Bozeman is surrounded by magnificent hiking; look in any direction and you’ll find stunning peaks and gorgeous vistas. But the real beauty of the area is the ability to grab a quick hike with beautiful views right outside of town. Drinking Horse Mountain Trail is a local favorite for exactly that reason. The 2.4-mile round trip hike can be done in about an hour, perfect for either quick exercise or a leisurely stroll.
You have to do some serious climbing to reach Emigrant Peak, as you’ll gain more than 5,000 feet on this trip. Montana Office of Tourism and Business Development
Bozeman is a mountaineer’s hub. There’s a reason the town boasts a cadre of world-class mountain athletes and a mainstream community of peak-bagging outdoor-folk. Summertime bar talk often consists of sharing hiking beta and planning upcoming "goal" hikes, often driven by the simple question: What peak are you going after next?
Thanks to myriad options that suit a variety of skill levels, it’s quite possible for visitors to log a few peaks of their own. Here’s a variety of Bozeman-area classics with views that are worth the climb.
Bozeman is a migratory hotspot that provides a wide array of bird watching opportunities throughout the year. The best bird-watching spots in Bozeman play host to several species of finches, buntings, swallows, hummingbirds, sparrows, songbirds, warblers, ducks, birds of prey, and several others.
The local birding area provides a variety of accessibility options to many unique habitats to allow individuals of all ages to spot gorgeous birds of all natures. While there are many more amazing Birding Hotspots provided in detail by the Sacajawea Audubon Society, here are our favorite bird-watching spots in Bozeman.
One of the most iconic Bozeman hikes is unquestionably the trail to the “M.” Created by Montana State University class of 1918 as a monument to the school, the hike remains one of the most popular in the area.
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In November, Bozeman-ites start gearing up for the winter season, (think: sweaters, ski swaps and some pre-winter recreation workouts). It’s also the time of year when it feels good to slow down and enjoy the rich culture abundant in this mountain town. Add dinner at one of Bozeman’s many delicious restaurants and you’ll have the perfect outing. Pack your calendar with these amazing November events in Bozeman!
Fall is the start of sports tournaments in Bozeman, which is top notch when it comes to locations in the state of Montana. The city is full of great food, comfortable hotels and interesting activities to sneak in between games.
You’d expect a college town to have a hoppin’ music scene, but Bozeman takes it to another level. Between big name bands, indie musicians playing in local taverns, the Bozeman Symphony, Intermountain Opera, Broadway musicals and area festivals, you could fill almost every night with some sort of jam.
Sweater season; it happens quickly in Bozeman. The air is brisk, and snow is likely, but the locals will tell you Fall is one of their favorite seasons. The countdown to winter has begun, and in the meantime, there are plenty of cultural and sporting events, entertainment, and outdoor activities to keep you busy.
Over the last few weeks, we've been receiving a lot of questions about the Montana forest fires. The destruction has been devastating to the forests and people of our state. Our hearts go out to all of those who have been impacted. Though Montana doesn't typically get the attention that states like California and Colorado get in the national media, there has been some concern raised. With over a million acres destroyed by fires, it's hard not to be concerned. The questions we have received have been mainly focused on how the Bozeman and Yellowstone areas have been impacted. We felt it was important to provide an update for those people who have plans or are considering visiting our area this fall.
The leaves are changing here in Bozeman and the hunting season in Montana is underway as hunters take to the mountains to bag that trophy elk. In Montana, hunting is a way of life. It provides Montanans the opportunity to fill their freezers with organic meat for the winter. Hunting also brings outdoor enthusiasts from all over the world. With a healthy elk population and hundreds of thousands of acres of public land, Montana is the perfect state to have an experience of a lifetime. For those of you who dream of a trip to Big Sky Country here are a few things you should know about elk hunting near Bozeman.