Recreation in Gallatin County

BridgerBowlWe are fortunate to live in a place that has so many opportunities for outdoor activities, from skiing/snowboarding, ice skating, and sledding in the winter to hiking, biking, and jogging in the summer months. And one of the best things about Gallatin County is that many of these activities are free!

 

Ice Skating

Some of Gallatin County’s city parks have ice rinks for skating in the winter months.

 

Bozeman Parks: http://www.bozeman.net/Departments-(1)/Park–Rec-Cemetery/Parks/Home.aspx

 

Belgrade Parks: http://ci.belgrade.mt.us/parks/

 

Sledding

Some popular Bozeman sledding hills include:

 

Peet’s Hill, at Church St. & Story St. on Bozeman’s south side.

 

Snowfill Park, just past the Bridger Creek Golf Course on McIlhattan Rd.

 

Dinosaur Park, corner of Oak St. and Davis Ln.

 

Skiing & Snowboarding

Bozeman has been voted “Best Ski Town” in a variety of magazines and websites for good reason: it’s surrounded by three world-class ski areas, including Bridger Bowl, Big Sky Ski Resort, and Moonlight Basin. Check out links to each resort to find the best lift ticket deals, along with area snow reports for up-to-date ski conditions:

 

Montana Snow Reports

 

Bridger Bowl

 

Big Sky Ski & Summer Resort

 

Walking/Jogging

Gallatin County has some great trails for walking and jogging in both the winter and summer. The Gallatin County L

and Trust has organized the Main Street to the Mountains trail system that covers 62 miles of trails throughout the area, including the Peet’s Hill trails in Bozeman and many more. For more information about these trails, check out: http://www.gvlt.org/trails/trail-maps/

 

Hiking/Biking

In the Gallatin

Valley, we are close to three different mountain ranges—the Bridgers, Spanish Peaks, and Gallatin

Mountains—and National Forest land that provides unlimited access to hiking with trails for all skill levels. There are also some great hiking trails that are close to town in Bozeman, including:

 

The M Trail – A 3-mile loop to the top of the M in the Bridger Mountain range. The trailhead is located at the start of Bridger Canyon.

 

Drinking Horse – A 2.2 mile loop to the top of Drinking Horse Mountain, with the trailhead located at the Fish Technology Center at the start of Bridger Canyon.

 

East Gallatin Recreation Area – Also known as Bozeman Beach, there’s a sandy beach, swimming, hiking trails, and a climbing boulder along with picnic tables and a fishing dock.

 

Burke Park/Peets Hill – Approximately 40 acres of open space with miles of trails and great views of Bozeman and the surrounding mountain ranges.

 

Main Street to the Mountain Trails – A Bozeman trail system organized by The Gallatin County Land Trust with trails all around town. (http://http://www.gvlt.org/trails/trail-maps/)

 

Story Hills – Private property that’s opened for public recreation during daylight hours, with a trail to the top of the hill. Located on the north side of town. From Main Street head north on Wallace Avenue. Wallace Ave will become L Street. As L Street turns to the left, it becomes Story Mill. Turn right onto Story Mill Road and continue to the posted trailhead on the right.

 

For more hiking and biking trails, see http://www.outsidebozeman.com/places/trails

 

Swimming

Take a dip on a hot summer day at a nearby lake, pond, pool, or splash park.

 

Hyalite Reservoir – Take a swim in the large (and cold) lake or relax by the water and enjoy the beautiful scenery. From Main Street in Bozeman, head 6.5 miles south on 19th Street and look for the turnoff to Hyalite Canyon on your left. Located 10.5 miles up Hyalite Canyon.

 

East Gallatin Recreation Area – Also known as Bozeman Beach, there’s a sandy beach, swimming, hiking trails, and a climbing boulder along with picnic tables and a fishing dock.

 

Bogert Pool – A public pool with a slide located at Bogert Park at 325 N. Church St. in Bozeman. Check here for hours and admission rates: http://www.bozeman.net/Departments-(1)/Park–Rec-Cemetery/Recreation/Aquatic/Bogert-Pool

 

Belgrade Splash Park – A great way for the kids to cool down, located at Lewis & Clark Park, 205 E. Main Street in Belgrade.

 

Skateboarding

A 5,000 square foot skate park was built in Bozeman, at Kirk Park on 20th Street across from Town & Country Foods. For more information, see http://www.skatemontana.com/park-bozeman.php.

 

Stay tuned for a Belgrade skate park: The Belgrade Skatepark Committee is a group of community volunteers working under Belgrade Youth Forum and working with local skateboarders/bikers and Gallatin Valley Skatepark Association to raise money to build a multi-use skate park in the Lewis and Clark Park. Coming soon!

 

City Parks

There are a number of city parks in Gallatin County with fun features to burn some of that kiddo energy, and nice patches of grass for a picnic or a place to relax in the sun. Check out the different parks and features, including the dog parks and the ice rinks.

 

Bozeman Parks: http://www.bozeman.net/Departments-(1)/Park–Rec-Cemetery/Parks/Home.aspx

 

Belgrade Parks: http://ci.belgrade.mt.us/parks/

 

Yellowstone National Park

In Gallatin County, we literally have Yellowstone National Park in our backyard. The nation’s first national park and one of the most widely visited, Yellowstone is home to 75 percent of the world’s geysers along with many other geologic wonders, abundant wildlife, waterfalls, and plenty of open space to explore.

 

For more information about visiting Yellowstone National Park, see http://www.nps.gov/yell/index.htm

 

Check out listings for Free Activities and Events in Gallatin County here.