Montana is a western state defined by its diverse terrain ranging from the Rocky Mountains to the Great Plains. Its wide-open spaces include Glacier National Park, a vast wilderness preserve that passes into Canada. The park’s many snow-capped peaks, lakes and alpine hiking trails are showcased along its famed Going-to-the-Sun Road, stretching 50 miles. Montana is filled with excitement and adventure for all travelers. The beauty and wide-open spaces are breathtaking. The charm of the small towns and unspoiled nature entice all their visitors.
Montana’s fresh mountain air and endless views follow you wherever you go. Montana has the largest migratory elk herd in the nation. The state boasts the largest breeding population of trumpeter swans in the lower United States. No state has as many different species of mammals as Montana. Among the approximately 100 species of mammals in Montana are elk, black bears, grizzly bears, antelope, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, moose, caribou, and mountain lions.
Montana is known as the headwaters state because much of the water which flows to the rest of the nation comes from the mountains of Montana. Flathead Lake in northwest Montana contains over 200 square miles of water and 185 miles of shoreline. It is considered the largest natural freshwater lake in the west. Red Rock Lakes is in Montana’s Centennial Valley and is part of the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem. The distance between Red Lodge and Billings is 55 miles. You will find abundant opportunities to hike, fish, hunt, take pictures, and observe a variety of wildlife and flowers in Montana. The best time to visit Montana is from May through September.