Top three reasons to go hiking in Bozeman
Hike Montana’s classic routes and fall in love with Bozeman’s idyllic nature
Discover Gallatin County’s unique animals and plantlife
Experience stunning views of the surrounding peaks and valleys from the Gallatin Mountains
With over 70 stunning hiking trails, Bozeman is a paradise for nature enthusiasts. Nestled in the mountainous region of Southwest Montana, the town lies at the heart of the sprawling Custer Gallatin National Forest, in the shadow of the Gallatin Mountains. The network of hiking trails is varied and very well developed—from relaxing creekside strolls to challenging mountainous ascents, there’s something to satisfy pretty much anyone here. These trails run through Bozeman’s dense forests and along Montana’s crystal clear creeks and turquoise lakes, providing the perfectly soothing backdrop for your hike. And the best part—some of the best hiking trails here are just minutes away from town! Hiking in Bozeman is a uniquely serene and meditative experience that’s well worth the trip.
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Beginner to intermediate
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Half-Day of Hiking With a Private Guide
Explore beautiful Bozeman and the Gallatin Mountains on this 2.5-3.5 hours long private hiking tour! Your experienced local guide will accompany you, teaching you fun facts about the colorful local flora and fauna and taking you to the hidden gems of the mountain. Take in the magnificent views of four different mountain ranges and the whole of Bozeman and Gallatin Valley!
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Things to know
Covid measures in Bozeman, Montana
57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.
We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, guides and the communities they’re travelling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Bozeman, Montana, please refer to Official Montana’s Governor’s Coronavirus Task Force website.
Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!
What you get on this adventure:
- An experienced, local hiking guide with extensive knowledge of the area
- A half-day of hiking
What’s not included:
- Transportation to Bozeman
- Food and snacks
How fit do I need to be?
The best thing about hiking in Bozeman is that there are incredible options for all skill levels. For beginner hikes, if you can walk for two to three hours with little elevation gain, you are good to go! Intermediate hikes will see a little more change in elevation and hikes will start to increase in length. Keep in mind, the weather can change at any moment and you’ll also be packing a daypack filled with water and other things you’ll need throughout the day.
What do I need to bring?
Here’s a list of the equipment you need to bring:
- Day pack large enough to carry all the items listed (around a 25-40L bag)
- Hiking poles — optional
- Water bottle or hydration bladder (2L capacity)
- Lightweight hiking boots or shoes
- Spare clothes for layering
- Waterproof rain jacket
- Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
- Headlamp or flashlight
- Camera — optional (but recommended)
Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans.
Group sizes and age requirements
Group sizes and prices:
- This hiking tour is private. For this adventure, the usual client-to-guide ratio is 6:1.
- The cost does not decrease as the group grows.
Hiking in Bozeman can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.
Min. age requirements:
- If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
- Minors younger than 18 may be permitted to join the hike on a case-by-case basis, but must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.
If your group has hikers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.
Getting there and meeting location
To get to Bozeman, most people fly into Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport. From there, you can rent a car or take a taxi to Bozeman.
Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will suggest the best place to meet, whether that’s at the guide shop or a predetermined location. The guide will choose the appropriate terrain dependent on conditions and the ability of the group.