Montana is a state located in the Western United States. The state's name is derived from the Spanish word montaña (mountain). Montana has several nicknames, although none are official, including "Big Sky Country" and "The Treasure State", and slogans that include "Land of the Shining Mountains" and more recently, "The Last Best Place".
Montana is bordered by Idaho to the west, Wyoming to the south, North Dakota and South Dakota to the east, and the Canadian provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, and Saskatchewan to the north. It is the fourth largest state in the United States after Alaska, Texas, and California; it is the largest landlocked U.S. state; and it is the only state that borders three Canadian provinces.
Population density is highest in western Montana, which contains Glacier National Park. Much of eastern Montana is semi-arid and sparsely populated.
From north to south, Montana's climate is generally arid or semi-arid except for continental air masses west of Missoula during winter which bring cold temperatures and some precipitation.
Montana offers some of the most scenic camping locations in the country. With towering mountains, pristine lakes and rivers, lush forests and open prairies, there is a campsite to fit any taste. Here are just a few of the many camping opportunities available in Montana.