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
92 Porcupine Rd

Wilsall, Park County, Montana

Rare Opportunity in the Shields Valley. Nearly 364 acres of productive ground including water rights and pivot plus plenty of pasture. Porcupine Creek enters from the south with 2 nice ponds on the property. Included are a very spacious home and a 36'X100' Horse Barn, heated dog kennel and 4 car garage and loafing shed. Abundant wildlife throughout the year. Sections of newer fencing and easy access. Located approximately 10 miles from Wilsall towards the Crazy Mountains. Minutes from USFS. Superior mountain views in every direction. Close to Shields River and Porcupine Ranger Station. This is an outstanding location with unlimited potential. All this for $1,999,900!

Tammy Berendts , ERA Landmark Western Land

364.00 ACRES
3135 SQ FT
390 Kootenai Creek Road, Stevensville, MT 59870

Stevensville, Ravalli County, Montana

Looking for fishable creek front property in Stevensville on the west side? You will have the ultimate setting with this 20.46 acre property..... Sit and unwind on your private covered partially enclosed second story deck overlooking the desirable Kootenai Creek as it flows through the property. Original floor-to-ceiling rock fireplace with propane gas insert in living room showcases the 12 foot vaulted Tongue & Groove ceilings, open concept entertaining floor plan is perfect for those special holidays with loved ones. Dining Room area has a built-in dining room oak hutch for your display pieces and wet bar with 2 mini glass front fridges. Main floor living offers Maple rustic hardwood floors, carpeting, coat closet, guest bedroom, full bathroom, kitchen, living room, dining room and wet bar. Lower level offers walk out daylight basement, master bedroom with private three-quarter bathroom and 2 walk-in closets, third bedroom, bonus room, full bath, laundry room with convenient deep sink/cupboards/countertop, sitting area and mechanical room. In 2015, Sellers updated Main House -- Kitchen appliances (dishwasher, trash compactor, and cooktop), enlarged mechanical room and installed new lower level heat system, installed new larger concrete well cistern, rocked exterior of pool room and posts, enlarged lawn area down by creek and updated Culligan Water System. In 2017, Sellers additionally updated Main House Installed new heat & air conditioning system for upper level with heat pump condenser unit, updated exterior rock on house, poured concrete floors in horse barn & stalls and installed 2 solar park lights. A separate 1,704 sq ft building hosts an indoor swimming pool, stamped concrete floors, changing room and mechanical room for pool equipment. 51' x 30' Main shop & RV storage provide 10' high roll up doors with a 1,020 sq ft guest house located above offering kitchen area, living room, bathroom, bedroom and office area. Detached 28' x 30' oversized garage is perfect for your 2 vehicles plus added storage room/work area. But do you still need more garage space? Then you are in luck with an additional 22' x 30' garage/exercise area. 2 hay storage buildings are located on the property just off the driveway for loading and unloading convenience. These storage buildings allow you to have plenty of usable space over at the 672 sq ft 3 stall horse barn with electric service, tack room, fenced & cross fenced pastures just west of the indoor pool building. Wonderful views of Kootenai Canyon & Saint Mary's Peak. Rock retaining walls. Main House 1,000 gal septic tank & Guest House 1,500 gal septic tank pumped 08/14/2018. NorthWestern Energy services electrical to property. (2) privately owned propane tanks service the property buildings: (1) 500 gal above ground tank for the guest house/shop & (1) 1,000 gal buried tank for the main house/detached garage/pool house. Also included (research per DNRC website) are Stock surface water rights from Kootenai Creek 76H 107359-00, Irrigation surface water rights from Kootenai Creek 76H 116643-00, Domestic well groundwater rights 76H 30112255 (5 gpm) and Domestic Lawn & Garden well groundwater rights 76H 40042-00 (7 gpm). Listed by JoyceAnne R. Jodsaas Broker/Owner Eickert Realty, LLC 406.777.3696 Please visit this property at our website https://eickertrealty.com/idx/mls-21810834-390_kootenai_creek_road_stevensville_mt_59870

JoyceAnne Jodsaas , Eickert Realty, LLC

20.46 ACRES
2880 SQ FT
1800 Pheasant Brook Drive

Laurel, Yellowstone County, Montana

A stately equestrian estate on 6 irrigated acres with area several miles of riding trails. Barn/shop with hay loft, manicured fenced grounds/pond. 2 wells for UGSP/irrigation. Good enough to drink!

Sheila Larsen , Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Floberg Real Estate

6.04 ACRES
6105 SQ FT
Two Horse Canyon Ranch

Big Timber, Sweet Grass County, Montana

On this 620± acre Crazy Mountain front door location, the north end of Two Horse Canyon Ranch consists of rolling pasture with a well-watered canyon with numerous springs, trout pond and heavy vegetation providing great cover for wildlife. Antelope, elk, deer and a couple old horses are all that populate this well managed parcel of ranchland. No cattle grazing for over a decade created great native and improved stands of grass for birds such as Curlews and Huns. A remarkable homesteaders cabin overlooks pond and Crazies and with not a home in sight. On the south end is a custom cedar ranch home with 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms, ready for the sportsman with stone fireplaces, antler chandeliers, updated kitchen, shaded decks, attached 3-car garage. Corrals, barn, machine shed, irrigated pasture/hay with Swamp Creek frontage for the horseman. 2 parcels, 1 hour to Bozeman/Billings, fish Yellowstone and Boulder Rivers, Big Timber Creek is nearby. Located 10 min northwest of the quaint Montana town of Big Timber and private jet airport.

PureWest Ranches , PureWest Christie's

620.00 ACRES
7104 SQ FT
Horse Property For Sale with Gorgeous Views

Columbia Falls, Flathead County, Montana

Awesome acreage available with fabulous Mountain Views and ideal for horse lovers. No Zoning and Businesses Permitted!! Perfect for Family Residence, Bed and Breakfast, Rental Cabins, Etc.... Close proximity to major highway which make for ease of accessibility during heavy snow months. Come live and work just South of Heaven!! Call Listing Broker, Debi Hood for more details at 406-885-1878

Debi Hood , PureWest Christie's International Real Estate

0.00 ACRES
Private Equestrian Property Close to MT's Largest City

Huntley, Yellowstone County, Montana

Nestled in the Pryor Creek Valley less than 20 minutes from Billings, MT and just minutes from I-90 and I-94, Creekside Ranch is a private country retreat close to all of the amenities MT's largest city provides. The potential opportunities for this property are endless: recreation, equestrian, cattle, commercial. Partitioned by over 3/4 mile of Pryor Creek, the east side of the creek has been well set up for equestrian use while the west side of the creek consists of dryland hay meadows (approx. 35 acres), creek bottom, and dry pasture. The well equipped ranch style home has been updated and lends itself very well to gathering and entertaining. An indoor equestrian complex includes 12 stalls, 80x120 arena, multiple cross-tie areas, wash rack, western and english tack rooms, offices, crows nest, viewing area, feed room, and much more. Outside, there are multiple paddocks with shelters (can be irrigated with sprinklers), turn-out pens, 16x128 hay shed, riding arena, and parking areas. The property is also home to many species of wildlife. Ride, fish, and hunt all on the same property!!

Stacie Wells , Landmark of Billings, Inc.

132.00 ACRES
3200 SQ FT
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
Delightful Mountain Home, nestled in a verdant forest, with fantastic views.

Bozeman, Gallatin County, Montana

Delightful Mountain Home, nestled in a verdant forest, with fantastic Bridger Range and canyon views. Bring your horses! Easy access off Kelly Canyon Road - minutes to Bozeman and to Bridger Bowl. About 8 acres of lush horse pasture, with a 4-horse stable. Updated kitchen w/pantry. Spacious, vaulted and beamed living room w/massive rock fireplace, dining area w/brick fireplace and views. Lots of rooms for guests, offices, media, exercise, workshop. Storage galore, plus carport on west. Bridger Canyon Opportunity!

Sharon Tudor Isler , ERA Landmark Real Estate

13.61 ACRES
4500 SQ FT
Horse property w / arena - 20 ac. in gorgeous Bridger Canyon, Bozeman MT

Bozeman, Gallatin County, Montana

Beautiful mini-ranch - 20 ac. in gorgeous Bridger Canyon, 10 mi. from Main St. and 6 mi. from Bridger Bowl ski area. Perfect setup for horses or other animals, with 60x120 insulated arena/barn w/8 stalls, large riding arena, tack room, workshop, water heater and sink, treadmill, washing area, pasture, fencing, and some cross fencing. Arena/barn could be RV/auto storage or greenhouse. 3284 s.f. 3bd/3bath home has been partially updated. Gorgeous views! Furnished apartment in bsmt. is ready for guests or caretaker/ranch hand. Historic brick fireplace in living room, cozy large wood stove on a brick hearth in family room. Hardwood floor under carpet in living room. House room dimensions available. To the west is private pasture land, fenced for cattle. Some new wood fences and some need work. Compact, functional horse operation in a beautiful location.

Sharon Tudor Isler , ERA Landmark Real Estate

20.00 ACRES
3284 SQ FT
Mission Valley Wonderland Estate

Saint Ignatius, Lake County, Montana

VERY MOTIVATED BRING OFFER MISSION VALLEY WONDERLAND ESTATE ON 200+ ACRES! Don't miss this bargain! Two quality homes perched high above the Mission Valley. Enjoy the gorgeous conifer forest, grazing meadows, flowing spring, pond & irrigation water. Tremendous panoramic views including the National Bison Range. A grand orchestra of Big Sky country. The horse lover will be impressed w/the immaculate 6-stall stable & all the amenities a horse could dream. Family fun & year round entertainment is just minutes away at McDonald Lake. The 4,400+ square foot main log home features two master suites, 4 bathrooms, 3 fireplaces & a massive wrap around deck. The guest residence is perfectly comfortable w/two large bedrooms, two full baths & pellet stove. Meticulous care abounds. The spring fed pond and... year round flowing water are big livestock bonuses. Amazing opportunity for the second home adventurer, the bed & breakfast minded enthusiast, the mountaintop seeking artist and/or the dude rancher looking for a cattle & horse friendly enclave.

Bob Mattson , Kelly Right Real Estate

203.00 ACRES
4442 SQ FT

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