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
Mission Valley Wonderland Estate

Saint Ignatius, Lake County, Montana

MISSION VALLEY WONDERLAND ESTATE ON 200+ ACRES! Don't miss this bargain! Two quality homes perched high above the Mission Valley. Enjoy the gorgeous conifer forest, grazing meadows, flowing spring, pond & irrigation water. Tremendous panoramic views including the National Bison Range. A grand orchestra of Big Sky country. The horse lover will be impressed w/the immaculate 6-stall stable & all the amenities a horse could dream. Family fun & year round entertainment is just minutes away at McDonald Lake. The 4,400+ square foot main log home features two master suites, 4 bathrooms, 3 fireplaces & a massive wrap around deck. The guest residence is perfectly comfortable w/two large bedrooms, two full baths & pellet stove. Meticulous care abounds. The spring fed pond and... year round flowing water are big livestock bonuses. Amazing opportunity for the second home adventurer, the bed & breakfast minded enthusiast, the mountaintop seeking artist and/or the dude rancher looking for a cattle & horse friendly enclave.

Bob Mattson , Kelly Right Real Estate

203.00 ACRES
4442 SQ FT
10 acre horse property with year round creek and mountain views near Bozeman.

Belgrade, Gallatin County, Montana

Bring your horses and your dream-home to these fantastic 10-acre lots (two available). Gaze at quintessential Montana views of the Bridger Range, the Tobacco Roots, and the Spanish Peaks while your horses enjoy the creek that runs through the west end of the lot. Trees lining the creek provide shade, while grass blankets the property. Abundant wildlife frequents this quiet area, with city amenities just minutes away. This property offers the best of both worlds!

Abby Glover , Windermere Bozeman Downtown

10.00 ACRES
Spectacular 10 Acre Horse Facility in Beautiful Flathead Valley, NW Montana

Bigfork, Flathead County, Montana

Spectacular horse facility on 10 acres located in the beautiful Flathead Valley, minutes to Bigfork, Flathead Lake, Echo Lake, & Swan Lake, and boasts beautiful panoramic views of the Swan Mountain Range! 120'x70' indoor arena, indoor round pen with upstairs viewing area, 22 stall horse barn, 5 paddocks, 6 corrals with water lines, vet room with radiant floor heat, tack room, farrier area, blanket room, heated office, bathroom with laundry facilities, 2 stall shop, 2 hay barns, & an unfinished caretaker apartment. Home has 2,923 square feet, 4 bedrooms, 4 baths, open kitchen/great room, covered front porch and deck, large recreation room on lower level. Beautiful location and privacy for this equestrian property!

Jennifer Shelley , National Parks Realty

10.08 ACRES
2923 SQ FT
680 Acres of Seculded Mountain property. year round water and off grid privacy.

Wolf Creek, Lewis and Clark County, Montana

This is truly a one of a kind property. Looking for a Family compound? End of road Privacy? Off grid self reliant living without giving up comfort? look no further this is an ideal place for you. 680 acres surrounded by State lands. 7 natural springs providing year round water supply. Gravity feed water system, solar panels and propane gas. Total privacy with mountains surrounding the property. Lots of marketable timber. Abundant wildlife including Moose, elk, mule deer, bears, coyotes, mink, mountain sheep, rabbits, grouse The native stocked pond has both brook and rainbow trout. Year round access with over 1 mile of private road just east of the continental divide. Call for your private showing and you will fall in love

Michael Brady , Michael Brady realty

680.00 ACRES
4525 SQ FT

Kila, Flathead County, Montana

Great Horse property, adjacent to Forest service, to the south.Varied terrain, including natural rock cliffs , and year round Porter creek. Approximately 1 mile from Roger's Lake, a 237 acre natural lake with grayling and cutthroat trout, with 2 public accesses on the west side for fishing year round. Rogers Lake is also great for canoeing and kayaking. There are several forest service roads in the area, that make excellent trails for riding or hiking, The main barn is 50'x200', with 5 14'x14' stalls. A covered 50'x100' riding arena is also part of the barn. There is a smaller 4 stall barn, and a 20'x20' guest cabin.The log sided home has 3 bedrooms and 2.75 baths,a sunken living room, an office. The country kitchen has just undergone a full remodel, including circular sawn wood floors, custom cabinetry and granite counter tops .


14.00 ACRES
2625 SQ FT
Bitterroot Valley Log Home, Indoor Arena and Close to Mountain Trails

Victor, Ravalli County, Montana

This property has water rights, productive hay fields, and feels like a much larger ranch with its location at the base of the scenic Bitterroot Mountains. The handcrafted log home is situated in the corner of the property with an overlook view of the pond and the barn, shop, and arenas in the lower meadows. There is a 1,000 sf guest apartment or manager's house. This is one of the undeveloped areas of the Valley with large parcels frequented with herds of elk and very close to riding trails into the US Forest Service and Wilderness. Located west of Victor, the property is suitable for an easy commute to either Missoula or Hamilton. Every detail on this ranch has been attended to with care. Visit www.ranchmt.com to open a complete narrative brochure on the property and watch the drone video. If you are looking for a ranch already set up for horses to avoid the high cost of new construction - don't miss this opportunity. One of the finest horse properties in Western Montana!

Jan King , Berkshire Hathaway Montana Ranch Properties

35.00 ACRES
3504 SQ FT
Horse property for sale with 43 acres!

Ronan, Lake County, Montana

Located in Ronan with panoramic views of the Mission Mountains, this 43 +/-acre ranch includes a well maintained 4/3 home, 72 x 60 barn w/ 9 stalls , tack room, work shop and separate garage. Irrigation for the Reinke pivot is supplied by the Flathead Irrigation district with the acreage producing 4 ton/acre in hay and is fully fenced with corrals. The adjoining 112 +/- acreage with Reinke pivot is also available , MLS#21711193. Call Frank Schmitz at 406-249-6491 or your real estate professional.

Frank Schmitz , Century21 BigSky

42.69 ACRES
2498 SQ FT
Versatile ranch, indoor arena, 2 shops, 2,350 sq. home, unbeatable setting

Corvallis, Ravalli County, Montana

Previously a therapeutic riding facility and fully operational foundry. Located on a paved, county maintained road. Easy access, privacy and stunning Mountain views make the setting ideal. The layout, topography and the neighbors conservation easement assure the view is unobstructed. There are no restrictions of use, making the property versatile. 599 Popham (12.37 acres) includes the home, 2 shops, pastures, machine shed, septic system, power and water. Shop #1 is 2,184 sq. ft. w/ overhead doors, heat, a/c, phase 1- 300 amp service a second story and a gallery. The foundry is ideal for metal fabrication, a jewelry maker, potter, artist, sculptor or whatever you can think of. Shop #2 is 1,000 finished sq. ft. w/ wood heat. 605 Popham (7.14 acres) includes the riding arena, shed rows, outdoor runs, pastures, water, power and septic system. Additionally there are: 3 established garden spots, and a wide variety of mature landscaping including fruit trees, purple robe locust, maple, and lilacs. This unique horse property has privacy, versatility and income potential. Rent out the shop and/or the home, start a vineyard, an animal sanctuary, sustainable farm, and any horse related venture you want. The property and buildings are steeped in The Bitterroot Valleys history.

Sue Justus , EXIT Realty Bitterroot Valley

19.51 ACRES
2350 SQ FT
Contemporary Montana Living on Flathead River

Columbia Falls, Flathead County, Montana

This home features the best that Montana has to offer. Great fly fishing from your own island, outstanding 360 degree views, acreage to play, horse friendly, and even your own little league baseball field. This custom home is superbly constructed using a multitude of woods, granite, and stone. The majestic living room offers 20-ft ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows, a wood burning rock fireplace, multiple climbing walls with belay, and a fireman's pole from the second level with support for elevator if needed. This amazing 6896 square foot home incorporates both the modern contemporary and only the finest luxury finishes. You will enjoy the expansive living area with full library and if you enjoy entertaining then this is your dream home. The kitchen, formal dining, and living areas flow seamlessly with bright open space.

Linda Pistorese , Flathead Valley Brokers

15.81 ACRES
6898 SQ FT
Spacious Home and 208 Acre Ranchette Property

Harlem, Blaine County, Montana

Irrigated Hay Farm: 208 acres located 5 miles E of Harlem, MT. There’s 153 acres of flood irrigated hay, a newer & very nice 5-bedroom home, 30’x60’ heated shop, storage shed - tack room, and older set of corrals. Includes some of Seller’s farm equipment. Good Pheasant hunting area

Mark Pyrak , Fort Benton Realty LLP

208.00 ACRES
2360 SQ FT

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