Montana is known for:
- Yellowstone National Park
- Bighorn Mountains
- Rich deposits of minerals, particularly copper, gold, and silver
Geography & Demographics
||Total (Land + Water): 147,042 sq miles; Land Only: 145,552 sq miles|
|Number of Counties
||Mountain Time Zone|
||Idaho, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming|
|Highest Point||Granite Peak, 12,807 feet|
|Tallest Building|| First Interstate Center in Billings, 272 feet |
|Largest Stadium||Washington Grizzly Stadium in Missoula, capacity 25,200 |
|National Parks||Glacier National Park|
|State Population (2020)||1,084,225|
|State Population Density||7.4 people / square mile|
|Top 5 Cities (2020 population)
Great Falls (58,353)
Butte-Silver Bow (35,180)
Government & Legislature
|State Ballad||Montana Melody|
|State Butterfly||Mourning cloak|
|State Fish||Westslope cutthroat trout|
|State Fossil||Duck-billed dinosaur|
|State Gem||Sapphire and agate|
|State Grass||Bluebunch wheatgrass|
|State Mammal||Grizzly bear|
||Oro y plata (Gold and silver)|
Popular Tourist Attractions
- Berkeley Pit: Former open pit copper mine located in Butte, Montana.
- Big Sky Resort: Ski resort in Big Sky, Montana.
- Beartooth Highway: 68-mile scenic road starting in Red Lodge, Montana, and extending into Wyoming.
- Discovery Ski Area: Ski area in Anaconda, Montana.
- Flathead Lake: Natural freshwater lake near Flathead National Forest in Montana.
- Glacier National Park: National park in northern Montana.
- Glacier Park Lodge: Hotel just outside of the Glacier National Park, located in East Glacier Park, Montana.
- Going-to-the-Sun Road: Scenic mountain road in Glacier National Park in Montana.
- Grinnell Glacier: Glacier in the Glacier National Park in Montana.
- Lake McDonald: Largest lake in Glacier National Park, located in Flathead County, Montana.
- Little Bighorn Battlefield: National monument commemorating those who perished in the U.S.-Native Indian war on June, 1876, located in southern Montana.
- Logan Pass: Highest point of the Going-to-the-Sun Road, located in Glacier National Park in Montana.
- Montana Snowbowl: Ski area in Missoula, Montana.
- Moss Mansion: Museum in Billings, Montana.
- Museum of the Rockies: Museum in Bozeman, Montana.
- Red Lodge Mountain: Ski area in Red Lodge, Montana.
- Yellowstone Club: Ski resort and golf club in Big Sky, Montana.
- Whitefish Mountain Resort: Ski resort in White Fish, Montana.
- ZooMontana: Zoo in Billings, Montana.
UNESCO Heritage Sites
Festivals and Events
Top festivals and events in Montana. They are listed in approximate order of when they take place during the year.
Popular Iconic Montana Foods
Montana is famous for the following foods:
- Bison burgers
- Flathead Cherries
- Wheat Montana Cinnamon Roll
- Rocky Mountain Oysters
- Elk Burger
- Montana Trout
Famous People Born In Montana
Nobel Prize Winners
Pro Football Hall Of Fame Members
- Jerry Kramer (Offensive Guard. Inducted in 2018)
Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall Of Fame Players
- Denise Curry (Forward. Inducted in 1997)
Famous Actors And Actresses
- Gary Cooper
- Patrick Duffy
- David Lynch
Montana Fun Facts
- Montana's name is derived from the Spanish word "montaña" meaning "mountainous."
- Montana is the only state in the United States to share land border with three Canadian provinces: British Columbia, Alberta, and Saskatchewan.
- Montana is home to the hydrological apex of North America on Triple Divide Peak. From this spot, water flows to three oceans: Hudson Bay (Arctic), Gulf of Mexico (Atlantic), and the Pacific Ocean.
- Jeannette Rankin of Missoula, Montana, was the first woman elected to the United States Congress. On November 9, 1969, she was elected to the House of Representatives.
- The coldest temperature on record for the contiguous United States was -70°F (-57°C) recorded on January 20, 1954, in Rogers Pass, Montana.
- The largest snowflake ever observed was 15 inches wide. It was recorded at Fort Keogh, Montana, on January 28, 1887.
- The Montana city of Loma holds the world record for the greatest temperature change in 24 hours. On January 14-15, 1972, the temperature rose from -54°F to 49°F, a change of 103°F.
- Yellowstone National Park in southern Montana and northern Wyoming was the first national park in the United States.
- In Montana, it is illegal ro pretend to abuse an animal in the presence of a minor.
This page was last updated on July 10, 2023.