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Bozeman is a picturesque city located in Gallatin County, MT. 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).

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.

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

Climate and Geography

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

By plane Gallatin Field Airport is located 10 miles east of Bozeman. There are call taxis and hotel shuttles available to bring you into town.

By car 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

  • 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.

See

  • Altitude Gallery, 134 East Main Street, +1 406-582-4472, [3]. Summer: 10 AM - 6 PM; Winter: 10 AM - 5 PM. Billed as Bozeman's only contemporary art gallery. Altitude exhibits blown glass, pottery, jewelery, and more. Altitude is located in Bozeman's historic district.
  • Emerson Center for Arts and Culture, 111 South Grand Avenue, +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, concerts, and more. Be sure to check their website for events that will take place during your visit. 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.
  • 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.
  • The Museum of the Rockies; 600 W. Kagy Boulevard, Bozeman, Montana, USA, 406.994.DINO, [6]. 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 affiliated mecca of natural history and anthropology.
  • American Computer Museum, 2304 North 7th Avenue, Bozeman, MT, 406-582-1288, [7]. August: 10 AM to 4 PM (M-Su); All other months: 12 PM - 4 PM (T-Su). 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, The American Computer Museum is dedicated to chronicling the evolution of computer technology.
  • The Pioneer Museum, 317 West Main Street, Bozeman, MT 59715 (From North 19th Street Exit 305: turn south onto N. 19th and travel to Main St. and turn left. | From North 7th Ave Exit 306: turn south onto N. 7th and travel to Main St. and turn left. | From Main Street Exit 309: head west on Main Street 1.6 miles to the museum.), 1 406-522-8122, [8]. Summer (Memorial Day - Labor Day): 10 AM - 5 PM (M-Sa); Winter Hours: 11 AM - 4 PM (T-Sa). 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 building, which is itself recognized as an historical structure. $5/person (Children 12 & Under - Free) | Research Center Admission - Free.
  • Coffrin's Old West Gallery, 8118 Rolling Hills Drive, Bozeman, MT 59715, 1 406-586-0170, [9]. 10 AM - 5 PM (T-Sa) or by appointment.. The Gallery features an incredible collection of pictures of early frontier life and the Sioux by photographer L. A. Huffman.
  • Montana Panoramic Gallery, 111 South Grand, Suite 108 & 111, +1 406-522-7798, [10]. 10:30 AM - 5:30 PM (Tu-F); 11 AM - 4 PM (Sa). A collection of photographs by Craig Hergert in a relaxing and inviting gallery setting in the Emerson Cultural Center.
  • Planet Bronze Art Gallery, 905 NORTH 5TH AVENUE, +1 406-585-0050, [11]. 10 AM - 5 PM (M-F); 11 AM - 5 PM (Sa). Featuring the incredible bronze sculptures of Dennis Harrington, this gallery is a must for anyone interested in bronze works. You can find more than just sculptures here too, as the gallery features the works of around 20 additional artists.
  • Children's Museum of Bozeman, 202 S Willson Avenue, +1 406-522-9087, [12]. 10 AM - 5 PM (M-Th, Sa); 10 AM - 8 PM (F);. Ideal for children from toddlers to later elementary school, the Children's Museum emphasizes hand-on activities, learning, and play. Don't be surprised if you start having as much fun as your little ones. $5/person (Friday Free from 5 PM - 8 PM); Group rates available for school and daycare groups - inquire before your visit.

Do

  • 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, Bozeman, 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 Road Bozeman, MT 59718, Toll free 888-387-0148, [17].
  • Fish Technology Center, 4050 Bridger Canyon Road, Bozeman, MT 59715, 1 406-587-9265, [18]. 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM (M-F). 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.
  • 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.


Eat

  • 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.
  • The Pickle Barrel [20] 809 W. College (Just off the Northwest corner of the campus), 587-2411, Mon-Sun 10:30AM-10PM. It serves very good, fresh subway sandwiches. It's standing room only, although there are a few tables and chairs outside during the summer. Next door is an icecream shop serving the local Wilcoxson's (Moose Tracks is very good). Delivery is available - 587-2411. $4.50-$12 per sandwich. Pickle Barrel's half sandwich is approximately the size of a full sandwich at most sandwich shops.
  • Old Chicago (Old Chicago Neighborhood Restaurant and Tavern), 1940 North 19th Avenue, +1 406 587-9404, [21]. 11 AM - 2 AM (daily); Happy Hours: 4 PM - 7 PM (M-F). A great place to take friends, with deep dish Chicago style pizzas, a bar and so much more!
  • The Wok, 9th Street. Great authentic Chinese food, and a fun place to work.
  • Montana Ale Works, 611 E. Main Street, +1 406 587-7700, [22]. 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, and the ambiance is casual grill house. Can be busy, especially on weekends. Reservations are encouraged.
  • JB's Restaurant, 2102 West Babcock, +1 406-587-2553, [23]. Family buffet style restaurant with an outstanding breakfast buffet.
  • Gran Tree Bar & Grill, 1325 North 7th Avenue, +1 406-587-5261.
  • Bar 3 Bar-B-Q, 215 North 7th Avenue, +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. Owner is a Texas transplant and knows his stuff. Tired out from a day outdoors or gallery viewing? Bar 3 delivers! Mmmmmm...
  • Bozeman Grill & Tavern, 1320 North 19th Avenue. 11 am - 10 pm. 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 do have NFL Sunday Ticket and Sunday football specials for your viewing pleasure. Twenty-two beers on tap, including several local microbrews.
  • Cateye Cafe, 23 North Tracy Avenue, +1 406-587-8844, [24]. A pure Bozeman Montana original. Everything is homemade and this place has atmosphere to spare. 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. You should be aware, Cateye Cafe advertises the following: "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."
  • Gourmet Gas Station, 78888 Gallatin Road, +1 406-763-4564, [25]. 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.
  • HomePage Cafe, 242 East Main Street, +1 406-582-9388, [26]. 6 AM - 10 PM (M-F); 7 AM - 10 PM (Sa & Su). Offering secure wireless, 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. Possibly one of the most beautiful cafes in Bozeman.


Sleep

  • Fairfield Inn, 828 Wheat Dr, (406) 587-2222‎. 3 and 1/2 star hotel
  • Bozeman Backpackers Hostel, 405 West Olive Street, +1 406 586-4659, [27]. Dorm beds start at $20, private rooms at $42. Cash or travelers checks only, no credit cards.
  • C'mon Inn, 6139 E Valley Center Rd, +1 866 782-2717, [28].
  • Microtel Inn & Suites, 612 Nikles Drive, (406) 586-3797,[29].
  • Wingate by Wyndham Bozeman, 2305 Catron St, +1 406 582-4995, [30]. checkin: 4PM; checkout: 11AM.
  • Voss Inn (bed and breakfast), 319 S. Willson Bozeman MT 59715, [31]. A lovingly restored 120 year old Victorian bed and breakfast mansion, The Voss Inn has six rooms with private baths. Each guest room remains true to the old-fashioned Victorian charm of the bed and breakfast Inn. Large comfortable beds, full bath facilities, plush terry bathrobes and plenty of space. $139-159.


Get out

Routes through Bozeman
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