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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.
Build Your Montana Dream Home at Shades of Gray Ranch

Bozeman, Gallatin County, Montana

NEW PRICE!! 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
Horse Property for sale.

Lincoln, Lewis and Clark County, Montana

Magnificent home on 27 acres located on the Blackfoot River. World class Trout fishing right on your own property. This 3 bed 2 1/2 bath, well insulated log accented home is magazine worthy. Main floor contains master bed and bath, stylish kitchen, dining and living area with vaulted ceilings. Full walk out finished basement has 2 bedrooms, full bath and living/ office space. Walk out lower level to large patio complete with hot tub and large river rock entertaining area containing a fire pit. Large Trex deck circles entire house to take in the mountain and river views. Enclosed raised bed garden with green house. Finished and heated 2 car garage/shop. Barn, chicken coop and hay storage for you animals. Fully fenced and cross fenced. Nice landscaping and groomed yard area. Incredible well. For your entertaining there is a 9 hole golf course scattered throughout the property and 2 competition horseshoe pits. Elk, deer, frequent the property. State land is within walking distance. Private yet close to town.

Brenda Stark , Keller Williams Realty

27.00 ACRES
2464 SQ FT
Horse Property for sale.

Whitehall, Jefferson County, Montana

Within minutes of Whitehall Montana and nestled in the heart of the Pipestone Valley, the VVV Ranch is comprised of 218+/- acres with 2 homes and a partially finished office/guest home. This diversified property is currently being utilized as a horse training facility and summer grass pasture for cattle. Beautiful homes, shop, roping arena, numerous horse pens, RV hookups and Little Pipestone Creek that flows almost ¾ of a mile through the property completes this outstanding ranch.

Tara Petersen , Century 21 Heritage Realty

218.00 ACRES
2208 SQ FT
Horse Property for sale.
Breathtaking 22 acres in NW Montana with handcrafted cabin and barn!

Trego, Lincoln County, Montana

Just minutes from Trego, this incredible property is truly rustic elegance and comes with everything you'd want for your modern homestead. The 22 acres with split-rail fencing has it all: well-managed timberland, weed-free pastures, horse training paddocks, manicured, landscaped lawn, serenity, and views of the Rocky Mountains. Every piece of wood used in the construction of the buildings came from the property. The fully-scribed log home, beautiful log and wood accents throughout, has state of the art appliances, central HVAC heating/ac, 2 wood and 1 propane stoves for heat or ambiance, Hunter ceiling fans, and custom chandeliers. In addition to the kitchen/living area, there are 3 bedrooms (2 in the finished, daylight basement), 2 ½ baths, and a loft perfect for a guest or play. The master suite on the main floor includes a sitting area, a huge walk-in closet, and access to the deck and hot tub. The barn has 3 stalls, tack room, and loft rec area with hand-built log furniture for solitude or entertainment. Above the 4 car, garage/shop is a comfortable, furnished apartment with kitchen cabinets that have hand-crafted stained glass insets, central heating, 2 bedrooms, bath, and plenty of space to breathe. Other features include a tree-house built especially for anyone as a getaway, a Quonset hut with all the equipment you need to maintain this "gentleman's ranch," a tool shed, and outdoor pagoda with a barbecue pit.

Sandi Hall , National Parks Realty- Eureka

22.00 ACRES
2253 SQ FT
Horse Property for sale.

Corvallis, Ravalli County, Montana

~Bitterroots Best~ Beautiful recently remodeled single level home with high ceilings, granite counters, alder cabinets, SS appliances, fireplace, lrg. master bedroom w/library & sitting area, generous windows with stunning Bitterroot Mountain views. Large patio off master suite, surround sound, central A/C, wine room & many special features. 40 ac. has water rights (1866), excellent soils, nice pond & direct access to the River. Multiple garages, shops & outbldgs. Great horse set-up with mostly new fencing, paddocks, stalls, round pen & extra nice tack room. New 20 x 20 dlx. green house + garden area. Quiet private setting just minutes from Hamilton, MT. Abundant wildlife with hunting for ducks, geese, & whitetail deer. A very special property with too many extras to list & the perfect horse property ready to enjoy.  Qualified Buyers Only! Closing only after 9-1-20.

Steve Stelling, Sr. , Stelling & Associates Real Estate

40.00 ACRES
2346 SQ FT
Horse Property for sale.
Rustic Stables

Billings, Yellowstone County, Montana

Rustic Stables is a small, quiet equestrian facility conveniently located on the west end of Billings. Property currently used for hobby/business Rustic Stables.

Carlos Davey , UBARS Real Estate

10.00 ACRES
2808 SQ FT
Horse Property for sale.
North Valley Estate with Log home and Large Arena on 28 acres.

Hardin, Big Horn County, Montana

Horsemans Dream! Just over 28 acres with arena, irrigated pasture, corrals and automatic water. A freshly sealed and well maintained log home! 3 br on the main level 2 ba and an additional 2 NON-egress bedrooms in the basement and bath. Wet Bar, Fridge and Keggerator for easy entertainment in the basement family room. Rv Hookup and Storage! New well improvements in 2019 - Too much to list! A must see in North Valley Big Horn County! **An addition 160 acres of Irrigated Hay under pivot is also available.Listed by UBARS 406-839-5424 for details.

AMBER YOCHUM , Murdock Realty, LLC.

28.45 ACRES
3246 SQ FT
Horse Property for sale.
Montana - Bitterroot Valley - Classic Mini Ranch - VIEWS!!

Hamilton, Ravalli County, Montana

Cozy Montana ranchette, 1 level, 3 bed/3 bath, 2 car garage with stunning Bitterroot Mtn views. Paved driveway, 2 large insulated shops, 4 stall barn, tack bldg., & others. Large rear deck w/hot tub to relax & enjoy the humming birds & other wildlife. Enjoy this private setting, yet only 7 miles from Main St., Hamilton, Mt. the county seat. Fenced pasture with irrigation rights. Extremely well taken cared for property. This type of westside location is rarely available, with the same owner for almost 40 years.

Martin Kukich , Martin Kukich, Broker MT/ID GRI, ABR, CNHS, PSA, SFR

7.46 ACRES
1966 SQ FT
Horse Property for sale.
Updated Ranch Home with views of Makoshika Park in Eastern Montana

Glendive, Dawson County, Montana

Come check out this ideal horse property. This beautifully updated home has a western contemporary flare with trendy upgrades and offers amazing views of Makoshika State Park. The open layout offers two master suites on the main with full-size bathrooms. The custom built kitchen has plenty of hickory cabinets, a beautiful built-in hutch and an eat-at bar that opens up to the casual dining space. Other touches to appreciate include the large fireplaces with hand picked stones, the three season room with amazing views of the property, a bar with glass block accents and a new wood stove. The home will get a New Roof in the Spring. Outside is a wraparound deck, patio and private courtyard. The property is fenced, has automatic water tanks, a 2,560 square foot barn, heated shop, storage shed and additional outbuildings. Ride your horses on the 18.58 acre property or trail ride in Makoshika Park, the possibilities are endless. The property is a hunter's delight with mule deer, whitetail deer, antelope and more - surrounded by the badlands. Montana Mini Herefords is calling your name!

Holly Micheletto , Montana East Realty

18.58 ACRES
4230 SQ FT
Horse Property for sale.
Immaculate home in Cameron Bridge Estates w/ 3 pastures, 2 stall barn & Studio

Bozeman, Gallatin County, Montana

Immaculate home in Cameron Bridge Estates! At almost 6,000 square feet, this 2007 built custom home has 5 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, two kitchens, three living areas, a large bonus room over the 3 stall garage and tons of storage! Sit beside the wood burning fireplace and admire beautiful mountain views. This 10+/- acre property includes 3 fenced pastures, a barn with two stalls and tack room and a studio above it. Access to the Gallatin River!

Mike Basile , Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Montana Properties

10.73 ACRES
5931 SQ FT

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