Description - 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.
Recreation - backcountry camping
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.