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
 
$899,000
Private Equestrian Estate with Luxury Home and Guest Cabin

Bridger, Carbon County, Montana


Located just outside the quaint town of Bridger, MT, Pronghorn Ranch is the quintessential Montana horse ranch with amenities that will impress anyone. The custom log main home boasts 4738 sq. feet, 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, hardwood floors, radiant in-floor heat, beautiful log work and much more. Horse facilities include 60x80 indoor arena, 36x40 heated stall barn with 4 stalls and tack area, and 12x48 lean-to with 4 runs. For your guests, a 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom guest cabin with full kitchen and living area round out the improvements. The sprawling 132 acres has an abundance of varying topography, gorgeous views, and has been an occasional home to the coveted Cherry Springs elk herd. The ranch is close to many recreational opportunities including Yellowstone National Park, skiing, a half hour drive to see the famous Pryor Mountain Wild Horses, and just minutes from gas, groceries and school. Smaller acreage may be possible. This property is a must see!!! Distances to major cities, airports, and recreation: Billings, MT (Logan International Airport) - 48 miles Red Lodge, MT (Red Lodge Mountain Ski Area) - 34 Miles Cody, WY - (Buffalo Bill Historical Center) - 62 miles Cooke City, MT (Yellowstone National Park via Beartooth Highway) - 95 miles

Stacie Wells , Landmark of Billings, Inc.

132.31 ACRES
3 BEDROOMS
3 BATHROOMS
4738 SQ FT
 
$1,495,000
Horse Lovers Retreat

McAllister, Madison County, Montana


40+ acres (31+/- high producing irrigated hay ground w/ water rights from Nugget & Green Acre ditches as well as 3 wheel lines & 2 pumps to irrigate the land which will convey at closing). The beautifully remodeled 3 bed- 2 bath home & multiple outbuildings make this private-serene escape a perfect place for your new home. No HOA to contend with and no covenants which allows you a multitude of possibilities yet it is protected as all of the neighboring properties have covenants. Pride of ownership & a true craftsman’s love of wood (walnut, oak, maple, cherry, chestnut, alder & reclaimed woods - some from the Yellowstone fire of 1988) have created a unique custom retreat. Large wood shop, equipment barn, hay storage with attached large shop, corrals, arena, round pen, barn, pastures, & bunk house are all surrounded by professional landscaping & mountain views! It is hard to find properties that are as unique and special as this one is - make an appointment to see it today!

Dot Merrill , Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Montana Properties

40.23 ACRES
3 BEDROOMS
2 BATHROOMS
3146 SQ FT
 
$1,325,000
Horse Property For Sale With State of The Art Irrigation System

Darby, Ravalli County, Montana


This immaculate 4 Bedroom, 4 Bath, 5900 square foot custom Neville log home is located just outside of the quaint town of Darby Montana. The attention to detail is visible throughout this 1999 Bitterroot tour of homes Neville log home. From the etched glass on the front door to the massive 20-ton rock fireplace that extends to the lower level to the large bank of windows in the living space allowing natural light and endless views of the Bitterroots this home is sure to impress even the most discriminating buyer. The inviting and spacious kitchen with hickory cabinets and oak flooring are accented by a Harland stove and oven, tile counter tops and large wooden bar. This kitchen is sure to provide the opportunity for making memories with family and friends. Enjoy the views of the stunning mountain peaks while you do dishes through the large bay of windows over the kitchen sink. Real stone from the Big Hole Valley accents much of the home as well as the landscaping on the grounds. Situated on 20.59 acres, this property is in two parcels and features underground sprinklers, exposed aggregate sidewalks, meticulous landscaping, and a large log gazebo. The large well-built 30 X 54 shop features concrete floor, is heated and insulated, automated 10x10 garage door and spacious 1-bedroom apartment upstairs. The apartment has full kitchen, full bath and a lovely deck. Downstairs in the shop you will find a large laundry and bath. Large pool house featuring an endless pool, radiant floor heat, kitchenette, full bath and laundry. Which could easily be repurposed as a guest house if you so choose. Attached to the pool house you will find a lush garden area protected by deer fencing with built in drip system and deer fencing. Excellent water rights form Tin Cup. State of the Art Irrigation System.

April Hawkes , Flying Hawkes Real Estate

20.59 ACRES
4 BEDROOMS
4 BATHROOMS
5920 SQ FT
 
$2,199,000
Luxury Equestrian Ranch In Gorgeous Bozeman Montana! MUST SEE!!

Bozeman, Gallatin County, Montana


Horse enthusiast property, walk in ready. This 40 acre property, with 2 live spring creeks, encompasses everything you'd expect and want from a Montana investment. The immaculate maintained home boasts gorgeous living room, Stone fireplace, well appointed and state of the art kitchen, large master bedroom, walk in closets, bathroom, situated with walk in shower and large sunken bathtub. Walk out basement brings a library, recreation room, 3 bedrooms, etc. This home is complimented by a 4 car heated garage, shop area, kennel, decks and gazebo, all with great Montana Vistas. The 66' X 72' Barn MD Barn is a premium brand, built for horse people, by horse people. It has, 16' center isle, Hot/Cold water, heated Nelson Drinkers, 4 over sized foaling stalls (24' x 16'), wash rack, tack room, restroom, hay storage, tractor and implement storage. Property also comes with a green house and RV building. LOCATION, 15 Minutes from Bozeman and Livingston!

Brent Jordan , Yellowstone Real Estate Group

40.37 ACRES
4 BEDROOMS
3 BATHROOMS
5238 SQ FT
 
$4,950,000
Greenhorn Hideout

Helena, Lewis and Clark County, Montana


The Greenhorn Hideout consists of 1,461+/- deeded contiguous acres of absolutley pristine, Montana alpine property. Located Northwest of the Montana capital city of Helena, nestled in the foothills that lead into the Helena National Forest. The property has been used as a family retreat most recently. Surrounded by other properties similar in size, it offers a unique environment of attractive landscapes, superlative viewsheds, abundant wildlife, and total privacy. Literally end of the road privacy. High-quality improvements consist of an appealing three-level 5,612± sqft residence with attached 2,000± sqft garage/shop and it’s the only structure on the property. The grounds around the home are immaculately landscaped providing an incredible comfortable home feel. Big game and other wildlife are abundant, which has been managed and improved to maximize wildlife viewing as well as hunting pursuits. The Greenhorn Hideout is an easy drive, 30 minutes away from Helena, MT, on well maintained gravel roads leading to a paved highway. The owners built the incredible beautiful custom log home to serve as a meeting and recreational place for their large family. Every detail of what a family retreat may need has been thought through and provided on this property. Quick Facts • 1,461 +/- acres in 19 parcels • 5,612 sqft home • Quality custom finishes, two master suites on main level, four fireplaces, high-end appliances, radiant heat throughout • 1,200 sqft patio & deck • 2,000 sqft garage/shop • Custom firepit • Most recently used as Family Retreat • Offered fully furnished & equipped • Gated access & security systems • Advanced solar power with massive battery bank & propane backup generator provides “on-grid” living while off-grid • Approx. half of ranch borders National Forest • Currently holding 35 animal units • Multiple springs & spring-fed ponds stocked with Cutthroat Trout • Douglas Fir & Ponderosa Pine, never logged • 15+/- miles to capital city, Helena, Montana • 18+/- miles to Missouri River • On-site fishing, hunting, gold panning, ATVs, and more! • Asking $4.95M Water Rights Seller conveys any and all water rights associated with this property including but not limited to the following abstracts: 41I 30041922, 41I 30047255, 41I 89705 00, 41I 89710 00 County Taxes Lewis & Clark County taxes for 2017 are $8,537.49

Western Ranch Brokers , Western Ranch Brokers with PureWest Christie's

1,461.00 ACRES
6 BEDROOMS
4 BATHROOMS
5612 SQ FT
 
$999,900
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
3 BEDROOMS
4 BATHROOMS
2928 SQ FT
 
$1,795,000
Spectacular Horse Property on 25 Acres in Whitefish Montana

Whitefish, Flathead County, Montana


One of a kind Beautiful Horse Property on 25 acres! Exceptional Custom Built Spruce Log Home, Quality Throughout! Owner Builder has cut no corners anywhere! 4736 sq. ft. 5bd, 3ba, huge master suite, walk in closets, built ins throughout, large family room, wrap around decks and patio with fire-pit overlooking valley, mountains and horses below. Quality heated, insulated 8 stall barn with tack room, inside horse rack, enclosed storage, office space with bathroom, loft area for hay storage plus feeders. 8 outside stalls, 10 acres of fenced pasture, heated auto water troughs. Underground sprinklers, fenced garden, fruit trees, parked out! Ride horses to Boot Jack Lake from property. Call Patrick Pacheco 406-459-3088, Melinda Morton 406-260-0472 or your real estate professional.

Melinda Morton , Clearwater Montana Properties

25.81 ACRES
5 BEDROOMS
3 BATHROOMS
4736 SQ FT
 
$335,800
20 Horse Friendly Acres

Columbia Falls, Flathead County, Montana


Located in the exclusive and private River Butte Ranchettes community, this 20 acre parcel is perc tested and ready for you to build your Montana Dream Home. With views of the canyon to Glacier National Park and Whitefish Ski Resort, this is a picture perfect Montana property! Electricity and phone to the property. This community has private access to the Flathead River via a private road and shared acreage. Perfect place for your horses to graze. Easy access to Columbia Falls, Whitefish and Kalispell. Priced to sell, this great lot won't last long! Also available in two 10 acre parcels for $167,900 each.

Stefanie Hanson , Beckman's Real Estate

20.00 ACRES
- BEDROOMS
- BATHROOMS
- SQ FT
 
$1,849,000
Once in a lifetime horse property!

Kalispell, Flathead County, Montana


A True Montana Dream Home on over 20 acres of privacy! Come home to your private mountain top gated retreat! Custom Built on a Rock Outcropping with outstanding Rocky Mountain Views. This 6540 sq ft custom home sits on 20 acres just 7 PAVED miles from Town. Chefs Kitchen-Subzero Wolf Gas Appliances. Lutron Lights & Electric Shades. The barn consists of floor to ceiling tongue and groove - state of the art water purification system that feeds the automatic water feeders in each 14x14 matted stall - temperature monitoring with Heated Stalls - Heated Bathing Area - outdoor riding arena with recycled rubber - Everything for a Horse Enthusiast!

Stefanie Hanson , Beckman's Real Estate

20.00 ACRES
4 BEDROOMS
3 BATHROOMS
6540 SQ FT
 
$349,900
The Perfect HORSE PROPERTY!!

Shepherd, Yellowstone County, Montana


The Perfect HORSE PROPERTY!! GREAT Ranch Style 5 Bedroom Country Home on 7.3 Acres w/ a Beautiful Back Yard to Enjoy the Summer Sunsets_Have a Blast in Your Own Private Pond_Separate the Horses in 3 Multiple Pastures_Property Has All New Fences & Pipe Braces_ Keep Your Pastures Green w/Irrigation Shares @ Billings Bench Water_You Will Have Summertime Entertainment Out in the Yard under the Apple Trees_Horse Barn Set Up for 5 Future Indoor Stalls_Full Size Pickup Can Fit Inside the Barn_ Frost Free Hydrant for Easy Watering_ Motion Sensor Automatic Waters_ 5 Corrals & 3 Lean-To Shelters Out In the Corrals_ Lease the 5 Acres Next Door for Extra Pasture_ Barn is Equipped with a Machine Shed & Tack Room_Appreciate the Convenient Hay Storage Inside. Home is Heated with Pellet Stove_ Duct Work is in Place for Future A/C and Gas Forced Heat if Desired.This is a Must See!

Tannis Kramer , Western Skies Real Estate

7.30 ACRES
5 BEDROOMS
2.5 BATHROOMS
2100 SQ FT

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