Great Plains size comparison
2,800,000 km2 / 1,080,800 mile2
The Great Plains, sometimes simply “the Plains”, is a broad expanse of flat land (a plain), much of it covered in prairie, steppe, and grassland, located in the interior of North America. It lies west of the Mississippi River tallgrass prairie in the United States and east of the Rocky Mountains in the U.S. and Canada.
- The entirety of Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota
- Parts of Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and Wyoming
- The southern portions of Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba
The region is known for supporting extensive cattle ranching and dry farming. The Canadian portion of the Plains is known as the Canadian Prairies. It covers much of Alberta and southern Saskatchewan, and a narrow band of southern Manitoba.