Best 8 Things to do in Bozeman Montana!

Best 8 Things to do in Bozeman Montana!

things to do in Bozeman Montana

best 8 things to do in BOZEMAN Montana!

Bozeman, MT. A home to many deep in the Rocky and Bridger Mountains. A place of breathtaking sunrises and sunsets, landscapes, and thrilling hikes. The list is endless of things to do in Bozeman, Montana. 

Bozeman has become more popular over the years, having its name thrown around with the hit TV series Yellowstone. Don’t be fooled, though. Bozeman isn’t what it may seem on TV.

Being so deep in the mountains, Bozeman experiences winter to the full. Always be prepared for snow, wind, rain, fog, or whatever weather may find you. 

If you find yourself in Bozeman, MT, on a day the weather is welcoming, don’t skip town, Bozeman has many treasures. For days when the weather is a bit more indoor looking, there are plenty of places to find yourself warm- or cold in the case of our first item! 

1. Ice Skating

Inside all year or outdoors in the winter, Bozeman has plenty of ice skating. One of the indoors is Gallatin Ice. It offers more than just public skating hours. New to skating? Gallatin Ice offers lessons from age four to adult, beginner or advanced! The classes range from $60 to $75 for four sessions. They also offer a parents and tot class for the younger children wanting to learn. 

If you find yourself there in the winter, parks like Southside Park and Beall Park have outside public rinks. Check out their hours and the rink rules. A great experience around the holidays to get into the White Christmas spirit. 

2. Skiing

Between Big Sky and Bridger Bowl, including Gallatin National Forest and Lone Mountain, there is plenty of ski trails around Bozeman.
Big Sky Resort is just south of Bozeman.

Opening its resort every year on Thanksgiving Day and staying open well into April- their favored month for visiting. They have lodging options Last Laps for April or Stay and Save. Including military discounts.

At Big Sky Resort, there is more than just skiing and enjoying the views. Mountain biking, dining, a spa, and shopping are all things you can find at this resort.

The biggest skiing in America is waiting for you.

3. On the Water

Looking for a day out on the water? Kayaking and tubing are right there in Bozeman. Out on the Madison River from May 1st to September 31st, at 9am and 1pm, departs the tours of the kayaks. The one-and-a-half-hour float is $120 for adults and $90 for kids ages 10-17. The experience is definitely worth the cost. Check out the Bozeman kayak tours for all the information you’ll need. 

Feel like getting out on the river but don’t feel like kayaking? Tubing the Madison River is always an option! Madison River Tubing offers something for everyone to get out and enjoy the river. Ranging from $32 trips meeting at the river to private trips at $800, with just rentals at $17, $40, and $75 for tubes, paddle boards, or rafts. 

4. Fly Fishing:

Fly fishing is a popular pastime in Montana. Bozeman has endless fishing stores to stop by and grab all the gear you need. There are also many places to schedule tours, guides, and a day out in the water. Bozeman has everything you need to get started and enjoy your time. 

A family-owned business in Bozeman, Montana, Guided Fly Fishing, has everything you’ll need to get out on the river and enjoy fly fishing. Check out what will be included in your trip and what you’ll need to bring to stay safe in the weather and enjoy your day. 

In Bozeman, there is no shortage of fishing experiences. Half-day trips are $550, and full days at $650 for Montana Guided Fly Fishing in Bozeman. Enjoy your day on Yellowstone, Madison, the Gallatin, or the Missouri River. 

5. Dining

While in Bozeman, stop in and get some refreshments. In the Middle of Bozeman is Roost Fried Chicken– a place with absolutely fantastic chicken good enough to be featured on Diners, Dive-Ins, and Dives! 

Five on Black is another excellent stop-in. A Brazilian street food stop, the experience is worth going at least once if you’re able. It deserved its 4.5-star rating. 

Looking for a great breakfast? You will find all your breakfast favorites at Jam! Jam! Jam is full of all your choices, from the classic avocado toast to cinnamon rolls and omelets. Whatever you choose, you will most definitely be satisfied by the end of your meal.

6. Hot Air Balloon Ride

See Bozeman from a different view. Bozeman’s Endeavor Ballooning is ready to offer the experience of a lifetime. Flying 200′ to 2,500′ above the ground in a hot air balloon with Montana views is a must! This is a great way to check something off your bucket list while seeing the Gallatin Valley. 

A little afraid of heights? The hot balloons aren’t only being handled by great pilots. Most people want to go again! Even those who claim heights as one of their main fears. 

The flight cost in Bozeman is even cheaper than the one in Big Sky, at $295. If you’re in the Bozeman area and have spare time, call them and book your own ride across the valley. 

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7. Take A Hike:

Hiking in and around Bozeman is no minor thing. Wherever you find yourself, there is a hike just a short distance away! Bozeman offers hikes as easy as the Cherry River Recreation Area Loop right in Bozeman. North Bozeman has more challenging hikes like Saddle Peak in Custer Gallatin National Forest. 

A highly recommended hike in Bozeman is the ‘M’ trail. Montana State University students created the landmark “M” in 1915. If you want to go steep and direct to the M, you can take the first route right at the trail’s junction. Take a left for an easier and longer climb to enjoy your time! The ‘M’ trail is pretty much open all year. Just make sure to wear appropriate gear during the winter to keep your toes and fingers warm. 

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8. Drive on

If you don’t feel like getting out on a trail, there is another excellent way to guide yourself through the mountains. Whichever way you take the road, you will find yourself in the mountains with gorgeous sunsets waiting for you.
Like getting to most places from Bozeman, the drive between Big Sky and Bozeman is through a national forest. You can find many roads leading off into the mountains for you to enjoy being in nature from the safety and warmth of your vehicle.
Be mindful of where you go, though. Driving up into the mountains and having a picnic sounds like the perfect evening, but this is bear country. Hiking or spending time in the mountains at any time, make sure you’re cautious and have bear spray with you for emergencies. In this situation, it is better to be safe than sorry!


Overall, Bozeman is a perfect place to visit, stay, and find your own way of having fun. Bozeman is an excellent destination for outdoor enthusiasts with its beautiful mountains, the Gallatin River, the national forest, and many hiking trails. But there’s more to Bozeman than just outdoor activities. The town also has a vibrant arts and culture scene, with several museums, galleries, and performing arts venues. Whether you’re looking for adventure or the great culture of Montana, Bozeman will have what you’re looking for.

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