A great option as a jumping off point for a Yellowstone, Grand Teton or Glacier National Park trip is Bozeman, Montana.
Considered the Most Livable City in Montana, this tech-savvy, economically vibrant, highly educated city is growing fast. It is also one of the more diverse communities in the northern Rockies; you can find a mix of cowboys, students (Bozeman is home to Montana State University), outdoor adventurers and celebrities.
Bozeman still has a strong Western heritage, reflected in the many local museums and downtown galleries. But this recreation capital has more to offer than just its Western roots. You can find everything from symphonies and theaters to trout fishing and whitewater rafting.
With more than 300 sunny days a year, outdoor activities are abundant in and around Bozeman year-round. Hiking and biking trails run through the Gallatin National Forest, perfect for visitors of all ages. The Gallatin River is considered one of the best whitewater rafting runs in the Yellowstone area. Or if you don’t want to raft the river, this is also a popular destination for fly fishing. Also available are guided rock climbing, mountain climbing, biking and more.
Begin and end your road trip in Bozeman with a variety of activities for the entire group.
- John Bozeman was a native of Georgia who tried and failed at gold panning. Instead, he decided to become a promoter luring settlers to follow him to Montana where they could establish farms and ranches in the Gallatin Valley
- Bozeman sits at an average of 4,820 feet above sea level and is surrounded by six different mountain ranges