Yellowstone National Park should be on everyone's bucket list.
Established in 1872, it was the world's first national park, and for many, it's most beloved. Comprised of 2.2 million acres, equating to 3,472 square miles, and home to the world's biggest collection of geysers, you could explore for days never see it all!
We understand vacation expenses can add up quickly, especially if you're traveling with a family! However, you don't have to break the bank to visit Bozeman—we have some suggestions to help save on money without skimping on the fun! Living in Bozeman is, first and foremost, fun. Most everyone lives here for their love of the outdoors, and finding adventure is right outside your door. The first step to saving money? Act like a local. Pretend you live here, and instead of vacationing like you're on vacation, pretend you're just going about your day. It's incredible how little you need.
Serious wildlife watchers consider autumn one of the most exciting times in Yellowstone National Park. Activity increases as animals prepare for winter and for some, mating season begins bringing with it some interesting mating rituals. Many species start moving to lower elevations as the temperatures cool. Not to mention, the fall colors are amazing; a perfect backdrop for the photographers out there. Wildlife can be found throughout the park, but the Northern Range, from Gardiner to Cooke City is considered the best areas for wildlife watching. It’s also the only road that stays open year round. There are 67 species of mammals in the park; we’ve listed the most prevalent, but keep your eyes open, you may come across others such as pronghorn, beavers, deer and maybe even the elusive cougar.
Bozeman, Montana, is an eclectic mix of outdoor enthusiasts, students, educators, artists, entrepreneurs, and high-tech visionaries. Add to that some of the most beautiful country in the lower 48, and you’ve got a town worth spending some time exploring. Whether it’s your leading destination or just passing through, we’ve got a list of things you don’t want to miss!
Bozeman's Sweet Pea Festival is arguably one of the highlights of everyone's summer. The annual celebration draws family and friends together to celebrate art, music, theater, food, and entertainment. This will be the festival's 43rd year, and while it will look a bit different, the creative minds behind it have found a way to make it happen at a safe distance. Sans the parade, the fun run, and the Bite of Bozeman, many of the festivities are still taking place in a modified form.
Yellowstone National Park's remote beauty is awe-inspiring; high alpine lakes, lush meadows, wildflowers, and fat trout all make escaping into these areas a backpacker's dream! If you're new to backpacking or have limited time, there are plenty of overnight options. We've listed a few of our favorites to get you started. After all, even just a little time in the woods is invigorating!
Bozeman's newest gem, Story Mill Community Park, is quickly becoming a local favorite. The 60 acres adjoining the historic Story Mill have been revitalized into a vibrant community space complete with almost a mile of restored river frontage along the East Gallatin River and 15 acres of wetlands for birds and wildlife. And talk about the views— the park has a stunning backdrop of the Bridger Mountain Range.
Besides the endless recreation opportunities, Bozeman is known for its lively culture, hopping restaurant scene, and great music. But amidst all the bustle, there are times you need a bit of a timeout—a few moments to clear your mind or be present amidst the beautiful scenery. Fortunately, there are several spots right around town that are easily accessible and offer a quiet place to take it all in.
Yellowstone National Park has over two million breathtaking acres. We’re talking about some serious breathing room. And while it is true, crowds can tend to gather in the popular areas of the park during peak summer months, there are ways to avoid the masses, and in our opinion, garner an even more unforgettable experience.