10 Best Things to Do in Bozeman During the Winter - Bozeman Real Estate Group
10 Best Things to Do in Bozeman During the Winter

10 Best Things to Do in Bozeman During the Winter

On Dec 08, 2023

Bozeman, Montana is a winter wonderland for those who like the outdoors. From ice climbing in Hyalite Canyon to skiing at Bridger Bowl, if you are willing to embrace the cold temperatures, there is so much to do in Bozeman in the winter! But don’t worry, If you aren’t a fan of the cold, or the snow, there are still things to do around here. Keep reading for the 10 best things to do in Bozeman this winter.

1. Skiing (of course)

This one is a given. Bozeman is a ski town, there's no doubt about it. Bridger Bowl is just a 20-minute drive from downtown Bozeman and it offers some of the best expert skiing in the nation. If you aren't comfortable flying down chutes, don't worry, Bridger Bowl has more than 75 runs with a wide variety of terrain difficulty. Big Sky Resort is known as the Biggest Skiing in America with more than 5,800 skiable acres and 36 lifts. Located 45 minutes away from Bozeman, it's easy to visit Big Sky for the day.

2. Winter Hiking

There are a few perks to winter hiking in Bozeman that are worth mentioning. For one, there is hardly any trail traffic which means you can often have some of Bozeman’s most popular hiking trails all to yourself! Second, the scenery is different. If you grew tired of a Bozeman hiking trail over the summer, revisit it in the winter – it’s a whole new world! Third, is there anything more beautiful than Bozeman's snow-covered peaks? Check out our list of the best winter hikes in Bozeman.

3. Ice Fishing

Who said fishing is a summertime activity? Sure, it takes a little more work, and a little more insulation, but ice-fishing is a great way to get out during a long Montana winter. So where do you go? Ice fishing at Hyalite Reservoir is our top pick, it’s hard to beat those mountain views. Trout take in Hyalite is limited to five a day and arctic graylings have to be released but it's worth it for the peace & quiet. You can also ice fish at the East Gallatin Recreation Area where you’ll find a fishing dock and picnic areas that double as a shelter. If you are looking for something a little more exciting, check out an ice fishing derby!

4. Cross Country Skiing

If hiking is not your jam, cross-country skiing is a great way to get out and explore the trails. There are countless groomed cross-country ski trails in and around Bozeman. The Bridger Creek Golf Course is our favorite in-town cross-country ski loop that is great for all skill levels. If you are looking for more adventure, you will find a network of groomed ski trails in the beautiful Hyalite Canyon. If you want more of a resort experience, check out Crosscut. Located near Bridger Bowl Ski Area, Crosscut has a great network of Nordic ski trails and they are a one-stop shop with ski rentals available.

5. Cabins

Is there any better way to spend a cold winter day than tucked away in a cozy cabin? Whether you are visiting or just looking for an escape from day-to-day life, Bozeman has so many cabins that are perfect for cozy winter nights. From modern lookout towers to rustic log cabins, we've got a list of the 10 best cabin rentals in Bozeman.

6. Ice Skating

In the winter months, there are several places in Bozeman where you can strap on some skates and enjoy a bit of ice skating. The Bogart Pavillion on South Church Avenue has a fully covered & fully fenced ice rink, which is great for kids! Just a few blocks north of downtown, Beall Park has an ice rink & playground. And just off College Street, the Southside City Rink is a large rink with plenty of space for the whole family! For hockey players, the place to go is Haynes Pavilion. They have youth and adult leagues, lessons, open skate times and so much more.

7. Hot Springs

When you’ve got that winter chill in your bones, nothing does the trick quite like a soak in one of Bozeman’s many nearby hot springs. Bozeman Hot Springs is a great place to spend the day, not only can you spend hours soaking in their outdoor & indoor pools but you can also enjoy the sauna, steam room & gym. Norris Hot Springs is great for a night out with friends with live music every Friday, Saturday & Sunday. For a weekend escape, Chico Hot Springs is a classic with lodging, incredible food, live music, and two open-air hot springs pools. Photo credit: Yelp

8. The Museum of the Rockies

If you’ve had enough of all that fresh mountain air, a day at the world-class Museum of the Rockies is a day well spent! And this isn't any old museum, the Museum of the Rockies is renowned for its world-class paleontological exhibit and it has one of the most extensive collections of dinosaur fossils in the United States. The museum also has exhibits that showcase the native people of Montana, the flora and fauna of the Rockies, as well as our personal favorite, the planetarium. 

9. Winter Farmers Market

On Saturday mornings local farmers gather at the Gallatin Valley Fairgrounds to bring us local meats, vegetables, farm fresh eggs, baked goods, local honey and so much more. Even if you go just to browse, the cozy atmosphere and live music make it worth a visit. Local tip: grab a coffee while you are there and then take a stroll through the nearby neighborhoods to check out some of Northeast Bozeman's historic, and sometimes funky homes. Click here for the Bozeman Winter Farmers' Market schedule.  Photo credit: Bozeman Daily Chronicle.

10. Local Events

If cold weather isn't your thing, there still is a lot to do in Bozeman during the winter. You can catch a show at one of Bozeman's great music venues, the Elm, the Rialto, or for a more intimate show, Live from the Divide. Last Best Comedy has shows Tuesday - Saturday, which are always a hit. The Emerson often has workshops and performances going on, and we really love the Bozeman Doc Series, a bi-weekly series that screens brand-new documentaries from around the world. For a full list of events happening in Bozeman, check out the Bozone

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