There’s a reason you’ve heard of Bozeman. It’s a city that brings together all of the best things in life – access to nearly every outdoor activity imaginable, close proximity to the world’s first national park, a bustling downtown with a surprising range of restaurants and bars, and a welcoming community feel. With so many options, it can be difficult to pick and choose what you spend your precious days visiting doing. It’s a good problem to have, but we’re here to help guide you so you don’t get overwhelmed. When planning your trip, consider these top 10 things to do in Bozeman, Montana.
Rent a bike and head for the hills—the hills at Copper City, that is. This area just west of Bozeman is a great spot to get going with the sport of mountain biking. With trails optimized for pedal power and miles of singletrack to explore, Copper City is worth the drive, especially since its prime location in the shadow of nearby mountains means it's one of the first places to dry out after the snow melts.
When the ski lifts stop turning, outdoor junkies start tuning up their mountain bikes and waiting for the trails to dry out. Surrounded by six mountain ranges, beginning to advanced riders can find adventure in every direction. The rides listed below are all relatively short, but if you’re feeling aggressive enough to carry gear, some have Forest Service Cabins, (reserve early, they are popular!) We’ve provided some general information, but always check a detailed map and trail conditions before heading out, weather changes quickly in Montana!
We love our winters in Bozeman, but once the ski hills close and the snow starts to melt, spring fever sets in and we’re off chasing new activities and adventures. Part of Bozeman’s allure is the combination of outdoor recreation coupled with a cultured and vibrant community. It’s easy to be out in nature for the day and back in time for dinner and a live show! We’ve outlined a few of our favorite local activities, complete with ideas the whole family can enjoy.
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.
Photo by Bozeman Daily Chronicle
Biking is a big deal around Bozeman, and with good reason. It’s easy to commute around town, the mountains are literally in our backyard, and there are endless country roads to pedal. Locals tend to own more than one bike, (you never know what you’ll be in the mood for!). If you’re visiting, pop into one of these Bozeman bike shops and they will give you the low-down on trails, equipment and any other parting words of wisdom as you head out to ride. If you’re looking for company, many shops sponsor group rides, which is a great way to explore!