AS THE TREASURE STATE, Montana is known for its mountains and extensive natural resources, such as copper, silver, gold, coal, lead, zinc, oil, limestone, antimony, phosphates, and gypsum. This mountain state encompasses 147,046 square mile (380,821 square kilometer) of land area; Montana is the fourth largest state in the United States, but it is 44th in population, partly because parts on the state are virtually inaccessible. The state is approximately 630 mile (1,014 kilometer) east to west and 280 mile (450 kilometer) north to south. Montana is bounded on the north by Canada, on the south by Idaho and Wyoming, on the west by Idaho, and on the east by North Dakota and South Dakota. The Rocky Mountains cover the western third of the state. The other two-thirds of Montana are covered with gently rolling hills. Montana, which became a territory in 1864, was admitted to the Union in 1889 as the 41st state. Yellowstone National Park, which covers 2,219,791 acres (898,317 hectares), brings approximately 3 million visitors a year to Montana. In addition to the capital city of Helena, Montana’s largest cities are Billings, Missoula, Great Falls, Battle, Silver Bow, Bozeman, Kalispell, Havre, Anaconda-Deer Lodge County, and Miles City. The highest point in the state is 12,799 foot (3,901 meter) above sea level at Granite Peak. The lowest point in Montana is 1,800 foot (548 meter) above sea level at the Kootenai River. Geographically, the eastern three-fifths of Montana falls within the Great Plains, while the remaining two-fifths of the state are part of the Rocky Mountain region. As part of the Interior Plain of North America that runs from Canada to Mexico, Montana’s Great Plains section is covered with gently rolling land interspersed with hills and river valleys. Bear Paws, Big Snowy, Judith, and Little Rocky Mountains are found within this area. In the southeastern section, Montana’s badlands are dominated by red, yellow, brown stone formations. The western area of Montana is dominated by mountains, flat grass-covered valleys, and fir, spruce, and pine forests. Valleys in this region may spread out for as much as 40 mile (64 kilometer). Some 50 mountain ranges are located in the Rocky Mountain region, including the Absaroka, Beartooth, Beaverhead, Big Belt, Bitterroot, Bridger, Cabinet, Crazy, Flathead, Gallatin, Little Belt, Madison, Mission, Swan, and Tobacco Root. Soils in the mountains tend to be poor and thin, unlike the more fertile areas of the plains. Grama, buffalo, and bluestem grasses are common in Montana.