75 Montana Trivia Questions (Ranked from Easiest to Hardest)

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May 26, 2024
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Are you searching for a new way to test your knowledge of Montana? Or perhaps you're a trivia enthusiast looking for a new challenge? Look no further than Montana trivia questions!

Known as the "Treasure State," Montana is located in the western region of the United States and is known for its rugged natural beauty, from the Rocky Mountains to the Great Plains. From its rich history and cultural heritage to its unique landscape, there's no shortage of fascinating facts to learn about this state. Montana played a vital role in the American West, particularly in the mining, timber and agriculture industry.

It was also home to famous figures such as Calamity Jane and Sacagawea. Montana is also known for its wildlife, including bison, elk, and grizzly bears. The state's economy is driven by mining, agriculture, and tourism. With a diverse range of activities from hiking, fishing and skiing to visiting historical sites, Montana offers something for everyone. Whether you're a history buff, a trivia enthusiast, or just looking to learn something new, Montana trivia questions offer a fun and educational way to explore all that this state has to offer.

75 Montana Trivia Questions Ranked From Easiest to Hardest (Updated for 2024)

  1. Castle is one of many Montana ghost towns created by the silver rush in the late 1800s. The best-known resident of Castle was Martha Jane Cannary Burke who was better known by what "misadventurous" name?

    Answer: Calamity Jane

  2. Although it has a name that sounds more like an unpleasant additive to a salad, what is the official state flower of Montana?

    Answer: Bitterroot

  3. What famous Montanan was born in Butte in 1938 and rose to national fame after changing his name (birth name: Robert Craig)? After a career of increasingly impressive stunts, he publicly converted to Christianity later in life and was baptized at a televised congregation.

    Answer: Evel Knievel

  4. Flathead Lake, Red Lodge, Bozeman, Harvest Moon, and Blackfoot River are all names of what type of company located in Montana? They are all part of an industry that has exploded in popularity across the U.S. in the 2010s.

    Answer: Breweries

  5. Montana had the first course for what type of 4-letter activity in the United States? Built at Lolo Hot Springs on Lolo Pass in 1965, this high-speed sporting event is a dangerous Winter Olympics sport.

    Answer: Luge

  6. What four-word, sixteen-letter phrase has often by used by Montanans to describe their home state? The phrase was also the title of a 1990 anthology of Montana stories edited by William Kittredge.

    Answer: The Last Best Place

  7. Known for his 1986-1993 stint on Saturday Night Live and his role as Garth Algar in the Wayne's World films, what Montanan comedian was born in Missoula in 1955?

    Answer: Dana Carvey

  8. Unknown to many, Montana was home to the Minuteman I ballistic missile in 1959 and the threat of these missiles ended up playing a major role in what precarious 1962 international event?

    Answer: Cuban Missile Crisis

  9. The wreck of the steamship Helena sits in Bigfork, almost 200 miles away from the capital city of Helena in what Big Sky Country state?

    Answer: Montana

  10. The first woman to hold federally-elected office in the U.S. was Jeannette Rankin, a Representative from Montana. Rankin was famously the only member of the U.S. House to vote against a declaration of war against what Asian nation in a 1940s vote?

    Answer: Japan

  11. Within the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness, and standing at an elevation of 12,807 feet above sea level, what is the highest natural point in Montana?

    Answer: Granite Peak

  12. What ski resort in southwestern Montana proudly claims to host the "Biggest Skiing in America"?

    Answer: Big Sky Resort

  13. Two "Copper Kings" competed to determine Montana's state capital in the late 1800s. Helena was the winning option. What was the reptilian runner-up?

    Answer: Anaconda

  14. Excluding Alaska, Montana has the largest breeding population of what "musical" type of swan?

    Answer: Trumpter swan

  15. What river in Montana is the longest contiguous river in the U.S. without a dam?

    Answer: Yellowstone River

  16. What company with a metallic and reptilian name was one of the largest trusts in the world in the early 20th century and headquartered in Butte, Montana?

    Answer: Anaconda Copper

  17. What “B” hill has steep sides and a flat top? They are particular known to U.S. residents for being in Montana.

    Answer: Butte

  18. In 1862, there was a landmark piece of legislation in the U.S. meant to encourage frontier families to settle further West. However, there were few takers as the allotted 160 acres of federal land was inadequate for a farm to support a family in Montana's arid territory. What was this famous Act?

    Answer: Homestead Act

  19. A former open-pit copper mine in Butte, Montana is one of the only places in the world where you can pay to see toxic waste. What is the name of this "attraction" which has 40 billion gallons of acidic water, heavy metals, and unique microscopic lifeforms?

    Answer: The Berkeley Pit

  20. Electric, Dooley, and Copperopolis are three communities in Montana that share what haunted condition?

    Answer: Ghost towns

  21. We're going way back in time for this one. In the prehistoric area, the land that would later become Portland was flooded after glacial dams collapsed in what gigantic lake that is now the name of what second-largest Montanan city?

    Answer: Lake Missoula

  22. Introduced by Montana Senator James E. Murray, the Resources and Conservation Act of 1959 paved the way for what U.S. government agency to form in 1970?

    Answer: The Environmental Protection Agency

  23. Add together the number of U.S. states and Canadian provinces that Montana borders. What is the sum?

    Answer: 7

  24. Fort Benton, Montana's first fort, was purchased by the U.S. Army in 1865. Initially, the settlement was established as a trading post for what commodity in 1847?

    Answer: Fur

  25. Named for the fish eggs common at nearby State Fish Hatchery, Montana is home to the shortest river in the United States, measuring just over 200 feet. What is the name of this alliterative river?

    Answer: Roe River

  26. The county seat of Valley County in northeast Montana shares its name with what Scottish city?

    Answer: Glasgow

  27. Kampgrounds of America (KOA) was created by Dave Drum in 1962, and his first campground was in what Western state?

    Answer: Montana

  28. What 3 Spanish words appear on the Montana state flag and serve as the state's metallic motto?

    Answer: Oro y plata

  29. One of Montana's most visited tourist attractions was also deemed "the most beautiful drive in America" a CBS correspondent. What is the name of this section of U.S. Route 212 between Red Lodge and Cooke City?

    Answer: Beartooth Highway

  30. What two states in the continental United States do not contain a Dollar General store? We need the name of both states on this one.

    Answer: Idaho and Montana

  31. Happening in the southeastern portion of Montana, Custer's Last Stand occurred during what battle during the Great Sioux War of 1876?

    Answer: Battle of the Little Bighorn

  32. The town of Ekalaka, Montana was named for the daughter of what famous Sioux chief?

    Answer: Sitting Bull

  33. In 1930, Flathead Lake was dammed at its outlet on Polson Bay and the water level of the lake was raised by ten feet. What was (and still is) the name of this dam?

    Answer: Kerr Dam

  34. What "Zen Master" professional sports coach was born in Deer Lodge, Montana? This man later became iconic during coaching stints in Chicago and Los Angeles.

    Answer: Phil Jackson

  35. In April 2023, the House of Representatives of what U.S. state voted to bar trans legislator Zooey Zephyr from the House floor?

    Answer: Montana

  36. What Canadian province's southern border lies adjacent to both Idaho and Montana?

    Answer: British Columbia

  37. Montana shares a northern border with 3 Canadian provinces. Name 2 of the 3.

    Answer: British Columbia, Alberta, and Saskatchewan

  38. What is the "G" name associated with hotel Bibles because of a religious organization that places the tomes in bedside tables? The first of these Bibles was placed in a hotel in Superior, Montana.

    Answer: Gideons Bible

  39. Montana's counties include Big Horn as well as which other related one, named for a 19th century general who was born in Ohio but died in Montana?

    Answer: Custer

  40. The longest-serving U.S. Senator from Montana had initials MM. He also served as a professor of history and political science at the University of Montana. Who was this man?

    Answer: Mike Mansfield

  41. How many national parks are in Montana?

    Answer: 2

  42. The first national park in the U.S. is often considered the first national park in the world. This park technically lies within Montana and what two other states?

    Answer: Wyoming and Idaho

  43. What is the 2-word name for the white buffalo born on the Flathead Indian Reservation in 1933 and now on display in Helena?

    Answer: Big Medicine

  44. Near the town of Three Forks, the Folkvord family is well-known in Montana for founding what grains company? The company's products are distributed throughout the region and claim to be grown at the highest-elevation of any grains in the US.

    Answer: Wheat Montana

  45. What pair of famous expeditioners are the namesake of a state park of limestone caverns in Montana?

    Answer: Lewis and Clark

  46. The famous caverns in Jefferson County, Montana and its associated state park are named for what pair of explorers?

    Answer: Lewis and Clark

  47. As of the most recent census, nearly 95% of Montanans speak English at home. What is the second-most-spoken language in the state?

    Answer: Spanish

  48. Adapted into a TV miniseries, what "avian" 1985 novel by Larry McMurtry focuses on a pair of retired Texas Rangers and their crew as they drive a herd of cattle to Montana?

    Answer: Lonesome Dove

  49. What Shoshone woman guided explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark through the Rocky Mountains of Montana on their namesake expedition?

    Answer: Sacagawea

  50. What large Rocky Mountain lake south of Glacier National Park in Montana is famous for being one of the world's cleanest?

    Answer: Flathead Lake

  51. Lewis and Clark's Corps of Discovery passed through the Rocky Mountains at Lemhi Pass, which crosses from what is now Montana into what bordering state?

    Answer: Idaho

  52. What range of the Rockies along the Idaho-Montana border is named for a small pink flower that is the state flower of Montana?

    Answer: Bitterroot Range

  53. A national historic site in Montana's Rocky Mountains preserves a site built by 19th century entrepreneurs Johnny Grant and Conrad Kohrs, and which is devoted to the history of what type of business still commonly found in Montana and the Western U.S.?

    Answer: Cattle Ranching

  54. The Rocky Mountain Trench, the western edge of the Canadian Rockies, runs the length of what Canadian Province? It begins as the Kechika Valley on the south bank of the Liard River and ends as the middle Lake Koocanusa Valley in northwestern Montana.

    Answer: British Columbia

  55. Travelers' Rest State Park near Lolo, Montana is the only location that has yielded physical proof that what historic pair passed by in the 19th century?

    Answer: Lewis and Clark

  56. Of the many native nations currently living in Montana, which group was the first to arrive? This Siouan-language people are named after a bird.

    Answer: The Crow

  57. Although the town has a population of less than 2,000 people as of the 2010 U.S. Census, what Montana municipality boasts a state-owned airport, dozens of lodging establishments, and a neighboring National Park?

    Answer: West Yellowstone

  58. What is the more-common name for 1876 armed engagement named the "Battle of the Greasy Grass" by the indigenous Lakota people?

    Answer: Battle of the Little Bighorn or Custer's Last Stand

  59. Fittingly, what is the name of the 190-feet-deep, 6-mile-long body of water in Cameron, Montana created by a seismic event?

    Answer: Earthquake Lake

  60. "A River Runs Through It and Other Stories" is a collection of stories published in 1976 that created a surge of interest in both fly fishing and the state of Montana for outdoor tourism. What American author wrote this book?

    Answer: Norman Maclean

  61. What U.S. national park, located in the northwest corner of Montana, has the nickname "Crown of the Continent?"

    Answer: Glacier National Park

  62. The first luge run in the United States was built in what Montana settlement which shares its name with the local emergence of geothermally heated groundwater?

    Answer: Lolo Hot Springs

  63. When Glacier National Park was officially christened as a U.S. National Park in 1910, who was president?

    Answer: William Howard Taft

  64. By number of square miles, what U.S. state is the closest size in area to Montana's 147,000 square miles?

    Answer: California

  65. As of the 2010 U.S. Census, which of Montana's 20 largest cities had the highest share of Native Americans at approximately 16% of all city residents?

    Answer: Polson

  66. The Sac State Hornets athletic teams are part of what NCAA Division I conference that somehow is headquartered in Utah instead of Montana?

    Answer: Big Sky Conference

  67. The lowest point in Montana is where which river exits the state in the northwest at the Montana/Idaho border?

    Answer: Kootenai River

  68. What “R” 20th-century woman, an early social worker and fervent suffragette, later made history in 1917 when she was elected to the U.S. House Of Representative out of Montana?

    Answer: Jeannette Rankin

  69. The largest of Montana's state parks by area comes from a Lakota phrase meaning "land of bad spirits" and features badlands and dinosaur fossils. What is this park?

    Answer: Makoshika State Park

  70. Jeannette Rankin of Montana served as the first woman in what role in the U.S.?

    Answer: Congresswoman

  71. What 2013 black-and-white film follows the journey of a Montana man as he drives south to claim a sweepstakes prize? The film is named after a state, but that state is not Montana.

    Answer: Nebraska

  72. According to the Bozeman Daily, what chain restaurant had the most locations in Montana in 2015? The eatery was nearing the triple digit mark with 93 open establishments.

    Answer: Subway

  73. Montana is the 3rd least densely populated state in the United States. What is the *most* densely populated?

    Answer: New Jersey

  74. Hank Green is an American entrepreneur, musician, educator, producer, vlogger, and author that lives in Missoula, Montana. What was the name of Green's YouTube channel that launched him and his brother to fame in the early 2000s?

    Answer: Vlogbrothers

  75. About 70 miles southwest of Billings lies a bizarre snowfield more than 2 miles above sea level. This field has a unique gray coloration rather than the typical white appearance. What causes this discoloration and also contributes to the glacier's alliterative name?

    Answer: Tens of millions of grasshoppers

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