|Garfield County Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture|
Garfield County is the place for you. True, Western hospitality among some of the friendliest people you will find anywhere.
Located in the heart of Eastern Montana, the landscape varies across the county and all is unique in character. In the central and southern portions, we have rolling hills and gentle drainages covered by farms and ranches. To the Northwest we have rough, timber covered land with deep canyons and high divides. The farmable acres in this area are some of the richest, most productive soils in the county; however, much of the land is suitable only for grazing due to the terrain. In the Northeastern and Eastern reaches you will find more of the "gumbo" roughs; made up of round hills of layer upon layers of dense clay and covered by little vegetation. Farming is limited in this part of the county as it lacks the loamy soils for good crop production. Many of the county's sheep ranches are located here.
Jordan, our county seat, has three parks complete with picnic and play areas, RV and camping facilities, restaurants, hotels, gas stations, and shopping. It is also the gateway to Hell Creek State Park and Recreation Area, where you will find awesome freshwater fishing.
The history of Garfield County can be traced back to the age of the Dinosaurs, as evidenced by the many major paleontology finds in the area. Dinosaurs from here are in several of the largest museums in the United States. World renowned paleontologists visit our area every summer in search of more Cretaceous treasures.
Our more recent history evolves from early occupation by large cattle, sheep and horse ranches at the turn of the 20th Century. These were soon followed by the influx of homesteaders in the 1910's and 1920's. Those who made it through the 1930's stayed to build a strong agricultural community. Major products of the area include small grains and livestock.
The largest growing segment of our economy is recreation. There are excellent fishing, hunting, camping and boating opportunities available all year long.
If Western adventure is more to your liking, you can certainly enjoy rodeo action or take an old fashioned wagon train excursion through or countryside.