Exploring Bozeman’s great outdoors can feel larger than life. Breathtaking scenery, adrenaline-pumping adventure, and the calming, serene effects of nature. Experiences range from simple to extreme; short day trips to multi-day, backcountry excursions. And whether you are new to the sport, or a seasoned participant, there are advantages to hiring an outfitter and going with a guide.
Bozeman is mainly known for being a cozy mountain town with access to awesome skiing at Big Sky Resort and Bridger Bowl. People might also recognize Bozeman as the home of Montana State University. What you may not know is that Bozeman has a lot more to offer than just great skiing and a top-notch university. Here are a few of our favorite reasons that you should make Bozeman your winter vacation destination.
When members of the Bozeman community put their minds to something, good things happen. Crosscut Mountain Sports Center is one of those things. A few years ago, this community non-profit raised $8 million to secure the properties of Bohart Ranch Cross Country Ski Center and the defunct Crosscut Ranch, both Nordic ski venues. This purchase effectively saved the land from development and ensured access to this pristine recreation for generations to come.
You can easily spend a week in Bozeman doing something new each day. But if you’re looking to see some diverse scenery, you can easily get to other parts of southwest Montana in just a short day trip from Bozeman as well. Fall is a beautiful season to explore southwest Montana, with fewer crowds and the aspens showing off their bright yellow leaves.
Hunting has always been an integral part of Bozeman's life; families respectfully fill their freezers each fall and enjoy healthy, local game meat throughout the year. While most hunters do it for the sustenance, they will also tell you that the entire experience is significant. Watching a spectacular sunrise with a hot cup of coffee in hand while the colors light up a vast expanse of the skyline is humbling. There's something about getting deep into Montana's mountains with family and friends, tuning in to the natural world, and harvesting sustainable meat.
It’s true, girls do love to have fun and Bozeman is the perfect place to combine outdoor adventure with a little rest and relaxation. Choose to dine at our fabulous local restaurants or get outside and explore the mountains. Build your trip around some of our suggestions based on the number of days you'll visit--or try them all! You won't be disappointed. Here are a few ideas for a girls night or weekend away in Bozeman, Montana.
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!