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Location and Surroundings

Montana State University and Bozeman
Bozeman, Montana
Bozeman is a safe, friendly community of approximately 35,000 located in the northern Rocky Mountains. Bozeman boasts the conveniences of much larger cities, including a major airport and excellent health care. A variety of shopping centers, restaurants, and live music venues are within walking/biking distance of campus.  The city sponsors numerous cultural activities throughout the year, among them musical performances, theater, and art shows.

Around Bozeman
Bozeman is a prime base from which to explore the wide-open spaces of the American West. Surrounded by mountain ranges and rivers, the Bozeman area is known for its many outdoor recreational opportunities, especially skiing, hiking, and fishing. World-famous Yellowstone National Park is a short drive south of Bozeman. Glacier National Park is a five-hour drive to the north.

Did you know?

  • Summer temperatures in Bozeman typically range from 18 to 29 degrees Celsius (65 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit).
  • Bozeman was named after John Bozeman, a wagon master and trail guide, who viewed the valley as an opportunity to supply the gold fields of the West.
  • Many Hollywood movies are filmed in Montana. A River Runs Through It and The Horse Whisperer are just two of the many movies filmed on the MSU campus and around Bozeman.
  • The Bozeman area is an outdoor wonderland—skiing is popular in the winter; during the rest of the year, trout fishing is popular in area rivers.
  • Early American explorers Lewis and Clark traveled through the Bozeman area in 1805-06 on their famous Voyage of Discovery.
  • Montana is the fourth largest state in the United States, similar in size to Japan and New Zealand. There are less than 1 million people living in Montana, making the population density less than 5 people per square mile.