About Montana


imgFrom antelope-speckled, short grass prairies in the east to snow-capped mountain ranges and free-flowing rivers in the west, it’s no wonder Montana has been dubbed “the last best place.” Inspiring landscapes and easy-going, friendly towns combine to form Montana’s six distinct regions. 

In fact Montana has several nicknames, none official, including: "The Treasure State" and "Big Sky Country", and slogans that include "Land of the Shining Mountains" and more recently, "The Last Best Place". 

The state ranks fourth in area, but 44th in population, and accordingly has the third-lowest population density in the United States. 

Montana is well known for its mountainous western region, most of which is part of the Northern Rocky Mountains. About 60% of the state is prairie, part of the northern Great Plains.

The economy is primarily based on services, with ranching, wheat farming, oil and coal mining in the east, and lumber, tourism, and hard rock mining in the west.  Millions of tourists annually visit Glacier National Park, the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument, and three of the five entrances to Yellowstone National Park. The Bureau of Economic Analysis estimates that Montana's total state product in 2003 was $26 billion. 

Montana is a relative hub of beer microbrewing, ranking third in the nation in number of craft breweries per capita. 

Montana's personal income tax contains 7 brackets, with rates ranging from 1% to 6.9%. Montana has no sales tax. 

In presidential elections, Montana was long classified as a swing state, though in recent years, Montana has been classified as a Republican-leaning state, as the state supported Republican presidential candidates in every election from 1996 to the present.

The Montana State University Department of Animal and Range Sciences estimates that in the State of Montana are between 150,000 and 180,000 horses.

Montana is home to one herd of wild horses which is located in the Pryor Mountains south of Billings along the Montana-Wyoming border. For more than a century, the Pryor Mountains have been home to free-roaming bands of wild horses. In 1968 Montana set aside 31,000 acres in the Pryor Mountains as a public range for the wild horses living there.  The Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range is unique in both its setting and for the wild horses that inhabit it. Many of the horses have primitive striping on their backs, withers, and legs and are reputed to be descendents of "colonial" Spanish horses. 


img Horse Population: Between 150,000 and 180,000horses
img Population: 989,415
img Land area: 145,552 sq. miles
img Capital: Helena
img Counties: 56
img Highest Point: Granite Peak 12,807 feet
img Lowest Point: Kootenai River 1,800 feet
img Geographic Center : In Fergus Co., 11 mi. W of Lewistown
img 10 largest Cities :
  • Billings, 98,721
  • Missoula; 62,923
  • Great Falls; 56,338
  • Bozeman: 33,535
  • Butte-Silver Bow:1 32,282
  • Helena: 27,383
  • Kalispell: 18,480
  • Havre: 9,390
  • Anaconda–Deer Lodge County: 8,948
  • Miles City: 8,162
Delightful Mountain Home, nestled in a verdant forest, with fantastic views.

Bozeman, Gallatin County, Montana

Delightful Mountain Home, nestled in a verdant forest, with fantastic Bridger Range and canyon views. Bring your horses! Easy access off Kelly Canyon Road - minutes to Bozeman and to Bridger Bowl. About 8 acres of lush horse pasture, with a 4-horse stable. Updated kitchen w/pantry. Spacious, vaulted and beamed living room w/massive rock fireplace, dining area w/brick fireplace and views. Lots of rooms for guests, offices, media, exercise, workshop. Storage galore, plus carport on west. Bridger Canyon Opportunity!

Sharon Tudor Isler , ERA Landmark Real Estate

13.61 ACRES
4500 SQ FT
Horse property w / arena - 20 ac. in gorgeous Bridger Canyon, Bozeman MT

Bozeman, Gallatin County, Montana

Beautiful mini-ranch - 20 ac. in gorgeous Bridger Canyon, 10 mi. from Main St. and 6 mi. from Bridger Bowl ski area. Perfect setup for horses or other animals, with 60x120 insulated arena/barn w/8 stalls, large riding arena, tack room, workshop, water heater and sink, treadmill, washing area, pasture, fencing, and some cross fencing. Arena/barn could be RV/auto storage or greenhouse. 3284 s.f. 3bd/3bath home has been partially updated. Gorgeous views! Furnished apartment in bsmt. is ready for guests or caretaker/ranch hand. Historic brick fireplace in living room, cozy large wood stove on a brick hearth in family room. Hardwood floor under carpet in living room. House room dimensions available. To the west is private pasture land, fenced for cattle. Some new wood fences and some need work. Compact, functional horse operation in a beautiful location.

Sharon Tudor Isler , ERA Landmark Real Estate

20.00 ACRES
3284 SQ FT
Mission Valley Wonderland Estate

Saint Ignatius, Lake County, Montana

VERY MOTIVATED BRING OFFER MISSION VALLEY WONDERLAND ESTATE ON 200+ ACRES! Don't miss this bargain! Two quality homes perched high above the Mission Valley. Enjoy the gorgeous conifer forest, grazing meadows, flowing spring, pond & irrigation water. Tremendous panoramic views including the National Bison Range. A grand orchestra of Big Sky country. The horse lover will be impressed w/the immaculate 6-stall stable & all the amenities a horse could dream. Family fun & year round entertainment is just minutes away at McDonald Lake. The 4,400+ square foot main log home features two master suites, 4 bathrooms, 3 fireplaces & a massive wrap around deck. The guest residence is perfectly comfortable w/two large bedrooms, two full baths & pellet stove. Meticulous care abounds. The spring fed pond and... year round flowing water are big livestock bonuses. Amazing opportunity for the second home adventurer, the bed & breakfast minded enthusiast, the mountaintop seeking artist and/or the dude rancher looking for a cattle & horse friendly enclave.

Bob Mattson , Kelly Right Real Estate

203.00 ACRES
4442 SQ FT
Rockin' DK Ranch

Stevensville, Ravalli County, Montana

Passing through the doors of the main home, you are immediately struck by the vast expanse of the front room. Towering two stories and including a vaulted ceiling, it’s easy to believe the main home itself has over 10,000 square feet of lavish living space. To the right is the first of the four secondary bedrooms while standing centerpiece of the front room looms the colossal stone fireplace drawing the eye towards the full kitchen and recess leading to the master bedroom. Well lit by an expansive bay window and an attached patio, the spacious master bedroom still retains an intimate and cozy impression. Stepping onto the patio provides a dazzling panorama of the sun rising over the Sapphire mountains in the morning and setting over the Bitterroot Mountains in the evening. A view of the grounds presents the sculpted ponds and landscaped lawns, fully irrigated to promise a green luster throughout the summer. Back inside, stairs lead up to the second floor containing another two bedrooms with attached bathrooms while across the front room a set of descending stairs will carry us to the fully finished basement. Down here we find not only a private theater room but also a capacious wine cellar. Outside the front door and around the corner is the entrance to a private studio accommodation, kept fully separate from the rest of the home but easily accessible via the second floor skyway. Nearby just off the master bedroom patio and nestled against the creek the entertainment pavilion awaits. Enclosed within reside barbecue amenities and a custom-built, master-crafted pizza oven. Down the lane and through the trees lies the riverfront cabin. Inside are two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a full kitchen, and an ample lounging area. A stroll along the westward path takes us to the preface of the equestrian quarter. It begins with an outdoor arena including an attached barn containing both a studio apartment and its own bathroom. Further still, we find numerous additional outbuildings and gated enclosures necessary for all horse riding enthusiasts. The property additionally features its own caretaker’s home encompassing three bedrooms and a full bathroom. And with only a short commute, the Stock Farm Golf Club along with the town of Hamilton are both well within easy reach. Missoula itself is less than 40 minutes away making it a comfortable proposition for all your big city needs.

Bergquist Donnelly Team , PureWest Christies International Real Estate

181.00 ACRES
11088 SQ FT
Over 5 wooded acres with meadows, private yet tucked away!

Columbia Falls, Flathead County, Montana

Looking For horse property? Well here it is! Over 5 parked out acres, fenced with High Tencile wire and electric rope, all with views Teakettle and Columbia Mountain within minutes to town. Landscaped with fruit trees, and large fenced garden area. The 3 bedroom 1 bathroom home has been remodeled, including new flooring, interior and exterior paint, new plumbing, new bathroom, new lighting, new furnace & wood stove. There is a new large outdoor Dressage arena with a compacted base, and footing and wood borders as well as a barked/chipped gallop path through the woods. The property is cross fenced with 4 gates for your animals, 2 chicken coops, a one car garage, and several outbuildings for hay tack tools wood etc. Call Signe Ensign 406-250-2995, or your real estate professional today! Septic not of record. It is recommended that all buyers and buyers agents verify all information provided to them regarding this property to their satisfaction. This information is provided by outside sources, deemed reliable, but not warranted by listing agent or Locations Montana Real Estate.

Signe Ensign , Locations Montana Real Estate

5.44 ACRES
1431 SQ FT
50,000 Sq. Ft. Montana Equestrian Complex For Sale - Motivated Seller

Billings, Yellowstone County, Montana

**MOTIVATED SELLER AND PRICED TO SELL QUICKLY** Incredible opportunity to own one of Montana's largest Equestrian Centers just minutes from Billings, Logan International Airport and a short drive to Yellowstone National Park. Expansive indoor facility with over 50,000 sq. ft +/- under roof, approx. 170' x 196' riding arena, stadium seating, 32 stalls (plus 22 more in the accessory barn), 5 tack rooms, 2 wash racks, 2 handicap accessible restrooms, offices, viewing room and much more. Amazing value!

Stacie Wells , Landmark of Billings, Inc.

152.00 ACRES
2928 SQ FT
79 Acres in Montana

Kalispell, Flathead County, Montana

Private but easily accessible to both Bigfork and Kalispell, this property has it all! Amazing mountain views from both open and treed rolling land. It's location on the property lends itself to either keeping the the equestrian area away from the home or could be fenced to allow horses to be within view.

Kelly Saari , Dean & Leininger

79.00 ACRES
8042 SQ FT
Rural Horse Property with Amazing Mountain Views!

Roundup, Musselshell County, Montana

Welcome to the Black Forest Ranch! Step into peaceful rural living, yet right off of pavement with this great property set up for horses. The property has 3 wells. Amazing mountain views from your covered deck.

Bryan Gentry , BSG Real Estate Solutions - Montana Real Estate Brokers

34.85 ACRES
2184 SQ FT
Whitefish, Montana. This exquisite 4400+ square foot 5 bedroom 4.5 bath home,

Whitefish, Flathead County, Montana

This exquisite 4400+ square foot 5 bedroom 4.5 bath home is located on 10 open and level acres nestled inside the premier gated subdivision of Stillwater at Whitefish off Farm to Market Road. Country living at its finest, this home features an outstanding open floor plan with uniquely incredible views of the Salish Mountain Range. The premium appliances are tastefully done in stainless steel, with impeccable wrought iron work highlighting the stairs and perfectly complimenting the fir and larch wire brushed hardwood timber floors. The design of the kitchen, combined with the materials used to construct it, is simply a chef's dream. The dining room, which features a tray ceiling and chandelier, is the perfect place to enjoy meals with family and friends. The master suite on the main floor is very well thought out as is the design of the entire home. The home also features a very efficient four zone geothermal heating and cooling system, a floor to ceiling rocked gas fireplace with custom cabinetry on either side, custom white fir doors and trim as well as a wall of windows in the great room facing the mountains. Also in the floor plan are two offices, an exercise area, mudroom with cubbies, walk in closets and an oversized two car heated garage with side storage area and custom wood garage doors. Horses are very welcome at Stillwater at Whitefish. Enjoy access to the Stillwater River through the homeowners park. The drilled well on the property offers plentiful flow of water to the home. The property also includes surface water rights to the Stillwater River for irrigation purposes.

Lee Gray , Great Northern Real Estate Brokers, LLC

10.00 ACRES
4433 SQ FT
Montana horse property for sale

Kila, Flathead County, Montana

Beautiful home on 10 acres with a seasonal creek & pond. The perfect mix of trees, pasture and meadow. Horse and animal friendly. Perimeter fenced and cross fenced. This well cared for and loved home has an open floor plan with hardwood & tile floors throughout. 2 bedrooms and an office on the main floor and a huge master suite, bonus living room or another large bedroom and office upstairs. Detached oversized double car garage with 220, pole barn style shop and outbuilding with 110 for storage and animals. Covered and uncovered decking for your outdoor enjoyment. Paved county road, no covenants.

Ann Petersen , Keller Williams Realty Northwest Montana

10.00 ACRES
3000 SQ FT

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