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Bozeman is a city in Montana's Yellowstone Country. Set right in the middle of the Rocky Mountains, this college town is a place for experiencing the great outdoors around the year, and for those days the weather makes you want to stay indoors there are a number of museums and galleries to explore.


Bozeman is a picturesque city in Gallatin County, Montana. It is the largest city in Gallatin County and is the county seat. Bozeman residents are known as Bozemanites.

With a population of 37,280 at the 2010 census, Bozeman is the fourth largest city in the state. The city is named after John M. Bozeman, founder of the Bozeman Trail. Located in the fastest-growing county in the state, Bozeman is an All-America City (awarded in 2001). In 2003 Bozeman was ranked #5 of the 40 Best College Towns in the USA by Outside Magazine. The American Cities Business Journal ranked Bozeman as the #1 Small Business Market among cities of comparable population sizes (awarded in 2005).

Bozeman is home to Montana State University. The population of the city nearly doubles during school semesters. Lodging may be difficult to find at the beginning of the school year, graduation and any time the Bobcats have a home football game.

Bozeman sees a steady stream of visitors for its outdoor activities—not just hiking, kayaking, and mountain climbing, but also winter sports like skiing and snowboarding, popular among locals and students as well as travellers. In fact, Bozeman once expressed interest in hosting the 2026 Winter Olympics.

One of the inspirations and main themes for the writing of the 1974 best-selling book Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance was a road trip by motorcycle, from Minneapolis to San Francisco with a stopover at Bozeman, described with considerable detail by the author Robert Maynard Pirsig with his son Chris.

  • Bozeman District forest service office: 3710 Fallon St., Suite C, +1 406 522-2520


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Bozeman is one of the wettest cities in Montana, averaging 17.3 in (440 mm) of precipitation annually. Mild springs and falls are punctuated by cold, snowy winters and relatively warm summers.


Bozeman is in south central Montana at an elevation of 4,795 ft (1,462 m). It is an Intermountain Grassland habitat, bordered closely by Montane Forest habitat. Bozeman is bordered on three sides by mountain ranges (Bridger, Gallatin, and Tobacco Root) making up the northern Rockies. To the south, you'll find Yellowstone National Park as well as Gallatin National Forest.

Bozeman's geographical location combined with its climate make for a lush, agriculturally rich and diverse location. Its close proximity to the mountains and forest lands creates a plethora of outdoor activities year-round.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

1 Bozeman Yellowstone Airport. Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport (Q915657) on Wikidata Bozeman_Yellowstone_International_Airport on Wikipedia (BZN IATA) is in Belgrade 8 mi (13 km) northwest of Bozeman and is accessed via Airway Blvd from I-90 or Frontage Rd (which runs parallel to I-90). This airport is the nearest commercial airport for year round commercial air service to two Yellowstone National Park entrances, Bridger Bowl Ski Area, Big Sky Ski Resort, Montana State University, and countless other recreational sites and business destinations in and around Bozemen, Belgrade, and Livingston, MT. The following airlines offer year round service from:

The following airlines come seasonally or part of the year:

There are taxis, rideshare and hotel shuttles to bring you into town locally and long shuttles and buses for onward transport to Yellowstone, West Yellowstone, Big Sky and/or other places in and around southwestern Montana. There are also car rental available from the airport which is the preferred method for greater flexibility in getting around the Big Sky country. See this Link for a list of providers.

By car[edit]

There are three exits from Interstate 90 (I-90), the N. 19th exit (Exit #305), the N. 7th exit (Exit #306), and E. Main/Frontage Rd (Exit #309). The N. 19th exit, an endless expanse of chain stores and strip development, is furthest from downtown. The N. 7th exit is closer to downtown and has a wider selection of restaurants and hotels, but, though better than 19th St, still is not a pedestrian-friendly area. Many independent motels lie on E. Main St. within walking distance of downtown, which features a wide array of shopping and dining (almost entirely local independent businesses).

Bozeman is 87 mi (140 km) east of Butte, Montana via I-90, 143 mi (230 km) west of Billings, Montana. Yellowstone National Park is approximately 90 mi (140 km) south via US Hwy 89, or US Hwy 191. US Hwy 191 passes through downtown (east-west) as Main St.

By bus[edit]

The south parking lot of 2 Walmart Supercenter, at 1500 N 7th St serves as a de facto bus station for the local Stream Line "Blue Line" bus and the following companies:

  • Jefferson Lines, (Bus Stop) Walmart Supercenter @ 1500 N 7th St (Bus stop located outside the Outdoor Living (Home & Garden) entrance at the south side of the building facing W Oak St.), +1 612 499-3468, toll-free: +1-800-451-5333. Daily noon to 5PM. Travels primarily on Interstate 90 between Missoula and Billings (via Butte, Belgrade/Bozeman and Livingston). Passengers transfer in Billings and Missoula to get to additional destinations. Tickets are sold at this Walmart Supercenter location.
  • Skyline Bus, (Bus Stop) Walmart Supercenter @ 1500 N 7th St (Bus stop located outside the Outdoor Living (Home & Garden) entrance at the south side of the building facing W Oak St.), +1 406 995-6287. They offer daily services to Moonlight Lodge in Big Sky. Additional stops in town are at Roskie Hall at Montana State University (MSU); Along Technology Blvd behind Kohl's (981 S 29th); and at Cardinal Distributing Co in Four Corners.

The bus stops are located outside the south Outdoor Living (Home Garden) doors of the Walmart Superstore.

Get around[edit]


  • 1 The Bozeman Roundup Ranch Rodeo, Gallatin County Fairgrounds, Anderson Outdoor Arena. Annually in July. The events held at this rodeo depict actual jobs the working cowboys of today may perform on the ranch


Adult Triceratops skull in Museum of the Rockies
  • 2 American Computer & Robotics Museum, 2023 Stadium Dr, Suite 1-A, +1 406 582-1288. Tu-Su 10AM-4PM year-round. Educational and slightly quirky, if you have even a passing interest in computers or computing, this should be a must-see. Highlighting everything from the abacus to the laptop as well as video gaming systems, The American Computer Museum is dedicated to chronicling the evolution of computer technology. $8.50 for adults, $5.00 for children.. American Computer Museum (Q4743510) on Wikidata American Computer & Robotics Museum on Wikipedia
  • 3 Children's Museum of Bozeman, 202 S Willson Ave, +1 406 522-9087, . M-Sa 10AM-5PM. Ideal for children from toddlers to later elementary school, the Children's Museum emphasizes hand-on activities, learning, and play. Don't be surprised if you start having as much fun as your little ones. $5.
  • 4 Gallatin History Museum, 317 W Main St, +1 406 522-8122, . Tu–Sa 11AM–4PM. Run by the Gallatin Historical Society, the Gallatin History Museum chronicles the history of Gallatin County. The museum is located in the historic former county jailhouse building. $5, children 12 and under free.
  • 5 The Museum of the Rockies, 600 W Kagy Blvd, +1 406 994-2251, . This is a resource that documents the changes that the Rockies have undergone, and has a mission to preserve the Rockies' unique place in American history and westward travel. With over 300,000 artifacts, this museum is affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution, and is a center of natural history and anthropology. It is known for its extensive fossil collection. Museum of the Rockies (Q1628366) on Wikidata Museum of the Rockies on Wikipedia
  • 6 The Pioneer Museum, 317 W Main St, Bozeman, +1 406 522-8122. Summer: M-Sa 10AM-5PM; winter: Tu-Sa 11AM-4PM. Run by the Gallatin Historical Society, the Pioneer Museum chronicles the history of Bozeman and the Gallatin Valley. The museum is located in the former county jailhouse building, which is itself recognized as an historical structure. $5 adults, children 12 and under free. Research Center admission is free.


  • 7 Altitude Gallery, 134 E Main St (historic district), +1 406 582-4472. M–Sa 10AM–6PM, Su 10AM–4PM. A contemporary art gallery exhibiting blown glass, pottery, jewelry, etc.
  • 8 Eli Ridgway Gallery, 802 N. Wallace Ave, Suite B, +1 406 233 9657, . 10AM - 5PM Wednesday through Saturday. Contemporary art gallery in the northeast neighborhood that features works by local, national, and international artists.
  • 9 Emerson Center for the Arts and Culture, 111 S Grand Ave, +1 406 587-9797, . The cultural hub of southwest Montana. The Center for the Arts and Cultures has many ongoing programs and annual events as well as a full host of special offerings such as art exhibits, classes, concerts, and more. Be sure to check their website for events that will take place during your visit. Emerson Center is located in a former (1918) school building that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This is also the home to the Jessie Wilber Gallery, which has been voted Best Gallery in Bozeman twice by residents.
  • 10 Planet Bronze Art Gallery, 905 N 5th Ave, +1 406 585-0050. M-F 10AM-5PM, Sa 11AM-5PM. Featuring the incredible bronze sculptures of Dennis Harrington, this gallery is a must for anyone interested in bronze works. You can find more than just sculptures here too, as the gallery features the works of around 20 additional artists.


The Gallatin River between Bozeman and Big Sky
  • 11 Gallatin River. The Gallatin River offers a tremendous amount of water sport opportunities, including rafting at varying skill levels. The river is also known for its scenic beauty and serenity. Gallatin River (Q1325962) on Wikidata Gallatin River on Wikipedia
  • 12 Lee Metcalf Wilderness Area, +1 406 683-3900. 254,635 acres (103,047 hectares) protected wilderness area south of Bozeman. Hiking access to Bear Trap Canyon is from the north end of the canyon only. To reach the trailhead, follow State Highway 84 west from Bozeman. Just before the highway crosses the Madison River, and directly across from the Red Mountain Campground, a gravel road intersects the highway on the left and leads upstream on the east side of the river to the trailhead. Lee Metcalf Wilderness (Q6514538) on Wikidata Lee Metcalf Wilderness on Wikipedia


Montana State's football stadium
  • 1 Bozeman Hot Springs & Fitness Center, 81123 Gallatin Rd (on US 191), +1 406 522-9563, . Hours vary by season. Natural hot springs. 9 pools with temperatures ranging from 59 to 106 degrees and both dry and wet saunas $21 adult, $17 ages 5-13, senior/military discounts; lower prices on weekdays.
  • 2 Bozeman Icedogs, 901 N Black Ave, . See website for current season schedule. Enjoy an ice-hockey game at the Haynes Pavilion. The Icedogs play in the North American Tier III hockey league. $10 adults, $8 senior/military, $5 student. Bozeman Icedogs (Q4952824) on Wikidata Bozeman Icedogs on Wikipedia
  • 3 Fish Technology Center, 4050 Bridger Canyon Rd, +1 406 587-9265. M-F 8:30AM-4PM. Operated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, visitors to the Fish Technology Center are welcome to learn about and observe some of the ongoing research in the health, nutrition, reproduction and management of fish in hatcheries and the wild. In addition to these attractions, the center also houses several types of threatened fish species, such as the pallid sturgeon. Additional activities include walking and hiking trails (including Bozeman's "M" trail), picnic areas, and fish feeding ponds. Bozeman National Fish Hatchery (Q4952825) on Wikidata Bozeman National Fish Hatchery on Wikipedia
  • 4 Gallatin River Lodge, 9105 Thorpe Rd, toll-free: +1-888-387-0148.
  • 5 Montana State Football, Bobcat Stadium. Check out the annual game against in-state rival "University of Montana" commonly known as the "cats-griz" game. Montana State Bobcats football (Q16969880) on Wikidata Montana State Bobcats football on Wikipedia
  • 6 Montana Whitewater Rafting and Zipline, 1110 W Main, +1 406 763-4465. Late spring to early fall. Adventure activity packages. Also has tube float and fishing packages. Shuttle pick up from multiple locations.
  • 7 Rose Park Disc Golf Course, 2420 Tschache Ln, +1 406 582-2290. Very basic 14 hole course. As the only course in town, it is a decent place to play. Free.
  • Skiing. Bozeman works as a launching point for visiting Big Sky, a ranch-turned-ski-resort that's growing in popularity but still not too crowded, or Bridger Bowl Ski Area, which MSU students have been known to call "Bridger Bowl University" because they spend so much time there.
  • The annual Sweet Pea Festival is usually held the first weekend of August. Activities include music, dance, theater, comedy, food, and art exhibitions. The festival always starts with a parade on the Friday before. Festival regulars include Shakespeare in the Parks, children's woodworking, Verge Theatre, and the Bozeman Chord Rustlers' tater pigs.


  • 1 Bridger Brewing, 1609 S 11th Ave, +1 406 587-2124. Every day from 11AM-9PM, last call at 8PM. Extremely good pizza with a nice selection of craft and in-house beers on tap. Has balcony seating area (not recommended in the winter) and a bar. Live music sometimes as well.
  • 2 Cateye Cafe, 23 N Tracy Ave (Fun looking building, impossible to miss.), +1 406 587-8844. Breakfast served M-F 7AM-2:30PM & Sa Su 7AM-2PM; Lunch served M-F 11AM-2:30PM. Everything is homemade, and has atmosphere to spare. Advertises "50 cents off to anyone who wears their own Cateye glasses throughout their entire meal. No lenses required. Add a cowboy hat for 50 more cents."
  • 3 Dave's Sushi, 115 N Bozeman Ave, +1 406 556 1351. Su-Th 11AM-9:30PM; F Sa 11AM-10PM. Quite honestly a fantastic meal, even for Bozeman. Would stand on its own as a sushi restaurant even in a larger city with more options. Outdoor seating area is extremely pleasant, but beware; certain seasons can see petals falling from the tree overhead onto your table. While atmospheric and deeply calming, best keep a napkin on your glass of water if you dislike flower water.
  • 4 Montana Ale Works, 611 E Main St, +1 406 587-7700. M-Th Su 4PM-midnight; F Sa 4PM-1AM. Microbrewery and pub house with a varied menu. Prices are reasonable, portions are generous, and the ambiance is casual grill house. Can be busy, especially on weekends. Reservations are encouraged.
  • 5 The Pickle Barrel, 809 W College (just off the northwest corner of MSU campus out back of the big ugly pink building), +1 406 587 2411. Daily 10:30AM-10PM. Serves very tasty, fresh sub sandwiches. Bread made in house, and surprisingly good. Next door is their ice cream shop serving the local Wilcoxson's; this portion is mostly barren of ice cream patrons in the winter, and instead serves as indoor seating, as there is only a single bench in the shop proper. There are also a few tables and chairs outside during the summer. Delivery is available. $9.50 per half sandwich, but since their half sandwich is approximately the size of a full sandwich at most other shops, a single is very often too much to eat in a sitting, and definitely worth it. Also, think of all the college educations you are funding.
  • 6 Whistle Pig Korean, 25 N Willson Ave, +1 406 404 1224. Tu-F 11AM-9PM, Sa noon-9PM. Casual with variety of good Korean. Has vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options available. Nice owners, you're very likely to see either of them there.


The "Barmuda Triangle" consisted of three dive bars arranged around a back lot between Main Street and Babcock at 8th Ave. The Scoop faced Main Street and must have been one of the oldest bars in town with a few pool tables, a few slot machines and TVs for the game. Now there's just The Haufbrau, equally as old - if not older - offering a small stage for locals and even a few out-of-towners to dish out their songcraft with anything from saws to buckets to fiddles or guitars. Great, friendly crowd unless you arrive before the local rednecks get sloshed. And The Molly Brown, the biggest of these three, with a pool hall, poker tables and a couple rows of slot machines. Montana being one of those rare states that allows machine gambling, you might as well try your hand while passing through. A quick fifteen bucks would not be unheard of, but a vanished fifty is far more likely. All three of these bars are of eclectic crowd; college students, Montana hippies, construction workers, out-of-work ranchers, divorcees, and that one guy who operates under the illusion that cowboys still exist.

  • 1 406 Brewing, 101 East Oak, Suite D, +1 406 585-3745, . Daily noon to 8PM. Local brewery. An ever-changing mix of mostly British and American ales and lagers.
  • 2 Bozeman Brewing Company, 504 N. Broadway, +1 406 585-9142. Tasting room: daily 2-8PM. A locally based brewer with a fine selection of seasonal and standard craft beers.
  • 3 Bridger Brewing, 1609 S 11th Ave, +1 406 587-2124. 11:30AM-8:30PM daily. Craft beers locally brewed. 10 flagship beers with variety of rotating selections. They have expanded across Montana with canned beer, so you can enjoy these brews wherever you end up.
  • 4 The Haufbrau, 22 S 8th Ave, +1 406 587-4931.
  • 5 The Molly Brown, 703 W Babcock St, +1 406 522-7362.
  • 6 Mountains Walking, 422 N Plum Ave, +1 406 219-3480, . 11:30AM-8PM daily. Locally made beer. Brewer is "interested in beers made with living cultures that have naturally lower alcohol and sugar levels" leading to an eclectic range of beers on tap.


The Lewis & Clark Motel, a classic motel popular with Bozeman's tourists.
  • 1 C'mon Inn, 6139 E Valley Center Rd, toll-free: +1-866-782-2717.
  • 2 Covered Wagon Ranch, 34035 Gallatin Rd, Gallatin Gateway (3 miles from the northwest corner of Yellowstone National Park on Route 191, in the Gallatin National Forest, at the confluence of the Taylor's Fork and Gallatin Rivers), toll-free: +1-800-995-4237. One of the oldest continuously operating guest ranches in this canyon. Here you will stay in historic log cabins with their original 1920s charm with wood-burning stoves, rustic wood furniture and private baths. Three-night stay $375-910, seven-night stay $1,015-1,950.
  • 3 Holiday Inn Express & Suites Bozeman West, 2305 Catron St, +1 406 582-4995. Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 11AM.
  • 4 Howlers Inn B&B and Wolf Sanctuary, 3185 Jackson Creek Rd (Exit 319, head north 3 miles), toll-free: +1-888-469-5377. Check-in: 4PM, check-out: 11AM. Near Bozeman, a true log home B&B with an on-site wolf sanctuary that is home to eight wolves. Each room has a private bath and all have mountain views. Two rooms overlook the wolf enclosures, so guests can enjoy a wolf serenade by moonlight. The amenities include a rec room with pool table, large screen TV, air hockey and workout area. There is also an indoor hot tub (winter months) and a sauna. This inn welcomes children of all ages. $105-195.
  • 5 Lewis & Clark Motel, 824 W Main St, +1 406 586-3341, toll-free: +1-800-332-7666, .
  • 6 Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham, 612 Nikles Dr, +1 406 586-3797.
  • 7 Sapphire Inn, 310 N 7th Ave, +1 406-587-3103. Motel rooms include: microwave, coffeemaker, refrigerator, and cable TV. Wireless internet, a continental breakfast, and on-site laundry facilities are available. Rooms are clean, efficient and simply perfect for any type of stay.

Go next[edit]

  • Big Sky — a nearby ranch turned resort with mountain activities like skiing and snowboarding.
  • Yellowstone National Park — the world's first national park, full of incredible wildlife, famous geysers, and natural beauty.
Routes through Bozeman
ButteBelgrade  W  E  LivingstonBillings
Yellowstone N.P.Big Sky  S  N  LivingstonLewistown

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