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Northern US Great Plains

Range TypeBogus mountain grouping for this site
Highest PointRed Benchmark (5450 ft/1661 m)
CountriesUnited States
States/ProvincesSouth Dakota (36%), North Dakota (31%), Montana (24%), Minnesota (6%), Wyoming (2%), Iowa (1%)
(numbers are approximate percentage of range area)
Area144,774 sq mi / 374,965 sq km
Area may include lowland areas
Extent392 mi / 632 km North-South
672 mi / 1,082 km East-West
Center Lat/Long45° 19' N; 101° 1' W
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Map of Northern US Great Plains
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Note: Range borders shown on map are an approximation and are not authoritative.
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Other Ranges: To go to pages for other ranges either click on the map above, or on range names in the hierarchy snapshot below, which show the parent, siblings, and children of the Northern US Great Plains.
Great PlainsLevel 3 (Parent)
         Canadian Great PlainsLevel 4 (Sibling)
         Northern US Great PlainsLevel 4
                 Missouri-Yellowstone PlainsLevel 5 (Child)
                 Southeast Montana PlainsLevel 5 (Child)
                 West-Central Dakota PlainsLevel 5 (Child)
                 East Central Dakota PlainsLevel 5 (Child)
                 Sioux River UplandLevel 5 (Child)
         Black HillsLevel 4 (Sibling)
         Central Great PlainsLevel 4 (Sibling)
         Southern Great PlainsLevel 4 (Sibling)



Major Peaks of the Northern US Great Plains

Ten Highest Peaks
RankPeak NameftmRange5
1.Red Benchmark54501661Southeast Montana Plains
2.Peak 49604960+1512+Southeast Montana Plains
3.Rosebud County High Point48071465Southeast Montana Plains
4.West Butte44501356Southeast Montana Plains
5.Badger Peak44221348Southeast Montana Plains
6.Powder River County High Point4420+1347+Southeast Montana Plains
7.Home Creek Butte44071343Southeast Montana Plains
8.Bear Skull Mountain43001311Southeast Montana Plains
9.Treasure County High Point4260+1298+Southeast Montana Plains
10.Finger Buttes42011280Southeast Montana Plains
Sub-peaks are excluded from this list. List may not be complete, since only summits in the PBC Database are included.
Child Range High Points
RankPeak NameftmRange5
1.Red Benchmark54501661Southeast Montana Plains
2.Harding Peak40191225West-Central Dakota Plains
3.Peak 372337231135Missouri-Yellowstone Plains
4.Kidder County High Point2320+707+East Central Dakota Plains
5.Roberts County High Point2135651Sioux River Upland



Photos of Peaks in the Northern US Great Plains

Castle Rock Butte
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Castle Rock Butte, looking west from the near the geographic center of the U.S.A.
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White Butte

White Butte, North Dakota rises above cattle grazing lands (1989-05-13).
Ocheyedan Mound
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View from parking lot towards mound (2012-06-23). Photo by Walter Blume.
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