Montana websites about places to go, things to do, vacation information, sports links, facts about the state, destinations, golf, business, and more. Montana is nicknamed the Treasure State. The density of the state is six people per square mile.
Millions of tourists annually visit the tourist attractions that include hunting, fishing, skiing, and dude ranching. Glacier National Park, on the Continental Divide, has 60 glaciers, 200 lakes, and many streams with good trout fishing. Other major points of interest include the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument, Virginia City, Yellowstone National Park (it has three of the five entrances to Yellowstone National Park), Fort Union Trading Post and Grant-Kohr's Ranch National Historic Sites, and the Museum of the Plains Indians at Browning.
The Old West comes to life through the brush and sculpture of famed western artist Charlie Russell at the Charles M. Russell Museum Complex in Great Falls. The museum contains the world's largest collection of Russell's work, his original log-cabin studio and his Great Falls home.
The Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman gained fame through the work of its chief paleontologist, Jack Horner. Horner was the prototype for the character Dr. Alan Grant in the best selling novel/movie, "Jurassic Park."
Just south of Billings, Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer and his troops made their last stand. Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument features the Plains Indians and United States military involved in the historic battle.
The economy also has ranching, wheat farming, oil and coal in the east; lumber, and hard rock mining in the west. Fields of grain cover much of Montana's plains. It ranks high among the states in wheat and barley, with rye, oats, flaxseed, sugar beets, and potatoes as other important crops. Sheep and cattle raising make significant contributions to the economy.
Montana has a wide variety of wildlife, and no state has as many different species of mammals as Montana. including the largest migratory elk herd in the nation. The moose, now numbering over 8,000 in Montana. Montana has the largest grizzly bear population in the lower 48 states. The state's official animal is the grizzly bear. Buffalo in the wild can still be viewed at the National Bison Range.
The state boasts the largest breeding population of trumpeter swans in the lower United States. At the Rocky Mountain Front Eagle Migration Area west of Great Falls more golden eagles have been seen in a single day than anywhere else in the country.
North of Missoula is the largest population of nesting common loons in the western United States. The Freezeout Lake Wildlife Management Area contains as many as 300,000 snow geese and 10,000 tundra swans during migration.
Montana is the only state with a triple divide allowing water to flow into the Pacific, Atlantic, and Hudson Bay. This phenomenon occurs at Triple Divide Peak in Glacier National Park. 46 out of Montana's 56 counties are considered "frontier counties" with an average population of 6 or fewer people per square mile.