VISIT SOUTHEAST

MONTANA STATE PARKS

If you’ve ever been to Montana, you know that you’ll discover some of the most beautiful scenery on earth to explore.

The southeast region of Montana boasts badlands, battlefields and bucking horses to recreation, rocks and rivers, Southeast Montana is an adventure for outdoor lovers, history buffs, fossil finders and eager explorers alike.

Southeast Montana State Parks offer

something for everyone.

The diverse recreational and educational opportunities make Southeast Montana a great place to visit. Southeast Montana’s State Parks offer a place of exploration, recreation and adventure.

Get a taste

OF EVERYTHING.

Discover Indian Nations at Medicine Rock State Park or Pictograph Cave State Park, recreate on Lake Elmo State Park, or view dinosaur fossils at Makoshika State Park. In Southeast Montana, there truly is something for everyone.

Check out what these parks have to offer, and you will probably want to add an extra day (or week!) to your vacation.

SOUTHEAST MONTANA STATE PARKS

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Chief Plenty Coups State Park Get Directions to Park Chief Plenty Coups State Park is named for the last traditional chief of the Crow Nation, Chief Plenty Coups (Aleek-chea-ahoosh, meaning "many achievements"). Plenty Coups was a man of war - a…

Lake Elmo State Park Get Directions to Park Inside the city limits of Billings is Lake Elmo State Park. A large 64-acre reservoir, Lake Elmo is the perfect place to s…

Makoshika State Park Get Directions to Park Makoshika State Park features spectacular badland formations and the remains of the infamous Tyrannosaurus Rex, as well as other amazing dino fossils. Click Here To Access a Map!

Medicine Rocks State Park Get Directions to Park The Medicine Rocks are a series of natural rock formations considered sacred by local Native American tribes. They are covered in Native Rock Art or Pictographs. Click Here To Access a Map!

Tongue River Reservoir State Park Get Directions to Park Tongue River Reservoir State Park is located near the southeastern border of Montana, just 10 minutes outside of Decker. A 265-mile-long tributary of the Yellowstone River, "the Tongue" (as it is called locally) starts in Wyoming and runs through Montana. The park feature…

Pictograph Cave State Park Get Directions to Park Pictograph Cave State Park lies just outside of Billings, MT. This park features three caves that are preserved and protected in the 23-acre state park. Along the rimrocks, you'll find where Pictograph Cave has drawn human beings for over 3,000 years and was home to generations of…

Pirogue Island State Park Get Directions to Park Pirogue Island State Park just a mile north of Miles City, Montana, a little more than two hours from Billings, Montana by way of Interstate 94, and on the north side of a bend in the Yellowstone River. In addition to extensive hiking, birding, and wildlife viewing, the island is a…

Rosebud Battlefield State Park Get Directions to Park The location of the Battle of Rosebud, is an incredible and historical location that shouldn't be missed! We are able to bring you valuable information about this amazing state park thanks to the support of:

General Park Fee Information

Montana residents in a vehicle with valid Montana license plates are allowed to enter State Parks for free. Camping, tour, special event and other fees still apply.

Nonresident visitors are required to pay day-use fees usually from $2 to $5. Nonresidents can also purchase annual Montana State Parks Passports for unlimited use. Passports are $25 for the first vehicle and $20 for additional vehicles. They can be purchased at any state park, regional Fish, Wildlife and Parks office or online at Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks