Visit Bozeman Montana

Nestled in the breathtaking scenery of southwest Montana, Bozeman offers visitors endless outdoor recreation along with historic small-town charm and modern amenities. Known as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park and home to Montana State University, this thriving mountain town has a lively arts and cultural scene infused with cowboy spirit. With its world-renowned trout fishing, stunning natural landscapes, and wealth of attractions, dining, and shopping options, Bozeman makes for an outstanding Montana fly fishing vacation.

Major airlines flying into Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport (BZN) include Delta, United, Alaska, Allegiant, American, Frontier, Southwest, and JetBlue.

Rental car companies at BZN include Alamo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz, Toro, and National. Rideshare share options are Uber and Lyft.

Top 10 Tips for Travelers at the Bozeman Airport (BZN)

  • Travelers are advised to arrive at the airport 2 hours before departure when traveling around any holiday season.
  • Late morning and afternoon departures are less frantic at check-in and while moving through TSA security.
  • Restaurant choices inside the BZN terminal include Copper Horse and Ross Peak Grill for traditional sit-down dining. The BZN Market and Taco Jet both offer grab-n-go meal services. The Copper Horse Bistro is located on the main floor of the airport, between the airline counters and baggage claim outside of security, and offers coffee, light meals, and cocktails.
  • Arriving passengers should anticipate a congested baggage claim area.
  • Luggage takes 15-30 minutes from the time of arrival to make its way to the baggage claim terminal, luggage service counters are staffed and available at either end of the carousel areas in the event of lost luggage.
  • Arriving passengers are advised that the check-in process for rental cars is cumbersome. You should expect long lines when using counter service during the summer and around holidays. If possible, always choose the "go directly to the car" option when reserving a rental vehicle at the Bozeman airport.
  • Remember that Bear Spray is not allowed on planes (checked or carry-on), so be prepared to forfeit it at the airline counter.
  • There is now a free parking area for passenger pick-ups, it's located across the two road lanes directly outside of baggage claim.
  • Rideshare pickups are located just to the west of the covered parking lot that is south of the main terminal building, expect a 5-minute walk from baggage claim to the pick-up location.
  • The "Guardian Spirit" welcomes arriving passengers near baggage claim. This legendary bronze sculpture of a seated Grizzly Bear has been a Bozeman stalwart for nearly 30 years.

Flying Private to Bozeman?

While taxiing from the southern end of the airport's main runway, passengers will notice a surprisingly large a varied assortment of private planes. There are multiple FBO operations including the Yellowstone Jet Center/Signature Aviation and Jet Aviation.

There are abundant lodging options in the Gallatin Valley with Bozeman hotels operated by local, national, and international chains scattered across the area.

The Armory, Element, and LARK are a few newer properties that our guests frequently stay at that are near downtown Bozeman. Anglers fishing in Bozeman will find no shortage of Bozeman hotels when researching accommodations for their vacation.

There are also many vacation home rentals available via services like VRBO and Airbnb.

If you prefer to rely on our expertise, please reach out for lodging suggestions or choose from one of our Montana fly fishing vacations that include guided fishing and accommodations.

3 Pack of Bozeman Fly Fishing Vacations

3 Pack of Montana Fly Fishing Lodges near Bozeman

For shopping, downtown Bozeman offers boutiques, art galleries, and antique shops while the Gallatin Valley Mall provides department stores and an assortment of both regional and national retail chains.

Dining choices range from farm-to-table restaurants to steakhouses, burger joints, and cafés. Copper, Open Range, and Blacksmith are a few of our local favorites.

10 Great Restaurant Choices Near Bozeman Montana (our picks)

  • Heist is the newest steakhouse in Bozeman with service and meals that live up to its $$$$ menu.
  • The Land of Magic is the last of the legendary, authentic steakhouses that used to be fixtures in the Gallatin Valley. Casual fine dining in Logan, Montana (20 minutes from Bozeman).
  • Seven Sushi is in the Cannery District and has both raw and cooked meal items
  • The Western Cafe is an "old school" breakfast diner on Main Street and worth the wait on a Saturday morning
  • The Bay Bar and Grille has a diverse "pub-style" menu on the west side of Bozeman in the Gallatin Valley Mall
  • The Ponderosa Social Club is a fun gathering spot with great cocktails, pool tables, a gaming parlor, and a bowling alley all to keep you entertained while dining with friends.
  • Montana Ale Works is a lively scene on the east side of Main Street in downtown Bozeman with a diverse menu, pool tables, bar, and dining areas.
  • Blacksmith Italian is a "Bozeman Best" dinner option located just to the southeast of the Montana State University Campus
  • The Korner Klub is a bar, liquor store, and dining option located at 4-Corners (near where we typically meet for our Bozeman fly fishing trips) and is a popular watering hole among the locals.
  • Sidewinders is a large dining and bar establishment located a few miles west of Bozeman serving casual fare in a lively setting.

Bozeman, Montana is among the fastest-growing cities in the country with a constantly changing entertainment landscape; here is a comprehensive list of Bozeman restaurants.

Nightlife includes bars with live music, cowboy/western watering holes, and local microbreweries.

Top 10 Bozeman Nightlife Destinations

  • Bozeman Spirits is a local distillery renowned for its Huckleberry Vodka and 1889 Bourbon Whiskey located on Main Street in historic downtown.
  • The Cat's Paw is the last best dive bar in Bozeman serving bar food and drinks for as long as anyone around here can remember.
  • The Sky Shed is the roof top bar located at the Armory Hotel in downtown Bozeman and boasts a stunning panoramic view of the Gallatin Valley.
  • Bozeman is full of bars catering to every niche one can imagine, the Rocking R Bar has been a downtown Bozeman staple since the 1940's.
  • The Korner Klub makes the list might be worth a visit if you prefer an unpretentious dining and drinking experience.
  • College kids from Montana State University have been hiding and drinking in the Barmuda Triangle since the 1970's at the Hoffbrau and Molly Brown basrs
  • Bridger Brewing is located across from the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse on the MSU campus and offers food and beer in a fun and busy setting
  • Mountain Walking Brewery is a bit off the beaten path near downtown Bozeman and is a sleeper choice for some stellar pizza and great local microbrews
  • If authentic and Montana are terms in your "wheelhouse," then head out to Gallatin Gateway for drinks and dinner at Stacey's Bar.
  • Spectators Bar and Grill is near the MSU campus and serves traditional bar food and drinks in a sports bar setting.

Live music and entertainment can be found across Bozeman almost every night of the week. The Elm, Live From the Divide, the Armory Music Hall, and the Rialto are a few of the Bozeman live music venues that we find ourselves at these days.

Top attractions and activities include the Museum of the Rockies, American Computer Museum, Gallatin History Museum, hiking trails like Drinking Horse Mountain, Peet’s Hill, and Triple Tree, as well as winter sports at Bridger Bowl Ski Area, Crosscut Mountain Sports Center and ice climbing at Hyalite Canyon.

Big Sky Resort is just an hour south of Bozeman and Yellowstone National Park is less than two hours away.

However, it is the Montana fly fishing near Bozeman that has captured your attention and it truly is beyond compare.