Makoshika State Park


This is a view from a primitive picnic site in Makoshika State Park in eastern Montana, adjacent to Glendive. The site was not easy to get to. The roads in the park are gravel and the hills are steep. In one particular spot the one-lane gravel road over a summit was so steep I could not see the road over the hood of the car. I could not see down the other side of the hill until I was already started down it. If I had met another car coming up the other side, we would simply have collided; there was no way to see ahead. But even though I visited the park in July there was almost no one else in the park. So before heading up the hill I calculated that I probably wouldn’t meet anyone. Still, I did cross my fingers and hold my breath. 

Getting to the picnic site was well worth it. The view was fantastic. And it was perfectly quiet except for a few birds and the wind whispering in the pines and junipers.

I like natural bridges. Here’s another one. This natural bridge is much smaller than the one in Ayres Natural Bridge Park. It is about three feet thick. It is on a hiking trail in Makoshika State Park.  

The huge park (about 12,000 acres) is adjacent to the city of Glendive, it is well-known for dinosaur fossils, and it is part of the badlands that extend into North Dakota. Theodore Roosevelt National Park is just across the border in North Dakota. These badlands are greener than the badlands of South Dakota.