Bozeman is known for being an outdoor mecca. Back in the 70’s, people began moving to the area for its mountaineering opportunities that lie in close proximity to town. A great example is Triple Tree Trail, where locals have historically hiked, biked and skied.
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 surrounded by mountains, so it’s little wonder that the locals spend much of their recreation time exploring them. Thanks to a bustling cycling community, mountain bikes are a common sight in Bozeman, and riders of all skill levels and preferences will find trails to explore. Whether you’re looking for a lung-busting climb—and the subsequent adrenaline-jolting downhill—or a more mellow, rolling ride along mountain creeks, the Bozeman area won’t disappoint. Here are seven of our favorite area trails.
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.
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.
Nestled amidst craggy mountains, winding rivers, and sprawling valleys, the town of Bozeman is an outdoor-lover’s paradise. The mountain town, home to many world-class athletes, lives and breathes outdoor recreation. Hikers have it particularly well in Bozeman, with a wide number of incredibly scenic options to explore. Choosing the top 10 best hikes in Bozeman is tough, but you can’t go wrong with any of the trails on this list.
Bozeman is home to a work-hard, play-hard population, and it’s quite common to see locals in parking lots, pulling on the hiking boots and trail running shoes for pre- and post-work adventures. Weekends are often spent in the mountains speeding down trails on mountain bikes, accruing vertical on the ski slopes, or chasing trout in remote streams.
Residents are keenly aware it’s important to refuel after a day of adventure, and thanks to a booming culinary and brewery scene, it’s easy to find quality, Bozeman-brewed ale throughout the community. Many breweries pay homage to the area’s outdoor acuity by naming their brews after local features and activities. After a long day in the hills, hardly anything tastes better than a tall glass of your favorite brew paired with a hearty burger. Discover the perfect pairings for your favorite Bozeman activities at these local breweries.
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.
Many visitors are drawn to Bozeman for the myriad of recreational opportunities the surrounding mountains and rivers provide. But after a busy day fly fishing, hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, or skiing, the town itself truly shines: Bozeman is home to a vibrant culture and rich history—the town itself can be as big an adventure as the surrounding mountains. Whether you prefer to explore summertime Farmer’s Markets at Bogert Park or take in an outdoor showing of Montana Shakespeare in the Parks, here are the local’s favorite in-town adventures:
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.