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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
Horse Property for sale.
Horse Property For Sale in Eastern Montana with Gorgeous Views

Glendive, Dawson County, Montana

The main floor of this home has a large living room with a custom built gas fireplace which opens to the dining room and into the kitchen which has an island, plenty of cupboards and countertop space. There is a half bath on the main and a nice sized laundry room with lots of storage. There is an additional room on the main that can be used as a pantry or an office. The master suite has a walk-in closet and a large master bath complete with a jacuzzi tub. Descend to the walk-out basement into the family room which has plenty of space for entertaining. There are three additional bedrooms with ingress/egress windows and large closets. The full size bathroom is quite large with a dual vanity and the layout is very functional with a jacuzzi tub and separate area for the loo. The mechanical room offers additional storage. There is a large covered deck off the dining room that is great for evening barbeques and the front covered porch is quite relaxing with panoramic views. There is an oversized finished double stall garage, a hay barn with a concrete floor and a 2,880 sqft heated barn with a concrete floor, tack room, 3 stables and more. The home has a new septic system, RO System, new heat pump system and sits on 20.01 acres. Completely fenced with three different areas to separate your horses and keep them off the house grounds. The home has a well and there is a stockwell with a self-watering system down by the barn.

Holly Micheletto , Montana East Realty

20.01 ACRES
3222 SQ FT
Horse Property for sale.
Montana Mountian Retreat

Wilsall, Meagher County, Montana

Amazing property on 20 private acres. 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, dining room, sun room, amazing mountain views with wildlife crossing through. Seasonal access however 4 owners in subdivision live here year round and use snowmobile or track vehicles to access in winter. Just one parcel away from Forest Service Access for hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, skiing etc. Seller just completed a new access road into the property and replaced most of the main floor coverings and is currently adding a covered deck. 2 car detached garage. Appox. 90 min. from Bozeman, 60 min from Livingston, and 45 min from Bridger Bowl.

Sheela Beardsley , Preferred Properties

20.00 ACRES
3280 SQ FT


Horse Property for sale.
Have your horse and ride it too!

Columbia Falls, Flathead County, Montana

Exceptional property with extraordinary potential! This sprawling 140+ acre property has more than enough room for tourism-driven development as well as private enjoyment. Approximately 90 acres of pasture provides plenty of space and grazing, as well as trails for leisurely rides or light hiking. The remaining acreage lies within opportunity-friendly zoning and boasts a main ranch house with three garage stalls and a large shop; a second cabin with full modern kitchen, bar, lounge area, and covered pavilions; bunkhouse; coral and stable; 3 ponds; multiple waterfalls; an in-ground hot tub; and, extensive landscaping. Situated just outside of the mountain community of Columbia Falls, this property is minutes from the west entrance of Glacier National Park, as well as Glacier Park International Airport.

Elizabeth James , Keller Williams Realty NWMT

141.47 ACRES
2750 SQ FT
Horse Property for sale.
Mountain Shadows Ranch on Clark Fork River

Plains, Sanders County, Montana

A truly one of a kind outdoor paradise with breathtaking Clark Fork River frontage. Whether your passion is sustainable living or just being immersed in outdoor beauty, this property offers something for everyone. There are numerous springs, creeks, a pond, and during a portion of the year, even a waterfall cascading down from national forest lands bordering the land. The domestic, livestock and irrigation water are all provided by gravity-fed underground springs and surface water that this is abundant on this lush mountain property. The ranch also boasts an orchard with 35 plus fruit trees and irrigated horse pastures. An array of elk, whitetail deer, mule deer, bighorn sheep, bear, and mountain lion call this area home. The ranch is bordered by the famous Clark Fork River with its renowned trout and smallmouth bass fishing opportunities. Numerous species of waterfowl congregate around this tributary as well all year long. The sounds of nature permeate from all around you as old-growth ponderosa pines and many other types of trees shade the landscape and bordering national forest lands. Located in one of Montana’s general hunting districts, (area 124) the region has liberal license quotas for non-residents and huge amounts of public land available for any outdoor activity. Nestled on the property is a solid 1915 3 bed/2 bath hand-hewn log farmhouse. The house has been nicely updated and sided. There are numerous outbuildings, a turn of the century log structure, and a tasteful 2 bed/2 bath trailer with additional garage and sunroom that goes with the property. Maintenance-free vinyl fencing surrounds the property and horse pastures, cutting down on upkeep, and providing a gorgeous contrasting aesthetic to the lush green irrigated foliage and pastures. Live and play in and around the tract’s established accommodations or build your dream home. One thing is for sure, a single stroll down the property’s trail system, riverbanks, creeks, pond, and pastures while taking in the wildlife and 360-degree beauty and you will be left in awe.

Ray Primmer , Whitetail Properties, Real Estate, LLC

160.00 ACRES
Horse Property for sale.
Montana Horse Property

Columbus, Stillwater County, Montana

Remarkable horse property with views of the Beartooth Mountains! Three wells are on the property with a cistern. Multi-level home with bed and bath on daylight ground level . 3 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, hardwood, tile, deck facing the mountains, covered patio. .

Patterson Team , Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Floberg Real Estate

21.58 ACRES
3371 SQ FT
Horse Property for sale.
Western Montana Horse Property on 124 acres

Huson, Missoula County, Montana

Time to experience the beautiful Sapphire Ranch for yourself! Located in the Nine Mile Valley in Huson, this 124 acre ranch is ready for you and your animals. The property includes the 3 bedroom, 2 bath main house, a three car detached garage with a full 1 bedroom, 1 bath residence above it, 1 Morton barn with 5 stalls/hay storage/full shop area/tack room, 2 additional Morton shop/garages with dog kennel attached to one, and last but not least, a small cabin located high up on the property to retreat to when it is time to relax and ''get away''. All of this and a creek runs through it, Nine Mile Creek that is. The interior amenities include radiant floor heat throughout both the main house and the garage, stone wood burning fireplace, black walnut hardwood/tile floor combination, Cambria quartz countertops, wood fire boiler supplemental heating source, standby gas generator, tile showers in both bathrooms, jetted tub, and the list goes on. The exterior amenities include, not only the beauty of the surrounding views, but the barn has a heated tack room, hay storage large enough to fit up to 700 bails, a small heated shop, hot water tank, and plenty of storage area in the over 3800 sq ft. The additional two shops are both 1350 sq ft each, can fit 3 cars/trucks/trailers or have a ton of room for additional ranch "toys", and each have 3 - 10 ft doors. And for the horse enthusiasts this set-up is "move-in" ready for your horses as well, a 60 ft. round pen, approximately 15-20 acres are fenced and cross-fenced, partially irrigated, open shelter, and automatic waterer. And of course they did not forget the goats, they have their own pen too, plus the additional property is also partially fenced for additional pasture land, and backs to Forest Service land. After a long day on the ranch you can relax under your pergola in the hot tub located just off the back of the main house! The property has been placed in a Conservation easement to ensure the space around you is protected, but still allows many benefits such as hunting, fishing in Nine Mile Creek right outside your back door, great for hiking, 4-wheeling, whatever can clear your mind from a hard day's work. This property offers so much more and is not to be missed!

Katy McKinnon , Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices MT Properties

124.00 ACRES
2880 SQ FT
Horse Property for sale.
Country Living near Missoula, Mt

Florence, Missoula County, Montana

Mostly level 20 acre parcel, great for homesite and horse ranch. (Additional 20 acres available for sale) 2 miles South of Lolo off Rowan Road. Property is unzoned, (Lolo Comprehensive Plan). The property has irrigation rights from the Mackintosh Manor Water Users Association. This land offers many opportunities of development or agricultural.

Lynnette Robinson , Red Carpet Realty

20.00 ACRES
Horse Property for sale.
Backs to National Forest

Trout Creek, Sanders County, Montana

This would be a great place for a Retreat... If you are looking for property with incredible Kaniksu National Forest mountain views in the heart of some of the best hunting, fishing, hiking, 4 wheeling, around, this is it. Bordered by the Kaniksu National Forest Service, this 319 +/- acre parcel of ground is a mixture of meadows, trees, and pasture. Oh, did I mention that Beaver Creek also meanders thru the property. Property also features springs and is close to the desirable town of Trout Creek, MT which sits on the bank of the Noxon Reservoir. Plenty of recreational opportunities. Property also features a small split entry home, approx. 800 sq. ft upper with 2 bedrooms, 1 bath and 800 sq. ft. unfinished lower level with 1 bath, this would be great place to live for caretakers. Barns, corrals, etc. Please call for a tour of a truly unique property.

Lynnette Robinson , Red Carpet Realty

319.00 ACRES
1800 SQ FT
Horse Property for sale.
Beautiful 14 acre horse property with a small barn, shop, house and views

Joplin, Liberty County, Montana

Check out this great HORSE property situated on approximately 14 acres. Barn with stalls below & hay loft above, smaller barn/shed, corral, & 3 small pastures for all your horse/hobby farm needs. As well as a quonset, a detached garage, mature well cared for landscaping. All this and it comes with a beautiful house, 2 bedrooms, 2-1/2 bath, master suite on second floor with a wonderful balcony for catching those gorgeous Montana sunrises first thing in the morning. On a clear day, you can see the Sweetgrass Hills to the northwest, Bear's Paw Mountains off in the distance to the East & the Rocky Mountains off to the West. Grocery shopping, banking etc are available just 10 miles away in Chester, MT. Drove flyover & interior walk through videos available on YouTube - Bullhook Real Estate LLC channel

John Carlson , Bullhook Real Estate LLC

14.00 ACRES
3238 SQ FT
Horse Property for sale.
Peaceful Hobby Ranch in Montana! Lots of Income potential!

Ennis, Madison County, Montana

Mountain views are incredible! Spectacular log home with vaulted ceilings in the kitchen and living room! Unique hardwood floors. Open floor plan on the main floor with a beautiful loft upstairs overlooking the kitchen and living room. Master bedrooms on both the main floor and in the basement. Huge family room in the basement for entertaining lots of guests/family. Home includes 20 acres with paddocks, three fenced pastures, a run-in barn with feeding stalls and 1000 sq. ft. 2 BR 1 BA guest cabin. 2 car garage/shop with hot and cold water and fully heated! A must see to appreciate! Two loafing sheds, hay sheds, and more! If that isn't enough, you're part of an air park community and also have a private road for taxiing your aircraft to the local airport! Other possibilities would be to rent out the pasture to neighbors' horses and VRBO the guest cabin for additional income. This is a great setup to earn extra income for horse boarding also. This is a must see home! Come and check it out!

William Louis , Obsidian Realty Group

20.00 ACRES
3125 SQ FT

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