B is for Bozeman

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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.

Sun River Canyon Dam

Ice on the reservoir at Sun River Canyon Dam (MT) – photo by kei

Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center

Bears and wolves at the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center in West Yellowstone, MT – photo by kei

Annual MSU American Indian Council Pow Wow

Dancers, drum circles, and spectators of the Annual MSU American Indian Council Pow Wow – photo by kei

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.

Montana

Montana

Montana

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?

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8 thoughts on “B is for Bozeman

  1. Esha Mookerjee Dutta

    What a vivid description! I could almost feel the place through your words… Brought it alive to me! Also makes me want to go there sometime soon!

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  2. claowue

    I don’t think I have ever been in Montana, but it seems to be beautiful there. I’ve travelled quite a lot in Canada and crossed the Rocky Mountains by train three times. Unfortunately always by night… I’m looking forward to next C-onday! 😉

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    • The Rockies in Montana definitely have a different character than the Canadian Rockies (in both visual impression and geologically), and I recommend travelling the whole of the Rockies for anyone who loves mountains and lovely views. I hope you will get to see them by day!!

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