At the cultural hub of Bozeman is its historic downtown district, located blocks from the MSU campus and is set among the beautiful residential neighborhoods displaying Victorian homes and architecturally-significant commercial and retail buildings.
Bozeman lies in one of the fastest growing areas of Montana. Lying in the beautiful Gallatin Valley, Bozeman has been attracting numerous new residents over the past two decades. People are drawn to Bozeman primarily by its location in this very scenic area of Montana.
The towns location near three major ski areas and its proximity to Yellowstone National Park have combined to make Bozeman a gateway for people moving to Montana. Additionally, Bozeman was also one of the first areas of the state to have a mass of summer homes and trophy homes built in the area.
Of course, Bozeman is much more than summer and trophy homes. Bozeman boasts small town ambience while providing larger city selection and opportunity. Whether you're a fly-fisherman looking for an outfitter, an art critic looking for some great art galleries, shopping for clothes or just in the mood for sampling restaurants, downtown Bozeman is the place to be.
Though fishing in Montana can take on many tactics (such as spin-casting, trolling or the use of bait with the kids), no where in America is it more enjoyable than to try the "art of fly fishing" then when enjoying a vacation to our region. As the experts say, "once you try fly fishing, you're hooked for life".
The Madison River is considered by many to be Montana's most outstanding river. Why? One: it features superb dry fly fishing even for first-time novices. Two: it has very high trout density per mile. Three: it offers consistent fishing action. And four: it presents some of the most picturesque scenery imaginable.
Dreaming of fly fishing trips? Fishing for rainbows and browns in pristine river waters and breathtaking surroundings? Save this dream for something else, because this particular fly fishing paradise exists right now, and it is called the Gallatin River.
Gallatin National Forest is located in southwestern Montana and is comprised of 1.8 million acres. To the northern side of the Forest, in isolated blocks, are the Bridger and Crazy Mountains. On the western side are the Madison and Gallatin Mountains. And to the east are Absaroka and Beartooth Ranges. These are some of the most rugged mountains to be found in Montana. The spectacular views of these mountains have inspired mystical reverence in some and a sense of awe in all.
Gallatin National Forest
Location, of course, is everything and the Gallatin National Forest has certainly benefited from having Yellowstone National Park literally in its backyard. The forest encompasses 1.8 million acres in southwestern Montana and contains portions of the Lee Metcalf and Absaroka-Beartooth wilderness areas.
Gallatin River Canyon
The Gallatin River, located in southwestern Montana, is a beautiful western trout stream worthy of recognition. From its source in Yellowstone National Park, it flows for over 100 miles with hundreds of small creeks adding to its flow before reaching the Missouri River. During its journey the Gallatin passes through breathtaking canyons and open meadows.
The 34,000-acre Hyalite Drainage - part of the Gallatin National Forest - is a stunning mountain valley that sits between the Gallatin Canyon and Paradise Valley south of Bozeman, Montana.
Lewis & Clark
Lewis and Clark spent more time - and traveled more miles in what is now Montana - than any other state. And it's in Montana that we find portions of the trail that are least changed. Nowhere is this more evident than at the Missouri Headwaters near the town of Three Forks.
Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park
Montana's first and best-known state park features one of the largest known limestone caverns in the nation. Naturally air conditioned, these spectacular caves, lined with stalactites, stalagmites, columns, and helicitites, date back millions of years in their history.
Madison River Valley
The outdoor recreational opportunities and the relaxed mountain lifestyle are big reasons why many people love Montana. The Madison River Valley is one of Montana's precious treasures. In the heart of the Madison River Valley lies a small and quaint town, Ennis, Montana.
Established where Lewis and Clark discovered the Jefferson, Madison, and Gallatin rivers joining to form the Missouri River, Missouri Headwaters was a geographical focal point important to early Native Americans, trappers, traders, and settlers. Interpretive displays tell of the area's cultural and natural history.
Paradise Valley extends from the Yellowstone gateway community of Gardiner at the south end to historic Livingston on the north end. Appropriately named, this region is a paradise to Montana and to the Rocky Mountains.
The scenic community of Big Sky, Montana nestles high in mountain meadows, surrounded by timberland of the Spanish Peaks Primitive Area and the Gallatin National Forest. Located 40 miles southwest of Bozeman, Big Sky offers a year-round playground for the outdoor recreationist. The protected lands of wilderness are set aside for the people's enjoyment and to preserve the natural ecosystem and its wildlife.
Log cabins are available for rent on the Gallatin National Forest. Built primarily in the 1920s and 1930s for use by early Forest Rangers, the cabins offer a chance to camp in the forest in a rustic old-time setting. Some of the cabins have electricity, all have either wood or electric stoves for cooking and heating, none have indoor plumbing. Some of the cabins are located right on a road; others require that you hike, ski, or snowmobile in to them.
Surrounded by public lands, the Bozeman - Livingston - Gardiner corridor offers abundant camping potential in the heart of some of the best scenery and recreation in America! The Gallatin National Forest is home to many spectacular camping & cabin rental locations.
Virginia City was the birthplace of Montana and the cradle of much history for the state. Though it may be best known as the rough-and-ready mining camp where vigilantes organized to rid the country of road agents and murderers, it is important to our history for many other reasons as well.
Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone is the nation's largest national park in the lower 48 states including 2.2 million acres. This equals 3,472 square miles. You must be thinking, "How am I going to see all of this during my visit?" Well we have a solution to your problem. We have designed these pages to let you in on all the hot spots to visit and see.