When Is the Best Time to Visit Bozeman?
Spoilers: there’s never a bad time to hit the BZN! Each season has a little something different to offer, and it’s all about finding which one sparks joy for you. Whether you’re planning a weekend getaway or a two-week jaunt that turns into forever, discover what makes each season special in Bozeman.
Spring Forward into Big Sky Country
When spring strikes in the rest of the Northern Hemisphere, Montana doesn’t always have the calendar on-lock. The worst part about spring in Bozeman? You never know just what to expect. The best part? You never know just what to expect! Pack for every weather imaginable, and you’ll be prepared for anything. You can either enjoy a last taste of winter’s snow-covered beauty or a sneak peek at that stunner, summer. Spring is the time to snatch up some shoulder season deals while still getting the best of both seasons. When it comes to attractions, early-season road closures in Yellowstone and Hyalite mean that you can hit the roads by bike to avoid the rush of crowds you might see later in the year, experiencing serenity in some of the most popular natural areas in the world.
Summer Is Something Else
It pays to plan ahead for summer. With everything under the sun to do—we’re talking mountain biking, horseback riding, ziplining, wildlife watching, whitewater rafting, hiking and more—it’s no wonder that this corner of Montana makes for the perfect summer trip. There’s plenty of wilderness to go around, so you can find places to escape the crowds, or enjoy the hustle and bustle that comes with high season. The one thing to keep in mind is it’s important to snag a spot to lay your head before there’s no room at the inn—book direct at the RSVP to save time and get a fab place to stay! Plan ahead for local summer faves like Sweet Pea Music Festival, Music on Main (every Thursday night, Main Street turns into one big party), and more.
Fall in Love with the 406
When autumn comes around, you’ll love the fall colors that the cottonwoods bring to the valley. Even though every season is hot spring season around these parts, the chill in the fall air makes soaking even better. Bozeman Hot Springs and Norris Hot Springs are two of the closest to town, with Chico and Yellowstone Hot Springs on the way to the park. A relaxing road trip lets you take in the scenery and explore the surrounding area for the day, and early fall hikes offer a quiet time for reflection as the year winds down. Take it all in with the benefit of staying in Bozeman, a town that is anything but seasonal. The lively spark stays all year here, and you won’t see a line of “closed for the season” signs greeting you on Main Street in Bozeman.
Winter Deals and Steals
When the snow comes back to town, you can take advantage of a skier’s paradise, with prices that will wow. You can snag a killer deal on accommodation, with ski passes to boot. Bozeman places you perfectly between renowned community ski hill Bridger Bowl and world-class Big Sky, with all the benefit of a bustling nightlife for après ski. If you’re more of a snow bunny than a powder hound, you can enjoy the boutique shopping and gourmet eats that Main Street has on offer. Winter farmers markets, arts walks, a Christmas Stroll and winter theater productions all are there to keep you busy and entertained all night long, with plenty of dining and drinks you’ll love to imbibe.
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