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 Horse Friendly Acres

Columbia Falls, Flathead County, Montana

Located in the exclusive and private River Butte Ranchettes community, this 20 acre parcel is perc tested and ready for you to build your Montana Dream Home. With views of the canyon to Glacier National Park and Whitefish Ski Resort, this is a picture perfect Montana property! Electricity and phone to the property. This community has private access to the Flathead River via a private road and shared acreage. Perfect place for your horses to graze. Easy access to Columbia Falls, Whitefish and Kalispell. Priced to sell, this great lot won't last long! Also available in two 10 acre parcels for $167,900 each.

Stefanie Hanson , Beckman's Real Estate

20.00 ACRES
Once in a lifetime horse property!

Kalispell, Flathead County, Montana

A True Montana Dream Home on over 20 acres of privacy! Come home to your private mountain top gated retreat! Custom Built on a Rock Outcropping with outstanding Rocky Mountain Views. This 6540 sq ft custom home sits on 20 acres just 7 PAVED miles from Town. Chefs Kitchen-Subzero Wolf Gas Appliances. Lutron Lights & Electric Shades. The barn consists of floor to ceiling tongue and groove - state of the art water purification system that feeds the automatic water feeders in each 14x14 matted stall - temperature monitoring with Heated Stalls - Heated Bathing Area - outdoor riding arena with recycled rubber - Everything for a Horse Enthusiast!

Stefanie Hanson , Beckman's Real Estate

20.00 ACRES
6540 SQ FT

Shepherd, Yellowstone County, Montana

The Perfect HORSE PROPERTY!! GREAT Ranch Style 5 Bedroom Country Home on 7.3 Acres w/ a Beautiful Back Yard to Enjoy the Summer Sunsets_Have a Blast in Your Own Private Pond_Separate the Horses in 3 Multiple Pastures_Property Has All New Fences & Pipe Braces_ Keep Your Pastures Green w/Irrigation Shares @ Billings Bench Water_You Will Have Summertime Entertainment Out in the Yard under the Apple Trees_Horse Barn Set Up for 5 Future Indoor Stalls_Full Size Pickup Can Fit Inside the Barn_ Frost Free Hydrant for Easy Watering_ Motion Sensor Automatic Waters_ 5 Corrals & 3 Lean-To Shelters Out In the Corrals_ Lease the 5 Acres Next Door for Extra Pasture_ Barn is Equipped with a Machine Shed & Tack Room_Appreciate the Convenient Hay Storage Inside. Home is Heated with Pellet Stove_ Duct Work is in Place for Future A/C and Gas Forced Heat if Desired.This is a Must See!

Tannis Kramer , Western Skies Real Estate

7.30 ACRES
2100 SQ FT
THE Big Red Barn of Big Red Barns. . .Little Beaver Creek Canyon is spectacular!

Trout Creek, Sanders County, Montana

Little Beaver Creek Ranch is an historic remnant of Trout Creek's ranching past. With over 4093' of Little Beaver Creek as the boundary to fenced & cross-fenced hay fields with the Bitterroot Mountain backdrop, the scenery is exceptional. Everyone knows the nostalgic, red 7,200 square foot 6-stall barn as a functional and solid scenic landmark. Most of the 3848+ square foot, 5 bdrm, 4 bath home has been updated with a new granite kitchen, updated tile & granite baths, wood floors, a new metal roof & too much to list.Your guests will love the comfortable 4 bed, 2 bath guest home. Concrete floor, 4074 square foot machine shop with 2 propane furnaces, 5184 square foot hay storage with winter feeder set-up and concrete waterers & so much more. Call Tina Morkert at 406-210-1123.

Tina Morkert , Realty Northwest

85.76 ACRES
3848 SQ FT
Northwest Montana Equestrian Estate, Lindal Home, MD Barn, 124+ Acres, Creek, NF

Trout Creek, Sanders County, Montana

Gorgeous custom 4 bed, 5.5 bath Lindal Western Washington Red Cedar log home on spectacular 124+- acres with Trout Creek and Little Trout Creek flowing through the property and a National Forest boundary. Privacy, end-of-the-road and level usable ground, 16+ acres of hay, and spectacular views.An equestrian estate with a 6-stall MD barn (h/c water in the tack room/office) and attached 50x66 arena, two 40x28 loafing sheds with hay storage a 40x40 hay storage building, fencing and cross-fencing and heated waterers.The 2000 sq. ft., 4 bed, 2 bath bunkhouse sits over a detached 3-car/rv garage and shop complete with laundry and 1/2 bath near the main home.A shop of 40x60 heated, insulated work area with 56x60 covered workspace.Call Tina Morkert at 406.210.1123 or your real estate professional.

Tina Morkert , Realty Northwest

124.00 ACRES
8165 SQ FT
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
Rural Horse Property with Amazing Mountain Views!

Roundup, Musselshell County, Montana

Welcome to the Black Forest Ranch! Step into peaceful rural living, yet right off of pavement with this great property set up for horses. The property has 3 wells. Amazing mountain views from your covered deck.

Bryan Gentry , BSG Real Estate Solutions - Montana Real Estate Brokers

34.85 ACRES
2184 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.

Jan Parker

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

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