Bozeman Montana = Spectacular!
This amazing town is surrounded by wilderness, National Forests, and Yellowstone National Park making it the ideal location for anyone who enjoys the great outdoors. Only minutes outside the town there is world class skiing, hiking, mountain climbing, rafting, biking, fishing, horse riding and much more. Bozeman has managed to hold onto a large amount of its historical past with great original buildings, open spaces and relaxing feel. As one of the larger towns in Montana, it has managed to retain its small town feel. It has a large selection of retail shops, parks, museums and farmers markets that feature all locally grown produce, handmade crafts and even live entertainment that is worth a visit.
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Trafoodel Recommends Restaurants…
Bozeman also has a great food scene with the majority of restaurants taking advantage of all the fresh produce of the local farms. If you like to dine in a more formal environment, our choice is the Emerson Grill, The local Lamb Shank braised with rosemary anchovy sauce and smashed potatoes are not to be missed. YUM! If you are wanting a more casual feel we highly recommend Montana Ale Works, one of the great micro breweries in Bozeman. The Taco dip, Wagyu and Mac & Cheese mixed with a beer or cocktail is a winning combination.
Montana Ale Works
Trafoodel Recommends Accommodation…
For accommodation in and around Bozeman, there is large variety to choose from. Trafoodel Recommends the outstanding boutique hotel, Gallatin River Lodge. It is situated 15-20 minutes west of Bozeman located on a ranch with private access to the Gallatin River. It is a one of a kind luxury Montana Inn with all the original Montana character presented in luxury. The Hotel accommodates up to 25 Guests and has Six rooms that have Jacuzzi tubs and fireplaces and another 6 rooms that include one two bedroom suite. Overall a fantastic hotel.
Another Great hotel in a more modern style is the Spring Hill Suites. Situated minutes away from the historical down town area of Bozeman, it offers spacious clean rooms with all the modern amenities. You can choose a king or two queen beds with sofa bed which can accommodate up to five people and is great for a family. The hotel also offers an indoor heated pool, gym and Outdoor area with seating and fire pit. Overall a great hotel and Trafoodel’s choice if you are wanting to be closer to town.
Gallatin River Lodge
Bozeman is the sunniest city in Montana, averaging over 300 sunny days per year. Bozeman’s average annual rainfall is 41 cm and humidity is low in both summer and winter. Due to the dry climate, summers are pleasant with warm days and cool nights. Mild winter weather in Gallatin Valley is not unusual, and more than a week of consistently cold weather is infrequent.
Due to its location, the length of the day varies significantly over the course of the year. The shortest day is December 21 with 8:41 hours of daylight; the longest day is June 20 with 15:42 hours of daylight.
Bozeman Summer Weather
Due to its elevation of 1,461 meters, summer temperature changes from day to night can be significant with warm sunny days and cool nights. Summer temperatures can range from 21 to 32 degrees Celsius with few days exceeding 34 degrees, and lows in the mid-4s to low 10s.
Bozeman Winter Weather
Winters in Bozeman are characterised by fluctuating temperatures with increasingly mild winters in the valley. December is typically the coldest month, with average high temperatures of 1 degrees Celsius, and average low temperature of -11 degrees Celsius. Average annual snowfall in the valley is 185 cm. The ski areas of Bridger Bowl and Big Sky are located in the mountains surrounding the valley and get over 760 cm of snow annually.
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Palisade Falls is located near the Hyalite Reservoir south of Bozeman. The short, paved, half mile hike to the falls begins at the East Fork of Hyalite Creek. Follow the forested trail up to the amazing 80-foot waterfall. The trail is wheelchair accessible with picnic tables at the trailhead.
There are a waterfall and a creek at the end of this hike and due to the short distance, there will not be a need to purify water. It’s always a good idea to have a bottle of water especially if you’re not used to the higher altitude. There is a large parking lot at the trailhead. Even during high traffic times, you should be able to find a spot.
Bridger Bowl Ski
2000 acres of accessible terrain feature Bridger Bowl Ski Area’s light and fluffy snow. Averaging 889 cm of snow a year with a 2,700ft vertical rise. Serviced by eight chairlifts, skiers and riders will find terrain to accommodate the very beginner to the expert skiers and riders. The 20-minute hike to the terrain of the “The Ridge” is known for its steep chutes and open powder fields, while over 75 named trails vary from easiest through the advanced and expert terrain. With a small town atmosphere, bridger bowl complements the “Ski the Cold Smoke” experience.
Yellowstone National Park’s 2 million acres are home to an incomparable combination of natural beauty, rugged wilderness, majestic peaks and abundant wildlife, as well as the world’s largest concentration of geysers and thermal features. The iconic spots such as Old Faithful, Lower Falls and Yellowstone Lake may be familiar from paintings and photographs, but seeing them in person is an amazing experience that you will enjoy.
As a national park, Yellowstone is open year-round and each season provides travellers with a distinct experience ranging from wildlife-watching adventures to backcountry treks and fall-foliage tours to guided snowmobiling. To help you determine which time of year you’d like to explore Yellowstone National Park, we’ve included an overview of each season below.
Summer in Yellowstone
Summer is the park’s busiest season, but it’s also a beautiful time of year to visit. When planning a summer road trip through Yellowstone National Park, plan to make your accommodations and activity reservations early. As the park welcomes a majority of its travellers during summer, be sure to get off-the-beaten-path by taking a hike (check out the trail system here) and plan to depart for your day’s adventures early. For more, read 7 Ways to Experience Yellowstone this Summer.
See Autumn Foliage in Yellowstone
Autumn brings comfortable days, chilly evenings, crisp mountain air, elk bugling and an array of colourful foliage to Yellowstone National Park. Wildlife is active in the park during autumn, especially as grizzly and black bears fill their bellies to prepare for the upcoming winter hibernation. Elk are also in rut and visitors will hear bugling in the park, especially in the early morning and at dusk. If wildlife-watching opportunities and quieter trails are high on your Yellowstone National Park travel list, Autumn is a beautiful time of year to explore the park.
Yellowstone National Park’s Winter Wonderland
Winter in Yellowstone is truly a unique and intimate experience. Although most roads in the park are closed to vehicles, visitors can travel through the park in snow coaches or on snowmobiles with a guide. In winter the park becomes a snow-covered wonderland that allows visitors to cross-country ski or snowshoe on miles of trails, watch bison trudge through the snow or simply escape for a quiet and majestic retreat. In the winter, guests can stay inside the park at the Old Faithful Snow Lodge and Cabinsor Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel. Both locations have dining facilities and visitor centres that are open year-round.
Spring: Yellowstone’s Undiscovered Season
Appropriately known as the park’s undiscovered season, spring brings additional road openings, with all roads being open by the end of May. If you’re looking for an uncrowded trip to Yellowstone National Park, spring is an ideal time to plan your trip, with activities that include hiking on lower-elevation trails, wildlife watching (bison and elk calve during April and May) and spring biking.
The Monn Basin resort adds to the acreage of Big Sky to provide 75,000 acres of terrain! They have a range of runs from long and varied blues to exquisite double black diamond chutes to jump into.
Hyalite Canyon is among the top ice climbing destinations in America with over 250 routes with varying difficulties. Routes range from the moderate ice climbs such as the historic “Mummy Cooler I & II” (WI 2 & WI 3+) to some of the hardest mixed climbs in the U.S. Most of the climbs are accessed from the Grotto Falls Parking Lot at the end of the main road which is plowed until March 31.
The East Fork Road is open until January 1 and depending on conditions may provide convenient access to Palisade Falls and other routes. After January 1 you will need to ski or snowshoe from the East Fork Parking Lot.
The Gallatin River fishing
The Gallatin River begins at Gallatin Lake, which is located high in the mountains of the Gallatin Range in Yellowstone National Park and flows for 115 miles to its end at the beginning of the Missouri River in Three Forks. Throughout its length, the Gallatin River offers a very wide variety of water, excellent river access, relatively low fishing pressure and gorgeous scenery.
The Gallatin River runs for more than twenty-five miles in Yellowstone National Park. While in the park, floating on the river is not permitted and special fishing regulations apply. After the river leaves Yellowstone National Park, it flows predominantly through public lands for the next 60 km. Since a highway closely follows the river this entire distance, access is excellent. All an angler has to do to fish in the upper section of the Gallatin (above Spanish Creek) is to pull over to the side of the road and go.
Considering The A Move to Bozeman?
After visiting Bozeman and experiencing the great outdoors and fresh air you might decide to move to Bozeman permanently.
Below is a list of “Must Do’s” to consider before you make the move,
Start a “move file” to keep track of estimates, receipts and other information.
Research your new community
The local Chamber of Commerce is a great place to find information about your new home. Find out about what’s happening in Bozeman.
Gather medical and dental records, including prescriptions and shot records. Ask your existing doctors if they can refer you to care providers in your new city.
Prepare your children
Arrange to have school records transferred to your children’s new school district and/or daycare. Involve your children in the moving process, from picking out the new home to packing their toys. Relocating can be a “scary” adventure, so make sure you talk to your family about the move. Talk about the new community and discuss how to make new friends.
• RETURN LIBRARY BOOKS AND PICK UP DRY CLEANING OR ITEMS OUT FOR REPAIR.
• CALL YOUR LOCAL NEWSPAPER AND SET A DATE TO CANCEL YOUR SUBSCRIPTION.
• CALL YOUR INSURANCE AGENT TO SEE WHAT CHANGES TO EXPECT IN YOUR POLICIES. ASK IF MOVING IS COVERED AND ARRANGE FOR INSURANCE FOR YOUR NEW HOME.
• CONTACT HEALTH CLUBS OR OTHER ORGANIZATIONS TO WHICH YOU BELONG. ASK HOW YOU CAN END, SELL OR TRANSFER YOUR MEMBERSHIP.
• CONTACT YOUR BANK AND/OR CREDIT UNION TO TRANSFER OR CLOSE ACCOUNTS. CLEAR OUT SAFETY DEPOSIT BOXES. PICK UP TRAVELER’S CHECKS OR CASH FOR “ON THE ROAD” EXPENSES.
Keep in touch
File a change of address. If you don’t know what your new address will be, ask the postal service to hold your mail in their office in your new city. Make a list of friends, relatives and businesses that will need to know of your move and send your new Bozeman, Montana address to them as soon as possible. Postal forwarding time is limited.
Decide what items need to go before your move and plan a yard sale or contact your local charities. If you donate, be sure to get a receipt for income tax purposes. Make a list of things that are valuable or difficult to replace. Ship these items by certified mail or carry them with you.
Start collecting boxes and other packing supplies at least a month before your move. Use up things that can’t be moved, such as frozen foods, bleach and aerosol cleaners. Dispose of flammables, corrosives and poisons. Drain all gas and oil from your mower and other motors. Gas grills, kerosene heaters, etc. must be emptied as well. Empty, defrost and clean your refrigerator at least 24 hours before moving day.
Reserve your moving truck
Do this at least a few weeks before your relocation move. If you need a ramp or other loading equipment, make reservations with a local equipment-rental yard.
As moving day gets closer, finish packing and prepare a box with the essentials. Keep these items handy, preferably in your automobile. Don’t forget to include extra clothing, toiletries and snacks for the kids. Other things to consider are:
- COFFEE CUPS, PAPER PLATES, PAPER TOWELS
- PLASTIC FORKS, SPOONS, KNIVES
- DISH SOAP, TRASH BAGS, TOWELS
- PHONE BOOKS, PENCILS AND PAPER, YOUR “MOVE FILE”
- TELEPHONE, RADIO, BATTERIES
- SCISSORS, MASKING TAPE, UTILITY KNIFE, CAN OPENER
- TOILET PAPER, PRESCRIPTIONS, ASPIRIN OR OTHER PAIN RELIEVERS
- FLASHLIGHT, LIGHT BULBS, HAMMER
- TOYS FOR THE KIDS
Before leaving your old home, check every room, closet and cabinet one last time. Make sure everything is loaded. Leave a note with your new address in the house so future occupants can forward any stray mail..and don’t forget your skis!