About Montana

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
 
$4,200,000
Amazing custom home on over 160 acres of majestic Montana beauty

Victor, Ravalli County, Montana


Amazing custom home on over 160 acres of majestic Montana beauty. This large home is a treasure in space and design with all of the bells and whistles one would ask for. Top of the line in materials, appliances, components and execution. This home and acreage is not to be overlooked for its pure essence of place and feel. There is also a second home on the property for a possible managers residence or guest house. As you walk through the feature home you will see the grand qualities such as: travertine tile floors in bathrooms with granite counters. Amazing double oven with 6 burners and griddle stove to cook while you entertain. And if one incredible kitchen isn't enough, there is an outdoor kitchen with appliances and built in grill with over 1900 sqft of covered outdoor area. Hand pealed beams throughout with eight foot, solid knotty alder interior doors with coordinating trim and engineered hard wood flooring. State of the art security and entertainment system controls. Attached three car garage with floor drains and automatic eight foot doors. This home is a must see! Please call Kory Mytty 406-544-8071 or your Real Estate professional.

Kory Mytty , Windermere Real Estate Missoula

160.00 ACRES
5 BEDROOMS
7 BATHROOMS
9562 SQ FT
 
$1,695,000
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
- BEDROOMS
- BATHROOMS
- SQ FT
 
$699,000
Once in a Lifetime Horse Property Close to Billings Bordering Canyon Creek!

Billings, Yellowstone County, Montana


Rare Tudor style home sitting on 9 1/2 acres just minutes from Billings. Plenty of water with 4 well rights and access to Canyon Creek! (borders entire western side) Home sits on 1 landscaped acre with 8 1/2 acres of level, dry hay fields. Inground pool for summer fun! Large entertainment deck to have friends/family over.

Kent Ickes , Century 21 Hometown Brokers

9.56 ACRES
5 BEDROOMS
3 BATHROOMS
2744 SQ FT
 
$750,000
42 Acre Fully Functioning Guest Ranch With USFS Access

Saint Regis, Mineral County, Montana


CONTACT LISTING AGENT: William Mitchell -- RegentWestEnd@gmail.com -- (323) 919-5391 OWNER FINANCING! $250k down and 8%. Expansive 41 acre operating guest ranch with government permits, located in DeBorgia, MT. Structures include ranch house, lodge, bunk house, cabins, barn and other ranch buildings. Supports outfitting, horseback riding, rafting and fishing, BBQ and cookouts, USFS ranger talks, hay rides, sleigh rides, snowmobiling, and ski packages (for Lookout Pass Resort). Owner currently leases additional 100 acres of pasture. Includes trucks, backhoe, numerous other vehicles and trailers. Email listing agent for supporting documentation.

William Mitchell , Regent Realty

42.00 ACRES
9 BEDROOMS
7 BATHROOMS
11000 SQ FT
 
$1,795,000
LUXURY ECO - FRIENDLY EQUESTRIAN RANCHETTE CLOSE TO RED LODGE, MONTANA

Roberts, Carbon County, Montana


Enter this enchanting property through a private road and explore the Eco-friendly Equestrian Luxury Ranchette that overlooks breath-taking views of the scenic Beartooth Mountains, rolling hills, valley and open fields. A contemporary home sits on a beautifully landscaped home-site. Custom kitchen with reclaimed antique maple hardwood flooring, beautiful cherry wood cabinets, upgraded appliances including a Wolf gas stove and leathered granite counter-tops. Master bedroom suite has a reading/sitting/office area, walk in closet, patio doors and master bath. Main floor laundry with cabinets, sink with 2nd disposal and area for second refrigerator if needed. Unfinished daylight basement with walkout to patio to expand if needed. In-floor heat and all duct work ready for an AC unit if desired. Enjoy magnificent sunsets & sunrises on a maintenance free expansive back deck. Wind turbine and solar panels help cut utility costs. 79 acres total with 30 irrigated acres of certified weed free hay and approximately 48 acres of pasture that Clear Creek runs through. Catch brown trout on the property. 2 wells, water stock certificate and ditch rights convey with property. Outbuildings include Horse Barn with Corrals, Hay Barn, Heated Shop w/16 ft doors and Power House for equipment that provides approximately 60-80% of needed power. Newer fencing surrounds the property. Please watch the attached video.

Nancy Curtiss , Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Floberg Real Estate

79.00 ACRES
4 BEDROOMS
2.5 BATHROOMS
4734 SQ FT
 
$1,695,000
LUXURY MONTANA RANCH WITH MAGNIFICENT VIEWS OF BEARTOOTH MTS.

Red Lodge, Carbon County, Montana


Secluded & private, this exceptional custom home is nestled at the base of the Beartooth Mts. with panoramic, unobstructed views of the Beartooths. 94 fenced acres on a private road minutes to downtown. Numerous windows, wood beams & ceilings soar up to 25 feet providing light & spaciousness. High end finishes & built-ins, gourmet kit w/custom Alder cabinetry, island & walk-in pantry. Juniper fireplace mantle adorns rock fireplace, media room, loft, wet bar, over-sized 2 car gar, back patio w/built in grill. 2,016 SF Barn w/stalls, tack room, two 16’ ft gar doors, cement floor & corral. Bring your horses.

Nancy Curtiss , Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Floberg Real Estate

94.00 ACRES
3 BEDROOMS
2.5 BATHROOMS
4672 SQ FT
 
$2,950,000
PRISTINE RANCH At THE FOOTHILLS OF THE BEARTOOTH MTNS.

Red Lodge, Carbon County, Montana


A meticulously manicured ranch with the Beartooth Mountains as a backdrop, this ranch is set up for horses or cattle on 738 well fenced acres with 129 of the acres irrigated. It has great water rights in addition to Red Lodge Creek running through it. One of the most impeccably finished custom homes in the area that features 5600+/- sq. ft. of living space with a gourmet kitchen, butlers pantry, granite countertops, reclaimed hardwood floors, stonework accents throughout, fireplaces, gorgeous views and a spacious floor plan are among the many amenities. Beautiful landscaped yards. The heated horse barn has 6 stalls, 2 tack rooms, 1/2 bath, 5 bay garage, adjoining paddocks with automatic water tanks. Also includes a farm house, bunkhouse, outbuildings, older barn, & corral. Original owner.

Joy DeSaveur , Montana Realty Company

738.00 ACRES
3 BEDROOMS
2.5 BATHROOMS
5600 SQ FT
 
$1,499,995
Luxury Equestrian Estate, with gorgeous home and property with expansive views

Belt, Cascade County, Montana


This 300 acre ranch offers excellent livestock grazing, several year round springs, two ponds, and a 100 acre dry-land hayfield. The habitat on this property is the real treat. The upland bird hunting includes pheasant, partridge and sharp-tail grouse and includes a sharp-tail grouse Lek to watch the spring courting ritual. *The perimeter fencing is good, and the corals and pens are all metal fenced for years of maintenance free upkeep. *There are two new 40 X 60 buildings one being a barn/shop the other being used as a Veterinary clinic. Both are insulated. *Located 3 miles from Belt Montana at the end of the road overlooking the Highwood Mountains. Available to view by appointment only, please call to set up. Buyers must be pre-qualified.

Greg Bahny , Bill Bahny & Asociates

300.00 ACRES
4 BEDROOMS
4 BATHROOMS
4266 SQ FT
 
$785,000
Turn Key Horse Property

Bozeman, Gallatin County, Montana


7+ acre property fenced and cross fenced. 3-stall barn, 60' X 80' riding arena, 600' round pen, outstanding mountain views close to all amenities that Bozeman, Montana has to offer. Hyalite Canyon is very close with outstanding recreational activities, Hyalite Reservoir is 14 miles from the property.

Wendy Wilson , 45th Parallel Realty

7.16 ACRES
3 BEDROOMS
2 BATHROOMS
- SQ FT
 
$523,000
Creekside Log Home with Horse Faciliites

Goldcreek, Powell County, Montana


Your Montana dream is right here in quaint Gold Creek. This gracious log home offers the ultimate in recreational opportunities right from your door. The entire southern boundary of the 11-acre property is formed by ¼ mile of gurgling, fishable Gold Creek. Hundreds of miles of trails in USFS land provide endless places to explore on horseback, ATV, hiking or snowmobiling. The property is well set-up for horses. Additionally, the property offers opportunities for gardening in the raised beds, and a root cellar to store your produce.

Michele Churchill , Clearwater Montana Properties

11.00 ACRES
4 BEDROOMS
2 BATHROOMS
2924 SQ FT

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