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|
|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.
Popular Iconic Montana Foods
Montana is famous for the following foods:
- Bison burgers
- Flathead Cherries
- Wheat Montana Cinnamon Roll
- Rocky Mountain Oysters
- Elk Burger
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 January 30, 2023.