It’s day 2 of the A to Z Challenge, and that means the letter B! Today, we will explore Bozeman, in the state of Montana.
Bozeman is the fourth largest city in Montana, but it still encompasses a small-town feel. Bozeman is nestled in a valley surrounded by mountains. The town was named after John Bozeman, a savvy entrepreneur who established the Bozeman Trail for early settlers and is presently a college town mainly sustained by the university, agriculture, and small businesses.
The town is surrounded by the Bridger Mountains (NE), the Tobacco Root Mountains (WSW), the Big Belt Mountains (NW), the Gallatin Range (S), and the Spanish Peaks (SSW). This idyllic location is the perfect place for outdoor sports in any season: skiing at Bridger Bowl or Moonlight Basin in the winter, fishing and hiking in the numerous lakes and peaks in the mild summer. It is also a central base for exploration of many other natural wonders, such as the Headwaters of the Missouri River, Lewis and Clark Caverns, and even Yellowstone National Park.
In addition to the charismatic megafauna and the natural beauty, Montana has a rich Native American cultural history. There are 7 federally recognized tribes whose histories are tied to Montana, Bozeman, and the surrounding country. Visitors can experience a small part of tribal cultures at the annual Pow Wow at the university in Bozeman, the Crow Fair at Crow Agency, MT, the Museum of the Rockies, or at one of the many cultural centers.
The winters in Bozeman are long and cold with great downhill and backcountry skiing, while the summers are dry, warm, and mild and provide ample opportunities for hiking, fishing, camping, and other outdoor adventures. You can find a cold, subalpine lake with no one else around if you get a little creative, or you can simply go a few miles out of town and find a quick hike. It’s a great place to find solitude and surround yourself with nature.
Have you visited Montana? What is your favorite place to go to commune with nature?