We get it, you came to Bozeman to enjoy the outdoors. You were so excited to hike, fish, mountain bike, rock climb, whitewater raft, and explore, but it's raining. Though rainy days in Bozeman aren't the regular, with over 300 days of sunshine, they do happen. When they do, you don't have to sit inside, just waiting for it to stop. So, we put together a list of ideas, activities, and places to visit to keep you busy when the sun isn't shining. Enjoy!
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.
Mountaineering is not for the faint of heart, particularly ice climbing. Imagine crawling up sheer ice at the mercy of an ice pick and crampons to get you there. There are no holds in this type of climbing, meaning there are no temporary places to cling, grip, press, or stand. Ice climbers have to be limber and incredibly strong to keep tension throughout their bodies to keep the pressure on the pick, which is the only thing holding them on the ice.
Just a few dozen thru-hikers complete the 3,100 miles of the Continental Divide Trail (CDT) each year. The elevations can be grueling, but the scenery is a spectacular reward. Eight hundred miles of the trail meander through Montana, with several sections near Bozeman. For those who want a taste of the trail without a six-month commitment; shorter backpacking trips are easy to put together. Situated between sections, Bozeman is a great place to basecamp in between trips!
The Bozeman Ice Climbing Festival is an annual get together of the outdoor community in one of its epicenters of winter sports, Bozeman, Montana. Now in its 22nd year, the ice festival combines nightly events in-town with amazing climbing nearby in Hyalite Canyon throughout December 5th-9th.