Welcome to Montana
Montana is a state in the northwestern region of the United States.
Montana has more than one nickname but none of them are official. One of the most familiar nickname for Montana is “The Treasure State” because of its rich mineral reserves.
The capital city of Montana is Helena and the largest city of Montana is Billings.
Montana is the fourth largest state in the U.S by area and the western part of the state contains numerous mountain ranges, three of the 100 highest peaks in the Rocky Mountains are located in Montana. The eastern part of Montana is characterized by western prairie terrain and badlands (a type of dry terrain characterized by steep slopes and minimal vegetation).
Montana is bordered by Wyoming to the south, Idaho to the west, North Dakota and South Dakota to the east, and the Canadian provinces of British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan to the north.
Montana is a large state and the climate is, therefore, equally varied. Low clouds and fog often form in the valleys west of the divide in winter, but this is rarely seen in the eastern part of the state. Summer nights in Montana are generally cool and pleasant.
In the more mountainous part of western and central Montana snowfall can be seen in all months of the year, though it is rare in July and August.
The coldest temperature ever recorded in the contiguous U.S. is 70 degrees below zero it was measured at a gold mining camp near Rogers Pass, Montana, on January 20, 1954. The climate has become warmer in Montana and continues to do so.
Montana is a relative hub of beer microbrewing and as of August 2016, there were 68 breweries in operation in the state of Montana.
Other Montana state’s resources include gold, coal, silver, talc, and vermiculite.
Tourism is also important to the Montana economy, with over 10 million visitors a year to tourist destinations like Yellowstone National Park (An area of the Rocky Mountains, named Yellowstone was the first to be protected as a national park and is also widely held to be the first national park in the world) Glacier National Park (Over 700 miles of trails hikers and adventurous visitors), Flathead Lake (a large natural and freshwater lake in northwest Montana), the Missouri River headwaters (the park marks the official start of the Missouri River and the park is open for day use and camping, offering hiking trails, hunting, and water-related activities) and the site of the Battle of Little Bighorn.
You can also visit the second-largest ski resort in the United States by acreage, Big Sky Resort.
Quick facts about Montana
- Nickname: The Treasure State
- Capital city: Helena
- Largest city: Billings
- Area: 147,040 sq mi (380,800 km²) (ranked 4th of 50)
- Population: 1,062,305 (ranked 43 of 50)
- Highest point: Granite Peak
- Lowest point: Kootenai River at Idaho border
- Latitude: 44° 21′ N to 49° N
- Longitude: 104° 2′ W to 116° 3′ W
- Bordering states: Wyoming, Idaho, North Dakota, South Dakota