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.
Exploring Bozeman’s great outdoors can feel larger than life. Breathtaking scenery, adrenaline-pumping adventure, and the calming, serene effects of nature. Experiences range from simple to extreme; short day trips to multi-day, backcountry excursions. And whether you are new to the sport, or a seasoned participant, there are advantages to hiring an outfitter and going with a guide.
If you ask a local what their favorite season is, there's a good chance the answer will be autumn. While this season doesn't have the frenetic pace of summer fun or the thrill of winter recreation, it provides some space between the two seasons, a little pause, of sorts—a moment to appreciate a slower pace of life and all the beauty of Bozeman.
It’s true, girls do love to have fun and Bozeman is the perfect place to combine outdoor adventure with a little rest and relaxation. Choose to dine at our fabulous local restaurants or get outside and explore the mountains. Build your trip around some of our suggestions based on the number of days you'll visit--or try them all! You won't be disappointed. Here are a few ideas for a girls night or weekend away in Bozeman, Montana.
Around Bozeman, you’ll find more than a few fly fishing women on the river with fly rod in hand—for good reason. Fishing lies somewhere between rock and roll and Zen. I love how my mind lazily pushes away the daily grind, as I precisely lay my line and watch for the nibble, or rise to the fly. For me, it’s the peaceful sound of the river, the relaxing cadence of a cast, and the adrenaline thrill of landing a fish on a fly-line.
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We get it—fishing the Gallatin Valley can feel a little overwhelming. With winding river miles stretching off into the sunset, a vital and thriving community of anglers, and more rivers than many people know what to do with, it can be an intimidating place to cast. Fortunately, that very community of fish-fiends has put together plentiful resources for any angler, from first-cast to seasoned-pro. Here are a few of our favorite fishing reports from outfitters and outlets alike.
Let’s raise a glass to locally distilled spirits! These Bozeman favorites for a little bit of firewater are must-stops for anyone who loves a good cocktail—especially if it’s infused with Big Sky flavor. We want to thank Bozeman Spirits, Wildrye, and Dry Hills, especially for helping while we have been sheltering and low on key things to keep us safe. All three of these local greats have stepped up during COVID to make hand sanitizer that you can buy directly from them. In lieu of the uptick in demand, you can sanitize local and get a genuine Montana product.
There's a reason why Hyalite Recreation Area is one of the most popular summer attractions in Bozeman. Whether you plan to spend an hour relaxing, a day adventuring, or a week camping, it really has it all. From the large body of water to the numerous trails and everything in between, locals and visitors get a complete outdoor experience. Here is a list of five things to do in Hyalite Recreation Area for every activity level.
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.