Bozeman is a city in the Yellowstone Country of Montana.


Bozeman is a picturesque city in Gallatin County, Montana. It is the largest city in Gallatin County and is the county seat. Bozeman residents are known as Bozemanites.

With a population of 37,280 at the 2010 census, Bozeman is the fourth largest city in the state. The city is named after John M. Bozeman, founder of the Bozeman Trail. Located in the fastest-growing county in the state, Bozeman is an All-America City (awarded in 2001). In 2003 Bozeman was ranked #5 of the 40 Best College Towns in the USA by Outside Magazine. The American Cities Business Journal ranked Bozeman as the #1 Small Business Market among cities of comparable population sizes (awarded in 2005).

Bozeman is home to Montana State University. The population of the city nearly doubles during school semesters. Lodging may be difficult to find at the beginning of the school year, graduation and any time the Bobcats have a home football game.


 Climate Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Daily highs (°F) 36 39 48 57 65 74 83 83 72 59 43 34
Nightly lows (°F) 14 16 23 30 38 45 51 49 41 32 22 13
Precipitation (in) 0.8 0.8 1.4 2.3 3.2 3.1 1.5 1.4 1.4 1.7 1.2 0.9

   Data from NOAA (1981-2010)

Bozeman is one of the wettest cities in Montana, averaging 17.3 inches of precipitation annually. Mild springs and falls are punctuated by cold, snowy winters and relatively warm summers.


Bozeman is in south central Montana at an elevation of 4,795 feet. It is an Intermountain Grassland habitat, bordered closely by Montane Forest habitat. Bozeman is bordered on three sides by mountain ranges (Bridger, Gallatin, and Tobacco Root) making up the northern Rockies. To the south, you'll find Yellowstone National Park as well as Gallatin National Forest.

Bozeman's geographical location combined with its climate make for a lush, agriculturally rich and diverse location. It's close proximity to the mountains and forest lands creates a plethora of outdoor activities year-round.

Get in

By plane

  Bozeman Yellowstone Airport (IATA: BZN) is 10 miles northwest of Bozeman. The airport has year-round non-stop service to Chicago, Denver, Las Vegas, Minneapolis, Oakland, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, and Seattle. There is seasonal non-stop service to Atlanta, Detroit, Los Angeles, Portland (OR), and San Francisco. There are call taxis and hotel shuttles available to bring you into town.

By car

There are three exits from Interstate 90, the N. 19th exit, the N. 7th exit, and E. Main. The N. 19th exit, an endless expanse of chain stores and strip development, is furthest from downtown. The N. 7th exit is closer to downtown and has a wider selection of restaurants and hotels, but, though better than 19th St, still is not pedestrian-friendly. Many independent motels lie on E. Main St. within walking distance of downtown, which features a wide array of shopping and dining (almost entirely local independent businesses).

Bozeman is 87 miles east of Butte, Montana via I-90, 143 miles west of Billings, Montana. Yellowstone National Park is approximately 90 miles south via Route 89, or Route 191.

Get around



Adult Triceratops skull in Museum of the Rockies






Try the "Barmuda" triangle which consists of three dive bars arranged around a back lot between Main Street and Babcock at 8th ave. The Scoop faces Main Street and must be one of the oldest bars in town. A few pool tables, a few slot machines and TVs for the game. The Haufbrau is equally as old - if not older - but offers a small stage for locals and even a few out-of-towners to dish out their songcraft with anything from saws to buckets to fiddles or guitars. Great, friendly crowd unless you arrive before the local rednecks get sloshed. Bringing up the rear of the troika would be The Molly Brown. It's the biggest of the three, with a pool hall, poker tables and a couple rows of slot machines. Montana being one of those rare states that allows machine gambling, you might as well try your hand while passing through. A quick fifteen bucks would not be unheard of, but a vanished fifty is far more likely. All three of these bars are of eclectic crowd; college students, Montana hippies, construction workers, out-of-work ranchers, divorcees, and that one guy who operates under the illusion that cowboys still exist.


The Lewis & Clark Motel, a classic motel popular with Bozeman's tourists.

Go next

Routes through Bozeman

Butte Belgrade  W  E  Livingston Billings
Yellowstone N.P. Big Sky  S  N  Livingston Lewistown

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