Makoshika State Park

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Rock formations in the park

Makoshika State Park ("ma-KO-sh(ih)kuh" from the Lakota Maco sica, meaning 'bad land' or 'land of bad spirits')[1] is the largest of Montana's state parks at more than 11,000 acres (45 km²). 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.[2]


  • 18 Hole Disc Golf Course. Widely considered[by whom?] one of the toughest disc golf courses in the U.S. Set right into the Badlands, the course has difficult and somewhat intimidating holes. Anyone who has actually played this course would not agree.
  • 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.

Panorama of part of Makoshika State Park in eastern Montana. View is to the west from the Cap Rock Trailhead.


  1. ^ "Makoshika State Park". Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks. Retrieved 20129-09-19.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  2. ^ "Visitor Center". Friends of Makoshika. Retrieved 2009-09-05. 

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Coordinates: 47°3′42″N 104°41′2″W / 47.06167°N 104.68389°W / 47.06167; -104.68389