Sadly, so many of our favorite fall activities have been canceled in Bozeman this year. The long-standing hay bale maze is canceled, and our beloved Bobcat football games will not be happening. We've updated this list with all the fall activities you can do in Bozeman in 2020.
#1 Visit Rocky Creek Farm
A visit to Rocky Creek Farm is a classic Bozeman tradition in the fall, and fun for the whole family! From late September to Halloween, the Fall Festival at Rocky Creek Farm is in full swing. They have hay rides to the pumpkin patch, apple picking, cider pressing, and more! They also have a farm stand that will be stocked with seasonal produce, carving pumpkins, apple cider, and many more items. While they are under new ownership, the new owners have done a fantastic job of keeping this Bozeman tradition alive.
#2 Go to the Montana Corn Maze
With the Bozeman hay bale maze canceled this year, we are happy to have the Montana Corn Maze as another fun fall activity! Located in Manhattan, this farm is offering as many COVID-19 safe activities as they can. According to their website, they will have the 5-acre maze available as well as a barrel trail for kids and a wagon ride to and from the maze. Visit their website for details. Photo credit: Montana Corn Maze Facebook page.
#3 Visit our local farms & farmers market
With harvest season in full swing, fall is the best time to visit Bozeman farms. One of our favorites, Chance Farms has a farm stand at their farm that is stocked several times a week with weekly produce. They accept all types of payments including cash, checks, and Venmo which makes it even easier! It is open 24/7. The Bozeman Winter Farmers' market also begins in the fall and it is a great way to find a wide variety of locally made goods and food. The Fall markets begin on Saturday, October 3rd at the Gallatin Valley Fairgrounds and continue on select Saturdays throughout the rest of the year. Click here for dates and directions.
#4 Try an escape room
Escape Rooms have gotten very popular over the last few years, and for a good reason, they are so fun! Escape Rooms are mystery game that puts you into a themed adventure with a mystery that you have one hour to solve. There are many different themes including Apollo 13, a diamond heist, and a missing Alice in Wonderland. There are two in Bozeman, the Bozeman Breakout Escape Room and Escape 406.
#5 Pitch a hammock in Lindley Park
Lindley Park is beautiful year-round, but as the leaves start to turn, this is the place you want to be! Tie your hammock to a tree and enjoy looking up at all the changing leaves. If a hammock isn't your style, bring a blanket or camp chairs.
#6 Take your bike for a spin
Have you ever ridden a bike through a pile of leaves? We don’t care how old you are, this is one of the best fall activities. Hop on your bike and enjoy the crisp fall air. Find the nearest Main Street to the Mountains trail access and explore this wonderful network of trails that winds throughout Bozeman. One of our favorite new bike rides in Bozeman starts at the new Story Mill Park and takes the "Path to the M", a paved multi-use path on the north side of Bridger Drive, to the M and Drinking Horse trailheads.
#7 Grab a pumpkin-spice-something and stroll downtown
There are a handful of great locally-owned coffee shops downtown that will be serving up some delicious, fall-inspired drinks. So grab a pumpkin spice something at Wild Joes, Rockford Coffee or Zocalo Coffee House and take a walk downtown!
#8 Go on a hike
Lucky for us, there are so many trails in and around Bozeman where you can enjoy the fall colors along with beautiful views, lakes, and waterfalls. Click here for our list of the best fall hikes in Bozeman.
#9 Go rock climbing
Before our mountains get covered in snow, be sure to get out there to get some climbing in! Lucky for us there are hundreds of rock climbing routes in Bozeman. From the beginner, friendly Practice Rock to the Fugitive climb in Gallatin Canyon, there are tons of options out there for every skill level.
#10 Pumpkin carving contest
We can't say for sure if this event is happening this year, but it's one of our favorites so we are keeping it on the list! The Kenyon Noble Annual Junior Carpenter Pumpkin Carving Contest is a free event open to kids 12 and under. Kenyon Noble provides the pumpkins, and awards prizes to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. They have three event locations in Belgrade, Bozeman, and Livingston. You can check the community page of their website for updates.