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Before we dive into Montana laws that are one sandwich short of a picnic, let's express what Idaho adores about our neighbor southwest of us!

One of America's Great Plains and Rocky Mountain states, Montana's sparse populous is known far and wide. According to theFactFile, 46 out of Montana's 56 counties average just six residents per square mile. This makes the 'Treasure State' one of the most rural states in the nation.

Photo Credit: Canva Images // Ryan Valenzuela
Photo Credit: Canva Images // Ryan Valenzuela

MONTANA'S crown jewel

Billings is the crown jewel of Montana's urban scene! The largest city in the state, a 2022 World Population survey reports Billings is home to 119,706 residents. Helena, the state's capital, has somewhere around 75,000 residents, making the municipality Montana's second most populated city.

A culture with a storied history that's steeped in tradition, iExplore shares:

Ranchers, cowboys, and horses play a big role in Montana's culture, as does its rich Native American past [that's] been enjoying a revival in recent years.

Wild and free, Montana still embodies the spirit of the pioneers. From its rich mining and ranching history, to its vast outdoor playground that's peppered with adventure and cowboys, 'Big Sky Country' has something for everyone.

If the state's preference for independence intimidates you, iExplore assures folks that Montana natives are terrific hosts! They love sharing their state's wonder and beauty.

FAST facts

Photo Credit: Canva Images // Ryan Valenzuela
Photo Credit: Canva Images // Ryan Valenzuela
  • NICKNAMES: 'Big Sky Country' & 'The Treasure State'
  • STATEHOOD: 41st state as of 1889
  • STATE BIRD: western meadowlark 
  • MEANING: the state's name is Spanish for 'mountainous'
  • WILDLIFE: grizzly & black bears, bighorn sheep, bison, bald eagles, etc.
  • RESOURCES: petroleum & talc
  • FAMOUS FOODS: Cream of the West oatmeal
  • FAMOUS RESIDENT: Evel Knievel
  • HOME OF: Yellowstone National Park, the world's first national park

Keep scrolling for a gallery of Montana's most wild and crazy laws!

16 of Montana's Wild & Crazy Laws

✔️ FYI: 'Big Sky Country' is big on crazy!
Surprised? So were we. After all, who expects a state with famously conservative politics and traditional values to have such colorful, crazy-@$$ laws?

PS, it bears repeating that Idaho loves Montana! The Gem State's neighbors to the southwest mirror our own penchant for bizarre laws and quirky customs!

Gallery Credit: Ryan Valenzuela

Washington's Weird Laws: 11 Regulations We Can't Believe Exist

Of all the crazy gin joints in the Pacific Northwest, Washington state is by far the strangest! Laws in the Evergreen State are so weird, it's hard to believe they're real.

🤳🏽 Scroll through the gallery below for a look at Washington's most bizarre-o legislation.

Gallery Credit: Ryan Antoinette Valenzuela

Idaho Has Crazy Neighbors: Weird Laws in California & Utah [gallery]

Scroll on for a gallery of laws in California & Utah that range from the entertaining to the ERMERGERD.

Gallery Credit: Ryan Valenzuela

TRUE OR FALSE: Can You Guess Which Idaho Laws Are Real?

Let's see how well you do at guessing which of these silly laws are true and which are false.

Gallery Credit: Chris Cardenas

The Top 8 Changes Boise Drivers Want In 2023

They're not real, they'll likely never happen, and they're downright outrageous. Locals share the driving laws they want to see go into effect in the great state of Idaho.

Gallery Credit: Chris Cardenas

🚨 Can You Get Arrested for Driving Shoeless in Idaho?

🚘BOISE, Idaho. Logic and about 20 years of experience behind the wheel tells us driving sans footwear is a pretty risky, even reckless idea. But does that mean it's illegal?

Scroll on for a quick peek at Idaho's stance on the issue!

Gallery Credit: Ryan Valenzuela

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