Bozeman is nestled in the midst of the pristine jewel of the Rockies, the Gallatin Valley. Located in the "Heart of Yellowstone Country" just 90 miles north of Yellowstone National Park, Bozeman is sophisticated, yet down to earth. It is happily isolated in the open and beautiful "Valley of the Flowers," as early Native Americans named it, and is almost entirely surrounded by the Rockies. The Bridger Mountains rise ruggedly on the east, the Tobacco Roots to the west, the Big Belts to the north and the Spanish Peaks and Gallatin Range to the south.
Bozeman was named after John Bozeman, who blazed a trail across Wyoming and in 1864 guided the first train of immigrants into the Gallatin Valley. When the first wagon train made its way through the canyon, frontiersman Jim Bridger was leading the way, thus the canyon, mountain range, and area trails now bear his name.
The area of Bozeman is brimming with adventure and an abundance of outdoor recreational possibilities, one of the most popular being fly fishing. The rivers, streams, and lakes in the region provide some of the finest fly-fishing in the world with a backdrop of spectacular scenery. Over 2,000 miles of blue-ribbon trout streams weave through this sportsman’s paradise, while golf courses, first-class tennis courts, indoor and outdoor pools and hot springs make Bozeman a city of diverse recreational opportunities.
Bozeman is favorably spoken of as a ski town surrounded by three different ski areas. Just minutes away is the Bridger Bowl ski area featuring 1,200 acres inside the Gallatin National Forest. Ski the well groomed slopes of 50 different runs. And just a quick 45 miles south of Bozeman, one can find Big Sky Resort and Moonlight Basin Resort, offering 3,600 acres of ski-able terrain and the country’s longest vertical drop at 4,350 feet. Skiers of all ages and abilities will fall in love with the terrain the Bozeman area has to offer.
The Yellowstone, Gallatin, and Madison rivers provide excellent rafting and kayaking for whitewater enthusiasts traveling to the Bozeman area, while the Gallatin National Forest is a wonderful place for nature or pleasure hikes. There are activities and outdoor adventures of all types to be found in this unimaginably gorgeous region.
Bozeman is an exceptional town offering many opportunities for recreational experiences, while retaining its flavor as a thriving arts and culture community. Here culture and entertainment are as abundant as the blue sky. Bozeman uniquely combines the classic Old West with the comforts and amenities of the new. It boasts art galleries, historic museums, symphony, and the state’s only opera company. It is also home to the main campus of Montana State University, the Museum of the Rockies, and one of the top computer museums in the country.