The Bozeman area offers unlimited recreational activities, especially for those who thrive in the great outdoors. Surrounded by four mountain ranges and thousands of acres of national forest, outdoor enthusiasts can rely on Bozeman to be the hub for unrivaled skiing, fly fishing, camping, hiking, hunting, golfing, and a multitude of other outdoor sports. For those harboring a passion for world-class sightseeing, Yellowstone National Park is just 50 miles south and contains many scenic natural wonders from geysers to buffalo to pristine lakes.
Bozeman Skiing (alping and Nordic)
For most, skiing in Bozeman isn’t just a hobby, it’s a lifestyle. Bridger Bowl is located just 16 miles north of Bozeman, and when the blue strobe light that sits on top of the Historic Baxter Hotel flashes, Bozeman’s resident skiers rejoice. The glimmer of the infamous “Blue Light” means Bridger Bowl received 2" or more of new snow in the past 24 hours. And Bridger isn’t the only resort within driving distance. Montana is brimming with ski resorts that boast a variety of terrains. So load up on gear at the local Roundhouse, and see why Bozeman is recognized by National Geographic as one of the top 25 ski towns.
Bozeman Fly Fishing
Fly fishing in Montana gained popularity in the 90s with the release of the movie “A River Runs Through It," directed by Robert Redford. But fishing in the Gallatin River near Bozeman, as well as in the proximate Madison River, Jefferson River, Yellowstone River and headwaters of the Missouri River, is world-class and has been a Montana obsession for generations. Bozeman’s fishing opportunities are seemingly endless, and Bozeman offers a melange of excellent, local fly fishing shops that provide classes and guided trips:
Camping in Bozeman’s tranquil surrounding areas is one of the ways locals take advantage of the amazing Montana summers. Whether the objective is to wake up next to tomorrow’s fishing spot or to simply “get away from it all,” the Bozeman area offers many established and, for the more adventurous, non-established camping areas. Bozeman’s local REI is equipped to outfit campers with all their gear needs.
Many Bozemanites take advantage of the fleeting, but gorgeous summer months by hiking the Bozeman trails. There is a plethora of hiking destinations that accommodate both novice and experienced hikers, including Palisade Falls, Lava Lake, and hiking the “M,” a Bozeman tradition dating back to 1915 when Montana State University students first decorated the side of the Bridger Mountains with the iconic letter. Visit Bozeman’s local recreational outfitting store to stock up on quality hiking gear.
Bozeman boasts five golf courses, all within a short distance of the city center. There is a course to cater to every desire and skill level, and the gorgeous mountain views from each can’t be beat.
For additional current information on activities in and around the Bozeman, visit our online magazine Outside Bozeman.