Wondering what to do in Bozeman?
Bozeman, Montana, provides the perfect backdrop for an ideal mountain getaway, blessed with enticing vistas, flowing rivers, and endless Montana culture.
Our dynamic community boasts a thriving art scene, diverse history, bustling restaurants, and
abundant outdoor recreation.
While there are unlimited entertainment and recreation opportunities in our valley, here are ten
of our recommendations of things to do in Bozeman, Montana.
Local trails and views
The "M" trail and Drinking Horse Mountain
You can't miss the prominent white "M" visual at the mouth of Bridger Canyon on the northeast side of town; the College "M" Trail is one of the most prevalent hiking trails in Bozeman. The large "M" on the mountainside symbolizes Montana State University. This hike is a local favorite due to easy access, relative ease, and stunning valley views.
Don't miss the Drinking Horse Mountain Trail directly across from the "M"; this hike offers two routes to the top, where you are privy to beautiful views of the Bridger Valley range and Gallatin Valley.
The Hyalite drainage is nestled between Gallatin Canyon and Paradise Valley in the Gallatin National Forest, an enjoyable half-hour drive south of downtown Bozeman.
With spectacular mountain vistas and Hyalite Reservoir as a backdrop, the stage is set for a
plentiful offering of hikes in the Hyalite area. Challenge yourself with more robust trails that head
up soaring, rugged peaks, or appreciate more temperate and handicapped-accessible trails that
lead to panoramic viewpoints.
Are you chasing waterfalls? While Hyalite Canyon is home to eight waterfalls, we recommend
two fan favorites; Palisade Falls and Grotto Falls. Enjoy a casual stroll among the trees and
streams, and relish in the shady approach to these beautiful natural cascades.
Montana history and arts
Gallatin History Museum
The Gallatin History Museum is located in a building that once served as the Gallatin Country Jail. The establishment was built in 1911 and is noted on the list of National Historic places.
Prominent residents of Montana State own most of the exhibits, which are devoted to Native American and Gallatin Valley history. The Gallatin Historical Society maintains the museum; visitors can explore not-so-typical exhibits during a tour of the ages. For example, take a time out in one of the historic jail cells or gallows reminiscent of vintage Montana outlaw days or review over 20,000 digitized photos that offer a glimpse into Montana heritage.
Other permanent exhibits include the notorious Big Horn Gun, a replica pioneer cabin, presentations on women, agriculture, music, and the chronology of the jail.
Museum of the Rockies
Located at Montana State University, the Museum of the Rockies is a Smithsonian Affiliate, acknowledged as one of the world's best research and history museums. It is well-known for an expansive display of dinosaur fossils, including a T. rex skeleton. In addition, MOR captivates visitors with varying exhibits, permanent indoor and outdoor regional history displays, planetarium shows, educational programs, insightful lectures, benefit events, and a museum store.
Emerson Center for the Arts & Culture
Located in the heart of downtown Bozeman, the Emerson Center for the Arts & Culture offers an abundance of opportunities for the creative at heart! Visitors can delight in wandering through studios and sales galleries and grabbing a bite at Sidewall Pizza Company. If you are in town for an extended stay or plan to relocate to Bozeman, sign up for an art class or appreciate the many events offered throughout the year. Don't miss this fantastic hub of arts, culture, and community!
Amusement and entertainment for families
If your family enjoys the outdoors, there are many areas to absorb yourself in the wild. But, if you're looking for a couple of indoor and outdoor highlights, these are three easy-access spots for families visiting (or living in) Gallatin Valley.
Dinosaur Park/Gallatin Regional Park
This is a local family favorite of Bozeman. The dinosaur playground is home to delightful dinosaur statues that entice children's imaginations. In addition, the playground presents safe entertainment for kids of all ages; swings, slides, dino-dig sandboxes, rock climbing structures, and labyrinths. The Dinosaur Park is just one of the engaging outdoor amenities offered at the Gallatin Regional Park; plan an afternoon excursion to see it yourself!
Montana Science Center
Kids love this place! For the past 20 years, the Montana Science Center (formerly known as the Children’s Museum of Bozeman), children have been invited to explore and discover the world through interactive architecture, nature, and physics exhibits.
When in Montana, one might like to fish; your little ones can cast a line and learn about native Montana fish, while also getting a close-up view of the 125-gallon aquarium. Need to know about rocks and fossils? Learn through the augmented reality sandbox and fossil display. Don’t miss this family-friendly attraction!
Bozeman Hot Springs
Simply ahhhmazing, the Bozeman Hot Springs offers relaxation and entertainment while enjoying a number of natural hot spring pools!
From the folks at Bozeman Hot Springs:
“For over 100 years, visitors have come to relax and rejuvenate in these natural hot springs. A
small pool enjoyed only by a few in the late 1800’s, has evolved into a destination for area
residents and tourists seeking a unique Montana experience with friends and family.”
Need we say more? This is a perfect destination after a day of hiking, fishing, or rafting.
Abundant dog-friendly spaces
Bozeman is known as a dog-friendly community, offering biscuits and fresh water outside many of the downtown Bozeman storefronts. If you desire some space for your fur baby to roam and run, consider Snowfill Park, Bozeman's designated off-leash dog park. Two miles of trails, dog-proof fencing, and a water pump to quench your dog's thirst make this a wonderful place for your pup to stretch its legs!
Lewis and Bark Park
Who says Bozemanites aren't clever; the name of this fun-filled dog park is solid gold! The Lewis and Bark Park boasts plenty of room for your dog to roam in a fenced and enclosed area and provides a shaded pavilion. If large dogs make you and your small dog nervous, enjoy the separate enclosure for a more confined experience.
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