While Bozeman is home to beautiful hotels, guest ranches and bed & breakfasts, you may find yourself wanting to spend a night sleeping under the stars when visiting the state known for its big sky. Not much can compare to cozying up next to a campfire and wondering at the blankets of stars overhead before climbing into your sleeping bag and drifting off to sleep.
Montana summers aren't long, but they can get hot. There is nothing better than spending a day at the lake or catching an afternoon dip on a hot day. From local ponds to scenic mountain lakes, there's no shortage of water bodies to cannonball into when you need to cool off. So as the temps heat up, we've gathered up a few of our favorite swimming holes for you to explore on a hot day this summer in Bozeman.
We may not have the Mall of America, but Bozeman has some pretty fantastic shopping, especially when it comes to local boutiques. In Bozeman, there's a major focus on keeping things local, so you're likely to find stores and items here that can't be found anywhere else. Whether you're looking for quality outdoor gear, local gifts, or a chic outfit to wear for your next occasion. Bozeman has it all. You will find a wide variety of shops to explore downtown. Make a day of exploring downtown Main Street, and do some shopping while you're at it. Here are 7 local downtown Bozeman boutiques you need to check out.
Nearly as popular as the geysers and hot springs in Yellowstone National Park are the animals. Bison, bighorn sheep, elk, wolves and grizzly bears have become the true icons of the world’s first national park, and for good reason. They’re an integral part of a massive protected landscape that’s gone relatively unchanged since the park was established in 1872.
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In 2021, the Fourth of July is back on again in Montana, and we couldn’t be happier. With vaccines becoming accessible and COVID-19 cases dwindling in the state, many Fourth of July events are taking place this summer after a year of hiatus. Whether you choose to attend an event or get together with a few close friends, there are plenty of ways to celebrate in the Bozeman area.
Summer in Montana is rodeo season. Every town, big or small, has one, and each brings its own flair and feel. Attending a rodeo is a great way to experience and celebrate Montana's culture, with entertaining cowboys and cowgirls, concerts and other rowdy, foot-stompin,' hand-clappin' events.
Bozeman hosts its own rodeo — the Bozeman Stampede — for one weekend in August, and there are plenty of other rodeos in the area to check out. Small-town rodeos can really be a blast because the whole town gets excited for their annual chance to show off their Montana heritage. Here are a few of the best Montana rodeos near Bozeman to put on your calendar.
In Bozeman, you’ll find them outside breweries, in lonely parking lots, or along busy, walkable streets, always pumping out mouthwatering smells and making you hungry. Small but mighty, food trucks serve hearty and quality meals on-the-go at a lower price point than many sit-down restaurants. While they’re often known for their greasy, late-night eats, Bozeman has a wide variety of options from vegan to French, to authentic Mexican.
Wildflowers give you the best of nature’s beauty, often surprising you with flashes of color as you trek along a hiking trail. You really can’t go wrong with a hike in Bozeman around wildflower season, which can range from April to July and beyond, depending on elevation. But there are some spots that are even more spectacular than others. Here are some of the best wildflower hikes around Bozeman, Montana.
Bozeman is a haven for rock climbers of all levels, with hundreds of routes that can be accessed within less than an hour of driving. Though famed for its plentiful ice climbing routes in the winter, Bozeman’s canyons offer tons of climbing experiences from spring to fall, from bouldering to sport and trad, and even some easy, beginner’s top-rope routes.
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