Fall is magical in Bozeman. The colors pop, the air cools and things start settling back into a routine. There’s still plenty of time to get some outdoor adventure in, (Bozeman Marathon anyone?), the harvest is filling the farmer’s markets, and the art walk brings people out for a last summer hurrah. With all of that, plus comedy, illusion and live music, you’ll be hardpressed to be bored!
Honestly, there really isn't a bad time to see the nation's first National Park. Yellowstone is a magical place year round. Each season has its benefits or natural cycles to look forward to, like the elk rut in the fall or the bears coming out of hibernation in the spring. The real question is what do you want to experience in Yellowstone? Is it the breathtaking scenery, the wild animals, the incredible thermal features, or the historic landmarks that dot the map? We will give you some of our favorite things about each season and then you decide when the best time to visit Yellowstone is.
Fall is a beautiful time in Bozeman with vibrant autumn colors and crisp mountain air blowing the crunchy leaves around the sidewalks. The season is short but the sights around the area are astonishing. Check out these 16 breathtaking fall Instagram photos from around Bozeman, Montana.
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Bozemanites know that November starts off the winter season with a bang. Music, theater, shopping and snow bring people out on the town and into the mountains. It’s also the time of year when it feels good to slow down and enjoy the rich culture abundant in this mountain town. So mark your calendars and bundle up with your hats, gloves and scarves, for these amazing November events and festivities in Bozeman!
Locals have a special fondness for Rocky Creek Farm, the 50 acres have been a part of Bozeman’s fabric for decades. Each fall, families enjoy apple harvests, fresh cider, fat pumpkins and a pick-your-own raspberry patch. But it’s the fresh, organic food available year round, that has won a place in everyone’s heart.
Lace up your running shoes, fall is full of fun runs! The autumn weather in Bozeman is perfect for getting out with friends; the temperatures cool and the colors start to pop. It’s hard to beat this kind of race course! There are numerous runs to choose from, many which support local causes, and some simply to just get out and have some community fun!
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. Bozemanites don’t stop playing just because the air cools. 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. October is packed with events both inside and out. You can enjoy local food, art and sporting events all within minutes of downtown Bozeman.
Fall may bring back-to-school routines, homework and extra-curricular activities, but that doesn’t mean the fun tickets have run out! This community keeps things interesting with numerous events throughout the season including some educational activities that combine learning with activity. If you’re planning a fall vacation, rest assured, this town does not sit still!
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.