Heart of the Big Sky
Bozeman Montana is one of the most diverse towns in the Rocky Mountain West. Bozeman is blessed with a solid variety of ranchers, professors, ski enthusiasts, artists and entrepreneurs; all drawn to this beautiful city by the 5 star outdoor recreations, the MSU Bobcat spirit, and a healthy dose of warm hospitality. It’s hard to describe Bozeman to someone who’s never been and put in perspective all the glorious perks the city has to offer. Literally, hundreds of opportunities are knocking out your back door here in Bozeman; there is truly something for everyone.
Just a short drive from Bozeman you will find a world class attraction, the fantastic Yellowstone National Park, which lures millions of people to it each year. Established in 1872 and well known for the famous, iconic geyser, Old Faithful, Yellowstone offers a wide variety of activity for any outdoor enthusiast. From fishing for trout on the Madison River to biking down the abandoned railroad bed tat winds along the Yellowstone River, you can take in the beautiful scenery with a hike on the extensive trail system througoug the entire Park and even backcrountry camp. Yellowstone was the first national park and has set hte standard for the entire national park system. The park stretches miles across Wyoming, Idaho and Montana. Because of the magnitude and diversity of the park, it really requires several visits to really appreciate all it has to offer.
If it’s not geothermal activity and outdoor adventures that whet your appetite, perhaps you lean more toward winter recreation. Bozeman is surrounded by three stellar ski hill attractions, Big Sky, Moonlight, and Bridger Bowl.
Big Sky resort offers a tasteful amount of summer and winter activities, truly a year round play ground for any outdoor recreationalist. Big Sky recently partnered with Moonlight basin in 2005 to offer a common lift ticket known as the Biggest Skiing in America Ticket. This access to both resorts and to over 1500 acres of extraordinary ski terrain. Both Moonlight and Big Sky offer more than just skiing. You can also enjoy shopping, restaurants, and a lovely lodge at both resorts.
If you travel more toward the east of Bozeman, you will find Bridger Bowl, a cornerstone to Bozeman’s recreational community and a major contributor to the area’s vibrant winter tourism economy. Bridger Bowl’s mission statement says it all, “To plan, develop and maintain facilities and services in a financially sound manner which provides the best possible skiing experience at a reasonable cost to local, regional and destination skiers.” The outstanding effort and supports of local volunteers, association and board members, businesses, staff, and dedicated pass holders over the past 50 years have enabled Bridger Bowl to become a well known Bozeman icon. This is a must visit destination here in the Bozeman area.
Bozeman is located in the Gallatin Valley which is also home to a few other towns that may peak your interest. If you hop on to I-90 and head west you will come across some fascinating towns like Belgrade, Manhattan and Three Forks.
Belgrade offers an excellent environment for business, family, and recreation. Belgrade has a fine mix of residential and commercial development. Belgrade is extremely proud of its schools and facilities including a beautiful special events center where numerous sporting events are held. Belgrade is a great “hometown” environment along with friendly people and small town flavor!
Manhattan offers a fun family oriented event in August called the Potato Festival where you can head over and check out a car show, a fun parade, and great shopping from vendors that come from everywhere in the U.S. Manhattan is also famous for being the home of the delicious Sir Scotts Oasis; stop in and get a taste of great dining!
Three Forks is well known for its iconic location next to the headwaters. This is also where fun concerts like Rockin’ the Rivers and Country Jam are held. Three Forks offers a variety of shopping and fun events like the annual horse drive and rodeo.
There is so much to be offered here in the Gallatin Valley with an abundance of opportunities.