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.
While many people consider Montana to be off the beaten path in and of itself, locals will tell you about tucked up remote places you may not have heard of. One such area is Highway 89, which meanders through gorgeous country with very few people. For those who prefer to ride instead of drive, this is a popular route for motorcycle groups.
You can reach the highway either through the Bridger Mountain Range, which is a gorgeous but curvy drive, or Livingston, which is a straight shot. Either way, you’ll have magnificent backdrops. A day trip is possible but to really get a feel for the area, we recommend an overnight (or two)!
The Montana Grizzly Encounter offers visitors the opportunity to observe rescued bears in a safe environment. Montana Office of Tourism and Business Development
Nestled amidst the Rocky Mountains and tucked into the Gallatin Valley, Bozeman, Montana, carries the reputation of an outdoor lover’s paradise—and for good reason. Most residents play as hard as they work, and they can usually be found recreating on the area’s seemingly boundless array of mountain trails, blue-ribbon trout streams, and world-class ski runs. Thanks to the broad array of recreational opportunities, Bozeman is a year-round playground.
There’s something for everyone, regardless of the weather or the season. Here are a few of our favorite Bozeman-area spots that are the perfect setting for an outdoor adventure.
For many visiting Yellowstone National Park, Bozeman is the natural "home base." Thanks to the town’s plentiful lodging options, array of cafes and restaurants, and easy airport access, it’s quite common for Yellowstone-bound visitors to stay in Bozeman and venture down into the park every day, returning to Bozeman in time for dinner, drinks and a bit of relaxation away from the press of national park tourists. Keep reading for tips on how to plan the perfect day trip to Yellowstone National Park from Bozeman.
One of the best things about Bozeman is the town’s proximity to Bridger Bowl and Big Sky Resort. This world-class ski area is only 16 miles from downtown, and is truly in Bozeman’s backyard. If you’re planning to visit Bozeman this winter, you may have some questions about how to get to Bridger Bowl.
If you’re flying in, you’ll be arriving at Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport (BZN). It’s a quick ride from the airport to Bozeman, and there are direct flights from all major cities. Upon arrival, you’ll notice the beautiful mountain scenery, and it only gets better at the resort.
If you’ve got extra time and want to make the most out of your vacation before or after hitting the slopes, renting a car might be the way to go. You’ll enjoy historic downtown Bozeman, with many shops and restaurants within walking distance.
If possible, don't forget to come with a vehicle equipped with all-wheel drive to safely navigate snowy terrain. There are also options for public transportation and ride share programs. No matter how you get to the resort from Bozeman, you’ll be pleased with its accessibility.
You’ll find lots of family-friendly hikes around Bozeman. Visit Bozeman
Bozeman is surrounded by nature, bracketed by the Gallatin and Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forests and a short drive from Yellowstone National Park. It’s no surprise that most families in southwestern Montana spend a significant amount of time outdoors in all four seasons of the year. From summertime fly-fishing and hiking to wintertime skiing and snowshoeing, this outdoor community offers adventure for all ages. Here are a few local favorites:
Just over the Bozeman Pass sits Livingston, MT. Once the Pacific Railroad’s original access to Yellowstone National Park, this quaint little town now bustles with art galleries, restaurants, breweries, music, and outfitters to take you adventuring.
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Bozeman, Montana has become a huge vacation destination for people looking for an adventurous experience in the Rocky Mountains. Whether you are planning a visit in the colder months or warmer months, there is something for everyone. You may have seen the logo or a hashtag or even one of our blogs out there on social media and wondered what exactly does "Only In Bozeman" mean. In Bozeman, you can do it all. You can have these unique recreational experiences in the mountains surrounding Bozeman and still be back in town for dinner at a great restaurant and the other comforts you expect when you travel to urban destinations. All of this is available, "Only in Bozeman." Here are some of the things that make Bozeman unique and why it should be on your bucket list for travel.
The town and resort host a variety of fun and exciting activities and events going on throughout the entire warmer months which is why many guests turn into repeat visitors of the area.
When you arrive in Bozeman, you are immediately smitten by the views of the mountains all around, but it may leave you wondering what else can I see. If you have a day to kill and want to get out and explore, a scenic drive is a great way to see more. One of our favorite drives is through Gallatin Canyon around the southern Madison Range by Quake Lake and back up the Madison Valley. Here is what you can expect one of the best Bozeman scenic drives.