Montana State University

Montana and Bozeman

  • Montana.
    Visit the official Montana State Web site. Montana is the fourth largest state in the Union, and yet one of the least populated. The State boasts a wide variety of natural scenery from the Rocky Mountains, to the Great Plains, to the breaks of the Missouri River, and more. Glacier National Park, Yellowstone National Park, thousands of acres of National Forests and Wilderness Areas, blue-ribbon trout streams, and unlimited recreational opportunities entice visitors from around the world.
  • Bozeman Chamber of Commerce.
    The link provides a wealth of information about Bozeman and the surrounding area.
  • Prospera Business Network.
    Bozeman is growing rapidly and has attracted a number of medium and small high-tech companies that hire CS graduates, take current students on as interns, and offer the potential for collaboration with faculty.
  • The Bozeman Daily Chronicle. The local newspaper.

Downhill Skiing

  • Bridger Bowl.
    Bridger Bowl is a first class ski area just 17 miles from the Bozeman city center. MSU employees can obtain discounted tickets.
  • Big Sky Resort.
    Big Sky Resort, about 60 miles from Bozeman, is a world class destination winter and summer resort with outstanding winter skiing. MSU employees can obtain discounted tickets.

Cross-Country Skiing

  • Bohart Ranch.
    Nestled on the lower slopes of the Bridger Mountains, just below Bridger Bowl, is a Nordic ski area popular with locals. MSU employees can obtain discounted tickets.
  • Lone Mountain Ranch.
    Just off the road to the north on the way up the slopes to Lone Mountain and the ski slopes of Big Sky Resort is a renowned Nordic ski area managed by Lone Mountain Resort.

National Parks

  • Yellowstone National Park.
    The north entrance of Yellowstone National Park in Gardiner, Montana, and the west entrance at West Yellowstone, Montana, are both about 90 miles from Bozeman. A drive through the park or a short hike or cross-country ski excursion inside the park boundaries are easily done in a single day.
  • Glacier National Park.
    A bit farther to the northwest, but still within an easy day's drive, is one of the most scenic national parks in the United States. Glacier National Park is a favorite of many.

National Forest and Wilderness

  • Gallatin National Forest.
    The Gallatin National Forest surrounds Bozeman and offers virtually every kind of forest and backcountry experience, from comfortable tent or trailer camping, to simple half-day hikes, to week-long backpacking and horseback treks. High mountain lakes and streams are both scenic and fishable. Many entries to the Gallatin Forest are just a few minutes from Bozeman by car or bicycle.
  • Beartooth Wilderness.
    The Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness ranks as perhaps the favorite backpacking destination in Montana. Situated at the northeast corner of Yellowstone National Park, it is home to Granite Peak, the highest mountain in Montana, and boasts hundreds of high-mountain lakes spread through the meadows and peaks of a stunning landscape that is mostly above timberline.