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Exploring Bozeman, Montana

Welcome to another “Exploring my Hometown” guest post. Today I want to welcome Jim from Dig and Flow. Jim makes his home in Bozeman, Montana where he immerses himself in the world of fresh powder and white water. In Montana, there’s an adventure sport for every season.

Exploring Bozeman, Montana

If you havent been to Bozeman, Montana you really need to go.  This place abounds with natural beauty and there’s so much to do.  From where I sit, I can see mountains on all sides, snow covered now, but soon theyll be bursting with green and the smell of new life and water will fill the air.



Bozeman, Montana

Skiing in Bozeman

I came out here for one reason initially – to ski.  Ive skied since I could walk,  and when I graduated from high school I headed west to the land of cold smoke.  What is cold smoke you ask?  Bozeman, and the Bridger Range in particular, are known for getting large amounts of very light snow, or as the locals call it – cold smoke.  Ive been up to my waist in snow on the mountain, and it felt as if I were skiing through air.  This is due to the fact that the moisture content is very low, which results in very light snow.  Having a powder day at Bridger Bowl should be on everyones bucket list.  Bridger Bowl is just 15 miles north of town, and Big Sky and Moonlight Basin are 45 minutes south of my front door.

Exploring Outdoor Pursuits in Bozeman

Skiing hasnt been the only thing to keep me here.  Once I came out I quickly fell in love with whitewater boating and backpacking.  One thing that I truly love is the water.  We are surrounded by blue-ribbon trout streams, wild whitewater and peaceful reservoirs.  The paddle boarding and kayaking are world class even for those who are just starting out!  

Bozeman, Montana

But its not just cold water around here. Bozeman and southwest Montana are very active with geothermal properties.  Going down to Chico Hot Springs for a dip in the pool while sipping a cocktail, or out to Norris Hot Springs for a more rustic spot with live music, are both year round favorites for the locals and non-locals alike.  Both feature great food and live music.  My buddy got married at Chico, and it was a beautiful wedding. Yellowstone National Park is about an hour and half away. Its just plain silly to have as many options as we do.

The day hiking is something that most people fall into quickly when they get here.  There’s a book called The Best Day Hikes Around Bozeman that’s filled with tons of great hikes that are located within an hour in any direction.  From an easy 2-hour hike to the bigger 14-milers, they’re all right here in Bozeman.

Bozeman, MT

Being in a college town means theres a lot of life right here in town too.  The food scene is crazy!  There are at least 10 different food trucks rolling around, 5 different sushi joints, more than 10 different breweries, awesome pizza at Black Bird, burgers at Open Range, one of the best bakeries Ive been to Wild Crumb, and the list just goes on from there. 

When I can get in the mountains, spend all day hiking, skiing, rock climbing, hunting, or rafting, and be back to soak in the hot springs with a cold brew in hand, Id say Ive found my spot. The art scene, farmers markets, community events, live music, good people. Its true what Tara says – writing about your home town makes you fall in love with it all over again.  So come out for a visit – youll be surprised that you havent been here before but youll be back soon, its just too damn nice here!

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Bozeman, Montana is a playground for serious outdoor adventures.

IMG_0274Hey there! My name is Jim, and I live and breathe the outdoors. When I’m not skiing, backpacking, or whitewater boating with my girlfriend, Mer and our dog, Lucia, I like to cook and just hang out with our awesome friends. I’m working on my dream of being self-employed so that Mer and I can do more traveling and spend time with our families.
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  1. BARRY

    Its amazing! Our team always love to travel Montana for looking its big sky country. Thank for share jim on behalf of boatgearable

  2. Thank you for sharing your experience with us!

  3. Bozeman is about as happening of a city as it gets in Montana. Very cool architecture with a nice offering of cultural activities, from exploring the great outdoors to some unique eating and drinking spots.

    I enjoy visiting assuming the weather is nice enough! Where we are in NW Montana it will be in the 60s or 70s while Bozeman is getting snowed on!

  4. Hi Tara and Jim,

    I am not much fan of hiking but I do love connecting to the wild. Long walks, meditation and I am all up being around locals who love good food and live music. Bozeman sounds like a place I would love to visit. Thank you for this wonderful post!

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    • Jim

      Hello Zaria-
      It sounds like you would like it out here very much! We’ve got a very active yoga and meditation scene and the locals are really welcoming to anyone who comes out with an open mind and wants to join up.

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  5. What fantastic pictures!

  6. What an incredible place to live in! I love how there are so many activities and places to see in and around it, I wish it’s as pretty as the city I currently live in. :p
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  7. Bozeman is by far my favorite Montana city:). My husband is from Billings and we are there fairly often but Bozeman offers everything. Nature and yet a bit of a trendy vibe downtown. Last summer we stayed at Big Sky for a wedding and that was amazing too. If only I was a millionaire and could buy a winter “cabin” there :). Great post. Pinning!
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  8. It looks so pretty! I would love to visit one day.

  9. I’ve only visited Montana as a child, but your photos definitely make me want to visit again! I found you through the Weekend Travel Inspiration linkup.

  10. Montana is such a lovely place. We have been there a couple of times and driven through Bozeman. Next visit we might stop and explore a bit more.
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  11. visiting Montana has been something that i have wanted to do. i didn’t know about Bozeman before but now I want to make sure and include it on my future trip
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  12. The nature of Montana is striking in its pristine and majestic beauty!

  13. Beautiful photos! I would love to visit Montana!

  14. I’ve never been to Montana!! Wow, it looks beautiful, thanks for sharing your journey. Looks like we will have to make time to visit with our family.

    • Jim

      Olivia, it’s a great place for the whole family. Tons of stuff to do, even the little ones. Check out the Museum of the Rockies, they have great exhibits for kiddos!
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  15. This really looks like a place to visit. So much to do there. I have wanted to ski in Montana one day. Will have to give it a try soon! Thanks for sharing.

  16. I used to live in Missoula and we always scratched our heads and wondered why anyone would choose Bozeman over us. Ha Ha! But seriously, Bozeman is beautiful and there’s so much to do there. Great article Jim!

  17. Great series! I think I would love to go to those hot springs. Are there hikes where some of the geothermal properties you mention can be seen?
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    • Jim

      Hey Ruth-

      There are some great hikes to hot springs in the area! Check out Potosi Hot Springs, quick hike to some remote pools. There is so much thermal activity around here you can find hot springs all over the state.
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  18. My younger brother went to college in Montana, and I really, really want to go there… I need a vacation in Nature more than ever in my life right now! it’s so beautiful there, nice pictures!

    • Jim

      It’s amazing what spending a long weekend in the woods, or nature in general, can do for your soul. The whole experience rejuvenates everything about me when I head out.
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  19. Wow! What a beautiful part of the country. I must visit one day.

  20. Now I have another destination on my traveling bucket list! Montana looks breathtaking in these photos. I can only imagine what it is like in person.

  21. I love Montana! I have spent a lot of time in Whitefish. So beautiful! Here are some photos from my last trip there 🙂

  22. One day I hope to visit this beautiful state.
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  23. So Beautiful! I loved visiting Montana – and it’s Big Sky Country! Thanks for sharing, Jim!

  24. One of the amazing things about travel blogging is you discover the most beautiful places. Thanks for sharing this stunning part of the world. Not sure when we’ll be stateside next but I’d love to check out Montana #weekendtravelinspiration

  25. I always see deals from Seattle to Bozeman but never really thought about coming here. Thanks for putting this together Jim – there’s finally something on it! Now I know it’s not a random stop on Alaska’s routes.
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  26. Jim

    Hey Tara! The article looks great! Thanks for giving me the chance to share my love of Bozeman with your readers!
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