Montana is the 4th largest state in the United States and also 44th in population making large patches of unoccupied, open terrain a common feature of Montana’s less mountainous regions.  Montana has a long and famous park history with Glacier National Park and the Little Bighorn Battlefield serving as prime examples of national favorites.

Agriculture, primarily ranching, and the mining of a number of different mineral resources provide most of the state’s economic capacity with tourism serving as a minor but growing part.  Most of Montana’s tourist opportunities are park-based, with camping, hiking, skiing, and touring providing the most common activities.

Montana’s large size and low population number make it third lowest in population density in the United States.  Its population is concentrated around the state’s larger cities, many of which are well above sea level; with most concentrations west of the Rocky Mountains.