One of the fastest growing areas of southwest Montana, Bozeman is also a gateway to the world-famous Yellowstone National Park and is bookended by world-class ski areas. The city is also home to Montana State University, to which a diverse number of meeting venues in Bozeman either belong or do business with. The city's blend of urban culture and Wild West beauty makes Bozeman a fantastic vacation and meeting destination.
Bozeman is easily reached via the Gallatin Field Airport. Located just 10 miles north of Bozeman, Gallatin Field is the only airport serving as a year-round gateway for two Yellowstone National Park entrances. Serving more than 700,000 annual passengers, the airport provides access to the southwest Montana region. Once in Bozeman, visitors may ride the Streamline bus system, a free service that connects Bozeman, Belgrade and the Big Sky Resort. The bus system also provides direct access to downtown Bozeman and Montana State University.
More than just a respected center of higher education, Montana State University is also a wonderful meeting and conference location, accommodating up to 8,000 meeting participants. Located just a 20-minute walk from downtown Bozeman and 15 miles from the Gallatin Field Airport, Montana State University meeting spaces can be found in the Strand Union Building, Bobcat Stadium and Brick Breeden Fieldhouse. Event spaces include a 2,700-square-foot theater, 13,010-square-foot ballroom and several meeting rooms. Meeting amenities include full-service conference coordination, catering services, audio-visual capabilities and on-campus accommodations from mid-May through August.
For smaller group functions and events, look no further than Bozeman's museums, ski resorts and other unique venues. The city's Museum of the Rockies tells the story of the development in the Northern Rockies over the past 4 billion years, complete with a world-famous paleontology exhibit. The museum welcomes private rentals in such spaces as the 215-seat Hager Auditorium and a fully-functional 19th -century Montana homestead. Private events may also be held at the Children's Museum of Bozeman, which boasts a new 110-gallon aquarium filled with native Montanan fish, as well as such hands-on activities and exhibits as a puppet theater.
Bozeman area ski resorts include the Bridger Bowl, located 20 minutes from downtown Bozeman. Home to world-class skiing and snowboarding, Bridger Bowl is renowned for its light, deep powder snow, large alpine bowls, natural terrain, gullies and forested slopes, as well as spaces for group rentals. Located 50 miles south of Bozeman, the sprawling Big Sky Resort is known for its skiing, golfing, ziplining, hiking, biking and rafting, with access to more than 5,000 acres. The resort also features 55,000 square feet of meeting space accommodating up to 750 guests.
The perfect blend of urban culture and untouched natural beauty, Bozeman is a thriving community rich in beauty and recreation, with a lively downtown lined with art galleries and cafes. Bozeman offers unrivaled fishing, hiking and kayaking, as well as gateway access to the world-famous Yellowstone National Park.
Incorporated in 1833, the city is named after John Bozeman, who helped open the Bozeman Trail, a northern trail off of the Oregon Trail that led to the mining town of Virginia City through the Gallatin Valley and future site of Bozeman. Since its founding, Bozeman has experienced tremendous growth, but has never forgotten its roots, deep in natural beauty.
Today, accommodations in Bozeman range from rustic cabins to luxurious resorts and attractions and activities range from hot springs to technology museums. The city's natural hot springs, located just 8 miles west of downtown, have served as a site of relaxation and rejuvenation for more than 100 years. The hot springs are graced by 9 different pools with temperatures from 59°F to 104°F, as well as both dry and wet saunas. Another natural attraction, the Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park is located 40 miles outside of Bozeman. Montana's first and best-known state park, Lewis and Clark is home to a beautiful limestone cavern lined with stalactites, stalagmites, columns and helictites.
Bozeman cultural attractions include the Gallatin Pioneer Museum, which preserves the heritage of southwest Montana and portrays Gallatin Valley's earlier days, featuring even an authentic 1870s log cabin. The downtown Emerson Center for the Arts and Culture curates and hosts art exhibitions of significant community value, while the American Computer Museum chronicles the history of the information age, showcasing such gems as a Gutenberg press and original Apple 1 computer.
Bozeman's culinary scene is rich in global and regional fare. Favorite area restaurants include the locally owned and operated Montana Ale Works, housed in an 8,000-square-foot railroad warehouse, complete with a renovated historic freight car serving as a dining room. The sleek, yet comfortable Weebees specializes in innovative global fare, with entrees ranging from French Quarter softshell crabs to seared ahi pizza on housemade flatbread. The award-winning John Bozeman's Bistro utilizes fresh local ingredients in such selections as bison tenderloin medallions and savory cioppino, while regional eatery MacKenzie River Pizza Co. creates delicious pizzas served on famous sourdough, natural grain and thin crust. Housed in the Emerson Center for the Arts and Culture, Emerson Grill serves creative American cuisine with organic and locally-produced ingredients in a space graced with high ceilings, original maple floors and an exhibition kitchen.
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Surrounded by mountains at an altitude of 4,820 feet, Bozeman features a dry continental climate and experiences significant temperature changes from day to night. Bozeman's winters are cold and snowy, while its summers are relatively warm. Bozeman's warmest month is July, with an average high of 82°F and average low of 67°F, while the city's coldest month is December, with an average high of 33°F and average low of 24°F. Bozeman experiences significant rainfall of up to 24 inches per year, with the most rainfall occurring from April through June.
Montana State University
Located just a 20-minute walk from downtown Bozeman, and a 15-mile drive from Gallatin Field Airport, Montana State University features meeting space for up to 8,000 people. The beautifully landscaped university grounds are tucked away in a valley surrounded by mountain ranges, providing for a picturesque backdrop to meetings, conferences; and events. Meeting spaces in the university's Strand Union Building include a 2,700-square-foot theater, 13,010-square-foot ballroom and several meeting rooms, while the Bobcat Stadium and Brick Breeden Fieldhouse also feature three large meeting rooms. Meeting amenities include dining and catering services, audio-visual capabilities; and full-service conference coordination. The university offers on-campus accommodations in five residence halls from mid-May to mid-August.
Gallatin Field Airport (BZN)
Approximate taxi fare: $20 USD
Located just 10 miles north of Bozeman, the Gallatin Field Airport serves southwest Montana and is the only airport that serves as the year-round gateway for two Yellowstone National Park entrances. Established in 1972, the airport serves more than 700,000 passengers each year. Gallatin Field Airport features full-service dining and retail; the 2011 terminal expansion resulted in an additional 125,000 square feet. Taxi and bus transport to Bozeman is available at the airport.
Airline carriers serving Gallatin Field Airport
The Streamline Bus service serves Bozeman and Belgrade in Gallatin County, as well as connects with the Skyline bus system to provide direct transport to and from Big Sky. More than 233,000 annual passengers ride the system's four routes, including the Blueline Retail route, which provides downtown service and direct service to Montana State University. Buses run Monday through Saturday, with weekday service from 7 AM to 6:30 PM, Saturday service from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM and extended Thursday, Friday and Saturday service from 8:30 PM to 3 AM. Passengers ride free.
Bozeman's Greyhound station is located at 1205 East Main Street. The station is open daily from 2:45 to 4:30 AM, 11 AM to 5 PM and 8 to 9 PM.
Gallatin Field Airport features rental car counters for Alamo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Dollar, Hertz, Thrifty and National.
Gallatin Field Airport passengers can access taxi service outside of baggage claim. Passengers should expect to pay about $20 in taxi fare from the airport to downtown Bozeman.
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