As we say goodbye to the frigid Montana winter and hello to our favorite pair of shorts and flip-flops, many fellow Montanans and visitors may be wondering what they should do on the next sunny day in this great state. Summer in land of Montana is the best part about living in Montana so that you’re only a stones throw away from an adventure. In this article, I will discuss some great places to visit in and around Bozeman, Big Sky, Yellowstone National Park, and the Paradise Valley.
If you aren’t planning a trip to any of these places but are looking for a new adventure in Summer land of Montana, I strongly suggest going to www.theoutbound.com or downloading their app. The Outbound is focused on making it easier for people to find their next adventure. With user-generated content from around the globe, getting outside and enjoying the outdoors has never been easier. By searching your location or a destination you hope to visit, you can find an activity that fits what you desire. Some other good websites to help plan a Montana trip are visitmt.com and montana.gov. Both sites have vast resources to help you plan your next outdoor adventure. From hiking and camping to day trips to a state or national park, the possibilities are endless.
Summer in Land of Montana-Bozeman
Situated at the base of the Bridger Mountains and home to Montana State University, Bozeman is an ideal summer destination. With a vibrant downtown and only minutes away from fantastic hikes, Bozeman is great for people from all walks of life. Below are some highlights that anyone visiting Bozeman should consider completing.
Downtown (West Main)
A stroll down Main Street and popping in and out of the local shops is a great way to spend a few hours downtown. Tons of shops line the street and have something for anyone. For those looking for something to eat, you don’t have to walk more than a block to get from one restaurant to the next. With a wide variety of cuisine options, you are bound to find something you like.
Music on Main
Every summer the Downtown Bozeman Association hosts the Music on Main summer concert series where a portion of main street is blocked off from 6:30 PM till 8:30 PM on Thursday evenings from June 29 to August 17. It’s fun for the whole family with a Kid’s Zone for the little ones and food vendors throughout the street. For more information visit Music on Main.
Trail to ‘M’
Just 10-15 minutes away from downtown Bozeman is the popular day hike of hiking the ‘M’ overlooking Bozeman. With two routes to the ‘M’ visitors of all fitness levels can make the trek to the top. Once at the top, you will have spectacular views of the Gallatin Valley and surrounding areas.
Montana State University
Bozeman is home to the largest university in the state of Montana. Recognized as a top-tier research institution, MSU is an ever-growing University that is focused on preparing its students for future success. Throughout the summer, several award-winning musicians such as Bonnie Raitt, Florida Georgia Line, and Nelly, make stops at the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse to perform for the Bozeman community. The calendar of events and ticket purchasing are available at http://brickbreeden.com.
Summer in Land of Montana-Big Sky
Located approximately 45 miles away from Bozeman is the quaint, resort town of Big Sky. With a population just over 2,000, Big Sky is the perfect place for a quiet getaway while still enjoying endless outdoor activities.
Big Sky is home to the Big Sky Resort Golf Course. This scenic 18 hole, par 72 golf course, winds along the banks of the West Fork of the Gallatin River and is only minutes away from the modest commercial area of Big Sky. Designed by the legend Arnold Palmer himself, a round on this golf course is bound to be the highlight of your day.
With two different zipline experiences, Big Sky offers the longest zipline experience in the Yellowstone region. For the Adventure Biplane Zipline you take the Explorer Double Chair up to the start of the course and then zip down in multiple long stages. The Nature Zipline requires you to hike to the beginning of the three stage zipline which takes you down through the resort while 150 feet from the forest floor.
Hiking in Big Sky is endless with a multitude of options. One, the Ousel Falls hike, starts in town and takes you through a series of beautiful waterfalls. The nearby Beehive Basin hike takes you through breathtaking mountain meadows and forests. The Lave Lake hike takes you up to a beautiful alpine lake, pictured right. Big Sky’s perfect location provides for numerous hiking options close to town.
Bikes can be rented from multiple locations and trails are everywhere. From the calm paved bike paths around town, to the more adventurous mountain bike courses, there is something to suite your fancy. Always remember to wear your helmet.
The Music in the Mountains summer concert series is every Thursday night and starts June 23rd and runs through Sept 1st. It is held in Big Sky’s Town Center, so bring a blanket and enjoy. The concert is free and there are food and beverage vendors that offer fun drinks and food. For the most part, it is a family friendly night.
PBR Big Sky
The Pro Bull Rider tour comes to Big Sky on July 26-29. This event has grown every year and presents a fun event for several nights. While taking in the beautiful surrounding scenery, you can people watch and try to determine the fake cowboys amongst the real ones! It also does a great job of raising money for good causes.
The Gallatin runs along Highway 191 all the way through the canyon and into Yellowstone. The Gallatin also provides over 40 miles of fishing and whitewater opportunities. Numerous fly fishing shops and a couple of whitewater outfits are ready to show you a good day on the Gallatin River. For additional information about fly fishing in Montana, check out this article on Fall Fly Fishing.
Summer in Land of Montana-Yellowstone National Park
As the world’s first national park, Yellowstone National Park stretches through portions of Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming. Yellowstone is known for its abundant wildlife and many geothermal features. The Park is home to several species of mammals including Grizzly and Black Bears, Wolves, Elk, Bison, Bighorn and much more, as well as a vibrant array of plant species. Yellowstone’s bison herd is the oldest and largest public bison herd in the United States. With thousands of geothermal features and activities that captivate visitors of any age, Yellowstone is fun for the entire family. Some of the best features of the park and must-see attractions are discussed below.
When people hear ‘Yellowstone’ they generally imagine Old Faithful erupting in all its glory. Erupting every 60-110 minutes and reaching an average height of 130 feet, Old Faithful is one of the most visited attractions in the entire park. Old Faithful always puts on a show because of eruptions that last anywhere between 1.5 to 5 minutes. Old Faithful is a must-see when visiting Yellowstone.
Grand Prismatic Spring
Just 7 miles down the road from Old Faithful, Grand Prismatic Spring’s dazzling colors make it another must-see attraction. Being the largest hot spring in the United States and third largest in the world, the Grand Prismatic Spring is breathtaking in both size and coloration. The extreme temperature of the spring (160 °F) provides a conducive environment for microbial mats to flourish. The color the microbial mats produce range from blue, throughout the rainbow, to red depending on the temperature of the water. In the Grand Prismatic Spring, the colors radiate from the blue center to green, then yellow, into orange and ending with a red color. Pictures can depict the colors of the Grand Prismatic Spring, but nothing can capture the splendor of this amazing landform quite like seeing it in person.
Popular among locals and a great change of pace for all traveling to and throughout Yellowstone National Park, the Boiling River is another notable destination for your visit. Located just beyond the North Entrance, the “Boiling River” is where thermal runoff meets the Gardner River and creates areas throughout the river comfortable enough to swim in. The meeting of the cold Gardiner River and the hot thermal runoff create a truly unique experience.
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
At approximately 20 miles long, the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone is a must-see marvel for any visitor to the park. The Upper Falls and Lower Falls, 109-foot and 308-foot-high waterfalls, respectively, are a true sight to see. Dwarfing Niagara Falls, the Lower Falls of the Yellowstone have been described as twice the height of Niagara Falls. Those looking to see a breathtaking and one-of-a-kind landmark should make their way to one or all the many lookouts over the canyon.
The Grand Loop Road is the primary road system throughout Yellowstone National Park and is a great way to see most of the key features of the park. The Grand Loop is a 140-mile system that takes travelers through the Upper, Midway, and Lower Geyser Basins, Mammoth Hot Springs, Tower Fall, Yellowstone Lake, and the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. Accessible from every entrance to the park, the Grand Loop is highly suggested for all guests to allow them to see the key features of this beautiful National Park. Whether it’s summer or winter, there is always something to do in Yellowstone National Park.
Visitors from all over the world come to Yellowstone to see its amazing features. This diversity creates challenging situations for Park Rangers and fellow visitors. Many of these visitors get too close to the wild animals. From the person running next to a buffalo or elk and taking a selfie, to the people that think bear repellent is to be sprayed on their kids like OFF, there, unfortunately, is a lot of opportunities to people watch in Yellowstone. The Park Rangers try their best to keep people safe from the wildlife. Actually, it may be the other way around!
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Summer in Land of Montana-Paradise Valley
A trip through the Paradise Valley is certainly one of the most beautiful drives you will ever take. The valley, stretching from Livingston in the north to Yankee Jim Canyon in the south, runs alongside the Yellowstone River. The valley has breathtaking views of the Absaroka Range, skirting the valley to the east, and the Gallatin Range to the west.
Yellowstone River is a recorded Blue Ribbon Stream making it a world-class fly fishing destination. Predominate species of fish include Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Rocky Mountain Whitefish, and the native Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout. The stretch of the river that runs through the Paradise Valley is the most productive making it an ideal place to cast a line. Several spring creek fisheries such as DePuy Spring Creek, offer a one of a kind fishing experience in some of the most abundant waters in the world. Once you cast your first line in these waters, you’ll be hooked for life.
Chico Hot Springs
Chico Hot Springs, located in Pray, Montana, is the perfect place for a getaway. Nestled in the foothills of the Absaroka Mountain Range, Chico Hot Springs provides its guests with 2 hot spring pools as well as some of the best fine dining in the region. Chico Hot Springs is perfect for a romantic getaway or a fun trip for the whole family. You might also consider instead of visiting Chico in the Montana summer maybe come during late fall or winter.
Paradise Valley Scenic Loop
For those looking for a scenic drive, the Paradise Valley Scenic Loop takes travelers through the valley and along the banks of the Yellowstone. The Scenic Loop runs down US Highway 89 along the West side of the river and then back along the east side of the river on East River Road (Highway 540). In the tourist-heavy summer months, traffic on Highway 89 can be slowed to a painstaking crawl, but just over the river on Highway 540, you can enjoy a relaxing drive through the valley with sparse traffic. This astonishing scenic drive will provide travelers the opportunity to observe Montana’s beauty in one of the best ways and summer in land of Montana is one of the best times to be here!
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Buzz Tatom is a Partner at Venture West Ranches. He moved to Montana 6 years ago looking to retire. That lasted 6 months. Buzz still owns the 5T ranch in Texas and has extensive experience adding value to ranches. He has a BBA from Texas Tech and an MBA from SMU. When not mentoring students or being a part-time professor at MSU, Buzz and his wife, Kathy are involved in a number of business ventures.