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
Incredible Horse Property with Enormous Arena

Bigfork, Flathead County, Montana

Once in a lifetime chance to own this incredible horse property where Bolt d'Oro from the 2018 Kentucky derby was trained. This magnificent property includes a 76,800 sq ft Arena with 39 stalls, upscale viewing lounge area overlooking the facility, 5 apartments, and so much more! This equestrian facility is situated on 80 acres of horse ranch with additional out buildings including an 11,000 sq ft equip staging/storage facility, 8900+ foling barn, and the custom main house...you will know you have finally achieved the Montana Dream. This outstanding property is situated in between Glacier National Park, Flathead Lake, Whitefish Lake, close to the heart of Bigfork, Whitefish, and all the Flathead Valley has to offer. Call/Text Stefanie Hanson 406-250-1782 or email shanson@beckmansrealestatemt.com

Stefanie Hanson , Beckman's Real Estate

80.81 ACRES
2789 SQ FT
Majestic Valley Arena - 140+ / - acre Prime development properties

Kalispell, Flathead County, Montana

This prime 140+/- acre development site is located between Kalispell and Whitefish, Montana on Highway 93 in Flathead County. The communities of Bigfork and Columbia Falls are also in close proximity to the property. Flathead County is the fourth largest county in Montana and has continued to maintain its status as one of the fastest growing counties in the state. The Hwy 93 corridor is one of the most densely traveled routes throughout this valley as well as the state. . Glacier International Park Airport is approximately 10 miles from the property. This acreage which has spectacular views is located approximately 7 miles North of Kalispell and 7 miles South of Whitefish. The property can be accessed by three separate roads. Highway 93 runs the entire Eastern boarder Church Drive and a junior cloverleaf frame the Southern border McDermott Lane serves as the Northern border There are four designated ingress and egresses onto the property. There is a considerable amount of development along the Hwy 93 corridor. There are two major commercial developments south of the property which are hosts to big box stores such as Costco, Walmart Super store, Home Depot, Cabela’s, Lowe’s etc. There are several hotels, large residential developments as well as car dealerships and a golf course which are in close proximity to the property. In addition, the Flathead Valley, which is the Gateway to Glacier National Park, one of the country’s most beautiful national parks as well as Whitefish Mountain , a premier ski resort bring tourists all year round.

Brian Murphy , Brian Murphy

140.00 ACRES
Montana Horse Lovers Paradise

Missoula, Missoula County, Montana

Very private location less than one mile south of Missoula, Montana. Unobstructed views of the beautiful mountains and scenery of Western Montana. Includes beautifully updated 4 bedroom custom home, 4 garages, workshop, barn with tack rooms and stalls. Only one mile south of Missoula for easy access to airport, hospitals, shopping and schools.

Patti Schulte , Engel & Volkers Western Frontier

11.00 ACRES
3800 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

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