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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.
Western Montana Horse Property on 124 acres

Huson, Missoula County, Montana

Time to experience the beautiful Sapphire Ranch for yourself! Located in the Nine Mile Valley in Huson, this 124 acre ranch is ready for you and your animals. The property includes the 3 bedroom, 2 bath main house, a three car detached garage with a full 1 bedroom, 1 bath residence above it, 1 Morton barn with 5 stalls/hay storage/full shop area/tack room, 2 additional Morton shop/garages with dog kennel attached to one, and last but not least, a small cabin located high up on the property to retreat to when it is time to relax and ''get away''. All of this and a creek runs through it, Nine Mile Creek that is. The interior amenities include radiant floor heat throughout both the main house and the garage, stone wood burning fireplace, black walnut hardwood/tile floor combination, Cambria quartz countertops, wood fire boiler supplemental heating source, standby gas generator, tile showers in both bathrooms, jetted tub, and the list goes on. The exterior amenities include, not only the beauty of the surrounding views, but the barn has a heated tack room, hay storage large enough to fit up to 700 bails, a small heated shop, hot water tank, and plenty of storage area in the over 3800 sq ft. The additional two shops are both 1350 sq ft each, can fit 3 cars/trucks/trailers or have a ton of room for additional ranch "toys", and each have 3 - 10 ft doors. And for the horse enthusiasts this set-up is "move-in" ready for your horses as well, a 60 ft. round pen, approximately 15-20 acres are fenced and cross-fenced, partially irrigated, open shelter, and automatic waterer. And of course they did not forget the goats, they have their own pen too, plus the additional property is also partially fenced for additional pasture land, and backs to Forest Service land. After a long day on the ranch you can relax under your pergola in the hot tub located just off the back of the main house! The property has been placed in a Conservation easement to ensure the space around you is protected, but still allows many benefits such as hunting, fishing in Nine Mile Creek right outside your back door, great for hiking, 4-wheeling, whatever can clear your mind from a hard day's work. This property offers so much more and is not to be missed!

Katy McKinnon , Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices MT Properties

124.00 ACRES
2880 SQ FT
Horse Property for sale.
Country Living near Missoula, Mt

Florence, Missoula County, Montana

Mostly level 20 acre parcel, great for homesite and horse ranch. 2 miles South of Lolo off Rowan Road. Property is unzoned, (Lolo Comprehensive Plan). The property has irrigation rights from the Mackintosh Manor Water Users Association. This land offers many opportunities of development or agricultural.

Lynnette Robinson , Red Carpet Realty

20.00 ACRES
Horse Property for sale.
Backs to National Forest

Trout Creek, Sanders County, Montana

This would be a great place for a Retreat... If you are looking for property with incredible Kaniksu National Forest mountain views in the heart of some of the best hunting, fishing, hiking, 4 wheeling, around, this is it. Boarded by the Kaniksu National Forest Service, this 319 +/- acre parcel of ground is a mixture of meadows, trees, and pasture. Oh, did I mention that Beaver Creek also meanders thru the property. Property also features springs and is close to the desirable town of Trout Creek, MT which sits on the bank of the Noxon Reservoir. Plenty of recreational opportunities. Property also features a small split entry home, approx. 800 sq. ft upper with 2 bedrooms, 1 bath and 800 sq. ft. unfinished lower level with 1 bath, this would be great place to live for caretakers. Barns, corrals, etc. Please call for a tour of a truly unique property.

Lynnette Robinson , Red Carpet Realty

319.00 ACRES
1800 SQ FT
Horse Property for sale.
Beautiful 14 acre horse property with a small barn, shop, house and views

Joplin, Liberty County, Montana

Check out this great HORSE property situated on approximately 14 acres. Barn with stalls below & hay loft above, smaller barn/shed, corral, & 3 small pastures for all your horse/hobby farm needs. As well as a quonset, a detached garage, mature well cared for landscaping. All this and it comes with a beautiful house, 2 bedrooms, 2-1/2 bath, master suite on second floor with a wonderful balcony for catching those gorgeous Montana sunrises first thing in the morning. On a clear day, you can see the Sweetgrass Hills to the northwest, Bear's Paw Mountains off in the distance to the East & the Rocky Mountains off to the West. Grocery shopping, banking etc are available just 10 miles away in Chester, MT. Drove flyover & interior walk through videos available on YouTube - Bullhook Real Estate LLC channel

John Carlson , Bullhook Real Estate LLC

14.00 ACRES
3238 SQ FT
Horse Property for sale.
Peaceful Hobby Ranch in Montana! Lots of Income potential!

Ennis, Madison County, Montana

Mountain views are incredible! Spectacular log home with vaulted ceilings in the kitchen and living room! Unique hardwood floors. Open floor plan on the main floor with a beautiful loft upstairs overlooking the kitchen and living room. Master bedrooms on both the main floor and in the basement. Huge family room in the basement for entertaining lots of guests/family. Home includes 20 acres with paddocks, three fenced pastures, a run-in barn with feeding stalls and 1000 sq. ft. 2 BR 1 BA guest cabin. 2 car garage/shop with hot and cold water and fully heated! A must see to appreciate! Two loafing sheds, hay sheds, and more! If that isn't enough, you're part of an air park community and also have a private road for taxiing your aircraft to the local airport! Other possibilities would be to rent out the pasture to neighbors' horses and VRBO the guest cabin for additional income. This is a great setup to earn extra income for horse boarding also. This is a must see home! Come and check it out!

William Louis , Obsidian Realty Group

20.00 ACRES
3125 SQ FT
Horse Property for sale.
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
Horse Property for sale.
5 Acre Horse Property with Indoor and Outdoor Riding Arenas

Great Falls, Cascade County, Montana

5 acre Horse property on the Sun River in Montana. Large ranch style home with 7 bedrooms 3 bathrooms and updated roof and siding. Detached 4 car garage, 2 barns, indoor and outdoor riding arenas and the entire 5 acre property is fenced and cross fenced with horse safe metal pipe and split rail wood. Sun River Frontage 5.34 acres Community Water System and septic system Sewage pump from basement up to septic 30 AMP service for RV Drain field for septic was recently relocated and upgraded. Ask for permit Fenced Outdoor arena 105 ft by 125 ft – with sand base Round pen does not stay Entire property fenced and cross-fenced except for river frontage Water rights for irrigation and surface water School bus comes to mailbox on property Front/side yard fenced for dogs

Danette Sukut , Coldwell Banker the Falls Real Estate

5.00 ACRES
4274 SQ FT
Horse Property for sale.
10 Acres with breathtaking views of the Jocko Valley

Arlee, Lake County, Montana

Not only a NEW PRICE, but NEW FLOORING throughout main living area of home!!! If you prefer your neighbors further than arm's reach when borrowing sugar, come see this home located on 10 partially fenced acres at the end of a private road overlooking the gorgeous Jocko Valley. This home offers privacy, yet within 30 miles of Missoula for a beautiful commute. Open floor plan from the generously sized kitchen into the living room area is ideal for entertaining or for the cook who likes space. Master bedroom has an en suite with a walk in tiled shower and sitting area that leads to the back deck and hot tub with breathtaking sunrises and sunsets. There are an additional three bedrooms and bathroom. Winters are a little easier with direct access to the large mud/laundry room from the garage. No getting into a cold snow covered vehicle at this home Rocking chair front porch is perfect to sip lemonade and watch the local elk herd graze. Minimal landscaping, irrigation and no covenants with this home makes for easy maintenance and huge opportunities to do what you want with the land.

Kelly Jo Nagel , SOULA Realty

10.00 ACRES
2000 SQ FT
Horse Property for sale.
Beautiful Montana horse property with mountain view and charming home !

Chinook, Blaine County, Montana

This gorgeous dream property is a must see! 156 acres and just minutes south of Chinook, Montana! With a beautiful view of the Bears Paw Mountains and your own pond, you can sit on your back patio and enjoy your own piece of Montana! This cottage style home has 3 bedrooms and one bathroom along with hardwood floors and a beautiful updated kitchen. There is also a new deck, detached garage, barn, and shed. This property will not last long! Call Cassie today for a showing! 406-399-7238

Cassie Johnson , Lodestar Land and Home

156.00 ACRES
2124 SQ FT
Horse Property for sale.
Horse property for sale with arena and great views

Ronan, Lake County, Montana

Beautiful well maintained 2,100 sq ft home built on 80 acres with endless opportunities. Brand new central air system! This 3 bedroom 2 full bathroom home includes an office, walk in pantry, laundry room, and mud room. Master suite w/ walk in closet & bathroom. The open layout has amazing Mission Mountain views that will make you never want to leave. Approx. 65 acres of grass alfalfa mix includes 1/2 mile of buried main line & 1/4 mile of wheel line. 160 x 240 outdoor arena makes this a perfect horse property but operates to work cattle as well. Plug in your horse trailer or RV to water & power next to the 4 shed row stalls. Never worry about frozen water with 2 heated automatic waters and 5 frost free faucets. A 12 x 36 & 12 x 24 animal shelter located on the East & West side of the home. Enjoy looking out your living room windows and watching you cattle, horses, & dogs roam. Snuggle up to the beautiful wood burning fire place on those cold Winter nights. The canal covers approx. 5 acres across the property for plenty of water.

Carlene Wills , ERA Lambros Real Estate

80.00 ACRES
2120 SQ FT

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