Welcome from everyone in Montana!
From all of us here in Big Sky Country we
want to welcome you and your family to Montankids.com. We hope
you pay us a visit in 2014, but just in case you cant
make it to Montana this year, we have put together this great
MONTANA KIDS! site so you can take a journey through the fourth
largest state in the United States without leaving your computer.
Montana has less than one million people living here. That means
there is a lot of room to roam and cool places to explore and
matter when you visit; winter or summer, youre sure
to find an adventure waiting for you in Montana. Cool is just
what you will find in Montana in the winter. But we dont
let a little bit of snow bother us, oh no, we love to go outdoors
and have fun. Youll find a mound of things to do here
in the wintertime.
Montana has 16
downhill ski areas you can visit. Whether you choose to
cruise down the mountain on skis or snowboards, Montana has
a ski slope for every level of skier. Maybe you would rather
explore our mountains and woods at a slower pace, we have
hundreds of trails to cover on your cross-country
skis or snowshoes. In fact, youll find that we have
a lot of different ways to travel around the state in the
winter. Interested in snowmobiling,we
have 2,000 miles of groomed trails to wander, what about trying
to mush a team of dogs, weve got dog
sledding,or how about just sitting back and enjoying a
horse driven sleigh ride.
Winter is also the time of year when you
see a lot of folks walking on water, frozen water that is. Ice
fishing on our states lakes is a popular activity
with grown ups and kids too. Another exciting sport
on our frozen lakes is ice
sailing or boating. The mighty winds of Montana make it
easy for these boats to sail across the ice.
Speed skating is an exciting sport in the
state. The city of Butte is home to the U.S. High Altitude
Sports Center. This speed
skating rink is one of the highest in the world. Nestled
in the mountains it stands 5,500 feet above sea level. That
is over one mile high. Olympic speed skating champions Bonnie
Blair and Dan Jansen trained at this rink. But you dont
have to be a top skater to take a turn around this track;the
public is welcome to skate at the sports center and at the
many other skating rinks found throughout the state.
Out of breath from all of the fun? Why not
take a break and check out some of our winter
carnivals or local events like ski joring. How about cheering
on your favorite team of dogs at the Seeley Monture 100 Dog
Sled Race or the Race to the Sky Sled Dog Race, the longest
sled dog race in the lower 48 states.
As you have discovered, a visit to Montana during the winter
months is a real cool thing to do, but this is also a great
place to visit in any season.
Wildlife has a special home in Montana. In fact, Montana is the home
of the most diverse - which means there are many varieties
- wildlife population in the lower 48 states. Here, you can
see great herds of antelope, elk, and deer. There are bears,
wolves, coyotes, birds of all kinds, squirrels and fish -
plenty of fish living in Montana's many lakes, rivers and
If you like horses
and the cowboy way of life you have come to the right
state. Ranches, ranch land and farms are found in every corner
of Montana. Many of those ranch families invite people to
stay with them and join in their chores, ride the range and
have lots of fun in the country.
If you like water,
Montana is a place where water is made. It is a "headwaters"
state, which means that the winter snows and rains that fall
in Montana's many high mountain ranges flow down into streams
that lead to rivers that flow across the United States and
Canada and finally reach the oceans. Water from Montana flows
west into the Pacific Ocean, south into the Gulf of Mexico
and north into Canada's Hudson Bay - and this is the only
state where that happens!
Montana has two: Yellowstone
Park, which we share with Wyoming and Idaho; and GlacierNational
Park which we share with Alberta, Canada. These are great
places that people from all around the world visit and enjoy.
If you haven't seen them yet, let your mom and dad know and
plan to be there soon.
Montana is unique as well. A lot of the dinosaur fossils
you seein museums around the world have come from Montana
and its neighbor states. Some of Montana's "dinosaur
hunters" let visitors join their search for the buried
bones of these ancient creatures. Members of Indian
tribes like the Blackfeet, Crow, Kootenai, Salish, and
others lived here (and still do) for hundreds of years before
non-Indian settlers moved into the state. The famous Lewis
and Clark Expedition was one of the first non-Indian groups
to see Montana. Some of the West's first cattle
drives came here as did early day miners searching and
finding gold, silver and copper. Some of the towns these miners
built and abandoned are kept as "ghost
towns" and can still be visited. Cowboys still ride
the range in Montana, but there are also plenty of cities
and towns here that offer all the modern conveniences found
in other parts of the country.
WHATS NEW IN 2000
All contents © 2003, Travel Montana. All rights
reserved. Please visit us again at http://montanakids.com
Since you came to our web site seeking an adventure,we want
you to be the first to know that we have a bunch of new features
planned for you in 2000. If you like discovery, youll
enjoy exploring our new Lewis and Clark pages. If you like rocks
and fossils, youll dig our piece on archeology. And if
you like animals, youll go wild over our wildlife recovery
We hope you enjoyed your journey through
Montana on our web site so much that you and your family will
want to come and see the real thing. We would love to have
you as our guests. Is there something else you would like
to see on our site? Drop us a line and let us know what you
think about MONTANAKIDS.
You can also help your family plan a trip
to Montana. Have your folks request a statewide travel packet
by sending their mailing address to email@example.com.
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