Looking for things to do or want to try something new? Here are the 10 best things to do in Bozeman in winter.
——– Picture Taken at top of Schlasman’s lift on the Ridge at Bridger Bowl.
This one is a given. Bozeman is a Ski town, that’s for sure. Bridger Bowl
is just a 20-minute drive from downtown Bozeman, and it offers some of the best expert skiing in the nation. If you aren’t comfortable flying down chutes, don’t worry, Bridger Bowl has more than 75 runs with a wide variety of terrain difficulties. Big Sky Resort
is known as one of the Biggest Skiing in America with more than 5,800 skiable acres and 36 lifts. Located 45 minutes away from Bozeman, it’s easy to visit Big Sky for the day.
3. Winter Hiking
——- Picture Taken at East Gallatin Recreation Area
There are a few perks to winter hiking in Bozeman that are worth mentioning. For one, there is hardly any trail traffic, which means you can often have some of Bozeman’s most popular hiking trails all to yourself! Second, the scenery is different. If you grew tired of a Bozeman hiking
trail over the summer, revisit it in the winter – it’s a whole new world! Third, is there anything more beautiful than Bozeman’s snow-covered peaks?
4. Archery Leagues
———— Picture Taken at Big Sky Archery
Check out your local bow shop (Straight 6
or Big Sky Archery
) to see if they have a league. From women’s league, traditional, hunter, and most more. Going to leagues is a great way to meet new people or reconnect with people you know after the hunting season is over.
5. Ice Skating
In the winter months, there are several places in Bozeman where you can strap on some skates and enjoy a bit of ice skating. The Bogart Pavillion
on South Church Ave has a fully fenced ice rink, which is great for kids! Just a few blocks north of downtown, Beall Park has an ice rink & playground. And just off College Street, the South City Rink is a large rink with plenty of space for the whole family! Also, check out the City of Belgrade’s ice rink
on the corner of North Broadway and Park Street. It’s a small but good ice rink if you do not want to travel all the way to Bozeman.
6. Hot Springs
When you’ve got that winter chill in your bones, nothing does the trick quite like a soak in one of Bozeman’s many nearby hot springs. Bozeman Hot Springs
is a great place to spend the day. Not only can you spend hours soaking in their outdoor & indoor pools, but you can also enjoy the sauna, steam room & gym. Norris Hot Springs
is great for a night out with friends with live music every Friday, Saturday & Sunday. For a weekend escape, Chico Hot Springs
is a classic with lodging, incredible food, live music, and two open-air hot springs pools
7. Visit Local Bozeman Breweries
After a long day of fun activities in Bozeman, make sure to warm up your spirits at one of the many local breweries in town. Each of these unique Bozeman breweries brings its own spin on taste, ambiance, and technique so it’s difficult to rank one as “The best brewery in Bozeman”.
Here are some Breweries to check out:
8. Indoor Bozeman Winter Activity: Stay Warm in a Museum
Not ready to face the elements in Bozeman during winter? Luckily, the city has plenty of indoor options to keep you busy (and warm!) during your stay. Here are some of the best museums to explore in Bozeman for a cozy day inside:
Museum of the Rockies
Popularly known for its dinosaur and paleontological collections, there’s so much more on display! From the Taylor Planetarium, with daily shows, to ever-rotating fresh exhibits, you’ll easily spend an entire morning learning new things here. Click here for details
Gallatin History Museum
Dedicated to preserving the history of Southwest Montana, the Gallatin History Museum will share the unique stories of people and events that shaped Bozeman and the surrounding area to what it is today. You can also browse their enormous photo collection and take a reproduction of one home! Click here for details
9. Spire Climbing and Fitness
Whether you’re new to the climbing scene, visiting beautiful Bozeman, or you’ve been crushing for decades, Spire Climbing + Fitness has something for everyone. Their indoor climbing facility offers walls from 12-50 feet, with climbs for all ages and abilities. Indoor climbing is a great family activity, and their highly trained staff is here to show you the ropes and get your family scaling their walls!
10. Grab a Deliciously Big Breakfast or Lunch
Bozeman is home to some of the most delicious restaurants around! Check out the Nova Cafe, The Coffee Pot, or The Western Cafe for breakfast. For lunch and dinner, I suggest trying out Montana Ale Works, Dave’s Sushi, or Sidewinders.