Smith River

Central Montana

The heart of Central Montana is Lewistown, home of the world-famous Yogo sapphire. Central Montana’s Judith Basin was termed “America’s most important gem location” by the U.S. Geological Survey after Jake Hoover made one of the earliest discoveries of the Yogo sapphires in Yogo Creek when looking for gold in 1896. About $40 million worth of sapphires are mined annually. The area is characterized by wide-open spaces. The small island range of the Snowies lies to the south. 

Towns in Central Montana

Benchland
Broadview
Buffalo
Cat Creek
Checkerboard
Cushman
Danvers
Flatwillow
Forestgrove
Garneill
Grass Range
Harlowton
Hilger
Hobson
Ingomar
Judith Gap
Klein
Kolin
Lavina
Lewistown
Martinsdale
Melstone
Melville
Monarch
Moore
Mosby
Musselshell
Niehart
Ringling
Roundup
Ryegate
Shawmut
Stanford
Sumatra
Two Dot
Utica
White Sulphur Springs
Winnett