Space, lots of space, is the hallmark of eastern Montana's gently rolling plains. If you're looking to escape stifling crowds and urban sprawl, you'll take well to the wide-open plains of Big Sky Country.
The state as a whole averages six people per square mi, but some of its prairies measure in reverse: one person per 6 square mi. Although largely devoid of
the epic snow-covered peaks of the towering Rockies, the eastern two-thirds of Montana have an expansive beauty that seems to stretch endlessly beyond the horizon, beckoning you to bask in the isolated serenity of one of the least-populated places in the country—in a land of almost too much sky.
Revel in wild grasslands, stark badlands, unhindered skylines, and spectacular sunsets, far from the rumble of jetliners, the roar of traffic, and the ringing of cell phones. A great triangle bounded by the Yellowstone River to the south, the Missouri River to the north, and U.S. 87 to the west, the region comprises nearly 10% of the state of Montana. Its residents, however, represent less than 1% of the state's total population, and the number is shrinking. This is a region with barely 1,000 people between the two largest towns (Jordan, with 364 residents, and Circle, with 644), where the livestock outnumbers the people 100 to 1. One winter the tumbleweeds clogged a highway so badly that the state had to send out snowplows to clear the way.