The home of Montana State
University, Bozeman is one of the most pleasant towns
in the West as well as the gateway to the northwest
part of Yellowstone National Park. Bozeman is the
starting point of the Gallatin River Drive -- the
exceptionally scenic road which leads to West
Yellowstone and Yellowstone.
The city is situated at just over 4,700 feet and is
surrounded by mountain ranges: The Bridger Range to the
east, the Big Belt Mountains to the north, the Tobacco Roots to the west and the Gallatin
Range to the south. The city sits at the northern end
of the Gallatin River Canyon, the scene of some of the
best fishing in the state. The river canyon runs south and is the gateway to Yellowstone National Parkat Gardiner.
What to See & Do
Montana State University is known for its
agricultural programs and research. Its main attraction
to visitors is the Museum of the Rockies which was
expanded in 1989 and has exhibits featuring fossils,
Western art and Native artifacts. It also contains a
dinosaur exhibit and a new planetarium. Summer in Bozeman
offers a walking tour of the historic districts in the
downtown area and the adjacent South Willson
district of historic homes -- 48 houses including
large mansions and little Victorian homes dating back as
far as 1883. This area is particularly beautiful in the
winter, when the Christmas Stroll is held.
Bozeman Hot Springs is southeast of town, with
a campground and RV park nearby. Big Sky, the ski
and summer resort, is farther south along our scenic
drive on the way to Yellowstone. During summer months,
the Big Sky gondola takes visitors to the top of the ski
hill with fine views of the Gallatin Mountains. Gallatin
River rafting is also available at Big Sky village. The
are golf courses in Bozeman and at Big Sky.
There is skiing, as well, at Bridger Bowl, just
northwest of Bozeman. The base lodge has a bar and grill
and Cross-Country skiing with 30 kilometers of trails
available at the Bohart Ranch, next to Bridger
In summer, Bozeman is the scene of Shakespeare In
The Parks and evening concerts by the municipal
concert band and the Bozeman Symphony. Hyalite
Canyon is the site of a scenic park, accessed via
South 19th Avenue, with nature trails, waterfalls,
fishing, picnicking and a campground. The Gallatin
Gateway Inn, in the village south of town on the way
to Yellowstone, is a mission-style historic lodge built
for railway travelers to the park by the Chicago,
Milwaukee & St. Paul Railroad.
The fishing just south of Bozeman, in the Gallatin,
Yellowstone and Madison rivers is world renowned. Missouri Headwaters State Park is at the
confluence of the Madison and Gallatin rivers, offering
fine fishing, picnicking and trails.
Here are three places to stay that have some Montana
Gallatin River Lodge & Grill
Thorpe Road, 406-388-6766 or toll-free at 888-387-0148
This popular hotel is lis a
historic hotel with a noted dining room and year-round
accommodations. It's located in the small community of
Gallatin Gateway, a few minutes' drive from Bozeman (on
the road to Yellowstone). Rooms feature king or queen
beds. The dining room is one of the best in the region
and features steaks and chops, seafood dishes and game.
Fox Hollow Bed & Breakfast
This fine bed and breakfast home is situated in a green meadow,
5.5 miles from downtown Bozeman. With five rooms in
a beautiful country setting, the B&B serves a full
Also, Bozeman has a good number of chain motels motor
lodges and suites hotels..
Bear Canyon Campground
4000 Bozeman Trail Road 406-587-1575.
Located about 4 miles east of town off I-90 (Exit 313),
this campground features a playground, swimming pool and
all services for tent and RV sites. Open May through
Bozeman Hot Springs KOA
81123 Gallatin Road, Bozeman, 406-587-3030
For hot springs enthusiasts, take Highway 84 seven miles
west, then US 191 3/4 mile south. There's a public golf course nearby. The park has
full RV hook-ups and a playground, WiFi, Cable TV and fishing, and is open year-round except that in the fall of 2014 it will close for the season on September 24th for construction of new facilities and improvements.