Home to MSU, Bozeman is a college town rich with arts, culture, and outdoor recreation opportunities. Big city amenities make Bozeman a great basecamp for visiting Yellowstone National Park.
Why should I visit Bozeman?
The character and charm of this college town are hard to miss. Enjoy a wide variety of restaurants, lodging options, and other traveler services. Bozeman's event calendar is usually filled with community events including live music, theater, farmer's markets, and monthly art walks through downtown. The city offers great access to the hiking trails in the Gallatin and Bridger Mountain Ranges, a number of fantastic fly fishing rivers, and skiing at Bridger Bowl. Bozeman is an ideal basecamp for visiting Yellowstone during the summer winter months.
Where is Bozeman Montana?
Bozeman is located in southwest Montana, just north of Yellowstone National Park. You can access the park via the north entrance (80 miles southeast of Bozeman at Gardiner, Montana) or the west entrance (89 miles south of Bozeman at West Yellowstone, Montana).
What sort of services and amenities does Bozeman offer?
This big city offers many services and amenities. Take your pick from a variety of lodging options including chain hotels and motels, as well as quaint bed and breakfasts and RV parks. Restaurants are plentiful and provide a wide range of cuisines. If you are visiting during the summer, stop by one of the farmer's markets to stock up on fresh fruit and veggies. Downtown Bozeman is lined with boutique shops and galleries.
The Gallatin Field Airport is one of the most widely used airports for visiting Yellowstone. The airport serves major cities regionally and nationally. Car rentals are available at the airport, or you can book a bus ride or tour to access the park.
What can I do or see in Bozeman?
- Visit Yellowstone National Park:
Access the park via the north or west entrances. Take a long day trip or stock up on supplies in Bozeman and spend a few days in the park.
- Ski at Bridger Bowl:
One of the most inexpensive ski areas around, you get a lot of bang for your buck at Bridger Bowl.
- Stop by the Museum of the Rockies:
Explore the world's largest paleontology collection at the Museum of the Rockies, right in Bozeman.
- Hike the M Trail:
Probably the most popular trail in Bozeman, hiking the M Trail isn't for the faint of heart. Once at the M, overlook Bozeman and the surrounding mountains.
- Soak in Norris Hot Springs:
Southwest of Bozeman, Norris Hot Springs are ideal for a fall or winter day. Go on a weekend night to soak and listen to live music.
- Fish the Gallatin River:
Bozeman is known among anglers as a fly fishing mecca.
- Hike, Bike, or Climb in Hyalite Canyon:
Just out of town, hiking and biking trails are fantastic up Hyalite Canyon. In the winter months, watch in awe or partake in a serious ice climbing wall.