Montana is home to some of the most beautiful natural treasures on Earth. Not only does it have the Crown Jewel of the Continent, Glacier National Park, but it’s full of beautiful state parks that offer something for everyone. Plan to visit these 12 state parks in Montana, which highlight the incredible geological diversity of the Treasure State!

How many of these state parks have you paid a visit to in Montana recently? Do you plan to see any this year? 

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State parks to visit in Montana

What are some other beautiful state parks to visit in Montana?

Some of Montana's most beautiful state parks are the least-visited ones, and we're going to let you in on some of our favorite secrets in the Treasure State! Giant Springs State Park is one of the best and most beautiful state parks in MT; located in Great Falls, Giant Springs State Park is home to the world's smallest river, The Roe. Take a stroll by the Missouri River, visit the fish hatchery and visitor center, walk along the Rivers Edge Trail, and check out the Rainbow Falls overlook. Here's more on what makes Giant Springs State Park such a hidden gem. Lone Pine is located in Kalispell on the shores of Foys Lake, and it's another state park gem that offers sublime scenic views. Even during the winter months, Lone Pine State Park makes for an excellent Montana day trip destination. Curious about more beautiful state parks to visit in Montana? Check out this list!

How many state parks are there in Montana?

Montana is a big state, so it only makes sense that we're big on state parks, too! Montana has a whopping 55 state parks where you can enjoy camping, hiking, fishing, swimming, boating and more while discovering some of the greatest natural and cultural treasures on the planet (in our very humble opinion!). 

What's the biggest state park to visit in Montana?

The biggest state park in Montana is Makoshika State Park, and it's an amazing place that's definitely one for your Treasure State bucket list! Spanning over 11,000 acres, this state park is a wild wonderland for exploration and adventure. Makoshika means ‘bad land’ in Lakota, and since 1939, it has been a public state park for all to enjoy. The pine and juniper studded badlands formations dominate the park, giving it a rugged and unique look, making it an incredibly scenic place to hike and photograph. Makoshika houses the fossil remains of quite a few dinosaurs, too, most notably tyrannosaurus and triceratops. Intrigued yet? Read all about this amazing Montana state park in this feature.


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