Why the Rocky Mountain Front

Jeff Vantine
Montana’s Rocky Mountain Front is one of the best remaining American wildlands. It is a window into the wild heritage that makes the United States unique.

The Rocky Mountain Front is 110 miles of jagged limestone reefs that tower above the great plains of the United States. These ridges stair-step eastward into a vast landscape of agricultural and public wildlands that have sustained wildlife and a way of life for generations.

At Wilderness, we are working to protect the Rocky Mountain Front's wildlands, wildlife and recreational opportunities.

Last of its kind

Montana’s portion of the Rocky Mountain Front Range is one of the last intact wildlands in America. It is a remnant of the majestic wildlands that once stretched from coast-to-coast and a reminder of our great American wild heritage.

Stunning scenery

The Rocky Mountain Front has hundred miles of jagged limestone reefs that contribute to some of the most scenic vistas in the world.

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Wildlife habitat

The Rocky Mountain Front has the most diverse collection of animals and plants in the Rockies. It’s one of the last places to see grizzly bears foraging on the prairie.

Economic engine

Montana’s largest migratory elk herd and the largest bighorn sheep herd in the continental United States drive an important sustainable economy for the area.

Natural heritage

The Rocky Mountain Front offers a window into a way-of-life that is tied to the land and is hard to find in our modern, fast-changing world. It is a part of Montana's rugged heritage and a part of the natural heritage that makes the United States unique.

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