Welcome to Montana
Montana is in the Western United States. The western third of Montana contains numerous mountain ranges. Smaller "island ranges" are found in the central third of the state for a total of 77 named ranges that are part of the Rocky Mountains. This geographical fact is reflected in the state's name, derived from the Spanish word montaña (mountain). Montana has several nicknames, none official, including: "Big Sky Country" and "The Treasure State", and slogans that include "Land of the Shining Mountains" and more recently "The Last Best Place."
Montana contains Glacier National Park - "The Crown of the Continent" - and portions of Yellowstone National Park including three of the Park's five entrances. Other federally recognized sites include the Little Bighorn National Monument, Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area, Big Hole National Battlefield, Lewis and Clark Caverns, and the National Bison Range. Other areas managed by the National Park Service include Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site at Deer Lodge, Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail, and Nez Perce National Historical Park.
Montana has ten National Forests and more than 20 National Wildlife Refuges. The Federal government administers 36,000,000 acres (150,000 km2). Another Mo275,000 acres (1,110 km2) within the state are administered as state parks and forests. (More from Wikipedia)
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Recommended BooksNational Geographic's Guide to Scenic Highways and Byways
National Geographic Complete National Parks of the United States