Makoshika State Park is a true wonderland for outdoor recreation. Named after the Lakota phrase “bad land”, Makoshika features pine- and juniper-studded badland formations, and houses fossils from the T-Rex and Triceratops. Walk on the same trails real dinosaurs once roamed and check out the visitor center’s interpretive exhibits.
The last free flowing river the lower 48 states, the Yellowstone River winds right through the heart of Glendive and is a popular place for water recreation, agate hunting and fishing. Fishermen love its blue ribbon waters but it’s not the only waters to cast your lines; there are six lakes to enjoy in the immediate vicinity of Glendive, where you will find Bowfin, Brown Trout and Smallmouth Bass.
The Makoshika State Park boasts three developed trails for hiking and biking. The Diane Gabriel Trial is a 1.5-mile loop which features sod tabletops and sinkhole caves. The Cap Rock Nature Trail is a one-mile loop highlighted by a natural bridge and breathtaking views from the top of the park. Finally, the Kinney Coulee Trail is a developed trail for the first mile and then leaves you to pick your own way down into the coulee. Find full trail and mountain bike information here. Weather is known to hit the extremes in the badlands – bitterly cold in winter and exceeding 100 F in the height of summer, so go prepared!
The largest dinosaur museum in the U.S., the Glendive Dinosaur and Fossil Museumfeatures 23 full-sized dinosaur and fossil exhibits and many more singular fossils. The 18-foot tall, 40-foot long T-Rex is definitely the big draw here.
Step back in time in this charming heritage museum, open Memorial Day to Labor Day. Take a look at the region’s first schoolhouse, an original log cabin and sheep wagon, as well as indoor exhibits with display items dating back to prehistoric times.