There are an amazing amount of rivers to visit nearby! To the east -- the Yellowstone and Boulder Rivers, and to the west -- the Gallatin, Madison, Jefferson, Big Hole Rivers, all offering spectacular casting opportunities. Lessons, guided trips and float trips are available through numerous local outfitters. Our cabins contain guide books and maps available for your planning needs.
Hiking and Biking
The surrounding mountain ranges have an unlimited selection of trails. Hike to pristine mountain lakes, to a rambling waterfall or to a spectacular breathtaking mountain top! Wildflowers, wildlife and majestic views will inspire you along the way. Our cabins have a variety of books, guides and maps available for you to plan your adventures.
The Gallatin River has some great exciting Whitewater in the early summer season, and typically, by mid July, the water levels are dropping but there is still some fun to be had! The Gallatin Canyon has from Class II to Class IV rapids depending on the time of year.
Numerous outfitters are happy to take you up into the mountains for a memorable ride! There are a variety of locations to choose from and lengths and difficulty of trips to meet your needs. You can decide on a location based on your daily activity plan -- going either in the Gallatin Valley outside of Bozeman, in Paradise Valley near Livingston, or south near Big Sky in the Gallatin Canyon.
Three downhill ski resorts are within close proximity to Bozeman. Bridger Bowl is Bozeman's "local's hill" and provides you with great skiing at a very reasonable price. Big Sky Resort offers endless terrain and all the amenities of a high-end world class resort. Moonlight Basin, a newer resort next to Big Sky, offers a lovely lodge and even more terrain for you to explore.
Cross Country Skiing
There are two cross country ski ranches that have trails groomed for classic and skate skiing through the mountains. In town, there are also a variety of groomed trails at the local golf course and near the Main Street to Mountains trail system.
Yellowstone National Park
Just an hour and half away, this famous National Park provides you with all kinds of sightseeing, hiking and photography opportunities. Wildlife abounds -- elk, bison, wolves, bears, eagles, osprey, antelope, deer, and many many other species! There are over 10,000 thermal features including Old Faithful, other geysers, mud points, and beautiful hot springs. The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, featuring the Upper and Lower Yellowstone Falls is often sighted by many to be their favorite part of Yellowstone. Our cabins have maps, books and guides available for you to plan your trip. Just one full day trip can provide you with memories that last a lifetime.
There are some neat hot springs around for you to soak in and relax your weary bones! Some are developed, like Bozeman and Chico Hot Springs -- others are a bit more rustic -- Boulder and Norris Hot Springs -- or, in Yellowstone National Park, you can soak right in the river while out in the great out-of-doors.
Bozeman provides the golfer with some great choices! Check out this list:
Cottonwood, Bridger Creek, Riverside, Valley View and a little further away the Big Sky Golf Course. You can't ask for much more for variety and what a great way to have a wonderful day enjoying yourself out on the green.
Dining, Shopping, & Museums
Bozeman and the surrounding communities have an impressive array of restaurants for you to enjoy both casual and fine dining. Our cabins have a list of recommendations for you to review, giving you precious insights from locals that lead you to a place that is just right for you!
The historic downtown area is full of quaint stores, spas, galleries and places to eat. From flies for your fishing adventure to unique paintings for your home, or a great book for your flight home - you'll certainly find the downtown area offers you an enjoyable shopping experience.
The Museum of the Rockies is nationally renowned for it's paleontology exhibits. Jack Horner, who was an inspiration for the movie Jurassic Park graces the staff with a depth of knowledge that is truly outstanding. The museum also has western and Native American exhibits, interactive exhibits, a cafe, gift store, planetarium and other great activities - well worth your time and the kids will love it!That's not all!
- Consider a trip to historic gold mine boom town, Virginia City.
- Visit a variety of Antique stores or Quilting stores for some great finds.
- Explore the underworld in the caves of the Lewis and Clark Caverns.
- Visit the headwaters of the Missouri River.
- Take a gondola Ride at Big Sky Resort
- Do some mountain biking or rent a bike for a day and take a tour.
- Attend local festivals, Shakespeare in the Park, outdoor symphony performances.
- Go out to the movies on Main Street and enjoy a show in the "antique" Ellen Theater.