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
36402 Dublin Gulch Road, Saint Ignatius MT

Saint Ignatius, Lake County, Montana

This purebred cattle and horse ranch is located in the beautiful Mission Valley of Western Montana. The ranch has the reputation for being one of the most productive operations in the area with its seedstock cattle gaining International recognition and its Cow Bred Performance Horses enjoy Nationwide acceptance being marketed through the ranches site, At an elevation of 3000 ft. it enjoys very mild winters and beautiful summers. Just five miles to the east the Mission Mountain Range climb 7000 ft. from the valley floor to an alpine elevation of 10,000 ft making for breathtaking views. Approximately 5 miles to the East are numerous trail heads to the Mission Mountain Wilderness, which connect to the Bob Marshall – America's largest wilderness area. Accessible only by horse, the Bob Marshall claims to have more than 1500 miles of marked horse trails. 8 miles southwest of the ranch are the Sand Hills of Moiese. The ranch has used the Sand Hills as a colt training area that gives a colt a tremendous amount of experience in a short time. This is also the spot where the Marlboro Commercials were filmed as well as John Wayne's first movie “The Big Trail”.

Bergquist Donnelly Team , PureWest Christies International Real Estate

120.00 ACRES
1637 SQ FT
Best of the Best Horse Properties

Trego, Lincoln County, Montana

The ultimate in end of the road privacy. Sixty acres of trees & meadows, all completely fenced for cattle and horses, with a large custom-built house overlooking it all. Beautiful views of the Whitefish Range and Mount Marsten. Large hay barn and fenced garden area. An artesian well, supplemented by numerous springs and approximately 1500 feet of Edna Creek flowing through the property, provide more than ample water to fill the numerous ponds.

Joan Pruett , Coldwell Banker Mason & Co.

59.78 ACRES
3840 SQ FT
139 Acre Horse Property in Clyde Park, MT

Clyde Park, Park County, Montana

Spectacular 360 degree views from this 139 acre fenced property in Clyde Park. Quiet, rural setting. 1479 square foot 1-bedroom, 1 bath home over 3-car oversized garage. The living space has an open floor plan with access to the 672 s.f. deck from the dining room, bedroom or ground. Heat and A/C from an open loop geothermal forced air system, pus a cozy wood stove. RV hook up on cement pad. Beautiful cedar 4-stall barn. Only 5 miles from services. Prepare to fall in love.

Jon Ellen Snyder , REA Landmark

139.00 ACRES
1480 SQ FT
Fully fence for horses with tirbutary of the Blackfoot River, pond and log barn.

Lincoln, Lewis and Clark County, Montana

Enjoy beautiful views everyday from the covered deck of this very well kept, 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home just west of Lincoln. Kitchen/dining room has plenty of room for the cook, several sous chefs and guests. 756sqft 2 car garage is heated with auto door openers. Perfect horse property, with a pond and a tributary of the Blackfoot river flowing thru the property. Four 100+- year old log buildings: barn, cabins and garage. Just 3 miles west of Lincoln. Additional 30 acres available. Call today.

Becky Garland , Action Realty of Lincoln

24.00 ACRES
3021 SQ FT
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
2436 SQ FT
Affordable horse friendly property with a nice home.

Marion, Flathead County, Montana

Pride of Ownership is here to be seen! This very well maintained 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 1900 square foot home sits on 8+ horse friendly acres. Updates include a new roof, siding, and wrap around deck all done in 2016. The main pasture is approximately 5-6 acres and is completely fenced and there are also 2 additional fenced dry lots that are approximately 1 acre a piece. Only 30 miles west of Kalispell with easy access from the Highway. McGregor and Bitterroot Lakes are just a short drive away! Don't miss out of this great opportunity. Call Jeremy Feldmann at (406) 314-3333 or your buyers agent to schedule a showing.

Jeremy Feldmann , Performance Real Estate

8.20 ACRES
1904 SQ FT
Peace and tranquility with this log home and property in NW Montana

Troy, Lincoln County, Montana

Peace and tranquility are what you can expect from this beautiful log home situated on 4.772 acres. The upstairs loft is currently set up as the master bedroom with office space and a full bath. The main level features a living room with vaulted ceilings, large covered deck, kitchen, dining area, laundry room, bedroom and a full bath. The walkout daylight basement is complete with a bonus family room, 2 bedrooms and a half bath. Outside you will find a large manicured yard with multiple entertaining spaces plus a 2 ¾ acre fenced pasture with barn and storage shed, ready for your animals. Home also includes an energy efficient heat pump and a 1 year AHS home warranty for your peace of mind. Close to town, but quiet and private! You don’t want to miss this one, call today for your private showing!

Karen Nalley , ERA Lambros

4.77 ACRES
2519 SQ FT
60 Acre Horse Property! Handcrafted Log Home along stunning Mission Creek

Saint Ignatius, Lake County, Montana

Stunning Mission Creek setting & the National Bison Range for wildlife watching. Handcrafted Log Home, 3 Bed/2.5 Bath, fireplace, scraped wood floors, Heartland Appliances & 1500 SF of covered deck with outdoor kitchen & fireplace to enjoy the privacy & mountain views. PLUS 1 Bed/1 Bath guest quarters & 1850 SF Shop with 8' & 12' overhead doors, in floor heat, WD hookups & 1/2 bath. 22x16 building with fence, ideal for gardening. 60 acres of pasture or hay ground is divided into several pastures with corrals, pond, irrigation & horse shelter. Approx 1000' of Mission Creek, mature trees in the yard, some tall pines near the creek and circular driveway to shop. Home is over 3000 SF, in floor heat, exposed logs, custom doors & 650+ SF open great room.

Mission Valley Properties , Owner/Broker

60.00 ACRES
3264 SQ FT
Burgess Ranch on Meadow Creek

Eureka, Lincoln County, Montana

This is one of the most pristine ranches located on Meadow Creek near Fortine, Montana. The views of the Whitefish Mountain range are spectacular. The 360 degree views of the surrounding meadows and timberlands are equally spectacular. The house overlooks the grassy meadow that Meadow Creek peacefully meanders through. The interior of the house has wooden beams and rustic barn wood accents and trim. There is also a large sitting area with a propane fire place as well as a living room. The views from these rooms and the large exterior deck are phenomenal. The Ranch is located 15 minutes from Eureka and 45 minutes from Whitefish and all the amenities of the Flathead Valley. For more information please Contact Josh Letcher 406-249-8909 or your licensed real estate professional.

Gideon Yutzy , High Mountain Realty

70.00 ACRES
2664 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

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