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Makoshika State Park, located in Glendive, Montana, is the largest state park in Montana and showcases the unique badlands topography, complete with fascinating rock formations and fossil beds. The name "Makoshika" is derived from a Lakota phrase meaning "land of bad spirits" or "bad lands." Today, the park is not only known for its scenic views but also for the significant dinosaur fossils found in the area, including those of the Triceratops and Tyrannosaurus Rex.

Camping Information


  • Makoshika State Park offers a variety of campsites, from those with basic amenities to more developed areas with electrical hookups.
  • Campsites typically include picnic tables and fire rings.

Campsite Types:

  • RV Camping: Some sites cater to RV campers and may offer electric hookups. There is a current expansion project underway, so visitors should check the latest status for RV accommodations.
  • Tent Camping: For tent campers, there are numerous sites situated to admire the park's natural beauty.


  • It is recommended to reserve campsites in advance, particularly during the peak season (Late spring through early fall).
  • Reservations can be made through the Montana State Parks website or by phone.


  • The park has a visitor center where guests can learn about the park's geology, paleontology, and history.
  • There are restrooms available, however, shower facilities may not be offered. Always check before visiting if this is important to you.
  • Many trails are available for hiking, and some can be used by mountain bikers.

Rules and Regulations

  • Fire Safety: Abide by fire restrictions, especially during dry seasons. Only use fire in designated areas and ensure it's fully extinguished when done.
  • Pets: Usually permitted but must be kept on a leash and controlled at all times. Pet owners are responsible for cleaning up after their pets.
  • Preservation: Removing fossils or any natural and cultural features are strictly prohibited.
  • Quiet Hours: There are quiet hours typically from 10 PM to 7 AM to ensure a peaceful environment for all campers.
  • Stay Limits: There is usually a maximum stay limit; check current regulations for specifics.
  • Wildlife: Do not feed wildlife and maintain a safe distance.


  • Hiking: Numerous trails cater to different skill levels, offering visitors spectacular views and chances to see the park's geology up close.
  • Paleontology and Geology: The park is a significant site for dinosaur fossils and has displays that highlight the fossil finds.
  • Photography and Birdwatching: The unique landscape and diverse wildlife provide ample opportunities for photography enthusiasts and birdwatchers.
  • Education: The visitor center often hosts educational programs and interpretive displays.


  • Makoshika State Park experiences seasonal weather variations with hot summers and cold winters.
  • Visitors should prepare accordingly, ensuring they have adequate water during the summer and appropriate clothing during the winter.

Contact and Location

  • The park's address, contact numbers, and email are available on the Montana State Parks website.
  • Directions to the park can vary, so it's advised to review maps and possibly contact park staff for the best travel route.

When planning a trip to Makoshika State Park, it's always best to check the Montana State Parks website or contact the park directly for the most current information regarding camping, amenities, and any alerts or special advisories that might affect your visit.

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