You must be signed in to save park lists.
Your Park Lists
add New List
Add Photo
You must be signed in to add photos.

Montana State Parks

USA Parks
Missouri Country Region
Makoshika State Park
Makoshika State Park © Ben Prepelka
Makoshika State Park © Ben Prepelka
Makoshika State Park © Ben Prepelka
PO Box 1242
Glendive, Montana   59330

Phone: 406-377-6256
Makoshika (Ma-ko-shi-ka) The name is a variant spelling of the 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 and shooting ranges as well as scenic drives and nature trails, a campground with 16 sites, a group picnic area, an outdoor ampitheater and many picnic sites. The largest of Montana's State Parks encompasses 11,531 acres at an elevation of 2,069 feet.

The park offers a visitors center, both flush and vault toilets, grills/fire rings, picnic tables, outdoor amphitheater and group use shelter, trash cans, drinking water, interpretive displays, a Frisbee golf course and special events throughout the summer. A golf course and museum are located nearby in Glendive. Visitors may camp 14 days during a 30-day period with a fee.

Water is only available May through September.
Day-UseHiking Trailyes
 Swimming Beachyes
 Bike Trailsyes
Nearby Vacation Rentals
Search for a vacation rental

Makoshika State Park is

Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
June 10 Quiet Solitude
Makoshika is a wonderful place to experience the quiet of MT. The formations are beautiful and there are a lot of neat landscapes to explore.
September 29 Along the Makoshika badlands! by wagonfullofflowers
I recommend this in the spring and summer months. I visited this in mid september when the greenery and rattlers are active. I think this is a beautiful and unique place. The hills tell a history of erosion. I visited when they were working on the water in town, so I stayed in town. The place is well marked(as long as construction detour you in right direction). I had to ask for directions around construction crew, but you will not have this problem, so enjoy!
Share On

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.


Montana State Parks