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Pondera County (pronounced ponder-ray) was established in 1919 and its county seat is Conrad. The county’s terrain varies from flat and rolling plains to mountains that reach the Continental Divide in the Rockies. A portion of the Lewis & Clark National Forest is in the county along with part of the Blackfeet Indian Reservation. Conrad, MT was formed as a railroad town and maintains much of its heritage with venues including the Transportation Museum, Conrad Depot and Orpheum Theater.

The primary economic driver in the county is agriculture. Pondera County is part of a region of Montana referred to as the Golden Triangle because of all the wheat grown in the area. Wheat, barley, hay, lentils, peas and oilseed crops (such as canola) are grown here alongside cattle ranching.


Once area grain crops are harvested the remaining “stubble” provides good forage and cover for upland game birds (pheasant, Hungarian partridges, grouse). Bird hunters praise the area for excellent hunting. The Pondera Golf Club, open to the public, is located north of Conrad with 9 holes of golf. Just west of Dupuyer visitors will find great hiking access into the Rocky Mountain Front. Swift Reservoir and Swift Dam near Dupuyer sit at the base of the Rocky Mountains, fed by Birch Creek.


Agriculture, oil production and tourism are major industries in central Montana. Pondera Medical Center provides modern health services including extended care. Conrad Public Schools and Valier Public Schools provide education for local K-12 students.


Due to the size of the state, Montana is home to a wide variety of geography, topography, altitude and climate. Conrad, MT receives 38 inches of snow, 177 days of sunshine and 12 inches of rain on average each year.



The Montana outdoors are nothing short of incredible. Glacier National Park, Lake Francis, Tiber Reservoir, Carousel Rest Area, Sweetgrass Hills, Showdown Ski Resort, Marias River State Park Wildlife Management Area and Eureka Reservoir are among the many attractions drawing visitors from across the region. Whoop-Up Trail Days in Conrad is a yearly celebration featuring a rodeo, parades, fun run and rhubarb festival. Shelby is home to the Marias Fair, Christmas Stroll and Chili Feed.

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