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 Lover's dream with heated shop, barn with stalls and 3,408+ / - home.

Froid, Roosevelt County, Montana

Horse Lovers Dream Property! This is the perfect property for the horse lover or hobby farmer. Quality home has 2 bedroom, 2 bonus rooms and 2 1/2 baths remodeled early 2,000’s. Basement is also finished for a total of 3,408 sq. ft. There is a heated shop, newer barn with horse stalls and many other amenities all located on 80 acres with paved access. Property is located just 8 miles from Culbertson and is a short drive to Sidney, Williston or Plentywood. Definitely a must see! Call or stop in for more details.

Jarrell Schock , Missouri River Realty

80.00 ACRES
3408 SQ FT
Build Your Montana Dream Home at Shades of Gray Ranch

Bozeman, Gallatin County, Montana

Welcome home to the Shades of Gray Ranch located in the Jackson Creek area of Bozeman, MT. Shades of Gray is 192 acres of beautiful land-the perfect location to build your Montana Dream Home with plenty of space for a barn and arena. Beautiful rolling fields that are wonderful for riding or for having lovely fenced pastures. The back section of the property has a creek for watering and gorgeous slopes with trees for shade. Enjoy the quiet of this "off the beaten path" property to connect with nature and provide a peaceful place for your horses to graze or train. Plenty of acreage to grow hay as well. Spectacular views of the Bridger, Bangtail and Absaroka mountain ranges and two flowing tributaries of Jackson Creek make this a place you will never want to leave. A legacy property with multiple building sites makes Shades of Gray perfect for a family compound. This property has paved road, year round access and there are possibilities for subdivision. Enjoy nearby hunting, fishing, hiking, and photographing the local elk herd. Shades of Gray is 20 minutes from the Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport and perfectly located between Bozeman’s sophisticated, vibrant downtown and Bridger Bowl ski hill. Montana is calling and now is the time for you to answer.

Debbie McEachron , ERA Landmark Real Estate

192.00 ACRES
Dream Horse Property, Amazing Views

Belgrade, Gallatin County, Montana

This is the Montana home you have been looking for and it offers the life you want to live. A beautiful home in the desirable Saddle Peak Ranch neighborhood north of Bozeman with spectacular views of the Bridger mountain range, sunsets, and the stars at night. A horse property with over 10 acres, perimeter rail fencing, a barn with two stalls, tack room and hay storage, as well as a loafing shed and heated waterer. This lot is bordered on the east by open space and the south by a conservation easement so your slice of heaven and views are secure. The neighborhood has trails for hiking, horseback riding or snow shoeing, as well as a pond stocked with fish to practice your fly fishing technique. Alpine skiing, snowboarding and nordic skiing are only a 30 minute drive and downtown shopping is only 15 minutes away. This Locati designed home is a must see. Bozeman Schools. Montana is calling and waiting for you to answer.

Debbie McEachron , ERA Landmark Real Estate

10.60 ACRES
3396 SQ FT
Quiet Water

Fishtail, Stillwater County, Montana

This rustic home is perfectly situated above the Stillwater River on 10 secluded acres with private access to the Stillwater River and National Forest. This area of Montana is blessed with blue Ribbon Trout Streams, highest peaks in Montana and the best backcountry trails leading into Yellowstone National Park.

Tim Torgerson , Beartooth Ranch & Land, LLC

10.00 ACRES
2247 SQ FT
5171 US Hwy 12 West, Helena, MT 59601

Helena, Lewis and Clark County, Montana

Large 5 bedroom, 3 bath country home, 2-car garage on 17 ac, fenced & crossed fenced with horse shelter. Country kitchen and lots of indoor and outdoor living space. Close to town and Ft Harrison, Helena National Forest within a mile. Screened in patio, lawn sprinklers, NO COVENANTS.

David Brandon , Avatar Realty

16.99 ACRES
3724 SQ FT
Blue Mountain View Ranch

Boulder, Jefferson County, Montana

Privacy, Serenity, Seclusion, all waiting for you on this 306 fully fenced acreage. Live water, aspen lined meadows and timbered hillsides stretch out to the horizon. Power, Natural Gas, well and septic are already in at two sites on the property. Elk, Deer, Moose signs and rubs are everywhere on this property, you can cross the north border to thousands of acres of BLM property, borders Sky Top Ranch to the South. Located 30 minutes from Helena, 9 minute from Boulder on maintained and mostly paved roads (1 mile unpaved). This is a perfect place to stake your claim.

David Brandon , Avatar Realty

306.00 ACRES
Open Land For Dream Horse Home

Stevensville, Ravalli County, Montana

Welcome to 2118 Middle Burnt Fork Road. This land parcel has a 240 sqft, one room cabin on the property with 20 acres of open space for an enterprising individual to build their dream home. The property has first water rights, road access, a completed septic system, a deep well, and an established infrastructure for electricity to be connected to your new home. The property is very private with exceptional, scenic views of the Bitterroot Mountains.

Bergquist Donnelly Team , PureWest Christies International Real Estate

20.00 ACRES
92 Porcupine Rd

Wilsall, Park County, Montana

Rare Opportunity in the Shields Valley. Nearly 364 acres of productive ground including water rights and pivot plus plenty of pasture. Porcupine Creek enters from the south with 2 nice ponds on the property. Included are a very spacious home and a 36'X100' Horse Barn, heated dog kennel and 4 car garage and loafing shed. Abundant wildlife throughout the year. Sections of newer fencing and easy access. Located approximately 10 miles from Wilsall towards the Crazy Mountains. Minutes from USFS. Superior mountain views in every direction. Close to Shields River and Porcupine Ranger Station. This is an outstanding location with unlimited potential. All this for $1,999,900!

Tammy Berendts , ERA Landmark Western Land

364.00 ACRES
3135 SQ FT
390 Kootenai Creek Road, Stevensville, MT 59870

Stevensville, Ravalli County, Montana

Looking for fishable creek front property in Stevensville on the west side? You will have the ultimate setting with this 20.46 acre property..... Sit and unwind on your private covered partially enclosed second story deck overlooking the desirable Kootenai Creek as it flows through the property. Original floor-to-ceiling rock fireplace with propane gas insert in living room showcases the 12 foot vaulted Tongue & Groove ceilings, open concept entertaining floor plan is perfect for those special holidays with loved ones. Dining Room area has a built-in dining room oak hutch for your display pieces and wet bar with 2 mini glass front fridges. Main floor living offers Maple rustic hardwood floors, carpeting, coat closet, guest bedroom, full bathroom, kitchen, living room, dining room and wet bar. Lower level offers walk out daylight basement, master bedroom with private three-quarter bathroom and 2 walk-in closets, third bedroom, bonus room, full bath, laundry room with convenient deep sink/cupboards/countertop, sitting area and mechanical room. In 2015, Sellers updated Main House -- Kitchen appliances (dishwasher, trash compactor, and cooktop), enlarged mechanical room and installed new lower level heat system, installed new larger concrete well cistern, rocked exterior of pool room and posts, enlarged lawn area down by creek and updated Culligan Water System. In 2017, Sellers additionally updated Main House Installed new heat & air conditioning system for upper level with heat pump condenser unit, updated exterior rock on house, poured concrete floors in horse barn & stalls and installed 2 solar park lights. A separate 1,704 sq ft building hosts an indoor swimming pool, stamped concrete floors, changing room and mechanical room for pool equipment. 51' x 30' Main shop & RV storage provide 10' high roll up doors with a 1,020 sq ft guest house located above offering kitchen area, living room, bathroom, bedroom and office area. Detached 28' x 30' oversized garage is perfect for your 2 vehicles plus added storage room/work area. But do you still need more garage space? Then you are in luck with an additional 22' x 30' garage/exercise area. 2 hay storage buildings are located on the property just off the driveway for loading and unloading convenience. These storage buildings allow you to have plenty of usable space over at the 672 sq ft 3 stall horse barn with electric service, tack room, fenced & cross fenced pastures just west of the indoor pool building. Wonderful views of Kootenai Canyon & Saint Mary's Peak. Rock retaining walls. Main House 1,000 gal septic tank & Guest House 1,500 gal septic tank pumped 08/14/2018. NorthWestern Energy services electrical to property. (2) privately owned propane tanks service the property buildings: (1) 500 gal above ground tank for the guest house/shop & (1) 1,000 gal buried tank for the main house/detached garage/pool house. Also included (research per DNRC website) are Stock surface water rights from Kootenai Creek 76H 107359-00, Irrigation surface water rights from Kootenai Creek 76H 116643-00, Domestic well groundwater rights 76H 30112255 (5 gpm) and Domestic Lawn & Garden well groundwater rights 76H 40042-00 (7 gpm). Listed by JoyceAnne R. Jodsaas Broker/Owner Eickert Realty, LLC 406.777.3696 Please visit this property at our website https://eickertrealty.com/idx/mls-21810834-390_kootenai_creek_road_stevensville_mt_59870

JoyceAnne Jodsaas , Eickert Realty, LLC

20.46 ACRES
2880 SQ FT
1800 Pheasant Brook Drive

Laurel, Yellowstone County, Montana

A stately equestrian estate on 6 irrigated acres with area several miles of riding trails. Barn/shop with hay loft, manicured fenced grounds/pond. 2 wells for UGSP/irrigation. Good enough to drink!

Sheila Larsen , Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Floberg Real Estate

6.04 ACRES
6105 SQ FT

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