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June 8, 2012 - The two RV Gypsies in Montana's

Makoshika State Park, Montana

Makoshika State Park is located in the rugged badlands of eastern Montana in Glendive. The name Makoshika (Ma-ko'-shi-ka) is a variant of a Lakota phrase meaning land of bad spirits or badlands. Although the area resembles the badlands of the Dakotas, these badlands expose older rock layers. Since the two RV Gypsies had just finished exploring Theodore Roosevelt National Park which isn't that far away, they expected Makoshika State Park to be similar but they soon realized that Makoshika State Park's beautiful terrain is quite unique!

Mokoshika State Park in Montana Mokoshika State Park in Montana
sign about Montana's Makoshika State Park

Makoshika State Park "(ma-KO-sh(ih)kuh" from Sioux Ma-ko-shi-ka or bad earth is the largest of Montana's state parks at more than 11,000 acres. It is located east of Glendive. The park contains spectacular badlands which conceal dinosaur fossils. The park contains rock from the Hell Creek Formation and dinosaurs such as Triceratops are found there. In 1997 a fossil Thescelosaurus was found at Makoshika. Birds such as the turkey vultures, prairie falcons and eagles make their homes here.

Montana's Makoshika State Park

Below: a closer look at areas shown in the above panorama

Mokoshika State Park in Montana
Mokoshika State Park in Montana

Below: A Panorama of another area of Makoshika State Park

Montana's Makoshika State Park

Below: The photo is zoomed in on part of the panorama above

Mokoshika State Park in Montana
Montana's Makoshike State Park

Below: Zoomed in on part of the panorama above

Montana's Makoshika State Park

Suddenly, the colors of the terrain changed.

Makoshika State Park
Montana's Makoshika State Park
Lee Duquette at Montana's Makoshika State Park
Cap Rock area of Montana's Makoshika State Park
Montana's Makoshika State Park
Montana's Makoshika State Park
Montana's Makoshika State Park
Montana's Makoshika State Park
Makoshika State Park in Montana
Montana's Makoshika State Park
Makoshike State Park in Montana
Makoshike State Park in Montana

Below: The Natural Bridge

Montana's Makoshika State Park
Montana's Makoshika State Park
sign about Montana's Makoshika State Park
Montana's Makoshika State Park
Montana's Makoshika State Park

The Cap Rock

Montana's Makoshika State Park
Makoshike State Park in Montana
Makoshike State Park in Montana
Lee Duquette at Montana's Makoshika State Park
Montana's Makoshika State Park
Lee Duquette at Montana's Makoshika State Park
Montana's Makoshika State Park
Montana's Makoshika State Park
Montana's Makoshika State Park

The two RV Gypsies relaxed at Makoshika State Park in Montana

Karen Duquette at Makoshike State Park
Lee Duquette at Montana's Makoshika State Park
Makoshika State Park in Montana
Makoshika State Park in Montana
Makoshika State Park in Montana
Makoshika State Park in Montana
Montana's Makoshika State Park

Driving the road up to the Eyeful Vista area of Makoshika State Park, the two RV Gypsies seriously hoped NOT to meet another car.

the two RV Gypsies drive through Montana's Makoshika State Park
driving through Montana's Makoshika State Park

Eyeful Vista area of Makoshika State Park

Eyeful Vista at Montana's Makoshika State Park
Eyeful Vista at Montana's Makoshika State Park
Montana's Makoshika State Park
Eyeful Vista at Montana's Makoshika State Park

Looking left

Looking right

Montana's Makoshika State Park
Montana's Makoshika State Park

The two RV Gypsies drove on a loop road that turned out to be a rough dirt road and not a place they wanted their truck to be in, so they got out of that area immediately.

Montana's Makoshika State Park

Note: The two RV Gypsies returned to Makoshika State Park in 2016 and spent more time in the park and more pictures of other areas, (6 pages) including the famous Cap Rock Trail. To see those photos, click here, but be sure to return to this page to continue with 2012 adventures.

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