Spring is in the air in Bozeman, but those of us who have lived here long enough know better than to get too excited. Rather than get bummed out when the inevitable next snow storm hits, take this as an opportunity to cross off the last few things from your winter bucket list before the summer season begins!
TAKE A SKI DAY
Spring skiing is the BEST, especially after all the snow we've had this winter. Take advantage of Big Sky's April pass which gives you 21 days of skiing in April plus Easter and Pond Skim. Keep in mind Bridger usually closes in the beginning of April, so get some skiing in before it's too late!
GO TO THE MUSEUM
It's hard to want to be inside the museum during the summer months, so go now while the weather is still chilly! The Museum of the Rockies is always a crowd pleaser. Click here to see schedules and current exhibits. If you are looking for one just for the kids, head to the Montana Science Center, formerly the Children's Museum of Bozeman. They have a toddler room, sensory garden, maker place, STEAMlab and so much more to entertain the little ones before the parks are clear of snow and mud.
The ice skating rinks have closed for the season, but there's still plenty of snow for sledding! It might be a slick or slushy in some places but we're bound to have another snowstorm or two before it's over so when the next one hits, grab the sleds to squeeze in a few more runs!
TAKE A HIKE!
The trails aren't muddy yet so now's the time to get in a few more hikes before the busy summer season begins. Some trails might be icy from melting and freezing so bringing yak-tracks or trekking poles is a good idea still. For our favorite winter hikes, click here. If you don't want to adventure all the way to the mountains, there are several in town trails perfect for a sunny day stroll. Click here for a few ideas (be warned-some of these get muddy this time of year!)
GO TO HYALITE
Trust us, go now before the tourists arrive! There are trails to be hiked, frozen waterfalls to be climbed and it's still a magical winter land up there right now. The road is closed April 1st to May 15th to motorized use so unless you plan on walking or biking in (which plenty of people do!) make sure it's not during that time frame. Otherwise, it's a great time to go before it gets crazy up there.
SOAK AT A HOT SPRINGS
This is the best time of year for a hot springs soak. The sun is almost always shining and the temperatures are chilly, but not too cold. Chico Hot Springs is the obvious choice, tucked into the beautiful Paradise Valley. Norris Hot Springs is another great option and you get a beautiful drive along the Madison River. White Sulphur Hot Springs is a little further drive, but nice to get away to for the day. The newest hot springs in the area is Yellowstone Hot Springs near Gardiner. We haven't had a chance to check it out, but there are several pools and the mountain views are spectacular.
Photo courtesy of Chico Hot Springs