All the delights of a big city are presented in this thriving, cultural small town. Offering many year-round outdoor recreational opportunities, Bozeman is also home to Montana State University, home of the Bobcats (GO BOBCATS!), and the Museum of the Rockies. Historic Downtown Bozeman boasts charming boutiques, diverse art galleries, a fantastic variety of incredible dining experiences, and a charming community feel. Our stunning valley is enveloped by acres of abundant farm and ranch land, protected land, National Forests, breathtaking rivers, and immense mountain vistas. Bozeman is truly an amazing destination for a temporary get away, or a forever home! Bozeman and Montana consistently rank top notch for a wide variety of reasons. We’ve compiled a list for you at the bottom of the page, don’t miss it!
Fun Fact: Between the 2000 and 2010 censuses, Bozeman’s population jumped from just over 27,000 to just over 37,000, making it one of the fastest growing cities in the country.
Bozeman has great schools but don’t take our word for it. Check out the links below from GreatSchools and don’t forget to visit Bozeman School District website: BSD7.org
Montana State University is as remarkable as its setting. Created as a land-grant institution, it is a welcoming, adventurous community of students, faculty and staff distinguished by its commitment to address the world’s greatest challenges. The university energizes individuals to discover and pursue their aspirations. It inspires people to engage with the university to improve the human prospect through excellence in education, research, creativity and civic responsibility.
Montana State University is in a class of its own. MSU is among the top 3% of colleges and universities for research expenditures, and is also classified by the Carnegie Foundation as an institution with a high undergraduate profile. This means that undergraduates at MSU get research opportunities typically reserved for graduate students at other schools. Plus, MSU’s location at the crossroads between Yellowstone National Park and some of the biggest skiing in America offers students a classroom, lab and playground unlike any in the world.
Bozeman’s dining experience is exciting and fulfilling as well as constantly evolving and changing.
We have a fantastic variety of absolutely delicious treasures waiting for you to indulge.
|Montana Ale Works||Over The Tapas|
|Feast Raw Bar||Main Street Overeasy|
|Storm Castle Cafe||Clarks Fork|
|Blackbird Kitchen||Bisl Food|
The City of Bozeman Parks Division is responsible for the overall development and maintenance of over 50 public parks, over 50 miles of trails and associated sports fields and open space within the city limits. Visit this link to use the interactive map and find parks near you.
City of Bozeman Parks & Recreation, in partnership with Gallatin Valley Land Trust (GVLT), collaborate with dozens of public and private organizations to expand “Main Street to the Mountains” to an astonishing 80+ (and growing) actively maintained trails and trail systems.
- Interactive Trail Map (mobile friendly)
- Where to get a trail map? Physical trail maps can be found at a variety of locations. Click here, scroll to the bottom of the page to find exact locations.
- GVLT Current Projects
Full list of National Forests in Montana
- Beaverhead National Forest
- Bitterroot National Forest
- Custer National Forest
- Deerlodge National Forest
- Flathead National Forest
- Gallatin National Forest (right here in Bozeman)
- Helena National Forest
- Kootenai National Forest
- Lewis and Clark National Forest
- Lolo National Forest
Downhill Skiing, Cross Country Skiing, Snowshoeing and more!
Literally anything you can think of doing in the snow, you can do it here. Snowmobiling, dog sledding, ice skating…even a “Polar Plunge“…you name it, we’ve got it! Bozemannet.com is a great resource for everything related to outdoor winter activities in Bozeman.
Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit. ~ Edward Abbey
In a little as 20 minutes, you can drive from one end of Bozeman to the other. We love that. But, if you’re not able to drive, Bozeman has a fantastic free public transportation system, Streamline. We love that too.
The Bozeman Streamline has been operating since 2006 and is a great way to get around town. From Bozeman Deaconess Hospital to the Gallatin Valley Mall and from MSU to Belgrade, and even Livingston, the routes are perfect for commuting for work or simply exploring the Valley. You can even ride to Bridger Bowl and Bohart Ranch for a day of skiing. They also offer door-to-door transportation for seniors and persons with disabilities. We highly encourage you to jump on and see where it takes you, you might be surprised. And, don’t forget the best part…it’s free!
Want to get to Big Sky but don’t want to drive yourself or need a ride? Well guess what, we’ve got a bus for that too! The Skyline Bus offers routes from Bozeman all the way up to Moonlight Basin and Big Sky Resort, Town Center, with multiple stops along the way for you to explore all Big Sky has to offer.
- Best Fishing Town in America: Field & Stream
- Top 25 College & Business Schools: Entrepreneur Magazine
- Top Ski Towns: Skiing Magazine
- Top 40 schools where you can hit the books AND the backcountry: Outside Magazine
- Top Ranked Resorts by Readers: Ski Magazine
- Top 10 Challenging Resorts: Ski Magazine
- Happiest U.S. States: LiveScience
- Fastest Growing Small Towns: Forbes
- World’s Best Ski Towns: National Geographic
- 10 Best Affordable Mountain Towns for Retirement: US News & Money
- Best Small Cities for Art Lovers: NerdWallet
- 10 Best Small Towns in America: Fodor’s Travel
- 50 Top Luxury Real Estate Markets in the USA: Dupont Registry
- Bozeman Ranked #7 out of 551 Micropolitan Areas in the United States for Economic Strength: Policom
- 5 Great College Towns for Winter Enthusiasts: U.S. News
- 2017 Best Places to Live: Niche
- Oscar-Nominated Movies to Inspire Your Next Adventure: National Geographic
- 12 Best Places Where You Can Have a White Christmas: CheapFlights.com
- Best States to Start Your Career and Achieve Happiness: PolicyGenius
- 10 Most Underrated Craft Beer Cities: Webstaurant
- 15 Best Places to Live in the U.S.: Timeout
- Best College Towns to Live In: SmartAsset
- Best College Towns in America: CollegeRank
- 25 Best Small College Towns: Schools.com
- Top 100 Best Places to Live: Livability.com
- Bozeman, MT: Best Places to Live: Livability.com
- Best Colleges for Outdoor Adventures: College Magazine