Montana is considered the "Last Best Place" for many reasons. If you want to learn about what makes the state so great, we've put together a helpful guide to make things easier for you. Here are the ABCs of living in Montana

Discover Montana's A-Z Guide, One Letter At A Time

From the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness to ZooMontana, there are many places to explore in the Treasure State. If you live in Montana or plan on visiting anytime soon, we wanted to give you a road map of sorts to help you plan your trip.

A - Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness: The Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness was designated in 1978 and measures a total of 943,648 acres. Granite Peak, Montana's highest point at 12,799 feet, is near the Wyoming-Montana border.

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B - Beartooth Highway: The Beartooth Highway is a stretch of Highway 212 between Red Lodge and Cooke City. It has been named one of the most beautiful scenic drives in America.

Beartooth Highway

C - Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge: The refuge surrounds Fort Peck Reservoir in eastern Montana and measures 915,814 acres in size.

D - Deer Lodge: Deer Lodge, Montana is home to the Montana Department of Corrections and the old Montana prison.

E - Earthquake Lake: Earthquake Lake, near Yellowstone National Park, was formed by a massive earthquake in 1959.

F - Flathead Lake: Flathead Lake is the largest freshwater lake in the western United States and the world's 79th largest freshwater lake.

Flathead Lake

G - Glacier National Park: The late Robin Williams once said; "If it isn't God's backyard, then he certainly lives nearby."

H - Helena: Helena is the capital of the state of Montana

I - Indigenous Cultural Events: Native American culture is celebrated throughout the year with a variety of events. In total, there are seven reservations in Montana.

Native American Culture

J - Jeannette Rankin: Jeanette Rankin graduated from the University of Montana in 1902, and became the first woman to hold a federal office in the United States when she was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1916.

K - Kalispell: Kalispell is located in northwest Montana and is considered the gateway to Glacier National Park.

L - Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park: The state park is a popular destination for visitors in Montana. You can explore limestone caverns first discovered during the Lewis & Clark expedition.

M - Makoshika State Park: Located near Glendive, Montana, Makoshika State Park is a great opportunity to explore Montana's badlands and discover dinosaur fossils and other prehistoric artifacts.

Makoshika State Park

N - National Bison Range: The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes Bison Range (CSKT), formerly the National Bison Range is located on the Flathead Indian Reservation in western Montana.

O - Old Faithful: While not technically in Montana, Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park is just across the border, and is a popular destination for visitors.

P - Paradise Valley: The Paradise Valley is located between Livingston and Gardiner, the north entrance to Yellowstone National Park. The area is known for its world-class fly fishing.

Q - Quiet Escapes: Montana is full of places where you can go to get off the grid and enjoy some peace and quiet.

R - Rodeos - Montana has a rich rodeo culture, and there are several annual rodeos throughout the state.


S - Ski Resorts: Skiing and snowboarding are extremely popular during the winter in Montana. The state is home to 14 ski resorts.

T - Trains: Many of the small towns scattered across Montana were established due to the railroad. Seeing trains in Montana is a common occurrence.

U - Under the Big Sky Festival: The annual music festival in Whitefish, Montana is the largest festival in the state. It features the best of the best in Americana and Folk music.

V - Virginia CityVirginia City is a well preserved ghost town in southwest Montana. The town features saloons, museums, and historic tours.

Virginia City

W - Wildlife: Montana is home to a variety of species of wild animals.

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Y - Yellowstone National Park: YNP is the most popular destination in Montana, even though more than half of it is located in Wyoming.


Z - ZooMontana: If you're looking for the best zoo in the state, you need travel to Billings. It was recently named one of the top 10 zoos in America.


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