Montana August 15, 2018
The Underrated Natural Wonder Every Montanan Should See At Least Once
Montana is certainly home to some incredible natural wonders — after all, we’ve got
Glacier National Park, which is full of them. But there are also some underrated gems here in the Treasure State that sometimes get overlooked, the Medicine Rocks being one of them.
Medicine Rocks State Park is located off Highway 7 just north of Ekalaka.
Eastern Montana parks are largely underrated, this one especially.
The park is named after the Medicine Rocks, a series of sandstone pillars filled with holes and tunnels.
The rocks contain numerous examples of Native American rock art and are considered sacred by the Plains tribe.
The 330-acre park is is part of the Fort Union Formation, a geologic unit containing coal, sandstone, and shale in Montana and Wyoming.
Needless to say, this is a geologist's dream.
If your visit impresses you, know that you won't be the only one who feels that way.
In the late 1800s, a young rancher named Teddy Roosevelt visited the park and called it a fantastically beautiful place.
Popular activities at Medicine Rocks include hiking, photography, picnicking, camping, and wildlife viewing.
Antelope, mule deer, and sharp tailed grouse are the mammals most often spotted.
Medicine Rocks State Park is open all year and is available to the public from 7 a.m. - 10 p.m. for day use.
The campsites are first-come, first-served.
We’re so lucky to live in a state with so many
incredible natural wonders.