Bozeman - Bridger Bowl

BOZEMAN: Bozeman is a premier travel destination for any season. In the warmer, summer months get out on the trails for a day hike or backpacking trip in the Gallatin or Bridger mountains, enjoy some of the wests best fly-fishing on the Madison River, or raft the Gallatin River. In the snowy months, hit the slopes at Bridger Bowl to ski the cold smoke, or take the short drive to Big Sky. Any time of year, relax in historic downtown Bozeman, taking in the local culture: grab dinner at Open Range, coffee at Wild Joes, or simply walk Main Street, wandering the local bookstores and shops. For a good burger and great, local beer, stop in Bacchus Pub beneath the historic Hotel Baxter. Also, for a night out, the Ellen Theatre in downtown Bozeman is the perfect spot to catch the latest independent film or documentary. Ninety miles from Yellowstone National Park, Bozeman is southwest Montanas prime gateway to hiking, fishing, climbing, and skiing. Come any time of year for a balanced blend of the outdoors and local food and drinks. BRIDGER BOWL: Bridger Bowl is a locally owned, non-profit ski area, fifteen miles from Bozeman, with some of Montanas best skiing. A great mountain with diverse terrain, Bridger Bowl is home to the famous, light and fluffy cold smoke snow. Bridger has a variety of slopes, from beginner and novice to advanced and expert. Bridger is twenty minutes from downtown Bozeman, the perfect spot to spend the evenings with local food and drinks. While in town, be sure to watch for the famous blue light above the Hotel Baxter, signaling to residents that Bridger Bowl has received two or more inches of fresh snow. Located on the eastern slope of the Bridger Range, Bridger Bowl is open mid-December to early April.

Big Sky

Big Sky is one of Montana’s foremost travel destinations, located midway between Bozeman and West Yellowstone. During the winter months, take your pick of two world-class ski resorts: Big Sky Resort and Moonlight Basin. Book a sleigh ride at the 320 Ranch or Lone Mountain Ranch. A skiing mecca, Big Sky is great for both alpine and cross-country skiing. The warmer, summer months provide access to whitewater rafting, fly-fishing, and hiking. Montana Whitewater is perfect place to plan a rafting trip. Just outside of town, the Ousel Falls trail is a great hike for families with kids or dogs. Pick a sunny meadow for a picnic or take a horseback ride. Take a day trip up the canyon to Bozeman, riding along the Gallatin River, and stop at the Inn Café for an early breakfast. In the evenings, enjoy dinner and drinks at the Gallatin Riverhouse Grill—an old West eatery and saloon. Whether you are coming for the winter slopes or fly-fishing, Big Sky gives travelers a great taste of Montana. Click here to visit our BIG SKY properties at www.lonemountainescapes.com

Yellowstone Gateways

WEST YELLOWSTONE: One of the top-rated snowmobiling and trout fishing destinations in Montana, West Yellowstone is the gateway town at the west entrance to Yellowstone National Park. In the winter months (late November to mid-April), enjoy the 400-mile groomed trail system for cross-country skiing, or take a snowmobile tour into the backcountry. West Yellowstone is also a hub for winter snow-coach tours in the park. The summer months provide access to a variety of activities, such as fishing, kayaking, canoeing, horseback riding, bird watching, and hiking. Head into Yellowstone National Park for the day for a chance at viewing wildlife, or simply take a walk along the Madison River. All of the parks roads are open during the summer months (mid-April to early November). While in West Yellowstone, be sure to visit the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center and the Yellowstone Historic Center Museum. Grab a bite to eat at Beartooth Barbecue or the Wild West Pizzeria. Come any time of year for a taste of the outdoors and local culture. PARADISE VALLEY: Paradise Valley is one of Montanas most stunning valleys, backed up against the Absaroka Mountains. A gorgeous destination that draws travelers from across the country, Paradise Valley is a major river valley of the Yellowstone River, stretching from Gardiner to the fly-fishing town of Livingston. Any season, Livingston has something for everyone. Cast a line in the Yellowstone River or venture into the back country for a day hike. Livingston is also home to downtown art galleries, museums, and restaurants full of Western hospitality and culture. The Mint Bar & Grill is a great spot for dinner and drinks. Follow the valley south to Gardinerthe north entrance and gateway town to Yellowstone National Park. Grab a burger and beer at the Two Bit Saloon or the Iron Horse Bar and Grill, perched above the Yellowstone River. For winter gear rental, such as snowshoes or cross-country skis, visit Parks Fly Shop. In the summer months, spend a day exploring the park, then return to Gardiner for dinner and a cozy cabin along the river. With several hot springs, such as Chico Hot Springs and La Duke Hot Springs, Paradise Valley is one of Montanas premier travel destinations.

Livingston

PARADISE VALLEY: Paradise Valley is one of Montanas most stunning valleys, backed up against the Absaroka Mountains. A gorgeous destination that draws travelers from across the country, Paradise Valley is a major river valley of the Yellowstone River, stretching from Gardiner to the fly-fishing town of Livingston. Any season, Livingston has something for everyone. Cast a line in the Yellowstone River or venture into the back country for a day hike. Livingston is also home to downtown art galleries, museums, and restaurants full of Western hospitality and culture. The Mint Bar & Grill is a great spot for dinner and drinks. Follow the valley south to Gardinerthe north entrance and gateway town to Yellowstone National Park. Grab a burger and beer at the Two Bit Saloon or the Iron Horse Bar and Grill, perched above the Yellowstone River. For winter gear rental, such as snowshoes or cross-country skis, visit Parks Fly Shop. In the summer months, spend a day exploring the park, then return to Gardiner for dinner and a cozy cabin along the river. With several hot springs, such as Chico Hot Springs and La Duke Hot Springs, Paradise Valley is one of Montanas premier travel destinations.