Is It Illegal to Be Naked In Your Backyard In Montana?
I know this is kind of a weird question, but you might be surprised by the answer.
The late 60s and early 70s were known as the era of peace and free love. During that time, it wasn't uncommon to see a bunch of hippies running around stark naked. Fast forward to 2022, and seeing someone naked in public can be pretty shocking. It's definitely not the norm anymore.
I'll be honest, when I actually have a day off, the idea of putting on pants isn't really appealing to me. I usually throw on something comfortable to lounge around the house in that isn't meant to be seen in public.
Personally, I don't walk around naked in my house. It's just not really my thing. Plus, I'm pretty sure my roommate would move out. That said, I know that some people enjoy letting it all hang out and expressing their freedom in the nude.
So, is it legal to be naked in your backyard in Montana? Technically, yes, but there are a few important things you need to know before you strip down.
First, IT IS illegal to be nude in a public place or any place that is readily visible to the public. That means unless you have a tall fence or something else in your backyard that prevents the public from seeing you, you should probably keep your clothes on. To put it simply, it becomes illegal when other people can see you. The only exception is when you're somewhere that's specifically designated or set apart for nudity.
Montana law states that a person can be convicted of public nudity. You could get fined up to $500, spend up to 6 months in jail, or both. You could also be charged with indecent exposure. To read Montana state law regarding indecent exposure, click here.