Hylite Reservior, Gallatin Mountain Range, reflection, Bozeman, Montana
Silken Skein Falls, Hyalite Canyon, Gallatin Mountains, bozeman Montana
Silken Skein Falls in Hyalite Canyon.

Bozeman Montana was established in 1863, in Gallatin County which is 2,517 square miles in size. To put this in perspective, Gallatin County is larger than the states of Rhode Island or Delaware. Much of surrounding countryside is fertile farm fields, and over 40% is managed by the U.S. Forest Service which provides excellent recreational opportunities for residents and visitors. Agriculture continues to be the number one industry of the area, and wheat, and barley fields and picturesque old barns dot the landscape.

The great active lifestyle magazine, Outside Magazine, has rated Bozeman on of the 15 best “sport cities” in the country. Bozeman received this recognition because of outstanding opportunities for ice climbing, fly-fishing, downhill skiing, hunting, hiking, camping, climbing, canoeing, and kayaking. Bozeman is an angler's paradise with several outstanding streams and rivers within an hour's drive.

Arch Falls, Hyalite Canyon, gallatin moutnains, Bozeman, Montana
Arch Falls in Hyalite Canyon

The surrounding forests offer an escape from "city life," and with a short drive, you will find yourself in a whole new world. Camping, hiking, fishing, and biking are common weekend activities, just like Outside Magazine stated. In the spring and summer, wildflowers accentuate the beautiful landscape along numerous trails, and these same areas offer miles of cross-country skiing in the winter.

Bozeman is home to talented artists, professors, ranchers, and the craftsmen that make Gibson Guitars. Excellent galleries and eateries representing an array of styles and flavors line our city streets. You will also find opera, symphony, ballet, and rodeo, as well as The Sweet Pea Festival, Christmas Stroll and the Gallatin County Fair and Home of Montana State University,

Bozeman prides itself in offering small town ambiance with big city amenities. Nestled in the Gallatin Valley a high mountain valley at an elevation of 4,795 feet and is surrounded on three sides by the Bridger, Gallatin and Tobacco Root mountains.

World-renowned rivers such as the Madison, Gallatin and Yellowstone are all within 30 miles of town. But there’s also plenty of fish to be caught in the area’s numerous lakes and smaller streams including some right in town. From scenic pleasure floats in a raft or canoe to whitewater rafting and kayaking there are plenty of opportunities for all ages and skill levels to enjoy the rivers outside Bozeman.

Brown Trout, Gallatin River, Bozeman Montana, fly-fishing, net
Many trout like the German brown can be cought in the rivers around Bozeman

There is ample opportunity for touring and mountain biking Bozeman’s city streets and abundant single track trails throughout the nearby foothills and mountains.

Skiers and snowboarders have the run of three world-class destination resorts, all within an hour’s drive, including community-owned Bridger Bowl. Located 16 miles north of Bozeman, Bridger is renowned for powder so dry and wispy; locals dub it “the cold smoke.” Big Sky Resort and Moonlight Basin, an hour south of Bozeman, are ideal for those seeking a road trip in their pursuit of powder. For the cross-country skier Bohart Ranch, near Bridger Bowl, offers 25 km of groomed cross county trails or head out on your own on numerous back country options some of which begin in the middle of town.

Hiking trails range from easy to difficult are numerous in all elevations from 4,500 to over 10,000 feet. You can even hike on our “Main Street to the Mountains” trail system which starts at various points throughout town.

Hyalite Cree, Bozeman Montana, winter, deep snow, icy creek
Hyalite Creek in winter

In the spring and summer, wildflowers accentuate the beautiful landscape along numerous trails, and these same areas offer miles of cross-country skiing in the winter.

For thousands of years, Native Americans tribes including the Shoshone, Nez Perce, Blackfeet, Flathead and Sioux made the area their home, though the Gallatin Valley was not permanently held by any particular tribe.

William Clark visited the area in July 1806 as he traveled east from Three Forks along the Gallatin River. The party camped 3 miles (4.8 km) east of what is now Bozeman, at the mouth of Kelly Canyon. The journal entries from Clark's party briefly describe the future city's location in a place the local natives called the "Valley of the Flowers"

In 1863, John Bozeman, along with a partner named John Jacobs, opened the Bozeman Trail, an offshoot from the Oregon Trail leading to the mining town of Virginia City through the Gallatin Valley and the future location of Bozeman.

John Bozeman, with Daniel Rouse and William Bealle platted the town in 1864 stating "standing right in the gate of the mountains ready to swallow up all tenderfeet that would reach the territory from the east, with

Ice climbing
Ice Climbing is popular in the Gallatin Range

their golden fleeces to be taken care of. The Indian Wars closed the Bozeman Trail in 1868, but the town's fertile land attracted permanent settlers. In 1866 Nelson Story arrived with 3,000 head of longhorn cattle sneaking past angry Native Americans and the U.S. Army who tried to turn Story back for safety reasons. These first herd of longhorns formed the first cow herd establishing Montana's cattle industry.

Fort Ellis was established in 1867 by Captain R. S. LaMotte and two companies of the 2nd Cavalry, after the mysterious death of John Bozeman near Yellowstone and considerable political disturbance in the area led local settlers and miners to feel a need for added protection. The fort, named for Gettysburg casualty Colonel Augustus Van Horne Ellis, was decommissioned in 1886 and very few remains are left at the actual site, now occupied by the Fort Ellis Experimental Station of Montana State University In addition to Fort Ellis, a short-lived fort, Fort Elizabeth Meahger (also simply known as Fort Meagher), was established in 1867 by volunteer militiamen. This fort was located eight miles east of town on Rock Creek.

Whitewater rafting, house rock, gallatin river, Bozeman Montana
Whitewater Raftaing is great fun on the Gallatin River 30 miles south of Bozeman

Northern Pacific Railway tracks finally reached the small town in 1883. By 1900, Bozeman's population reached 3,500.

Bozeman - An ideal place to recreate! Clean air, national forest access less than 10 miles away and a moderate climate makes this a perfect place for outdoor recreation. For those who like to stay a little closer to home enjoy shopping, parks, world-class museums, and arts, and cultural opportunities. Residents of Bozeman receive the benefits of a wonderful standard of living with year-round recreational and cultural events. Bozeman is the place to be for that small town feel with big city amenities. Bozeman is the perfect place to do everything or nothing at all.

Located in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, Bozeman is truly a remarkable community. The area at large encompasses over 50,000 people with backgrounds and cultures as diverse as the Montana landscape. From cattle ranchers to high tech engineers, the area is home to a breed of people who have come to appreciate an unmatched quality of life. While retaining a small town feel, Bozeman prides itself on offering community activities and programs typically available only in larger, metropolitan areas. Combine the wide array of resources with an abundance of outdoor recreational opportunities and it's easy to understand why Bozeman ranks as one of the nation's most liveable cities.



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Bozeman artist Geogia Baker is painting Grizzly Bears for the Sierra Club to raise money for Grizzly Bear advocacy.   Go to her website, buy a painting to help save the Grizzlies.  Half the price goes to the bears.


Artist Georgia Baker
Red Barn, Bozeman Montana Barn, buckrail fence, bozeman montana
The barns of Bozeman reflect are reminders of its farming heritage before it became a hip place for outdoor enthusiasts to migrate to.

3 days in Bozeman - by Sophie-Claire Hoeller

• Montana, aka 'Boz Angeles.' Here's what surprised me most about one of the fastest-growing cities in the US.

  • Bozeman, Montana, was named the fastest-growing US city of its size in 2018, and often tops lists of the best places to live in the country.
  • Spending three days there, I saw a bustling Main Street filled with trendy cafés and restaurants, and locals who enjoy easy access to hiking, biking, fly-fishing, and skiing.
  • However, I also saw a huge amount of construction and found it to be surprisingly expensive for a small town.

Bozeman Trail before John Bozeman: A busy land• by Robert Utley,
The Great Father sends us presents and wants us to sell him the road, but White Chief goes with soldiers to steal the road before the Indians say Yes or No."So Red Cloud is supposed to have exploded angrily when Colonel Henry B. Carrington's infantry interrupted the Fort Laramie peace council of 1866. Off he stormed with his Oglala warriors, and the war for the Bozeman Trail was on.

Fly Fishing Opportunities near Bozeman, Montana • By Brant Oswald
The fly fishing opportunities found near Bozeman, Montana are well known to most folks in the FFF community. Rather than repeat the same information that is available from a multitude of other sources, here are a few tips from a local on the area’s best fishing

In the Bozone • by Peter Fish
After just one day in Bozeman, Montana, I was compiling a list of all the reasons my family and I had to move here right away:

MSU acquires records of legendary fly fishing publisher • By Tracy Ellig
Bozeman - In the past 30 years, any reader of fly fishing books has likely turned the pages of something published by Nick Lyons. Lyons, who sought the best writing on angling and put it into print, is regarded as one of the most important forces in the publication of fly fishing books in America.

Empty slopes in Montana
There wasn't really a story at all until the former US television news "anchor" Chet Huntley embarked on creating a ski resort on the eastern face of the mountain, which is about 60 miles south of Bozeman in Montana.

Hemingway Adventure, Bozeman, Montana
On November 1930, when Archie MacLeish flew out to Montana to see his friend Ernest hospitalised in Billings after a serious car crash, it took him two days to get there and he called it ‘the most hair raising flight of my life’.

Mountain Meadows Guest Ranch, Bozeman Montana• By Kimberly Lisagor
I'd Just plunged my fork into a yolky eggs Benedict when Alex, my seven-year-old breakfast companion, posed a question: "Have you ever seen deer guts? They smell baaaad." In any other setting, this might seem strange. Not so in Mountain Meadows Guest Ranch's corner of Montana, 52 miles south of Bozeman, where elk far outnumber humans and a curious young traveler can collect a lifetime's worth of gross-out facts in a single day.

Great ski resorts you've never heard of
If you're serious about ditching the crowds, try one of these powder-heavy, laid-back, easy-on-your-wallet alternatives to the usual Rocky Mountain mayhem. Located about 16 miles north of Bozeman, Montana, on Highway 86, Bridger Bowl Ski Area has 2,000 feet of vertical, great intermediate glade skiing, and some of the gnarliest rock-strewn couloirs in the West. With 25 percent beginner terrain, 35 percent intermediate, 30 percent advanced, and 10 percent hike-in extreme skiing, Bridger has plenty to offer skiiers of all levels. Despite the fact that ultra-funky Bozeman is only a 20-minute drive away, Bridger is blissfully crowd-free--thanks to a new quad that's increased lift capacity by 43 percent. For slopeside accommodations, rent a privately owned condo or opt for the low-key bed and breakfast. Be aware that they only have 75 beds on the mountain, so most people stay down the road in Bozeman (the airport is just 10 minutes outside of town).

Peak Named for Alex Lowe
September 22, 2005 Alex Lowe spent a lifetime inscribing his legacy on mountains all over the world; now one of them will bear the late climber’s name. The U.S. Board on Geographic Names has approved Alex Lowe Peak as the new name of a Montana mountain, in honor of the climber considered one of the finest of his generation. Alex Lowe Peak, formerly known only as Unnamed Peak 10,031 — a number corresponding to its elevation—is southwest of Mount Blackmore in Gallatin National Forest, near Lowe’s hometown of Bozeman.

Thanksgiving Buck - The mule deer of a lifetime
Montana isn’t known as the place to go for trophy mulies, rightfully so, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t any good bucks in Big Sky Country. I’m not going to say exactly where I found this guy, but I think a little background on my development as a hunter and the steps that led me to him will be revealing. I have always had the hunting bug, but my father didn’t hunt big game and the relatives who occasionally took me were pretty much road hunters. I managed to kill a few deer and antelope in my teen years, but never really got the opportunity to hunt much until my college days in Bozeman. I can still clearly remember the first time I was lurking down a ridge in the Bridgers and got what I call the "predator feeling", that right-brain thing where you stop thinking in words and are just "there" with all senses turned up to ten. I haven’t been the same since.

The Face Of Bozeman • By Ann Marie Gardner
No longer a cow town, Bozeman -- in Big Sky Country, Montana -- has been nicknamed Boz Angeles because of an influx of Californians and celebrities. This has resulted in ranchers cashing out and Wal-Mart moving in, although downtown Bozeman still has plenty of charm, along with mountain views. And while it has been known to snow in August, on most weekends you'll find the whole town -- and its many dogs -- floating down the Madison and Yellowstone Rivers on inner tubes.

MusicVilla.com • Music Villa is located in beautiful downtown Bozeman, Montana. Home of the Gibson Acoustics Premier Showroom, we are a full line dealer selling quality musical products for everyone from beginner to expert and hobbyist to collector. Our web site shows just a sample of our large inventory, so if you are interested in a product that you dont see here, please feel free to call us at 406-587-4761, Email us or just stop by if you are in the neighborhood! .................I did and the owner let me in to see the Gibsons even though he was closed and knowing that I was a looker and not a buyer. He is so proud of his product he personally showed me his pride and joys that wen't on the showroom floor. If I can ever afford a musical piece of art, I am buying it in Bozeman at Music Villa. - Publisher - Greater Yellowstone Resource Guide.

Greater Yellowstone News
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Bald eagle, eaglet, Greater Yellowstone
The babies are begining to show up all over Yellowstone.
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Save Our Grizzles

Are egos endangering some of our bears?

I was in Yellowstone when a text from a friend at 5am gave me the good news of COY (new bear cubs), then my heart sank because I knew what was ahead upon a moments reflection of which sow it was, after 34 years here I had seen this movie before. ..... rest of article

Addendum, The cubs lived through the hazing but it continues as does the irisponsible gratuttus Facebook faming of this bear family. A link to the USF&W about possible plans to euthanize the bear family Link

Is social media ruining our nature excursions?

Social media, the curse and blessing of the twenty-first century. A focus on the evolution of the problem inflicted on nature, ways of to mitigate how it affects our beautiful places, our wildlife, our experience. Dichotomies and conundrums to ponder.  Since the advent of the digital photography and its ease of use and economy after initial investment, America and the world have hit the road and the road comes back to us on our social media. .................... rest of article Addendum, this is getting worse than ever.


Charging Mountain Lion
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Study: More elk killed by cougars than by wolves in Idaho: More elk are being killed by cougars than by wolves in Idaho, a study by the state Department of Fish and Game has found.The study found that wolves accounted for 32% of adult female elk deaths and 28% of elk calf deaths, while cougars accounted for 35% of adult female elk deaths and 45% of elk calf deaths. The study also found ............ rest of story

Crying wolf, or cause for alarm?

Whether a wolf evokes terror, admiration or curiosity, advocates for the animal are focusing on a single question: Can humans and wolves co-exist in Colorado?

High Country Conservation Advocates (HCCA) in collaboration with the Rocky Mountain Wolf Project hosted a panel discussion this past Friday that revisited the controversial conversation of wolves in the Western United States.However, this time around, wolf advocates are taking the question to the ballot rather than federal and state wildlife managers — with hopes of Colorado voters welcoming the animal. “Colorado is the gap,” .............Rest of article

Hungry Wolves


Huge Yellowstone Cutthroat trout
Huge Yellowstone Cutthroat trout

Return of the Yellowstone cutthroat trout by Kelsey Dayton

The water in Atlantic Creek in the remote Thorofare region of Yellowstone National Park was clear. So clear that Dave Sweet could see the fish before he even cast. They were everywhere: dozens of beautiful trout with distinctive red slashes under their jaws. Sweet had journeyed for two days on horseback to the major spawning tributaries of Yellowstone Lake for those fish. Over the next few days he and his daughter would see thousands of Yellowstone cutthroat trout and catch some as long as 25 inches. But just as exciting were the younger, smaller fish. They, Sweet realized, mark a turning point in a battle to save a species..................... Rest Of Story

Yellowstone region grizzly bears delisted; see you in court

As announced in June, the U.S. government lifted protections for grizzly bears in the Yellowstone region today, though it will be up to the courts to decide whether the revered and feared icon of the West stays off the threatened species list.The Humane Society of the United States and its affiliate the Fund for Animals, filed a notice of intent on June 30 to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over removing federal protections for grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.  Other anti-hunting or animal welfare groups are expected to follow suit, so to speak.................... rest of story

Grizzly Bear Photos
Livingston Montana

The Resort Town Curse
by Daryl L. Hunter

In 1962 as a child my family went through Carmel California, and after my exclaimation how beautiful the place was, my mother explained to me that it was against the law to cut down a tree in the town and it was so beautiful. I wondered why every town didn't do that. A few years later my hometown, San Luis Obispo, did enact all kinds of restricted zoning like Carmel's as a part of an urban renewal plan, and now I couldn't afford to move back there if I wanted to. This town is now populated with what they call "Grey Gold", rich retired people that ran up the property values so high that native born could no longer afford to live there. I have lived in many resort towns since, and I have noticed a trend. I am attracted to them when they are still little, quaint and undiscovered, but it usually isn't long before word spreads about the next great place. ..............   Rest of story

A Protective Firewall For Grizzlies
By Daryl L. Hunter

The delisting of the Yellowstone Grizzly Bear is imminent and this we should celebrate (''''dancing''''). Now that our happy dance is complete, we must ensure the grizzlies' recovery is permanent. To ensure "continuity of achievement," the grizzlies need a firewall to protect the success of this achievement from human foible.

The Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee was formed in 1983 to help ensure recovery of viable grizzly bear populations and their habitat in the lower 48 states through interagency coordination of policy, planning, management, and research. Many people have been working on this recovery for decades, for some; it has been most of their career. I can understand why the delisting of the grizzly before their retirement is their goal. A metaphorical gold watch if you will.

Many will argue differently,................. Rest of Article

Blondie the Grizzly Sow and her three cubs, where these four bears roam in the Teton Wilderness is likely to open to hunting someday soon, this must not happen.
Grizzly sow and cub

Yellowstone roadside grizzlies worth rangers' hassle???

Yellowstone visitors would pay an additional $41 to ensure seeing roadside grizzlies, a study shows, and the attraction creates 155 jobs and more than $10 million a year for the regional economy. The $41 visitors would pay is on top of the $25-per-vehicle entrance fee. If Yellowstone no longer allowed grizzly bears to use roadside habitat — and instead chased, moved or killed them — the regional economy would lose more than $10 million a year and 155 jobs according to the paper "The economics of roadside bear viewing."............................Rest of story

Some Yellowstone wolves would be protected under Montana bill

Some wildlife have an “outsized value,” such as wolves that wander from Yellowstone National Park into Montana, argued Sen. Mike Phillips, D-Bozeman, on Thursday. Consequently, those animals should be protected from hunters and trappers in two wolf management units in Park County, which borders Yellowstone..............Rest of story

Three Wolves

Helpful ebook for photographers

The Grand Teton Photo and Field Guide is an encapsulation of the flora, fauna, and photography of Jackson Hole Wyoming and Grand Teton National Park. Also included are thumbnails of the history and geology of the valley. This book is for all visitors with a desire to seek out wildlife, photograph the landscape, or merely learn about the history, geology, and lay of the land of Grand Teton National Park. The author provides general overviews including hot links with more in-depth descriptions of subjects of individual interest.

In the “Lay of the Land” section, includes the obvious highlights along the loop through Grand Teton Park. Hot links to side roads will give you more in-depth description of side roads and feeder roads and their highlights. Also included are descriptions of all two-rut roads that are legal to travel on in Grand Teton Park. GPS links to Google Maps are provided throughout.

As a field guide, profiles of most of animals and birds in the area are described. Jackson Hole is full of wildlife but there are places where animals are, and there are places where they are not. It is a waste of time to scrutinize a landscape devoid of what you are looking for, so this guide narrows options down to the hot spots. I provide maps of the likeliest places to find the popular critters of Grand Teton National Park. I also touch on trees, shrubs, and wildflowers with minimal explanations.  

flying Gees and grizzly cub

Grizzlies and geese, click to see larger

The grandeur of Grand Teton Park has made it one of the most photographed places in the world. The opportunity to harness multiple juxtapositional elements has drawn photographers for over a century since William Henry Jackson took the first photos here in 1878. Grand Teton Park’s plethora of famous vistas are profiled as well as many which are less clichéd that can bring new perspectives of a well-documented landscape. Grand Tetons’ iconic landscape photo opportunities are described in detail; however, they barely scratch the surface of opportunities as it takes a photographer with an artist’s eye to unveil as they follow their own intuition and vision.  The author who shies away from clichéd landscapes provides a chapter of his favorite places that aren’t landscape clichés.

In the photography section the author includes chapters on composition, exposure basics, when to shoot and why. Daryl has summarized what he teaches in his, half day, Grand Teton workshops in a simple concise way.

If you are only in Grand Teton Park for a day there is a chapter called the “Portfolio Packer Morning Trip,” that does just that, all the icons and several favorite places in a five our blitz.  But it is better to spend more time and dig deep into the embarrassment of riches of Grand Teton National Park................. More Info

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