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Bozeman

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The Lewis & Clark Motel, a classic motel popular with Bozeman's tourists.

Bozeman is a city in the Yellowstone Country of Montana.

Understand[edit]

Bozeman is a picturesque city located in Gallatin County, Montana. It is the largest city in Gallatin County and is designated as the county seat. Bozeman residents are known as Bozemanites.

With a population of 27,509 at the 2000 census, Bozeman is the fifth largest city in the state. The city is named after John M. Bozeman, founder of the Bozeman Trail. Located in the fastest-growing county in the state , Bozeman is an All-America City (awarded in 2001). In 2003 Bozeman was ranked #5 of the 40 Best College Towns in the USA by Outside Magazine. The American Cities Business Journal ranked Bozemen as the #1 Small Business Market among cities of comparable population sizes (awarded in 2005). it is home to the campus of Montana State University.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 12.6 square miles (32.6 km²), all of it land. The population of Bozeman, as of the 2000 US Census is approximately 28,000 people.

Climate and Geography[edit]

Climate Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Daily highs (°F) 33 39 46 56 64 74 82 82 71 59 42 34
Nightly lows (°F) 14 18 24 31 39 46 52 51 42 33 22 15
Precipitation (in) 0.8 0.7 1.4 2.1 3.2 2.9 1.4 1.5 1.8 1.6 1.1 0.8

Check Bozeman's 7 day forecast at NOAA

Bozeman is one of the wettest cities in Montana, averaging 17.3 inches of precipitation annually. Mild springs and falls are punctuated by cold, snowy winters and relatively warm summers.

Bozeman is located in Gallatin County in south central Montana (lat 45.679, lon -111.046) at an elevation of 4,795 feet. It is an Intermountain Grassland habitat, bordered closely by Montane Forest habitat. Bozeman is bordered on three sides by mountain ranges (Bridger, Gallatin, and Tobacco Root) making up the northern Rockies. To the south, you'll find Yellowstone National Park as well as Gallatin National Forest.

Bozeman's geographical location combined with its climate make for a lush, agriculturally rich and diverse location. It's close proximity to the mountains and forest lands creates a plethora of outdoor activities year-round.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

Bozeman Yellowstone Airport (IATA: BZN) is located 10 miles east of Bozeman. There are call taxis and hotel shuttles available to bring you into town.

By car[edit]

There are three exits from Interstate 90, the N. 19th exit, the N. 7th exit, and E. Main. The N. 19th exit, an endless expanse of chain stores and strip development, is furthest from downtown. The N. 7th exit is closer to downtown and has a wider selection of restaurants and hotels, but, though better than 19th St, still is not pedestrian-friendly. Many independent motels lie on E. Main St within walking distance of downtown, which features a wide array of shopping and dining (almost entirely local independent businesses).

Bozeman is 87 miles east of Butte, Montana via I-90, 143 miles west of Billings, Montana. Yellowstone National Park is approximately 90 miles south via Route 89, or Route 191.

Get around[edit]

  • Classic Limo [1] (406) 585-5466, has shuttles to Bozeman, Big Sky, West Yellowstone, Chico, Mammoth, Livingston.
  • Streamline Bus System, 406-587-2434, [2]. Streamline provides fare free service Monday through Friday, with Latenight service operating Thursday through Saturday. The service area includes Bozeman, Belgrade, and Four Corners. The major hubs are at Montana State University and downtown at Mendehall and Tracy. free.  edit

See[edit][add listing]

  • Altitude Gallery, 134 E Main St, +1 406 582-4472, [3]. Summer: 10AM-6PM daily; Winter: 10AM-5PM daily. Billed as Bozeman's only contemporary art gallery. Exhibits blown glass, pottery, jewelery, and more. Altitude is located in Bozeman's historic district.  edit
  • Emerson Center for Arts and Culture, 111 S Grand Ave, +1 406 587-9797 (), [4]. The cultural hub of southwest Montana. The Center for Arts and Cultures has many ongoing programs and annual events as well as a full host of special offerings such as art exhibits, classes and concerts. Further info. On their website. Emerson Center is located in a former (1918) school building that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This is also the home to the Jessie Wilber Gallery, which has been voted Best Gallery in Bozemen twice by residents.  edit
  • Gallatin River, [5]. The Gallatin River offers a tremendous amount of water sport opportunities, including rafting at varying skill levels. The River is also known for its scenic beauty and serenity.  edit
  • The Museum of the Rockies, 600 W Kagy Blvd, +1 406 994-3466, [6]. </do>This is a resource that documents the changes that the Rockies have undergone, and has a mission to preserve the Rockies' unique place in American history and westward travel. With over 300,000 artifacts, this museum is a Smithsonian affiliate known for its extensive fossil collection curated by paleontologist Who also served as technical advisor for all three Jurassic Park films.  edit
  • American Computer Museum, 2023 Stadium Dr, Suite 1-A, +1 406 582-1288, [7]. August: 10AM-4PM daily; All other months: Tu-Su noon-4PM. Educational and slightly quirky, if you have even a passing interest in computers or computing, this should be a must-see. Highlighting everything from the abacus to the laptop as well as video gaming systems. Chronicles the evolution of computer technology.  edit
  • The Pioneer Museum, 317 W Main St, 1 406 522-8122, [8]. Summer: M-Sa 10AM-5PM; Winter: Tu-Sa 11AM-4PM. Run by the Gallatin Historical Society, the Pioneer Museum chronicles the history of Bozeman and the Gallatin Valley. The museum is located in the former county jailhouse, which is recognized as an historical building. $5 adults, children 12 and under free. Research Center admission is free.  edit
  • Coffrin's Old West Gallery, 8118 Rolling Hills Dr, 1 406 586-0170, [9]. Tu-Sa 10AM-5PM or by appointment. The Gallery features an collection of pictures of early frontier life and the Sioux by photographer L. A. Huffman.  edit
  • Montana Panoramic Gallery, 111 S Grand Ave, Suite 108 & 111, +1 406 522-7798, [10]. Tu-F 10:30AM-5:30PM, Sa 11AM-4PM. A collection of photographs by Craig Hergert in a relaxing gallery setting in the Emerson Cultural Center.  edit
  • Planet Bronze Art Gallery, 905 N 5th Ave, +1 406 585-0050, [11]. M-F 10AM-5PM, Sa 11AM-5PM. Featuring the bronze sculptures of Dennis Harrington. The gallery also features the works of around 20 additional artists.  edit
  • Children's Museum of Bozeman, 202 S Willson Ave, +1 406 522-9087, [12]. M-Th,Sa 10AM-5PM, F 10AM-8PM. The Children's Museum emphasizes hand-on activities, learning and play. $5. Free admission F 5PM-8PM.  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

  • The annual Sweet Pea Festival [13] is usually held the first weekend of August. Activities include music, dance, theater, comedy, food, and art exhibitions. The festival always starts with a parade on the Friday before. Festival regulars include Shakespeare in the Parks [14], children's woodworking, Equinox Theatre [15], and the Bozeman Chord Rustlers' tater pigs.
  • Bozeman Hot Springs & Fitness Center 81123 Gallatin Rd, +1 406 522-9563, [16]. Natural hot springs that provide an aternative to heated swimming pools, with no additives. Pool area split into mild temperature and a smaller, hotter pool with temperatures rising to almost 100 degrees F.
  • Gallatin River Lodge, 9105 Thorpe Rd, (toll free: +1 888 387-0148), [17].  edit
  • Fish Technology Center, 4050 Bridger Canyon Rd, 1 406 587-9265, [18]. M-F 8:30AM-4PM. Operated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, visitors to the Fish Technology Center are welcome to learn about and observe some of the ongoing research in the health, nutrition, reproduction and management of fish in hatcheries and the wild. In addition to these attractions, the center also houses several types of threatened fish species, such as the pallid sturgeon. Additional activities include walking and hiking trails (including Bozeman's "M" trail), picnic areas, and fish feeding ponds.  edit
  • Animals of Montana (Wildlife/Still Photography Tours), 170 Nixon Peak Rd, +1 406 686-4224, [19]. Troy Hyde invites photographers (pro or hobbiest) to his wildlife casting and game farm for the chance to photograph wildlife.  edit
  • Montana State Football (Montana State University), Bobcat Stadium, [20].  edit
  • Bozeman Fly - Fishing Guides and Outfitters (Bozeman Fly Fishing Guides), 213 Turtle Way, 406-580-2784, [21]. Bozeman Fly specializes in premium fly fishing guide services on the Yellowstone and Missouri Headwaters Rivers which include the Madison, Gallatin, and Jefferson Rivers-- among many other smaller streams and creeks.  edit


Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Mackenzie River Pizza Company, Main St. Great pizza company with innovative pizzas and salads. Conveniently located downtown on Main St. Brew pub beers and nice atmosphere.>  edit
  • The Pickle Barrel, 809 W College (Just off the Northwest corner of the campus), 587-2411, [22].  edit Mon-Sun 10:30AM-10PM. It serves subway sandwiches. A few tables and chairs outside during the summer. Next door is an icecream shop serving the local Wilcoxson's. Delivery is available - 587-2411. $4.50-$12 per sandwich.
  • Old Chicago (Old Chicago Neighborhood Restaurant and Tavern), 1940 N 19th Ave, +1 406 587-9404, [23]. 11 AM - 2 AM (daily); Happy Hours: 4 PM - 7 PM (M-F). Serves dish Chicago style pizzas. Has a bar.>  edit
  • The Wok, 9th St. Chinese food.>  edit
  • Montana Ale Works, 611 E Main St, +1 406 587-7700, [24]. 4 PM - 12 AM (M-F, Su); 4 PM - 1 AM (Fri & Sat). Microbrewery and pub house with a varied menu. Prices are reasonable, portions are generous. Can be busy, especially on weekends. Reservations are encouraged.>  edit
  • Gran Tree Bar & Grill, 1325 N 7th Ave, +1 406 587-5261.  edit
  • Bar 3 Bar-B-Q, 215 N 7th Ave, +1 406 587-8789. 11 AM - 9PM. Authentic southern barbecue in the heart of Montana. Menu includes Carolina pulled pork and beef brisket, and St. Louis babyback ribs.>  edit
  • Bozeman Grill & Tavern, 1320 N 19th Ave. 11AM-10PM daily. A locally-owned "from-scratch" American cuisine restaurant that emphasizes local ingredients whenever possible. Features a bar area with eight plasma screen televisions, especially useful for sporting events. Bozeman Grill & Tavern have NFL Sunday Ticket and Sunday football specials. Twenty-two beers on tap, including several local microbrews. >  edit
  • Cateye Cafe, 23 N Tracy Ave, +1 406 587-8844, [25]. Everything is homemade. Breakfast is served all day everyday (except Tuesday). Lunch (also served all day): Mon. & Wed.-Fri., 11:15-2:30 Dinner: Thu., Fri. and Sat. 5-9:30. Closed on Tuesday. Advertises: "50 cents off to anyone who wears their own Cateye glasses throughout their entire meal. No lenses required. Add a cowboy hat for 50 more cents.">  edit
  • Gourmet Gas Station, 78888 Gallatin Rd, +1 406 763-4564, [26]. 2 PM - 9 PM (M-Th); 8 AM - 9 PM (F-Su). Gourmet Mexican and barbecue. Great food and relaxed atmosphere. Weather permitting, ask for a seat outside to take in some fantastic views. >  edit
  • HomePage Cafe, 242 E Main St, +1 406-582-9388, [27]. 6 AM - 10 PM (M-F); 7 AM - 10 PM (Sa & Su). Offering Wi-Fi, fair trade and organic coffees and teas, as well as some impressive food options and a full service bakery. Also offers 8 computers for public use, so you can leave your laptop at the hotel (or at home). A popular place for hanging out or just relaxing. >  edit
  • John Bozeman's Bistro, 125 W Main St, +1 406-587-4100, [28]. 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM and 5 PM - 9:30 PM (T-Sa). Fresh wild game, pasta, seafood and a wine cellar. Also serves vegetarian options. Desserts are also prepared fresh daily. Dinner reservations are recommended. >  edit
  • Watanabe Japanese Restaurant, 1234 W Main St, (406) 522-3989. 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM, 4 PM - 8:30 PM (M-Sa). Good authentic Japanese restaurant. Small, quiet and affordable. The owner previously ran a restaurant in Kumamoto.>  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

Try the "Barmuda" triangle which consists of three dive bars arranged around a back lot between Main Street and Babcock at 8th ave.

The Scoop faces Main Street and must be one of the oldest bars in town. A few pool tables, a few slot machines and TVs for the game.

The Haufbrau is equally as old - if not older - but offers a small stage for locals and even a few out-of-towners to dish out their songcraft with anything from saws to buckets to fiddles or guitars. Great, friendly crowd unless you arrive before the local rednecks get sloshed. Bringing up the rear of the troika would be

The Molly Brown. It's the biggest of the three, with a pool hall, poker tables and a couple rows of slot machines. Montana being one of those rare states that allows machine gambling, you might as well try your hand while passing through. A quick fifteen bucks would not be unheard of, but a vanished fifty is far more likely. All three of these bars are of ecclectic crowd; college students, montana hippies, construction workers, out-of-work ranchers, divorcees, and that one guy who operates under the illusion that cowboys still exist.


Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Fairfield Inn, 828 Wheat Dr, (406) 587-2222‎. 3 and 1/2 star hotel>  edit
  • C'mon Inn, 6139 E Valley Center Rd, +1 866 782-2717, [29].  edit
  • Microtel Inn & Suites, 612 Nikles Drive, (406) 586-3797,[30].
  • Wingate by Wyndham Bozeman, 2305 Catron St, +1 406 582-4995, [31]. checkin: 4PM; checkout: 11AM.  edit
  • Voss Inn (bed and breakfast), 319 S. Willson Bozeman MT 59715, [32]. A restored 120 year old Victorian bed and breakfast mansion, 6 rooms with private baths. Large comfortable beds, full bath facilities and plenty of space.> $139-159.  edit
  • Covered Wagon Ranch, 34035 Gallatin Rd, Gallatin Gateway (three miles from the northwest corner of Yellowstone National Park on Route 191, in the Gallatin National Forest, at the confluence of the Taylor's Fork and Gallatin Rivers), 800-995-4237, [33]. One of the oldest continuously operating guest ranches in this canyon. Log cabins with their original 1920's charm with wood-burning stoves, rustic wood furniture and private baths.> Three night stay $375-910, seven night stay $1,015-1,950. (45.0732186,-111.2000755) edit
  • Royal 7 Budget Inn Motel, 310 N 7th Ave, 406-587-3103, [34]. Experience the Royal 7 Budget Inn Motel in Bozeman, Montana. Motel rooms include: microwave, coffeemaker, refrigerator, and cable TV. Wireless internet, a continental breakfast, and on-site laundry facilities are available.>  edit
  • Howlers Inn B&B and Wolf Sanctuary, 3185 Jackson Creek Rd (Exit 319, head north 3 miles), 1-888-469-5377, [35]. checkin: 4pm; checkout: 11am. Log home B&B with an on-site wolf sanctuary that is home to eight wolves. Each room has a private bath and all have mountain views. Two rooms overlook the wolf enclosures, so guests can enjoy a wolf serenade by moonlight. The amenities include a rec room with pool table, large screen TV, air hockey and workout area. There is also an indoor hot tub (winter months) and a sauna. Welcomes children of all ages.> $105-$195.  edit
  • Magnuson Grand City Center, 507 W Main St, [36]. This AAA 2-Diamond property is the closest to Montana State University and the Museum of the Rockies, and is located in the center of Downtown Bozeman>  edit

Get out[edit]

Routes through Bozeman
ButteThree Forks  W noframe E  LivingstonBillings
LewistownLivingston  N noframe S  Big SkyYellowstone N.P.


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