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Montana

A map of MontanaMontana is located in the western region of the United States. The western third of the state consists of 100 or more mountain ranges making up the Rocky Mountains. The boundary with Idaho is marked by the crest of the Bitterroot Range. The North American Continental Divide also runs along it. Eastern Montana forms part of the Great Plains. It is drained by the Missouri River and its tributaries, including the Yellowstone, Sun and Milk. The Plains consist of rolling prairies and badlands—rocky uplands where the soils have been stripped away by wind and water. 


St Mary Lake and Wild Goose Island, Glacier National Park
Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge in eastern Montana, a region of prairie, forested ravines, riverbottom areas and...Read More >>Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge in eastern Montana, a region of prairie, forested ravines, riverbottom areas and badlands (areas of sedimentary rock that have been heavily eroded by wind and water).

Name

The state's name come from the Spanish word montaña, meaning “mountain” or "mountainous country". The early Spanish explorers gave the name Montaña del Norte to the entire mountainous region of the American West on their travels across what is now the southwestern United States in the 16th century.
Big Sky Resort, a ski resort located in Madison County, southwestern Montana

Climate

The Hell Creek Formation in northeastern Montana is a major source of dinosaur fossils, including Tyrannosaurus and Triceratops.

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