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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 Property for sale.
Spectacular Montana horse ranch with an indoor and outdoor riding arena.

Kalispell, Flathead County, Montana

Spectacular horse ranch at the base of the Swan Mountains in Montana. This is a horse enthusiasts dream property! Enjoy the 25 acres & facilities for personal riding/training of your horses, or run your equine breeding/training business, while living in the beautiful 4725 sq ft, 5 bed, 4.5 bath home with timberframe interior. Included in this amazing property is an outdoor riding arena, an indoor riding arena, a horse barn with 10 horse stalls & a 40' x 60' shop with 3 roll-up doors. 20 acres is crossed fenced with smooth wire into 6 2.5-acre paddocks and 1 5-acre paddock. 4 with loafing sheds, frost free hydrants, automatic waterers & electric service. Property is adjacent to Strawberry Lake trailhead with hundreds of miles of National Forest land to hike, bike, ski & snow mobile.

Tara Harbin , National Parks Realty

25.00 ACRES
4725 SQ FT
Horse Property for sale.
Surrounded by stunning views of the Bridger Mountains

Belgrade, Gallatin County, Montana

Surrounded by stunning views of the Bridger Mountains this Horse Property is a very unique home in a lovely setting, gives one room to play and carve out their own designs for it. Make this home into a real show place! An open concept on both levels w/ barnwood, log and shiplap interior; walk in closet, hydronic baseboard heating & pellet stove; a large deck right out the interior living, and a hot tub. A large barn w/pull through doors, shop space, loft for storage and parking vehicles, circle & handicap accessible driveway to facilitate delivery. The owners used to rent out the large barn for wedding venue. The're 3 loafing sheds, new well pump, new water heater, horse shelters, greenhouse, chicken coop, hay shed, horse paddocks and 2 fenced pastures for animals. Garden area fenced in, property has many fruit trees. Outdoor kitchen area is covered. Located 10 miles of Bozeman downtown.The hrs of maintenance can be seen throughout the property. Peaceful place. NO covenants.

Luci Edwards , Bozeman Realty Listings

5.23 ACRES
2688 SQ FT
Horse Property for sale.
Unique opportunity to own an extraordinary 56 - acre secluded property in Montana

Custer, Yellowstone County, Montana

A unique opportunity to own an extraordinary 56-acre property offering seclusion (but quick access to I-90), 360 degree views and high speed internet! The property varies in terrain with miles of horse, ATV, and hiking trails. At the highest point of the property, located above the present home, is a meadow perfect for another homesite with panoramic views. Deep timber draws and meadows attract elk, whitetail deer, mule deer, moose, mountain lions, bears and geese. Fish on the Big Horn River known for Class I Blue Ribbon trout or hunt on the property for geese. Airline service & big store shopping less than an hour away.

Rachel Court , Coldwell Banker The Brokers

56.00 ACRES
1200 SQ FT
Horse Property for sale.
Beautifully Updated Horse Property on 10.72 Acres

Helena, Lewis and Clark County, Montana

Property is located ten minutes from Helena, the Capitol of Montana. Silver Creek courses the entire length of the parcel, which features a newly remodeled home, five livestock pastures, each have their own auto watering system, a 50' round pen with slanted eight foot walls, five box stalls, a breeding/Veterinarian chute, three loafing sheds and a large fenced riding arena. Pastures are fenced and employ solar electric wiring. Wonderful views highlight the surrounding Montana Mountains. Call Lyndon Conroy at 406-461-6894 or your real estate professional.

Lyndon Conroy , Conroy Real Estate

10.72 ACRES
2450 SQ FT


Horse Property for sale.
Montana Ranchette! Horse property bordering State Land & near the Missouri River

Three Forks, Gallatin County, Montana

Welcome to the perfect Montana Ranchette! Bring the horses! Custom built home, shop/barn/garage, guest cabin and the “Silo Saloon”. This ~9 acres is fenced and borders public land. The exterior of this ~1640sqft home features live-edge siding and a wrap-around porch. Beautiful rustic accents include a rock fireplace, antique tin ceiling & kitchen cabinets inlaid with Saguaro cactus ribs. Option for a downstairs or upstairs master bedroom. Original floor plan was 3 bedrooms, so loft can be modified. Guest cottage w/ kitchenette and 3/4 bath. Barn w/ four stalls, paddocks, and covered storage area. Insulated ~1300sqft shop/garage w/ 3 over-sized doors. Everyone will enjoy the “Silo Saloon” complete with hand-made bar and saddle bar stools! Wildlife & game birds are your neighbors. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy hunting, fishing, rafting, horseback riding and hiking. The Missouri & Gallatin Rivers are nearby. Year-round access. Area highlights include Ski Big Sky Resort & enjoy Yellowstone National Park. Only ~30 miles from Bozeman and the international airport.

J. R. Tonjum , Venture West Realty

9.00 ACRES
1640 SQ FT
Horse Property for sale.
Big Sky Country Views with Open Pallet Home on 20.14 Acres

Kalispell, Flathead County, Montana

The Views are what Big Sky Country is all about for this wonderful home. Open setting 20.14 acres with most everything in place for your horses. Home has solid construction ICF concrete walls, R22 insulation , custom finished concrete floors, 4 Bedrooms, 3 baths, 2 laundry rooms plus additional 2 bedroom 1 bath guest quarters with full kitchen, . Dining & kitchen space is an open pallet ready for your custom design and finishes. Partially competed barn with tack room, grain and hay storage 4 stalls with auto water, rough plumbing in place for bathroom, 5 frost free hydrants and 10 zone lawn sprinkler system, enclosed flower garden with arbor and above ground pool, covered BBQ area, and wired for sound inside and out, coffee deck off master suite.

Fritz Groenke , Montana Real Estate Group

20.14 ACRES
6905 SQ FT
Horse Property for sale.
Equine Facility Glendive, MT

Glendive, Dawson County, Montana

One of a Kind Home with Equine Facility Glendive, MT , If you are looking for the perfect Montana property, look no further! You will find this stunning 8.3 acre property tucked between the Yellowstone River and the Badlands just north of Glendive. As you enter through a private, grand archway, your eyes will view this scenic, emmaculate, equine premises.

David Smith , Dave Smith Realty

8.30 ACRES
4158 SQ FT
Horse Property for sale.
Cattle & Horse Property Montana

Cardwell, Jefferson County, Montana

Cattle & horse property perfectly located, within 15 minutes from the charming town of Three Forks and only 45 minutes from all the comforts and conveniences you might need and an international airport in Bozeman. The property is 147.36 acres just off Milligan Canyon Road bordering other large ranches. It is unique for its exceptional livestock setup, views of the distant mountain ranges and easy accessibility to the interstate for commuting, allowing all-weather access to the property. If you own horses, cattle or other livestock this property may be perfect for your operation.

Tara Petersen , Century 21 Heritage Realty

147.00 ACRES
2481 SQ FT
Horse Property for sale.
Bozeman / Big Sky Area. 15.5 Acres With Amazing Views and Recent Remodel

Gallatin Gateway, Gallatin County, Montana

Bring your horses! Old Montana meets Mountain Modern. This one of a kind home on over 15 acres with water was built by lifelong forest service professionals as a retirement home in 1983. They travelled the country throughout their careers dreaming of their perfect spot and this was it! It has been lovingly cared for by only two owners and just received a meticulous renovation, preserving some of its original character while contemporary finishes and amenities bring mountain living into the 21st century. The land here is everything! The property consists of 15+ acres of rolling green upland pastures transitioning through a mature stand of Douglas Fir to a sheltered, lush streamside meadow with year-round water and abundant wildlife. Little Bear Creek flows by the northern edge of the property, adding to the riparian feel of the lower pasture. The home, double garage, and adjacent storage shed are securely fenced for dogs with the remainder of the property cross fenced into 3 pastures with multiple ranch gates for access. For your animals there is a large loafing shed, sorting pens and freeze free livestock waterer. Liberal covenants allow for horses or cows on site and the construction of a shop, barn or guest house. Expansive million-dollar views of the southern Gallatin Valley and the famous mountain spires of the Spanish Peaks are available throughout the property and are best from the home where they are captured through floor-length windows, wrap-around deck, and a hot tub you'll never want to leave. Sunsets over the Gallatin Valley and Northern Madison range are always spectacular. Downtown Bozeman is just 15 minutes away and Big Sky is a 30 minute drive along the Gallatin River from this little piece of old Montana. This home is perfectly suited for an individual, a couple or small family that appreciates the outdoor lifestyle, privacy, breathtaking views, and luxury finishes but don’t require an expansive McMansion. Here, old world construction & craftsmanship combined with unique architectural touches meet updated technology and luxury contemporary finishes to provide a wonderfully enduring and comfortable feel. Clean, bright, and inviting yet warm and cozy, the home has a great vibe that you feel immediately upon entering. It features approx. 3600 square feet of living space with three bedrooms, two baths, and two half baths and is ideal for the couple who seek main level living when guests are not in town. The floorplan is open and spacious with a great flow and liveability. Every window brings the views and greenery of the outdoors inside. The kitchen is downright sexy. Waterfall quartz countertops, custom cabinetry, appliances to please the most critical gourmet, and lighting to die for complete the package. This is all laid out in a thoughtful and efficient manner with plenty of storage. From the kitchen you look across the open concept great room past the Scandinavian high efficiency MORSO wood stove through large floor-length windows toward the Spanish Peaks for the best morning coffee view of your life. Around the corner are spacious pantries for all of your extras, a well thought out laundry area, a beautiful powder room, and a back door that opens to a small patio and lush fenced yard with mature fruit trees and a chicken coop. The front of the great room opens to a wrap around deck with ample area for entertainment and viewing, as well as one of the best placed hot tubs on the planet. The master suite is spacious and sunny and shares the same seamless plank flooring as the rest of the main level replete with radiant floor heat. The master bath is a spa-like work of art, sporting amazing custom tiles, glass shower, travertine, and a jetta air soaking tub for two overlooking the fruit trees and pastures into the southern Gallatin Valley. Upstairs there is a spacious, open loft office along with a half bath and cozy bedroom that has a warm cabin-like feel. Again, the views from every window! Downstairs, you will find another cozy bedroom with unique barn door walls, tastefully cute refinished bathroom complete with stained glass, and a family room area with multiple uses. Glass doors that open to the fenced yard...and have you seen the views? There is also a basement area with a warm and well lit heated workshop and bench area great for cold weather projects and tons of storage. A separate stairway from the workshop leads to the oversized two car garage (also with workbench and hot/ cold water) for convenience and to keep your messy projects out of the house. The home is surrounded by lush, green irrigated lawns, picturesque professionally designed flower gardens, a very cute double bay storage shed, vegetable garden area, and mature fruit and shade trees. You can feel the warm and welcoming energy like a big hug as you roll up the old school gravel drive through the original well weathered log gates. This is the place. Offered tastefully furnished turn-key. Shown by appointment.

Kevin Butler , Engel & Voelkers Montana

15.50 ACRES
3577 SQ FT
Horse Property for sale.
Montana Ranch Lands with Custom Log Home

Ennis, Madison County, Montana

Everything you love about the Rocky Mountains, from New Mexico to Montana, can be found in this custom designed log home. Authentic spanish tile floors, beautiful granite countertops, handpicked river rock fireplace and superior woodworking all encased by massive 16" diameter hand peeled logs. Set in the foothills of the Gravelly Range with every window calculated for breathtaking views of the Madison Range, Madison Valley, Madison River, Moores Creek, Ennis Lake and the engineered backyard private pond. Perfect attention to detail from the front door etched glass art, to the windows' worldwide views, to the repurposed bank vault gun case, to the July 2020 new asphalt shingles and on out to the blended natural and landscaped 20 acre legacy property. Additional acreages are available up to 600 total acres at additional cost. Rural, yet in less than 3 minutes you can find yourself in your favorite Main Street Ennis, MT establishment. Prefer not to be found, then head out in any direction to see why Ennis is a sportsman's paradise.

Jeff Beall , NextHome Destination

20.12 ACRES
6549 SQ FT

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