330

Phone Number:

Information:  (406)377-6256