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Makoshika road

Construction delays mean the road into Makoshika State Park will not open until after Memorial Day.

Construction work will keep the road at Makoshika State Park closed until after Memorial Day, Montana State Parks announced.

Unseasonably cold weather has postponed completion of the $1.85 million project to renovate and rebuild the primary access road in the park.

Until the project is finished visitors will still have access to the Visitor Center and Bluebird Trail. For public safety reasons the campground and backcountry areas are closed. Visitors hoping to camp at the park over Memorial Day weekend will need to make different plans.

For more information about park hours or access, call the Visitor Center at 406-377-6256.

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Makoshika, the name of which is a variant spelling of a Lakota phrase meaning “bad earth,” is Montana’s largest state park encompassing 11,583 acres. Known for its pine and juniper studded badland formations, Makoshika also houses the fossil remains of such dinosaurs as Tyrannosaurus Rex and Triceratops.

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