Bozeman is an all-season adventure hub. In winter, skiers can choose from two downhill ski areas (Bridger Bowl is just 20 minutes away, and Big Sky about an hour). Groomed public Nordic trails allow students to attend class and try out cross-country skiing skills in the same day. During the summer and fall, hikers and cyclists can access hundreds of miles of trails in the surrounding mountains or camp by pristine alpine lakes. Floating the famous Madison River is a popular summer activity, along with more thrill-inducing kayaking on the rapids of the Gallatin and Yellowstone rivers.
Forests and wilderness areas surround Bozeman. The Gallatin National Forest has 2,200 miles of trails, 1,740 miles of fishable streams and rivers, dense timbered valleys and rugged peaks and 700 high-mountain lakes. Hyalite Canyon, just minutes from campus, offers world-class hiking, mountain biking, rock or ice climbing, canoeing and camping. The Bridger Mountains, north of town, have great hiking and mountain bike trails, along with incredible vistas and Bridger Bowl, one of the best community ski hills within 20 minutes of a major university campus.