Makoshika State Park

1301 Snyder Avenue

The name Makoshika (Ma-ko'-shi-ka) is a variant spelling of a Lakota phrase meaning 'bad land' or 'bad earth'.

Today, as Montana's largest state park, the badlands of Makoshika are set aside for visitors to see and enjoy. In addition to the pine and juniper studded badland formations, the park also houses the fossil remains of such dinosaurs as Tyrannosaurus Rex and Triceratops.


Casey Vettleson

Monday, Dec. 11, 2017

This visitor center is very nice, with very helpful staff! My son loved all of the dinosaur exhibits. The part it's self was kind of confusing because when we arrived no one was there to help show us where to go as they weren't open yet. But we just kept driving and eventually made our way up to Doc Hiatt Overlook, it was breathtaking!

Justin Henderson

Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017

This park is a great place to escape from all of life's madness. It's a place of beauty, peace, and a real look at what God can do. You will love every moment you're here. With ever turn of your head there is amazing views, so many trails to hike with different difficulties. There is also plenty of campgrounds. Arranging from grounds to park a car and pop a tent with family or friends, or even bring the RV. This Should be a must on anyone's list of parks to visit.

Kimberly Tomich

Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017

Love it! Beautiful place! Seen wild horses running free. My daughter got married here and it's just an absolutely beautiful place of nature! Great place for a wedding!!

James Goudy

Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017

This is Montana's largest State Park. It is all Badlands and home of ancient dinosaurs. There is camping here but it is dry camping. So you have to bring your own water. There is a Visitor Center and you can get water here. There are lots of great hiking trails here. But it is wise to stay on the trails for two reasons. The first reason is that it could be hazardous if you walked off Trail and fell from a cliff. The second reason is that's some of the landscape is very delicate and that if you leave a footprint it will be there for thousands of years. Also there are rattlesnakes in the area so staying on the trails is wise. If you like the Badlands then you will like the state park. Photographers will will enjoy it. There are lots of colors especially at Sunset and in the morning. Hiking trails are not very long and very scenic. It's a great place to visit the try not to leave any footprints.


Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017

Nice camp sites. Cool park. A little pricey.