When it comes to winter vacations, December and February seem to get all the attention. However, local Bozeman-ites will tell you January is one of the best times of the year. Winter is in full swing and the snow is (usually) incredible. If you need more convincing, read on, we’ll give you plenty of reasons!
Everyone loves a good rivalry and sharing in the revelry makes it all the better. Whether it’s the infamous Cat/Griz game between Montana State University and the University of Montana, the Superbowl or the Stanley Cup, Bozeman is full of great spots to share the comrade of cheering on your favorite team. Here are a few of our favorite haunts, but the list is by no means exhaustive…we encourage you to explore all the nooks and crannies around town!
December is busy in Bozeman; holiday festivities, the Bozeman Ice Festival and plenty of arts and culture round out the month. (Not to mention downhill skiing at Bridger Bowl and Nordic Skiing—or fat biking—at Crosscut Mountain Sports Center.) You’ll want to plan carefully so you don’t miss anything…especially December 1, when the holiday season starts off with a bang!
Wondering what to get the skiers and snowboarders in your life? We’ve got you covered. While accessories and gear are an obvious choice, don’t limit yourself, Bozeman is full of great ski shops, coffee shops, breweries and ways to relax after a long day on the slopes. Here are few ideas to get you started, but we highly recommend perusing the local shops for unique ideas!
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.
The magic of the holidays aren't limited to wide-eyed kiddos, adults celebrating in this quintessential mountain town can’t help but spread cheer.
For those in the know, Bozeman is a hub of activity when it comes to film. Since 1960, Montana State University has been turning out highly creative and technically savvy students who go on to pursue successful careers. The founder of the department, Jack Stonnell, had a strong vision for film in our community and in 1978 he went on to establish the Bozeman Film Festival, now known as the Bozeman Film Society. The organization consisted of a group of professors and community members who banded together and started showing American classics at the beautiful Rialto theater.
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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!
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.
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.