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
Montana Hobby Ranch

Wolf Creek, Lewis and Clark County, Montana

Horses, fly fishing, hunting and country living all wrapped up in an economical and beautiful place. This place located in Wolf Creek, Montana is the ideal place for a low entry level ranch price that gives you world class amenities. Wolf Creek is the start of the world famous Missouri River fly fishing corridor. The Wolf Creek 40 is located minutes from the river, minutes from Holter Lake and is set up beautifully for a horse farm, weekend hobby ranch. The 3234 square foot home is set above for great views and the two huge barns can accommodate a number of horses. Wolf Creek runs through the center of the property and offers trout fishing year round and a special experience when large spawning trout come out of the Missouri. A very nice pasture and highway frontage finish the amenities that this 41 acres offers. Wildlife in the area include Elk, Muleys, BigHorns and Bear to name a few species and all visit the ranch. Lots of public land access in the area.

Buzz Tatom , Engel & Völkers-Big Sky

41.00 ACRES
3234 SQ FT
An Outdoorsman's Paradise

Philipsburg, Granite County, Montana

Welcome to 210 Slaughterhouse Lane. This 639+ acre property rests amid soaring mountains in the Montana wilderness, surrounded by the tranquility of nature and filled with breathtaking views. From spring through midsummer, the meadows bloom with wildflowers and the nearby forests teem with local wildlife. This land is an outdoorsman's paradise and the nearby Pintler Wilderness is open to the public with miles of trails for hiking and horseback riding. The 3 bed and 2 1/2 bath home is energy efficient and runs off of primarily solar power with a backup generator for emergencies. For horse owners, the property includes a barn with an alleyway, multiple stalls, and a tack room, along with several corrals, three frost-free hydrants, and two lush pastures with plenty of streams and creeks for grazing during the summer. There is a concrete pad near the main home for a future shop or garage, and there are multiple roads contained within the property leading to possible building sites for a larger home or additional outbuildings. This home is the perfect place to enjoy all the experiences of Montana. Philipsburg itself has an ice skating rink for anyone interested in joining a team or watching the competitions. The skiing at the nearby Discovery Basin is some of the best in the state, and the nearby Georgetown Lake is well-known for its boating, swimming, and fishing. A short drive through Anaconda will bring you to the Fairmont Hot Springs Resort to swim in thermally heated indoor and outdoor pools. The Silver Mill in Philipsburg offers fine dining and live plays are available from June through August each year at the Opera House Theatre.

Bergquist Donnelly Team , PureWest Christies International Real Estate

639.00 ACRES
2688 SQ FT
Equestrian Training Facility

Columbus, Stillwater County, Montana

MONTANA HOME w/Private River Access_River Rafting_Fly Fishing_Bow Hunting_ATV's & Camping. AMAZING 5,000 sqft- 5 Bed/3 Bath Home on 20+ Irrigated Acres w/ Great Hay production. Heated Indoor 8 Stall Horse Barn w/Breezway & Hot Water Wash Rack. XLarge Insulated SHOP for Equipment. Home has a MOTHER-IN-LAW LIVING AREA with a second kitchen & separate entry. Tons of storage & a secret Vault/Gun room. VIRTUAL TOUR - https://youtu.be/bj0GaeOaelw

Tannis Kramer , Western Skies Real Estate

20.00 ACRES
4952 SQ FT
Equine Training Facility_Shepherd,MT

Shepherd, Yellowstone County, Montana

Breathtaking Horse Training Facility nestled on 125+- acres of productive hay ground w/ live water year round. This ONE OF A KIND property is sheltered down in a coulee that encompasses a Live Creek, Indoor Riding Arena, Numerous Stall Barns, Pastures, Extensive 200x280 Outdoor Arena w/ natural sand. Located just 10 minuets from Billings, this Ranch offers 2 Family homes, and a view from the back deck that is to die for!! 125+- Acres of Irrigatible ground w/ 3 Separate Living Quarters & Live Water from Razor Creek. Abundant Wildlife, Yellowstone Back Water & Island Access, 12 Separate Pastures All w/ creek access, 4 Stall Barn_6 Stall Barn_Shelter W/3 Runs_5 Outdoor Runs below Outdoor Arena_ 80 x 150 INDOOR Arena

Tannis Kramer , Western Skies Real Estate

125.00 ACRES
5428 SQ FT
Luxury ranchette with 4 horse stable and custom Montana home on 6 acres

Billings, Yellowstone County, Montana

Exquisite ranchette in Woodgate Subdivision. Located near great schools and shopping. Six acres of peace and scenic views. Quality craftsmanship and unique Montana architectural style detail this lovely home. Vaulted living room with beamed ceilings, granite countertops, alder cabinets, 2 fireplaces. Stylish covered patio/entertaining area. Oversized 5 car finished garage. Custom 4 horse stable with hot water, tack room, 12’ doors, potential RV parking. Detached shop. RV plugin/dump. 3-4 acres are planted with alfalfa.

James Movius , Berkshire Hathaway HomeService Florberg Real Estate

6.00 ACRES
3356 SQ FT
Horse Lover's dream with heated shop, barn with stalls and 3,408+ / - home.

Froid, Roosevelt County, Montana

Horse Lovers Dream Property! This is the perfect property for the horse lover or hobby farmer. Quality home has 2 bedroom, 2 bonus rooms and 2 1/2 baths remodeled early 2,000’s. Basement is also finished for a total of 3,408 sq. ft. There is a heated shop, newer barn with horse stalls and many other amenities all located on 80 acres with paved access. Property is located just 8 miles from Culbertson and is a short drive to Sidney, Williston or Plentywood. Definitely a must see! Call or stop in for more details.

Jarrell Schock , Missouri River Realty

80.00 ACRES
3408 SQ FT
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
Dream Horse Property, Amazing Views

Belgrade, Gallatin County, Montana

This is the Montana home you have been looking for and it offers the life you want to live. A beautiful home in the desirable Saddle Peak Ranch neighborhood north of Bozeman with spectacular views of the Bridger mountain range, sunsets, and the stars at night. A horse property with over 10 acres, perimeter rail fencing, a barn with two stalls, tack room and hay storage, as well as a loafing shed and heated waterer. This lot is bordered on the east by open space and the south by a conservation easement so your slice of heaven and views are secure. The neighborhood has trails for hiking, horseback riding or snow shoeing, as well as a pond stocked with fish to practice your fly fishing technique. Alpine skiing, snowboarding and nordic skiing are only a 30 minute drive and downtown shopping is only 15 minutes away. This Locati designed home is a must see. Bozeman Schools. Montana is calling and waiting for you to answer.

Debbie McEachron , ERA Landmark Real Estate

10.60 ACRES
3396 SQ FT
Quiet Water

Fishtail, Stillwater County, Montana

This rustic home is perfectly situated above the Stillwater River on 10 secluded acres with private access to the Stillwater River and National Forest. This area of Montana is blessed with blue Ribbon Trout Streams, highest peaks in Montana and the best backcountry trails leading into Yellowstone National Park.

Tim Torgerson , Beartooth Ranch & Land, LLC

10.00 ACRES
2247 SQ FT
5171 US Hwy 12 West, Helena, MT 59601

Helena, Lewis and Clark County, Montana

Large 5 bedroom, 3 bath country home, 2-car garage on 17 ac, fenced & crossed fenced with horse shelter. Country kitchen and lots of indoor and outdoor living space. Close to town and Ft Harrison, Helena National Forest within a mile. Screened in patio, lawn sprinklers, NO COVENANTS.

David Brandon , Avatar Realty

16.99 ACRES
3724 SQ FT

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