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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.
The Iconic Gallatin River Meanders through this Montana Horse Property!

Bozeman, Gallatin County, Montana

This Estate located in an unmatched serene setting on 71+/- acres with roughly .25+/- mile of the Iconic Gallatin River elegantly meandering through the property. Blue Ribbon Fly Fishing, private horseback riding, walking and biking trails are right in your backyard! The Ranch house has been elegantly updated and includes 2 master suites with radiant floor heat. In addition to the main house this property campus consists of the following; 4 car garage with radiant floor heat, 3 guest cottages radiant floor heat with 3 bathes, numerous shops, custom barns with radiant floor heat, outdoor riding arena and much, much more. Minutes to downtown Bozeman, Airport, Skiing, Horseback Riding Trails and the many amenities Bozeman MT has to offer.

Cortney Andersen , Cortney Andersen Real Estate

71.00 ACRES
4100 SQ FT
Horse Property for sale.
Bridger Canyon Legacy Equine Estate

Bozeman, Gallatin County, Montana

The Property is a piece of Heaven in renowned Bridger Canyon This Montana Dream is a property rich in history. Native Americans revered what is now Bozeman and the Gallatin Valley as, "The Valley of the Flowers." The Bridger Mountain Range and Bridger Bowl Ski Area are named for legendary mountain man, Jim Bridger, who brought his first mule train through this pass in 1864. Bridger Canyon holds access to to the vast Gallatin National Forest, drawing those who love the outdoors: nordic and alpine skiers, mountain bikers, hikers and naturalists. Ski and snowboard the "Cold Smoke," at Bridger Bowl ( just 10 miles up the road. Adjacent, to Bridger Bowl is the 500+ acre Crosscut Mountain Sports Center ( a year round recreation, sports training and educational facility with miles of winter wonderland groomed nordic ski trails. 46 acres of blended forests and fields, ponds and creeks envelop 15 unique buildings, including the main house, a quaint cabin, a 100 year old farm house and a restored red barn that all provide gathering places for family and friends. Rich in history, the Bridger Canyon dance hall, was used for decades by Bridger Canyon families as their community meeting place for dancing and pie socials. Restored in 2010, the dance hall may be used for your events. Historically preserved, it serves as a time capsule to days long ago. Adjacent to the dance hall and barn are two fields that have been cultivated for hay and alfalfa. Other fields boast natural grasses enjoyed by elk herds, deer, moose and other wildlife. A conservation easement placed on the property serves as protection to this major wildlife corridor and preserves the property from being subdivided. Throughout the year and change of seasons, you too will be enchanted by the nature, privacy and solitude of this unique retreat (haven). Minutes away from five star dining and everyday conveniences of Bozeman, this is truly a special sanctuary to come home to.

Michael Thomas , Pure West Christie's

45.94 ACRES
7639 SQ FT
Horse Property for sale.
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. Large arena, excellent for training clinics or events. *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
4266 SQ FT
Horse Property for sale.
Forest Hill Ranch 480.83 Acres...Montana Is Calling You!

Anaconda, Deer Lodge County, Montana

A Creek Runs Through... Forest Hill Ranch on Antelope Gulch Road offering 480.830 acres of combined timber, hay and grazing land. 2 residential dwellings the main house and a 3 bedroom single-wide manufactured home with 1.5 bathrooms on the ranch along with a pole barn, stable, 2nd garage, and various other outbuildings on the property. a pond, a creek and a spring. Enjoy Montana in this picture perfect setting where beauty, spectacular views and wildlife surrounds.

Jennifer Shea , CENTURY 21 Shea Realty

480.83 ACRES
1392 SQ FT
Horse Property for sale.
A Large Multifaceted Montana Ranch

Deer Lodge, Powell County, Montana

A Tremendous Montana Ranch Property! A Large Multifaceted & Well Maintained Ranch near Deer Lodge, Montana. Easy year- round access... situated on 4.70 Sections = 3,010.1 acres, offering a significant amount of acreage for grazing, hay meadows, crops, livestock, timber, recreational and irrigation. Surrounded with picture postcard views

Jennifer Shea , CENTURY 21 Shea Realty

3,010.10 ACRES
3802 SQ FT
Horse Property for sale.

Garrison, Powell County, Montana

236+ acres of Mountain property in two tracts. Timber, meadows, large rock outcroppings and superior views. Custom log and frame, one owner home. Main level living with a full walkout basement. Separate guest quarters and shop and barn.

Julie Abney , Western Realty LLC

236.00 ACRES
3576 SQ FT
Horse Property for sale.
Large Luxury Home & Horse Property in Frenchtown School District

Missoula, Missoula County, Montana

Horse Property in Frenchtown School District! This 7 bedroom, 5 bathroom luxury home. The main floor boasts brand new carpeting and high ceilings. There is a family room with a gas fireplace, sunroom, and formal dining room. The expansive kitchen has an island with breakfast bar along with an eat-in dining area featuring large windows overlooking the landscaped yard. The main floor master suite includes French doors to the back patio, an en-suite bathroom with dual sinks, jetted tub & separate shower, plus a large walk in closet. There are 2 additional bedrooms and a full bathroom on the main floor. A mudroom/laundry room/pantry is located just off the garage entrance, along with a 3 piece bathroom. Upstairs you will find three more bedrooms with a full bathroom and large landing area with built in cabinets and natural light from the skylights. The downstairs has been recently remodeled. There is a family room with wet bar and gas fireplace, and an exterior entrance to the back yard. You will also find a game room, exercise room, another bedroom & full bathroom. Outside, you will enjoy a stamped concrete patio off the sunroom and master suite. The home is equipped with a geothermal heating & cooling system that keep the temperatures consistent and the utility bills affordable.

Kris Hawkins , Keller Williams Realty

5.13 ACRES
6828 SQ FT
Horse Property for sale.
Idyllic Farmhouse In The Quiet Countryside

Ronan, Lake County, Montana

This 2 bed & 1.5 bath farmhouse with panoramic views of the surrounding Mission Mountains lies on 120 acres of gorgeous countryside perfect for farming and ranching. This quiet and peaceful homestead is located just a few miles from the town of Ronan on a sleepy back road with very little traffic and none of the hustle or bustle of the big city. The surrounding land is a frequent host of swans, cranes, and geese along with plenty of other local wildlife making it an ideal paradise for nature enthusiasts. The home was previously updated and remodeled with modern improvements and high-end appliances for the kitchen, and the spacious master bedroom includes a walk-in closet and large picture windows that let in tons of sunlight. The home also features an open bar, cement walkways leading up from the driveway, and a large patio perfect for outdoor entertaining. The property includes multiple outbuildings for farming and ranching including a barn, stable, shop, tack room, and corrals, along with a 1 bed & 1 bath bunkhouse for extended visits. The local area has amazing opportunities for playing outdoors with plenty of acreage for horseback riding, the Flathead River only 5 miles away for anglers of all ages, and Flathead Lake is just a little bit further for swimming and boating.

Bergquist Donnelly Team , PureWest Christies International Real Estate

120.00 ACRES
1783 SQ FT
Horse Property for sale.
Beautiful Shaggy Mane Ranch with 23 acres of meadow, creek & pond.

Kila, Flathead County, Montana

Beautiful Shaggy Mane Ranch with 23 acres of meadow, a seasonal creek and a pond. There is a large shop/garage with a lean to for storage, a heated quonset hut, 2 sheds, including one for hay storage, a dog kennel, and even a volleyball court and horseshoe pit. County maintained road with year round access. This property has so much to offer so bring your horses and call Shaggy Mane home!

Tonia Sapa , Performance Real Estate

22.33 ACRES
2016 SQ FT
Horse Property for sale.
Horse Property on 20 acres irrigated lot! Breathtaking Views of the Mountains!

Livingston, Park County, Montana

Searching for all the feel of country living, with the amenities of city life within reach? This 20-acre horse property located in the heart of the Paradise Valley provides privacy with unobstructed views of the Absaroka Mountain range with floor to ceiling windows in the 22’ high great room. Just twenty minutes from Chico Hot Springs, 30 minutes to Yellowstone National Park, and 30 minutes to downtown Bozeman keeps you removed enough from the city, but close enough to access the best Montana has to offer. Entertain friends and family in a fully-furnished guest house, or in the recently updated basement home theatre, including projector, screen and reclining theatre seats. The 2489 sq ft basement also includes a climate-controlled wine cellar and large wet bar. Each bathroom has travertine countertops and onyx sinks. The open layout kitchen includes a Viking gas range, trash compactor and dishwasher.

Luci Edwards , Bozeman Realty Listings

20.13 ACRES
5678 SQ FT

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