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EXPLORE AMERICA: Makoshika State Park

Makoshika (ma-KO-shi-ka) is a variant spelling of a Lakota phrase meaning “land of bad spirits” or “badlands.” Experience Montana’s largest state park: 11,000 acres of beautiful deserts, plains, and woodlands. Observe wildlife, wildflowers, and wilderness. See fossils of dinosaurs and early mammals and remnants of early man in their natural setting. Witness the awesome beauty of Mother Nature’s sculpted concretions and colorful sedimentary frescoes carved by the raw power of erosion.

Makoshika Visitor Center, located at the entrance to the park, displays a triceratops’ skull and exhibits the area’s geologic, paleontologic and archaeologic stories. The facility provides information on park, regional and statewide attractions. A small park store offers educational and interpretive gifts. Handicapped-accessible sites and facilities, as well as backcountry campsites, are available. No permit is necessary for backcountry camping; backcountry campfires are prohibited. Leashed pets are permitted. Montana residents with a valid MT license plate can enter all state parks for free. Non-residents can purchase a day pass or a Montana Passport, an annual pass good at all state parks. Montana does not currently accept camping reservations, so all campgrounds are first-come, first-served.

Makoshika State Park is located at 1301 Snyder Avenue, Glendive, Montana. Telephone 406-365-6256. http://www.makoshika.org/

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