MSL – USDA NRCS Data Development and Sharing Partnership
Imagery and Elevation

National Agricultural Imagery Program (NAIP)

This data set contains digital ortho-imagery from the National Agriculture Imagery Program (NAIP) for the state of Montana. Data for 2017 is 60 cm resolution, 2015-2016 is one meter resolution. Collected in 4-bands, natural color and infra-red.

Elevation Data

The 10 meter National Elevation Data (NED) is currently the only available statewide elevation data for Montana. Ten meter NED rasters, slope rasters, classified slope rasters for rangeland planning, and 40 foot contour data for Montana NRCS areas can be downloaded here.


High resolution elevation data can be derived from LiDAR which has been collected for limited portions of Montana. The State Elevation Working Group is actively engaged in supporting the USGS 3DEP program and coordinating the acquisition of statewide LiDAR.

  • Montana LiDAR Inventory - The purpose of the Montana LiDAR Inventory is to increase awareness about where high-resolution elevation data is available and to promote collaboration and coordination on future lidar acquisitions.  The Lidar Inventory provides web maps and printable maps depicting completed and planned LiDAR acquisitions. Missing lidar project footprints can be submiitted through a simple questionnaire.  Addtionally, an edit tool allows anyone to draw priority areas of interest for future LiDAR acquisitions.
  • ​LiDAR data delivery system (in development)