About Montana

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
 
$975,000
Private Equestrian Estate with Luxury Home and Guest Cabin

Bridger, Carbon County, Montana


On a hill high above the Clarks Fork Valley, Pronghorn Ranch encompasses the best of rural Montana living: views, wildlife, freedom. This well equipped horse property has all of the amenities horsemen and women require: 60x80 indoor arena, 36x40 stall barn, 12x48 lean-to with runs, 36x78 shop, gorgeous log ranch style home, guest cabin and 132 ac. of varying topography. An occasional home to the Cherry springs elk herd, nearby recreational opportunities also include fishing, hiking, & hunting

Stacie Wells , Landmark of Billings, Inc.

132.00 ACRES
3 BEDROOMS
3 BATHROOMS
4738 SQ FT
 
$1,600,000
Private Equestrian Property Close to MT's Largest City

Huntley, Yellowstone County, Montana


Nestled in the Pryor Creek Valley less than 20 minutes from Billings, MT and just minutes from I-90 and I-94, Creekside Ranch is a private country retreat close to all of the amenities MT's largest city provides. The potential opportunities for this property are endless: recreation, equestrian, cattle, commercial. Partitioned by over 3/4 mile of Pryor Creek, the east side of the creek has been well set up for equestrian use while the west side of the creek consists of dryland hay meadows (approx. 35 acres), creek bottom, and dry pasture. The well equipped ranch style home has been updated and lends itself very well to gathering and entertaining. An indoor equestrian complex includes 12 stalls, 80x120 arena, multiple cross-tie areas, wash rack, western and english tack rooms, offices, crows nest, viewing area, feed room, and much more. Outside, there are multiple paddocks with shelters (can be irrigated with sprinklers), turn-out pens, 16x128 hay shed, riding arena, and parking areas. The property is also home to many species of wildlife. Ride, fish, and hunt all on the same property!!

Stacie Wells , Landmark of Billings, Inc.

132.00 ACRES
4 BEDROOMS
2.5 BATHROOMS
3200 SQ FT
 
$584,000
Working Montana Ranch, 2063 Alder Springs Rd, Victor, MT 20.15 Acres

Victor, Ravalli County, Montana


20.15 Ac View-T-Ful Ranch, 3 wells, irrigation rights galore, 1985 Rocky Mountain Log Home, 2590 SF, 4 Bedrooms and 2-1/2 baths, ADA Accessible on entire first floor with ramp, 3 long covered porches, Vaulted Ceilings in Great Room, an Open Floor Plan! Chef’s kitchen remodel in 2015. Stunning Great Room with giant native stone and iron Maynard fireplace and 2 walls of windows, plus pellet stove, plus GFA furnace. Fenced and cross fenced, 3 wells with Gash Creek Irrigation Water Rights! A detached 6 car garage 30 x 40’, with inside shop, and another and wood heated 32 x 24’ 2 car garage and 3 more outbuildings. All Metal roofs, very defensible land - much, much, more.

Celia Grohmann , Banana Belt Realty

20.15 ACRES
4 BEDROOMS
2.25 BATHROOMS
2590 SQ FT
 
$27,500,000
Ultimate Western Farmhouse

Hamilton, Ravalli County, Montana


In the Southwest corner of Montana, in the heart of the Bitterroot Valley is where you will find the exclusive Stock Farm Club. Within this private community, nestled on stunning 17-acre estate you will find the ultimate Western Farmhouse. A breathtaking 25,000 square foot home, 4-stall horse barn, pond and artisan creek. The 10-bedroom main home features a grand main living area, multiple private guest quarters and unique features throughout including a grotto style pool and underground shooting range. As part of the exclusive Stock Farm Club, whose cornerstone amenity is its Tom Fazio designed championship golf course, it offers timeless elegance, complete privacy and a Montana sense of coming home. In the Southwest corner of Montana, in the heart of the Bitterroot Valley is where you will find the exclusive Stock Farm Club. Within this private community, nestled on stunning 17-acre estate you will find the ultimate Western Farmhouse. A breathtaking 25,000 square foot home, 4-stall horse barn, pond and artisan creek. The 10-bedroom main home features a grand main living area, multiple private guest quarters and unique features throughout including a grotto style pool and underground shooting range. As part of the exclusive Stock Farm Club, whose cornerstone amenity is its Tom Fazio designed championship golf course, it offers timeless elegance, complete privacy and a Montana sense of coming home. As you enter this magnificent home through the custom stained glass doors into the formal entry you are greeted by the spacious, yet cozy great room with its one of a kind Frontier Ironworks chandelier, massive floor to ceiling river stone fireplace and cathedral ceilings with complex open beams. This elegant room is complemented by the adjoining formal dining room, which opens onto the wrap around blue stone patio for ultimate indoor/outdoor entertaining and breathtaking views of the mature grounds. Your guests will admire the commercial grade kitchen which is conveniently close for serving, yet designed to be unobtrusive during meals. This inspired room has two large islands and state-of-the-art appliances. With three sinks, three dishwashers, gorgeous butcher block counter tops and tasteful cabinetry, this kitchen attracts not only formal chefs but anyone who appreciates an efficient and classic workspace. The opulent owners suite is privately tucked away on the main level and features a large bedroom with striking fireplace, bay window and fabric walls to create luxurious ambiance. Sumptuous his-and-hers with superior features in each. Hers has a Jacuzzi, a walk-in shower, exquisite marble countertops, unique sink fixtures from Rocky Mountain Hardware and beautiful natural sunlight. His has remarkable granite floors and counter tops, and a striking waterfall spillway in the large walk-in shower. Each bathroom features spacious walk in closets, ample storage and complete privacy. There is also a private library with built in floor to ceiling shelving and comfortable sitting space. The main level den/sitting room, features a private bathroom and opens onto a quiet veranda for private meals. Above the den, accessible by a winding staircase, that leads to private office space/hobby room with built in cabinets and wet bar. Off the grand staircase, on the second level, you will find 4 private bedrooms. Guest suites one and two feature spacious accommodations, large bathrooms with walk-in, custom tile bathrooms. Guest suites 3 and 4 are located off a private sitting/TV area and kitchenette and 8 window cupola with electric openers. As with every suite in this home, the walk-in closets are spacious and functional with build in cabinetry. Cross the breezeway on this level and stop midway at the efficient study area to enjoy the view through the windows on either side. Farther along the breezeway is the second private guest quarters, which includes a beautiful kitchen with unique Heartland appliances, living room and dining area and the second electric cupola. This apartment has three bedrooms with baths, and private stairway access to the garage. Take the 10 person, commercial grade elevator to the top floor to the private guest apartment that includes two lavish bedrooms and two and one-half baths appointed with the finest materials. This floor also has a full kitchen with tasteful appliances, a sitting room and dining room area with a balcony overlooking the deep green lawns and Bitterroot Mountains to the West. On the lower level you'll find a number of features that make this estate extraordinary. The wine cellar, with racks lining two walls, is temperature and humidity controlled. The large game room, with separate billiards room adjoins a wet bar with beer taps, a copper bar top and back bar flanked by two upright, peeled and polished tree trunks. Swim laps in the two-lane lap pool or soak in the adjoining hot tub, the distinctive pool area includes men's and women's changing rooms with bathrooms, a steam room and a powder room, all with the finest fixtures and tile work. You and your guests can watch movies or TV in the large screening room, or try your aim in one of this property's most unique features, the underground, two-lane shooting range complete with a target retrieval system. The range includes gun storage and is completely secured by a Fort Knox vault-room door. This level also includes an exercise room, the home's maintenance room and a legitimate safe room. Throughout this home you'll find exceptional touches such as gorgeous, hand crafted chandeliers; highly skilled woodwork and fine materials in railings, banisters and other areas; distinctive marble, granite and other stone work; custom stained glass windows; a variety of beautiful gas and wood-burning fireplaces and individual thermostats in each room. No space is wasted, and there are extensive storage areas on all levels. Including the home and outbuildings, this estate has a total of twelve bedrooms, four kitchens and 23 lavatories. The spacious garage, which is also accessible via the breezeway, has three double doors to accommodate six vehicles. It has radiant in-floor heat, and the built-in work benches, cabinets, sink and bathroom extend its uses. The mechanics of property are of the finest quality. A 600 AMP standby electric generator has the ability to run the whole home in the event of lost power and the on property fire hydrant is fed from the pond and offers 700 GPM of water in the event of a fire. Domestic water for the property is fed from an artesian well. Horsemen and women will appreciate the well-designed four-stall horse barn with wash rack, which also has heated floors. The upstairs apartment has two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a full kitchen and a living room with a dining area. This home's exterior projects quality and elegance, with extensive stone work of the finest craftsmanship accenting the walls. Stroll the wide, covered deck to find numerous opportunities for dining, sitting or entertaining near a fireplace, in a dining area or in one of the two copper-roofed cupolas. The landscaping on this property is incomparable, with healthy, artistically placed trees and shrubs gracing the manicured lawn. Listen to the tumbling water in the artisanal stream, and watch for a great blue heron on the native fish stocked pond. Near the home's entrance, in the center of the circular drive, a dramatic water feature greets guest upon the arrival to the estate from the Stock Farm Club grounds. The Stock Farm was built on the idea of offering its members an exclusive and elegant natural outdoor experience. It's a community that enjoys an easy going cadence of life in a natural and scenic environment. The cornerstone amenity of the Stock Farm is its 7,000 yard Tom Fazio designed championship golf course, and with the Bitterroots mild climate, this course is generally playable from March through November. The 27,000 square foot clubhouse is a gathering place for families and friends that was built in the tradition of the historic great lodges of our national parks and offers exquisite dining in a casual and friendly environment. In 2017 the club completed the new state of the art 10,000 square foot exercise facility and Olympic size pool which features patio side dining. Along with amazing golf, tennis and a host of other recreational activities, the Stock Farm Sporting Club with 5-stand clay shooting facility allows its members customized access to additional outdoor recreation available within the 2,600 acre private community as well as the entire Bitterroot Valley and beyond. After all, the Stock Farm is situated along the historic and iconic Lewis and Clark trail and the two American adventurers who this trail is named after also knew a little something about outdoor pursuits. Enjoy highly customized and private adventures in fly-fishing, horseback riding, river rafting, sporting clays, big game hunting and a host of other outdoor pursuits that are unattainable to the average visitor or resident.

Dawn Maddux , Engel & Völkers Western Frontier

17.00 ACRES
12 BEDROOMS
23 BATHROOMS
25000 SQ FT
 
$2,600,000
Seeley Swan Luxury Log Retreat

Seeley Lake, Missoula County, Montana


Montana's big sky covers a vast array of stunning landscapes. This property, at the edge of the Bob Marshall Wilderness, is set in the midst of these iconic views and belongs to the unbelievable Crown of the Continent intact ecosystem. With the full panorama of the Swan Mountain Range as a backdrop, you'll experience serene beauty in every season as you look out over your own meadows, stream, pond and old-growth forest. And the modern log home is custom built in a classic style that's in harmony with this gorgeous site, carefully oriented per design to reveal stunning mountain and lake views from every interior vantage point. Just minutes from Seeley Lake, this 160-acre property remains secluded at the end of a private road, with access controlled by an automated electronic gate. There are no conservations easements, allowing buyers to further customize this mountain estate to fit their dreams. The house sits on a gentle hill that overlooks rolling meadows including 40 hay-producing acres. Year-round Bertha Creek runs through the meadows and empties into Rainy Lake at the edge of the property, where trout beckon and rise with every new hatch. Evergreens and larch border the meadows and climb the surrounding hills just below the Continental Divide. Watch for elk, deer, and moose, as well as turkeys and grouse, while eagles and osprey soar overhead. You may also see elusive lynx, mountain lions, and bears. Log homes are a rich tradition in Montana and the Rocky Mountain West, and this one offers both timeless style and all the modern comforts, including fast internet and video security. Built by Tim Hamilton in 2008 with the Neville Log Home system, it includes the vaulted ceilings and large diameter interior log beams and purlins for which Neville is known. The walls are constructed with the Swedish cope method that matches each log precisely to the one below for stability, strength and insulation. The stacked log walls and trusses have exterior and interior chinking, providing both a finished appearance and additional energy efficiency. Sierra Pacific glazed casement windows and doors frame stunning views from every room. Starting with a massive log porte-cochere leading to the grand foyer, this home provides all you need for welcoming guests to your magnificent home and for gracious family living. Floor-to-ceiling windows up to 25 feet high frame the Swan Range. These windows allow light to flood into the spacious living room, which is anchored by a double-sided gas fireplace. The five bedrooms and four baths make this home perfect for a large family or guests, and the huge master suite offers its own beautiful views and abundant eastern light. The gourmet kitchen is a natural gathering area for entertaining or cozy dinners with family. Choose between a casual seat at the central bar or a place at the dining table surrounded by large bay windows. Enjoy the stainless-steel Wolf kitchen appliances, granite counters, and maple cabinets that complement the log walls. After dinner, step onto the wide, comfortable deck for a look at the alpen glow on the Swan peaks as they catch the last rays of sunset. And don't forget to bring your binoculars for the wildlife show at twilight. This home also has an unfinished, walk-out basement and an attached, three-car garage. An additional heated garage connected to the basement is convenient for storing small ATVs, kayaks, yard equipment and other items. A second guest home, located about a quarter of a mile from the main home, is ideally suited to serve as a residence for a property caretaker. This hand-crafted log cabin has two bedrooms and one bath, a fully outfitted kitchen, loft, laundry closet, and wraparound deck, and is wired for phone, internet, and satellite TV. Adjacent to the log cabin you'll find an excellent area for horses, with a six-stall horse barn and corral. Ride horses down your private road and up into endless miles of roads and trails through the adjoining national forest. Horses and haying come with their own equipment, and this property includes a tool shed and a hay shed. And anyone who enjoys fresh organic meals will love the large, fully equipped greenhouse for year-round gardening. Adventure can start in your back yard, a large section of Lolo National Forest surrounds the property. Hike up a trail right from there or paddle a kayak or canoe down Bertha Creek to Rainy Lake, without ever really leaving home. A short drive off property can take you to endless other recreational opportunities. The Seeley-Swan valley has remarkable water features, with a chain of streams, rivers and lakes stretching the length of the valley floor. Excellent fishing and boating abound. Head for Clearwater Lake, or Lake Alva, which are just minutes away, or hike to Morrell or Holland Falls and pick huckleberries along the trail. See if you can spot Charles Lindbergh's signature on a large boulder at his namesake lake, or paddle across and try the rope swing, where falling in is the whole point! Seeley Lake and Swan Lake as well as the Clearwater, Swan and Blackfoot Rivers provide blue-ribbon fly fishing. Hundreds of miles of trails thread the area for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. The Fall is a photographer's dream, with golden tamarack trees covering the mountainsides. In the winter, many area trails are groomed for cross-country skiing or snowmobiling. Pack trips with a guide service are available for Bob Marshall Wilderness adventures in summer and fall, and a major trailhead into the Wilderness is only about 15 minutes from your property! Golfers can find courses in nearby Bigfork on Flathead Lake and at the Double Arrow Resort, just south of Seeley Lake, or at Canyon River in Missoula. The Double Arrow also offers excellent dining, or drive to Bigfork for dinner and a show at the Bigfork Playhouse. Follow the Blackfoot River down to Missoula, for college games, festivals and concerts, and many opportunities for ethnic dining and shopping. Be sure to take in the Alpine Artisans weekend in the Swan Valley, along with the Tamarack Festival. Plan a day trip for downhill skiing at Blacktail in Lakeside, or at Whitefish Mountain Resort. The Seeley-Swan is truly all about outdoor recreation, and this masterpiece property is in the middle of it all.

Dawn Maddux , Engel & Völkers Western Frontier

160.00 ACRES
5 BEDROOMS
4 BATHROOMS
7193 SQ FT
 
$2,895,000
Rivers Edge Ranch, a Montana Horseman's Paradise. This one has it all!

Kalispell, Flathead County, Montana


Incredible Montana river front horseman's dream property. This one has it all! Beautiful custom home with 5,000 sq ft, 2 master suites and 3 additional bedrooms, six baths, separate deluxe guest or caretakers accommodations. One of a kind setting with 2,000 ft of the Whitefish River right out the back door This section of the river is spectacular with beautiful sound, movement, bends and numerous native trout for the fly fisherman. Prime location in the Flathead Valley with just minutes to get to anything and yet a private setting. High end cabinetry, appliances and finishes throughout and the property reflects extreme attention to detail. Bring your horses and enjoy all the defining amenities of this horseman's dream to include beautiful barn, stalls, indoor arena, outdoor arena, pastures, horse shelters, paddocks, hay and equipment shop, trail riding and walking path along the river. Most home furnishings included. Adjoining additional acreage possible. 406-756-1500 / cells: 406-471-5578/406-471-5579. Broker owned. TLC Ranch Realty Inc.

Todd Wirthlin , TLC RANCH REALTY, INC.

35.00 ACRES
5 BEDROOMS
6 BATHROOMS
5000 SQ FT
 
$559,000
Bitterroot Valley horse property

Florence, Ravalli County, Montana


Gorgeous horse property situated on 5 acres with stunning views of the Bitterroots and Sapphires. 3790 square feet of living space on 2 levels. Completely and tastefully updated with a formal dining area and a breakfast nook. Main floor master suite. Guest quarters in the lower walk out level. Double attached garage. Turnkey horse property with a barn, tack room, arena, fencing, loafing sheds and electric waters. 2 wells and great water. End of road privacy. Just 20 minutes to Missoula and all services including 2 hospitals, the University of Montana, shopping, dining and much more.

Kasey McNulty , EXIT Realty Missoula

5.00 ACRES
5 BEDROOMS
3 BATHROOMS
3790 SQ FT
 
$399,000
Montana Equestrian Center / Small Boarding Business / On premise Living quarters

Great Falls, Cascade County, Montana


State of the art equestrian center & horse boarding facility! Approximately 4,000 sq.ft. Barn complete with seven comfort stalls. Indoor 15,000 sq.ft. (75X200) riding arena, hay loft and Living Quarters! Electricity, Well, Natural Gas, Radiant (hot-water) in-floor heat in the Living Quarters and part of the barn floor. Unique space and opportunity to have a live/work 20 minutes from town...Utilities on site: Natural Gas, Electric, Well/water Property tax: $1440 annual Available for purchase: Bobcat Versahandler 623 for hay management. Boarding demand is high in the region for income potential. Built in features include: Permanent Comfort stall flooring: Automatic heated waterers: In floor radiant heat: All wiring in conduit: Wired for Auxiliary generator power: Engineered to hold 50 ton of hay in the hay loft: Stall runs: Round pen and outdoor arena are not continuous panels but custom welded steel fencing: Low maintenance electro-braid fencing around all 13 acres: RV dump into septic system: Apartment wired for Dish Network, internet, and arena is wired for sound system: Inexpensive natural gas heat for boiler, hot water, stove... Underground rain drainage system taking water away from the building

Steve Gillespie , Gillespie Agency

13.00 ACRES
1 BEDROOMS
1 BATHROOMS
20243 SQ FT
 
$950,000
Montana Dream Equestrian Estate

Saint Ignatius, Lake County, Montana


The LHeartC ranch is offered for sale in the Heart of Western Montana. This lovely ranch is home to the largest Friesian herd in the state of Montana. 60 flood irrigated acres with large pond and over 1000 feet of Mission Creek meandering across the property. Over 3000 SQ FT. custom log home, shop with additional living quarters, several horse shelters and corrals round out the package.

Beverly LUEDTKE , Luedtke Homes and Real Estate, Inc

60.00 ACRES
3 BEDROOMS
3 BATHROOMS
3264 SQ FT
 
$525,000
874 Promise Lane Corvallis Montana horse property

Corvallis, Ravalli County, Montana


SWEEPING VIEWS, PRIVACY,CREEK BEAUTIFUL CEDAR 4 BEDROOM 3.5 BATH PLUS FAMILY ROOM AND DEN 3202 SF HOME WITH 8.37 ACRES OF IRRIGATED FENCED AND CROSS FENCED LAND. NATURAL GAS RADIANT HEAT. 4 BEDROOM AND 3.5 BATHS AND A FAMILY ROOM. MASTER BED AND BATH, 2ND BEDROOM AND DEN/OFFICE ALL ON MAIN FLOOR YEAR ROUND SMALL CREEK SO HORSES HAVE WATER YEAR ROUND OR USE FOR A NATURE AREA WITH WITH NESTING HAWKS, DEER, QUAIL,AND MORE WILDLIFE. ALL IRRIGATION EQUIPMENT IS INCLUDED. ALL PROPERTY IS FENCED AND CROSS FENCED. CORVALLIS SCHOOLS.INSULATED HEATED 30X24 SHOP AS WELL AS AN ATTACHED INSULATED HEATED GARAGE. STORAGE AREA AROUND SHOP CAN BE USED FOR HAY STORAGE OR BOATS. UNDERGROUND SPRINKLER AND IRRIGATION LANDSCAPING. POND. CREEK NATURE AREA. HIKING. COOKS KITCHEN WITH PANTRY. NICE LAUNDRY ROOM

John Cole , Berkshire Hathaway Hamilton Montana

8.37 ACRES
4 BEDROOMS
3.5 BATHROOMS
3202 SQ FT

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