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Makoshika, MT

Status: Open year round.   Season Dates
Max reservation window: Mon Jan 19 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.

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

Special Events:

    The events listed here are not intended to be an all inclusive list. Please contact the park for further details.

  • Each year, Makoshika State Park hosts Music In Makoshika. In past years, all genres of music from hip hop to bluegrass have been offered free of charge to the public in the park's natural outdoor amphitheater. The concerts are always well attended, and many of the groups that have performed for the event say it is the best outdoor venue they have ever performed in. The summer concerts will be held the evening of Buzzard Day, which is Saturday, June 14, 2014. For more information, contact Makoshika State Park at (406) 377-6256 or by email at makoshika@mt.gov from May 12 2014 to Jun 13 2014
  • Makoshika State Park's Campfire Program is conducted every other Thursday evening in the months of June, July, and August. All ages are welcome to attend these programs, which are sponsored by Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks and Friends of Makoshika. The two-hour program presents guest speakers and groups to local Montanans and their guests. Topic areas covered are endless, but focus on the natural, historical and cultural history of Montana. Unless otherwise indicated, programs will be held from 7:00-9:00 P.M. at the Makoshika Hiatt Amphitheater. Check the information board at the park entrance to see if this week's program has been moved to a location different than what has been previously posted. Please bring anything you may need to be comfortable, such as warm clothing, insect repellent, water, etc. A campfire program schedule is available at the Makoshika Visitor Center. For more information, contact Makoshika State Park at (406) 377-6256 or by email at makoshika@mt.gov from Jun 06 2014 to Jul 25 2014
  • Held weekly from the first week of June and culminating with a campout the first week of August, Makoshika's Youth Program provides educational and interpretive learning opportunities to local and visiting youth, with an emphasis on the nature, culture and history of eastern Montana. The program is geared towards kids aged 7-13, with both classroom and outdoors learning experience components. Parents are welcome to join. Participants attending at least half of the regularly scheduled weekly programs are eligible for a free campout at the Lions Camp A-frame located within the park. Registration is required and registration forms are available at the Makoshika Visitor Center, along with a list of materials the child needs to bring to certain programs. For more information, contact Makoshika State Park at (406) 377-6256 or by email at makoshika@mt.gov from Jun 06 2014 to Jul 25 2014
  • On the second Saturday of each June, Makoshika State park celebrates the return of the turkey vulture to eastern Montana with Buzzard Day, a celebration in appreciation for one of nature's cleaners. Makoshika's badlands topography provides excellent habitat for turkey vultures, a species of concern because of its breeding requirements and its position in the food chain (carrion eaters ingest toxins carried throughout the entire food chain). Buzzard Day has events for all age groups, including a pancake breakfast, Buzzard Burger lunch, nature walks, 5K and 10K runs, and festival games. Each year, new events are added. Admission is free. For more information, contact Makoshika State Park at (406) 377-6256 or by email at makoshika@mt.gov from Jun 08 2014 to Jun 09 2014
  • Join the Montana Wilderness Association on their sponsored Wilderness Walk in Makoshika State Park. Makoshika's badlands topography exposes sediments and fossils associated with the extinction period of dinosaurs. The mostly off trail hike allows you to see the badlands both close-up and from a broader perspective, and interpretive breaks with Makoshika's park ranger will be provided. Given the hike is largely off trail, expect variable surface conditions; good footwear, a hiking stick, and plenty of water are advised, and younger children may be challenged by the level of difficulty. The hike is planned for Buzzard Day - the park's annual summer festival which provides hikers with other recreational opportunities, including food, games, educational talks and walks, and a free evening music concert. Admission to Buzzard Day is free and camping is available at normal summer rates. June in Makoshika marks the return of migrating bird populations, the flowers will be in full bloom and the weather is typically mild to warm, but prepare for all weather types. For more information, contact Makoshika State Park at (406) 377-6256 or by email at makoshika@mt.gov on Jun 14 2014
  • Traditionally offered within the Glendive city park system, Makoshika State Park will host its sixth annual appearance of Montana Shakespeare in the Parks at the parks Hiatt Amphitheater. The 2014 Shakespeare performance at Makoshika will be the (to be determined). Recently renovated, the Hiatt Amphitheater has comfortable new seating and terraces, electrical power and lighting, new latrines, a storage shed/changing room, an ADA accessible access trail and improved access roads and parking. The natural outdoor amphitheater is nestled amongst the pines and caprocks of the park's upper reaches, and the performance is looked forward to by the touring troupes actors as one of the most scenic settings of their summer tour. For more information, contact Makoshika State Park at 406-377-6256 or by email at makoshika@mt.gov on Jul 08 2014