I remember the first time I came to Bozeman to ski. What stood out more than anything was the crisp air, bright blue skies, and a sense of calm. Surrounded by mountains, yet with plenty of room to roam, Bozeman offers a respite from the bustle.
Bozeman is remarkable at any time of year, but summer is truly something else. One of the most significant advantages is its proximity. Centrally located amidst some of the most breathtaking mountains and rivers in the lower-48, you can be out exploring by day and home for an evening on the town by night. The city itself, the fastest-growing micropolitan in the U.S., is full of things to do so that you can round out your trip with a mix of both relaxing activities and exciting outdoor adventure.
Experiencing our wild spaces up close and personal is something everyone should be so lucky to do. The intimacy of seeing wildlife in their habitat, thick vegetation, dynamic weather patterns, and sheer beauty — it does wonders for the soul. But as more and more people venture out, it’s not just important to keep the trails in good order but to look out for your well-being. Weather can be more intense in the mountains, and if you run into trouble out in the wild, getting help may not be as straightforward as it is in other places. Here are a few safety tips to keep in mind before heading out.
Bozeman sits smack between two entrances to Yellowstone National Park, the north entrance, at Gardiner, MT, and the west entrance in West Yellowstone, MT, making it the perfect area to set up home base. Either entry is good access for a day trip or an overnight stay, or you could spend a few days looping through the park ending up back in Bozeman.
Traveling by car allows flexibility, but for those who would rather sit back and enjoy the scenery, bus service is available.
Are you ready for one more winter flurry in Bozeman! For that last blast of snow and cold before spring, we're up for some local fun. And, while we love a good powder day like the best of them, hitting the slopes isn’t for everyone. Here are our favorite alternative ways to get out in the snow without heading far out of town.
“Skating was the vessel into which I could pour my heart and soul." -Peggy Fleming
A long-beloved sport, ice skating began with sharp fragments of animal bone fitted to the bottoms of boots that glided over the ice. In 1572, the first iron skates were made, a game-changer, to say the least! Today, ice skating remains a favorite winter activity for all ages.
Call it a memento, souvenir or keepsake, a vacation isn’t complete without bringing home a little something to remember your trip by. More than just a t-shirt (though we’re huge fans), little bits of nostalgia come about when you look at a beautiful art piece, spread a local preserve on your warm toast, or drink your coffee from a handmade mug. Bozeman is full of artists and entrepreneurs, here for the way of life, and making a living through their skills and ingenuity. Across town, shops and galleries are full of locally made items for you, your home, and even your pets! While we’ve outlined a few of our favorites, but please don’t limit yourself, you can find locally produced items in many stores around town; ask the shop owners, they will happily point you in the right direction.
Whether you're new in town or have lived here your whole life, loving Bozeman is a no brainer. Our little town is quite the heart breaker, charming the pants off just about anybody who sets down on its snow or soil. But small towns exist all over the country, so what is it exactly about this one that can convince people who are just traveling through to literally never leave?
Bozeman Convention and Visitors Bureau is proud to announce our commitment to Pledge for the Wild, a collaboration between five western mountain towns working to enhance and preserve our wild spaces through visitordonations, education and outreach.
There is something utterly breathtaking about Montana landscapes in the winter. The rugged mountains seem even more majestic, and the skies appear an even deeper hue of blue against the sparkling fields of snow. Trust us; scenic drives are well worth an afternoon. While we don’t encourage driving during inclement weather, Montana’s roads are well-kept during the winter, so don’t let the season keep you indoors. We’ve outlined some driving tips to keep you safe on the road, and even thrown in one of our favorite winter adventures!