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
Luxury turn key ranchette with private ponds and majestic mountain views

Ronan, Lake County, Montana

Mountain Majesty: Nestled on the corner of Inspiration Lane of Innovation Drive, sits the ranchette of your dreams. 40 contiguous gated acres with striking views of the Mission Mountains, private ponds, an updated 4,168 square foot luxury home with an expansive deck and multiple outbuildings including a stable, storage shed and greenhouse. Inspiration Ranch offers the best of country living in the heart of Big Sky Country. Both ranch and home have been meticulously maintained and carefully updated, resulting in a turnkey property to suit any taste. Call Cole Wallace (406-570-7321) or your real estate professional. Features include: renovated kitchen and bathrooms, new brand appliances, updated flooring, new windows and doors throughout, large deck with retractable awning, 1 acre main pond with fountain, new fencing, sealed driveway, heated greenhouse, oversized 2-car heated garage, storage shed, stall stable with fenced corral, apples/plum/pear fruit trees, orchard, alarm system with surveillance. Feel your worries slip away from the picturesque gazebo wired and ready for a hot tub. Watch the wildlife roam across the rolling acres, and observe the diverse bird population that regularly visits the property's main pond from your impressive outdoor deck. The property is already fenced and ready for your cattle and horses. Tend livestock in the stall stable or simply soak in the stunning scenery, all set in a backdrop of nature's finest masterpiece. Live out your western dream at Inspiration Ranch.

Cole Wallace , Century 21 Big Sky Real Estate

40.34 ACRES
4168 SQ FT
Bar Lazy R Ranch, Sula MT

Sula, Ravalli County, Montana

Welcome to Bar Lazy R Ranch in Sula, Montana. Surrounded by mountains, Sula is a wide valley that lies along the East Fork of the Bitterroot River. Tucked away in this valley and on the market for the first time in 27 years sits the picturesque and diverse Bar Lazy R Ranch. Bordered by National Forest Service Land, Bar Lazy R is a peaceful and quiet retreat with exceptional opportunity for the outdoor recreationist. Pride of ownership is evident in this meticulously maintained property, making it not only move-in ready, but easy to operate. Included on the 20 acre property are multiple outbuildings, adding to the property’s versatility. The five stall barn is situated next to the metal round corral and has a heated tack room and two 11′ doors, making trailer/tractor access a non-issue. Shop space includes one heated 30×36 building with two 10-ft doors, windows and a solid slab, and one 30×36 building left open. The quaint one bedroom and one bathroom bunkhouse has an attached storage unit and single car garage. Not to be forgotten are the pristine irrigated and sub-irrigated grounds and a sparkling and serene +/- half acre pond surrounded by aspens, stocked with rainbow trout, wild brown trout and wild brook trout. An aesthetically pleasing windmill and hand crafted gazebo only add to the pond’s appeal. Inside the 2,721 sq ft. main house you will find the kind of warmth and coziness that makes a house a home. The home features an open floor plan with lots of windows and wide hallways adding to the spacious feel. On the main level the mudroom can be accessed from the garage or back porch and is equipped with a sink, washer/dryer and pantry. The large kitchen with double ovens can be accessed from the mud room or from the front door where an inviting deck is there to greet you. The kitchen, dining and family room are open making dinners and evenings a family affair. Also on the main floor is a large bedroom that leads to a covered back deck, a large bonus room perfect for an office and/or additional bedroom and a full bath. Upstairs is a large and thoughtfully designed master suite with a pellet stove, double sinks, walk in closet and French doors leading to a covered deck. Perfect for cold winter days is the spa room with hot tub, sauna, 3/4 bath and lots of windows

Bergquist Donnelly Team , PureWest Christies International Real Estate

20.00 ACRES
2721 SQ FT

Clinton, Missoula County, Montana

Very nice executive residence and indoor riding area with attached 18+ stall barn. Property is located on 20 acres with irrigation, fencing, orchard and heated shop. Property also has a small but nice caretaker's house, RV hookups and irrigation. Located 18 miles east of Missoula, MT and paved road to the property. East access to shopping, schools and the airport. 80' x 160' indoor arena, 36 x 60' heated shop.

Bryan Flaherty , Flaherty Inc Real Estate

20.00 ACRES
2579 SQ FT
85+ Ac Prime Ranch Land, 2,200’+ / - Blue Ribbon Kootenai, 3 Homes, Shops, Views!

Libby, Lincoln County, Montana

What an Opportunity?! Over 85 acres of prime ranch land bordered by 2,200’+/- of the Blue Ribbon Kootenai River. This offering includes three (3) homes. The original home, built in 1940, sets at the riverbank and includes barns, sheds, and fencing. This home has been carefully maintained and currently serves as a guest house. The 2 Bedroom, fully remodeled 'Gate House', includes a Large shop for the resident's convenience. The main home, also on the Kootenai River, was completely renovated and greatly enlarged in 2005. The interior of this beautiful home is highlighted with walls of windows overlooking the Kootenai River, custom kitchen and bathrooms; maple floors in the living and dining room area, title in kitchen and baths, granite counters, central vacuum system, central heating/cooling heat pump system and 3 wood stoves, assuring its’ owner of year-round comfort. High-end custom features are prominent throughout the main floor and the completely finished walkout basement. In addition, you could enjoy an easy move - the home comes completely furnished. The exterior of the main house also features a fenced back yard, underground sprinkler system, fruit trees, perennials, covered and open decks, greenhouse, and an attached double garage. This ranch includes 64 acres of irrigated land from water rights to the Kootenai River at 500 GPM going to one mile of pipe. The ranch yields approximately 300 ton of hay per year with 100 ton certified. There is a 4032 sqft Shop, Barn, Hay Sheds, & multiple Utility Buildings, all for storing not only hay, but to store all the farm equipment which is included with the sale of this property. (Complete List on File.) Make a Appointment Today. Qualified Buyers Only.

Alice L. Hayes , Team Hayes Realtor - Loveless Realty

85.25 ACRES
Eureka Montana Property

Eureka, Lincoln County, Montana

ENJOY MONTANA IN THIS BEAUTIFUL LOG HOME, 3 BED 2 BATH LARGE DECK, DETACHED GARAGE WITH HUGE CARPORT, GREENHOUSE AND FRUIT TREES , 17 PLUS ACRES ALL FENCED AND HORSE READY, LANDSCAPED, UNDERGROUND SPRINKLERS, WALKWAYS ARE ALL COVERED. This property has been cared for inside and out and pride of ownership is evident, schedule an appointment today to see this beautiful Montana property !

Gideon Yutzy , High Mountain Realty

17.75 ACRES
1664 SQ FT
Horse property with mountain views and river frontage

Evergreen, Flathead County, Montana

Incredible horse property with awesome mountain views from this spacious home on 14+ acres 300+/- ft. of a channel of Flathead River frontage Two big outbuildings: 32 x 35 garage with caretaker's quarters and 40 x 40 garage/barn with 3 OVH doors and attached horse stalls

Carlene Netteberg , Howe Realty

14.46 ACRES
4038 SQ FT
Beautiful views of the Upper Blackfoot Valley!

Lincoln, Lewis and Clark County, Montana

Custom built ranch style home w/full walkout basement & wrap-around deck features over 4,100 sq ft w/breathtaking views overlooking the Lincoln Valley! Open floor plan design features main floor living w/ Master en-suite, large kitchen with eating bar, open living room w/large picture windows, laundry room & sun porch. Invite your quests to stay in the cozy guest house or tinker in the 30'x42' shop. Plenty of room to store your wood in the large shed-park your RV in the covered shelter. Fully fenced.

Becky Garland , Action Realty of Lincoln

22.52 ACRES
4192 SQ FT
Lazy TF Ranch

Dillon, Madison County, Montana

Solace of your own 200 acres in Montana. Native range with a year round creek running through the property. Great site for barn, arena and pens. Pastures and ground is good set up for cross fencing with permanent or hot wire. Perimeter fenced. Close to the University of Montana Western where we have Equine and Natural Horsemanship programs. Harvest an elk here every fall as a big plus!

Mary Ann Nicholas , Beaverhead Home and Ranch Real Estate

226.00 ACRES
4500 SQ FT
Lone Cypress Ranch

Sula, Ravalli County, Montana

Tucked away in the gentle fold of a grassy valley in one of the most pristine watersheds in the lower 48 states is the Lone Cypress Ranch, 301± acres with three trout-filled ponds and an extensive set of luxury improvements ideally suited for a mountain retreat. The master residence – a stately and expansive log home – is situated to provide maximum privacy, occupying a choice location adjacent to the three-quarter-mile common boundary with the Bitterroot National Forest. Large migratory elk herds frequent the property, especially during the fall when cool weather brings them out of the high country. Extensive equestrian improvements and guest facilities further enhance the overall utility of this property, located just outside of the town of Sula at the southern end of the Bitterroot Valley, 90 minutes from Missoula and less than an hour’s drive from Darby or Hamilton. Frontage on the East Fork of the famed Bitterroot River beckons the angler. In short, a very complete recreational retreat with a complete package of every amenity for which one could hope. 

Keith Lenard , Hall and Hall

301.39 ACRES
9500 SQ FT
Montana Horse Property with gorgeous views of Flathead Lake

Rollins, Lake County, Montana

Nice property allowing 4 horses with views of Flathead Lake. Mixture of grass and trees with level and sloping ground. Oversized two car garage. Room to build a barn. Easy access to US Highway 93 with Kalispell to the north and Polson to the south. Glacier International Airport services Kalispell which is approximately 23 miles. Kalispell features all the amenities of shopping, Regional Medical Center and great schools. Glacier National Park is only 90 minutes away. Private location yet close to everything.

Tammy Balkenbush , Chuck Olson Real Estate

4.09 ACRES
2926 SQ FT

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