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
Private Equestrian Estate with Luxury Home and Guest Cabin

Bridger, Carbon County, Montana

On a hill high above the Clarks Fork Valley, Pronghorn Ranch encompasses the best of rural Montana living: views, wildlife, freedom. This well equipped horse property has all of the amenities horsemen and women require: 60x80 indoor arena, 36x40 stall barn, 12x48 lean-to with runs, 36x78 shop, gorgeous log ranch style home, guest cabin and 44 ac. of varying topography. An occasional home to the Cherry springs elk herd, nearby recreational opportunities also include fishing, hiking, & hunting. Property can be purchased with additional acreage: Lots 1, 2, and 3 with all improvements (132 acres) $949,000, or add lot 3 (44 acres) or Lot 1 (43 acres) for $80,000 each.

Stacie Wells , Landmark of Billings, Inc.

44.00 ACRES
4738 SQ FT
20 Acre Montana Horse Farm with Remodeled Home and 360 Mountain Views

Corvallis, Ravalli County, Montana

This beautiful 19.78 acre horse ranch is nestled in the heart of the Bitterroot Valley and graced with 360 degree views of the Sapphire Mountains to the East, with the majestic Bitterroots rising in the West. This property is ready to make you and your four legged friends feel at home. Beautiful inside and out! Outside is horse/livestock ready with fenced and x-fenced pastures, a 4 stall loafing shed, corrals, a grain silo, and tack and storage building and many other amenities detailed below. Water rights and BRID gravity fed irrigation are included, contributing to productive grass hay pasture. At the end of a summer’s day you can sit on your deck on the shady side of the house above the pond and listen to the soothing waterfall of the meandering stream. Inside you’ll enjoy the serene, airy space of your Farmhouse Bungalow, fully remodeled in 2010 and full of light with views from every window. The hub of the home is a spacious country kitchen. The complete update of the kitchen in 2016 reserved a spot for a wood stove. Its large windows flood the area with sunshine and warmth, making it the perfect spot for greeting the morning. The living room has amazing views as well, and is highlighted by a fireplace made of Montana Travertine. With sweeping views of two mountain ranges rising above the Bitterroot River, you’ll be living in what we Montanans like to call "God's Country." There is no better place to live under the Big Sky of Montana.

Doug Bauman , Keller Williams, Western Montana Realty

19.78 ACRES
2036 SQ FT
Equestrian Log Home Ranchette with Unobstructed Views in Montana

Roscoe, Carbon County, Montana

Dream Dance Equestrian Ranch-A picturesque ranch with spectacular PROTECTED views of the Beartooth Mountains and Montana big sky countryside. Close to national forest, 44X40 barn, garage, & shop. 24 x 20 loafing shed, electric horse walker, corals, kennels, aerated pond, Roscoe Creek & water rights. Spa Cabin with Sauna, deck & wired for hot tub . Seller will look at all reasonable offers.

Nancy Curtiss , Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Floberg Real Estate

18.51 ACRES
4327 SQ FT
Custom Built Ranch Style on Horse Property w/ Gorgeous Views

Dillon, Beaverhead County, Montana

20 acres situated on three sides by BLM, one mile off paved highway, new custom ranch style home situated on hill with gorgeous views of mountains, private, 70'x150' indoor riding arena, 150'x250' outside arena w/ 8" sand,, 100' cow/buffalo working pen w/ 10" of sand, all under steel fence, w/ steel alleys and holding pens, indoor arena has 40'x40' attahed saddle building shop, tack room, wash rack. shop and tractor storage. hay shed holds 50 ton hay, horse runs w/ gravityflow waterers, large buffalo/ cow pen, 4 horse pens steel w/ gravity flow waterers, spring in bottom flows till July or year round depending on snow load in mountains, loafing shed, graze pasture. Lots of miles of riding/four wheeling right out front gate. in the heart of excellent fishing, hunting, camping country.

Deb Page

20.00 ACRES
3000 SQ FT
Unique Lifestyle Executive Home at 2830 Mitten Mountain Road

Missoula, Missoula County, Montana

Unique Lifestyle Executive Home at 2830 Mitten Mountain Road. On the short drive home the stress of the world seems to melt away as you travel up the canyon. Bring your horses and toys! The over-sized 4 car garage with two extra tall bays accommodates a tall truck, horse trailer or camper. A barn with attached tack room and hay shed are functional and ready to use. As you enter the property just a city block from a county maintained road you'll be greeted by a custom designed electric gate. Contact Aaron Gingerelli 406.370.9628 or your Real Estate Professional to schedule a showing of this incredible property today

Aaron Gingerelli , Mountain Real Estate, Inc.

7.25 ACRES
4600 SQ FT
Independently Powered 10 Acre Horse Property With Home & Guest House

Three Forks, Gallatin County, Montana

Quintessential Montana property offered on over 10 fabulous acres in the greater Three Forks area. Enjoy the secluded lifestyle of Montana living where the Missouri River is less than a half mile from home and public land can be accessed within a short distance.This property is independently powered with solar paneling and wind turbines which operate this custom 4 bedroom 3 bathroom, 3700 sqft. home and the 2 bedroom 1 bathroom 1250 sqft. guest house. The home and guesthouse are separately metered with individual wells and septic systems. Live on site and rent the guest house - nightly or monthly! The property has been well manicured and upgraded with a fire suppression system, drip system for the mature landscaping and R 22 value insulation in the crawl space for those chilly winters! This is a unique property that offers lots of potential for maximizing your quality of life and is a terrific investment. Set up your appointment with me today to tour!

Bobby Goodman , Windermere Bozeman Downtown

10.21 ACRES
4950 SQ FT
This property is set up for horse - 72+ acres with Gooseberry Creek

Ennis, Madison County, Montana

72+ acres with Gooseberry Creek, Highway Springs, trees plus a 6000+ square foot home plus a 100' x 40' SHOP/BARN/CARPORT - all with massive Madison Mountain views only a few minutes west of Ennis. This property is set up for horses or small cattle herd and there are no covenants so your imagination is the only limit to the potential this property has. Open floor plan, large wrap around decks, 900 SF Master Suite (private balcony, cherry wood cabinets, jetted tub), huge kitchen (Kitchen Aid Appliances, sub-zero refrigerator, Jennaire cooktop with grill, Lazy Susans, bay windows, pantry with custom rolling drawers, Corian counter tops, and eating bar space for five), 2 story stone wood burning fireplace (29' tall) is the center of the sunken Living Room, walls of windows to let in those massive mountain views, radiant floor heat, hardwood & custom tile flooring, 4' lighted stairs, gun-storage safe room, intercom system, antler chandeliers (convey at closing)....the list goes on & on!

Dot Merrill , Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Montana Properties

72.77 ACRES
6196 SQ FT
22 Hayfield Loop Trail

Ennis, Madison County, Montana

Built in 2016, this newer 4 bed – 3 bath home has all of the upgrades: circle sawn wood flooring, custom tiled walk in shower & bathroom floors, open floor plan w/ vaulted ceilings, large eastern windows creating massive Madison Mountain views into your open living room-dining area-kitchen. The gourmet kitchen has a large pantry, five burner propane stove (center can be a griddle or grill) and side by side refrigerator, knotty hickory cabinets and beautiful granite counter tops. There is a great master bedroom-bath suite with custom tiled shower and tiled floor. The fully finished basement includes a large rec room, full bath with tiled tub surround, and three more bedrooms all with ingress-egress windows. The house is complimented with a pasture, irrigation water via water users association, rail fenced pasture, access to BLM-FS for hunting, hiking, & quick access to the Madison River for fishing. This home has it all!!

Dot Merrill , Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Montana Properties

11.99 ACRES
2352 SQ FT
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 shop, equipment barn, 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
3146 SQ FT
81 Rockinghorse Drive

Bozeman, Gallatin County, Montana

Immaculate home in Cameron Bridge Estates! At almost 6,000 square feet, this 2007 built custom home has 5 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, two kitchens, three living areas, a large bonus room over the 3 stall garage and tons of storage! Sit beside the wood burning fireplace and admire beautiful mountain views. This 10+/- acre property includes 3 fenced pastures, a barn with two stalls and tack room and a studio above it. Access to the Gallatin River!

Mike Basile , Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Montana Properties

10.73 ACRES
5931 SQ FT

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