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
 
$740,000
Montana Dream Property

Columbia Falls, Flathead County, Montana


You will love the end of road privacy with huge mountain views! This pristine property offers a 3+ stall barn with metal Dutch doors and padded floors. There are 2 rail fenced pastures and a seasonal creek. Plenty of room for vehicles and toys in the additional storage buildings. Enjoy easy access down the picturesque private road to shopping, schools, hospital and airport (about 20 minutes).

Louise Barker , Montana Brokers, Inc.

11.60 ACRES
3 BEDROOMS
2 BATHROOMS
2455 SQ FT
 
$675,000
Coyote Canyon Ranch w / riding arena & trail riding on public lands that border.

Lincoln, Powell County, Montana


126 acres fully fenced into 3 pastures including loafing sheds. North, East and West boundaries are shared with BLM. Outdoor arena is fenced, close to barn and corral. 4 stall pole barn/garage for parking equipment and vehicles. Water well centrally located to supply water to animals. Property has easy access off of Highway 200 just west of Lincoln in Powell County. BLM fishing access onto the Blackfoot River is just across the highway. Hunting, fishing, hiking...........just out your back door.

Becky Garland , Action Realty of Lincoln

126.00 ACRES
5 BEDROOMS
3 BATHROOMS
4014 SQ FT
 
$1,495,000
135 Dude Ranch Lane

Anaconda, Granite County, Montana


Georgetown Overlook... An exceptional perch offering uncompromised views of Georgetown Lake and the Pintler Wilderness. This 4230' sqft mountaintop home, with timber and stone features, offers superior comforts in a rustic and very private setting. Nestled on 633 acres surrounded by National Forest lands, the 4 bedroom/ 4.5 bath home is convenient to all the recreation the area is known for; Discovery Ski, Nicklaus' Old Works Golf Course, Historic Philipsburg and unlimited public lands. The grounds of the home are beautifully landscaped with flowing water features and a large shop allows storage for toys or maintenance. Blodgett Creek flows through the property and elk, deer and moose inhabit the timberlands. If you are looking for a truly unique recreational property or year around home with unrivaled views of the Georgetown Lake area... This is it!

Tom Rue , Pintlar Territories RE

633.00 ACRES
4 BEDROOMS
4.5 BATHROOMS
4230 SQ FT
 
$2,000,000
Cottonwood Equestrian Center - 378 acre luxurious, riverside, horse facility.

Laurel, Carbon County, Montana


Expansive equestrian center with 2 large homes, and multiple buildings that are alike in build and color to add consistency throughout the property and blend well into the natural river side setting.

Denver Gilbert , Clark & Associates Land Brokers

378.00 ACRES
5 BEDROOMS
5 BATHROOMS
4000 SQ FT
 
$1,500,000
221 Shangrila Lane

Superior, Mineral County, Montana


Exquisite Riverfront property in beautiful Superior, Montana with stunning Clark Fork River views! It is within 1 hour of Missoula and all the amenities. Perfect for entertaining company on the huge deck that overlooks 1,782 feet of river frontage, stunning cliffs and the gorgeous green waters of the Clark Fork River. This meticulously well maintained home has 3 bedrooms, 3 full baths, high ceilings and large windows that showcase the beautiful scenic mountains and river views. There are many out-buildings including a 4 car garage and two sheds. You really need to see this Magnificent Montana dream home to believe it. Please call your agent or Bill McQuirk today to schedule an appointment to preview this property!

Bill McQuirk , ERA Lambros

43.00 ACRES
3 BEDROOMS
3 BATHROOMS
2436 SQ FT
 
$324,900
Beautiful property , room for 2 horses !

Rexford, Lincoln County, Montana


Excellent quality, log accented 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home in West Kootenai! Attention was given to every detail from the laundry room, the pantry to the extra thick insulation for energy efficiency ! Double studded and double insulated walls and a triple insulated ceiling along with Radiant in-floor heat makes an amazing combination for a house of a lifetime and amazing energy efficiency! The property boasts beautiful mountain views. Full unfinished basement leaves you lots of possibilities! Borders State ground and is close to Lake Koocanusa for numerous recreational opportunities. The property is fenced and cross fenced for opportunities to keep several horses.

Gideon Yutzy , High Mountain Realty

4.56 ACRES
3 BEDROOMS
2 BATHROOMS
2300 SQ FT
 
$825,000
Whitefish Horse Ranch

Whitefish, Flathead County, Montana


Enjoy the spaciousness and privacy of rural living combined with close proximity to the amenities of Whitefish and Kalispell. The nearly 30-acre property includes a well-maintained 4-bedroom, 3 bath ranch house with a covered back deck that affords an expansive view across Spring Prairie meadow. The house has a new metal roof, new carpets, gas fireplace in the living room, and upgraded kitchen cabinets and masterbath. The cozy guest house, a short walk from the main house, has been an excellent income-producing vacation as well as longterm rental. Its unfinished basement could be easily converted into a separate living quarters or workshop.

Chance Wachholz , Pure West Real Estate

29.25 ACRES
4 BEDROOMS
3 BATHROOMS
3000 SQ FT
 
$589,000
Equestrian retreat in Western Montana with Views, Views, VIEWS!

Corvallis, Ravalli County, Montana


Do you love horses and dream of owning your own riding/training/boarding facility in a stunningly beautiful Western Montana destination? Did we mention the views? Situated on an elevated rim above the Willow Creek drainage, the 11.33-acre property overlooks protected ranch land AND both the Bitterroot and Sapphire Mountain Ranges. The ranch also features a shared, high-pressure underground sprinkler system, oversized 3-car garage with shop areas, a 47 X 87 indoor riding arena, large hay barn, machine shed, and multiple barns with 9+ horse stalls equipped w/ automatic waterers. Pastures are separated with new fencing and 24 +- metal gates for ease of moving animals around. Originally this property was operated as a 40-acre llama retreat complete with 3 homes and multiple outbuildings. The thoughtfully conceived building configuration clusters the homes and ranch activities thereby maximizing privacy, retaining viable agricultural land, protecting riparian wildlife corridors, and ensuring forever views. The 11.33-acre offering is the eastern most portion of the 40-acre entirety. The 3+ bedroom, 1-level ranch home has been tastefully remodeled w/ a new roof and windows, new interior and exterior paint, new kitchen appliances and granite counters throughout. Separate office space and high-speed internet access allows you to comfortably work from home. The ranch set-up offers limitless 4-H potential, horse boarding, riding and training, and is a unique destination spot for community or private events. Follow your dream and make an trip to Montana to see this unique opportunity in the Bitterroot Valley!

Laura Merrill , Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Montana Properties

11.33 ACRES
3 BEDROOMS
2 BATHROOMS
1900 SQ FT
 
$849,000
A Little Slice of the Big Sky

Absarokee, Stillwater County, Montana


Own a little slice of the Big Sky country with this turnkey horse operation that is suitable for either the professional or recreation horseman. This pristine property is located just a stone’s throw from the base of the world famous Absaroka-Beartooth mountain range outside of Absarokee MT. Its 22 irrigated acres are right off of Highway 78 for easy trailer access, but still set back with enough distance to give you the privacy and seclusion to live the Big Sky Country lifestyle. There is a year round live stream that runs the length of the property and the fishing famous Stillwater River is right across the road. Spectacular views surround the property and there is easy access to top level fishing, hunting, skiing and other outdoor recreational opportunities. In under an hour you can also have access to Billings MT with urban services, great medical community, international airport, dining and shopping. The equine facility is top notch. The show barn is heated with automatic water in all 5 stalls that turn out into large steel continuously fenced paddocks. The extra wide 17’ alley gives ample space to the wash rack and breeding stocks area. The barn is complete with a large tack and feed room and a large lab room with hot/cold water. There is also covered storage for hay and room to park the tractor. Training facilities include a wonderful outdoor custom arena from Noble panels that is 100X190 and has great ground for any discipline. Easily accessible indoor Anipro Arena is across the pasture for cold weather schooling. Ride and gaze at the Beartooth mountains everyday or listen to the Stillwater River as you and your mount catch your breath. You can also school the young ones in a permanent continuous steel 60’ round pen located close to the show barn so you can keep a watchful eye and still work at the barn or run to the house. Gorgeous green pastures and paddocks are everywhere and each comes with an ample loafing shed, automatic waterers and safe horse friendly fencing. The stunning single level ranch style home provides a custom interior that lends itself to the easy living of country life with a covered patio that faces that gorgeous Beartooth view. Custom kitchen, hardwood floors and large open concept make living and relaxing in this home a breeze. Cozy up to the fireplace and watch the colors change and the sun travels across your beautiful new Big Sky home.

Lee Ann Harrison , Parks Real Estate

22.50 ACRES
2 BEDROOMS
2 BATHROOMS
1800 SQ FT
 
$159,900
Edna Creek Frontage in NW Montana !

Trego, Lincoln County, Montana


Exceptional 30 acre parcel with a live creek running thru the land, nice pasture area for horses, nice stands of timber and the mountain and valley views are outstanding. Edna Creek runs thru this property on the east boundary line. Very close to National Forest land.

Gideon Yutzy , High Mountain Realty

30.00 ACRES
- BEDROOMS
- BATHROOMS
- SQ FT

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