Even when you can’t travel in person, you can get some serious inspiration for future trips from some digital journeying. Here are our favorite places to explore Southwest Montana, from Bozeman and beyond, without ever leaving the couch. Thank you, Instagram for our #VirtualVisit to Big Sky Country!
It’s no secret that Yellowstone National Park is a natural wonderland, and hiking is one of the best way to experience it. With over 900 miles of trails throughout the park, there is something for every level of hiker. To get you started, we’ve outlined three of the most scenic hikes in Yellowstone.
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.
We all know of the famous sights in Yellowstone like Old Faithful, the Upper and Lower Falls, and the Grand Prismatic Spring, but what else is there to do? Maybe a better question is "What isn't there to do?" Yellowstone is full of beautiful scenery, hundreds of miles of hiking trails and plenty of things that you might overlook. Here is are a few underrated things to do in Yellowstone.
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.
In 1992 Robert Redford spoke the opening line, "In our family, there was no clear line between religion and fly fishing" and Bozeman was changed forever. The movie was A River Runs Through It, which tells the story of the Maclean family and their love of fly fishing. The film was narrated by Mr. Redford and featured a young Brad Pitt as the troubled younger brother of Norman Maclean, set in the town of Missoula, Montana. But the entire movie was filmed in the Bozeman and Livingston areas, which put the towns on the map as the premier fly fishing destination in the United States.
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.
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.
Winter in Bozeman doesn’t have to bring an end to the hiking season. Getting out into the wilderness this time of year is magical, and it’s as simple as strapping on a pair of snowshoes! Finding the right snowshoe isn’t difficult, but it’s worth thinking carefully about your goals and ability, then spending time finding the right style.