Bozeman, Montana Guide
Tori Detrick, a Homeaway staffer, tells us why Bozeman is a recommended holiday destination
One of my favorite destinations is Bozeman, Montana. It is located in the southwest corner of the state and has a population ~38,000. This small quaint college town is home to Montana State University and offers visitors a chance to really get-a-way and an opportunity to explore many outdoor activities including: fly fishing, skiing or snowboarding, hiking, rock climbing, floating, cross-country skiing, biking, horseback riding, snowmobiling, and so much more!
One of the absolute best things to do in Bozeman is visit the ‘Boiling River’ in Yellowstone National Park Bozeman is 80 miles from the Gardiner entrance of Yellowstone National Park. This is a scenic drive through Paradise Valley along the Yellowstone River. Once inside the park there is a sign for the ‘Boiling River’ about a mile from the entrance. You can park here and walk the ½ mile trail down to the Gardiner River where a hot springs meets the river creating this perfect river hot tub. You can wade further into the river to enjoy the cool river water or stay near the edge where the hot springs is warmest. Plus, while you’re soaking in the springs you’re bound to see herds of elk or deer roaming the park. If you’re looking for some quick and delicious grub stop by The Yellowstone Pizza Company in Gardiner. If you’re looking for a place to sit down and have a nice dining experience check out The Rib and Chop House in Livingston.
Bozeman is a prime ski destination with three great ski mountains within 45 minutes - Bridger Bowl, Moonlight Basin, and Big Sky Resort. Bridger Bowl is a local’s favorite located only 15 minutes from downtown. Big Sky and Moonlight Basin resorts are both situated on Lone Mountain about 45 minutes away. These two resorts recently announced that Big Sky and The Yellowstone Club will be purchasing Moonlight Basin stating that this acquisition is "the next step in the creation of one of the largest and most compelling mountain resort experiences in North America." Once this deal is completed, Big Sky and Moonlight Basin will create one of the largest ski resorts with 23 chairlifts, 10 surface lifts, and over 4,350 vertical feet…making Bozeman a skier’s paradise.
Bozeman is also surrounded by epic fishing on the Yellowstone, Madison, and Gallatin rivers. Contact Montana Troutfitters to book a half or full day guided floating tour – not only will they outfit you with fly fishing gear, but they have some of the most knowledgeable and best guides.
When you’re not busy exploring the great outdoors, there are some great restaurants to enjoy. For a great sandwich, check out Starkey’s or The Pickle Barrel. Try Blackbird or Emerson Grill for a nice intimate dinner. If you’re looking for a good wine selection swing by Plonk, or for some good craft beer one of the local breweries: 406 Brewing Co., Bozeman Brewing Co., or Bridger Brewing.