Makoshika State Park Campgrounds

Glendive, Montana 59330

Makoshika State Park Campgrounds

Makoshika State Park Campgrounds Professional Review and Guide

"The Lakota Sioux called this the “Land of Bad Spirits.” Mushroom-shaped cap rocks, flattopped buttes, spires pointing skyward, razorsharp hogbacks, and fluted hillsides combine to create a land of curious formations shaped by wind and water. But wait a minute, you think, as you drive through the Glendive neighborhood that borders the park entrance, this looks like typical, middle-of-nowhere, safe and friendly small-town America. Where is the dramatic landscape of “bad spirits,” and what’s with those dinosaur tracks on the street? When does the gigantic monster come plodding along to destroy the innocent townies?

Even after you enter the park and arrive at the visitor center, our description will seem more fiction than fact, but just keep driving. A stop at the center will give you an overall view of the park and its history, taking you on a multimillion-year journey. Tenters will want to bypass the 16-unit lower campground and continue another 1.5 miles up the paved road to Pine on Rocks. Take your time while driving and don’t be fooled: this road is steep (a 15-percent grade in some sections), and the switchbacks force a slow speed."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
24 Sites
May-September full services; no water rest of the year
Hiking, Camping
Additional Use
Makoshika State Parks. 406-377-6256 or 406-234-0900,; reservations:
Local Contacts
$12 rustic resident, $18 standard resident, $28 nonresident; $6/extra nonresident vehicle
Fees per Night
Water spigot at visitor center only, vault toilets, interpretive center, nature trails, scenic drive, amphitheater, disc golf course.

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Jul 2018