HELP!!!As always, I'm low on pictures of the area trails!! If you have any pictures of the area, please attach them to this area so I can use them! Thanks!
OverviewBozeman, Montana...A.K.A...Heaven! Bozeman has something for everyone, whether you're into mountain biking, climbing, skiing, kayaking, hiking, etc., Bozeman is the place to be. The mountains surrounding the area are part of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem which is the largest intact ecosystem in the continental U.S.
The mountain surrounding Bozeman which are intended to be included in this "area" are the Bangtail, Bridger, Gallatin, and Madison Ranges. This area includes Big Sky, Montana. If it ends up being to large of an area, I'll divide it into two.
The mountain biking in this area is superb and turns out some amazing riders. From the altitude to the steep technical climbs, every trail you ride has some sort of challenge to it. Many trails of all types exist in the area and the scenery that you will find on each is absolutely priceless.
The town of Bozeman itself couldn't be a better place to spend a few days while you're cranking out the trails surrounding the town. A tourist town in the summer and a college town in the fall through spring, Bozeman always has something fun going on. Summertime provides plenty of festivals, and when the college scene is going strong, the parties and the bars are sometimes more fun than you can handle!
Interesting Stuff about the area....Lewis and Clark
The Lewis and Clark party left the first written description of the valley in both 1805 and 1806 during its epic journey. For information about the Lewis and Clark Expedition, visit: http://lewisandclark.state.mt.us .
Gold & the Bozeman Trail
When gold was discovered 60 and 80 miles to the west, the rush was on over the new Bozeman Trail, established by John Bozeman, a Georgian also looking for gold. The trail formed the northern spur off of the Oregon Trail. John Bozeman began to lead new settlers over this trail in 1864. It was open for three years until it was closed by the Sioux and Cheyenne Indians who wanted to stop the immigration of new setters into the area.
Jim Bridger came to Bozeman in 1864. A well known frontiersman, Bridger brought the first wagon train through the canyon north of town now known as Bridger Canyon.
Northern Pacific Railroad
In 1883 the Northern Pacific Railway finished its pathway to Bozeman through what is now known as the Bozeman Pass. This route paralleled the Bozeman Trail which is now Interstate 90. The town grew slowly, reaching a population of barely 3,500 by 1900.
Area Races, Rides and Groups
The Bohart Bash
- This is one of the few mountain bike races in the area. The course is challenging, mostly on single tracks, hilly and through the woods. All funds go toward the GAS racing team, a branch of the Gallatin Valley Bicycle Club. The GAS team is a young, up-and-coming team that is dedicated to community service and promoting cycling at all levels.
Lone Peak's Revenge
Gallatin Valley Bicycle Club
If you know of any other races or groups, please let me know so I can add them
When to rideAs with any mountainous region, spring and fall can bring in a wide variety of weather from snow to rain or heat. The areas highest level of precipitation is in the spring and first couple weeks of summer. You can get on the trails in mid-June, but at least 50% of the trails will still be muddy...or even snowy depending on the previous winter. Your best and safest bet (specially if you're travelling to the area) is from July to September. October is usually rideable as well, but you start running the risk of rain and/or snowfall...or just plain cold weather.
Temperature highs will vary from an average of about 63F in May to about 84F in July and back down to 58F in October. Lows for each of these months average about 37F, 49F, and 29F respectively.
If you're going for an evening ride, you'll want to leave early enough as to not get stuck in the dark! Sunsets are as follows:
Places for a good post-ride beer!!This is always my favorite section to write!
|Bozeman Brewing Company
504 N Broadway Ave
|Big Hole Brewing Company|
401 East Main Street
|Madison River Brewing Company
20900 Frontage Rd
|Spanish Peaks Brewing Company|
14 North Church
Bozeman, MT 59715
|Montana Ale Works
601 East Main Street
Bozeman, MT 59715
|If I’ve left any out,|
please let me know and
I’ll add them in here!
Where to EatLinks to Google Maps for directions is in the works
|MacKenzie River Pizza Company
232 E Main St
|Montana Ale Works|
611 E Main St
|The Pickle Barrel
209 E Main St
451 E Main St
1533 W Babcock St
Let me know if you have
any favorites and I'll add them!
Local Bike ShopsLinks to Google Map for directions is in the works
|Bangtail Bicycle Shop
508 W Main St
|Summit Bike & Ski|
26 S Grand Ave
|Round House Ski & Sports Center
1422 W Main St
108 W Main St
Visit Montana Website
Museum of the Rockies
Montana State University...Go Bobcats!!
Bozeman Daily Chronicle Calendar of Events