Bozeman (population 36,000) is one of the most diverse small towns in the Rocky Mountain West and is blessed with an eclectic mix of ranchers, artists, professors, ski enthusiasts and entrepreneurs. It features world class outdoor recreation, Montana State University and offers a small town atmosphere with big city amenities. Downtown Bozeman has rows of turn-of-the-century buildings with more than 100 shops and restaurants lining this beautiful and historic retailing corridor. Bozeman is also home to many museums, talented artists and excellent galleries. You can find opera, theatre, symphony and ballet, as well as rodeo, the Sweet Pea Festival, the Montana Winter Fair and the Gallatin County Fair. Bozeman is located in southwestern Montana and surrounded by four mountain ranges, thousands of acres of the Gallatin National Forest and hundreds of miles of blue ribbon trout streams. Bridger Bowl is located 16 miles northeast of town.
The Jefferson, Madison and Gallatin rivers join together to form the Missouri River at the Missouri Headwaters State Park near Three Forks, Montana. The rivers, steams and lakes in the region offer some of the finest fly fishing for trout found anywhere in the world, and the scenery around our trout waters is spectacular. Fly fishing enthusiasts will find blue ribbon trout streams minutes from town. Fishermen from all around travel to the Bozeman area to spend quality time on our rivers. Cold clear streams and lakes provide rainbow, cutthroat and golden trout, as well as grayling and mountain whitefish. The nationally renowned Madison River, the storied Yellowstone River and the famous Gallatin River are all blue ribbon fisheries located in or adjacent to Gallatin County. Hunting opportunities abound in the area. In fact, there is the opportunity to hunt more species here than in any other area in the western states.
Yellowstone National Park and additional wild lands managed by the U.S. National Forest Service, Montana Department of Fish and Parks, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and private agricultural interests provide wildlife hunting, photography, or viewing opportunities for many species. Elk, bighorn sheep, mule and white-tailed deer, coyote, pronghorn antelope, bald and golden eagles, moose, mountain goat, black and grizzly bear, and an array of less obvious, but no less remarkable animals, still find suitable range and habitat here.