Famous Landmarks In Bozeman – Our Top Five
With so many great places around town, it’s difficult to narrow it down to the best or most famous landmarks in Bozeman. What are your favorite spots around town that keep you going back to them? Or do you keep them secret so they stay the best spots. Here we talk about five of our favorite parts of this wonderful Montana town.
Museum of the Rockies – By Erin Phillips
If you watched Jurrasic Park ever in your life and liked it even just a little, you have to check out the Museum of the Rockies. The famous dinasour man Jack Horner actually works there, and the collection of dinosaur skeletons, fossils, bones ect. is impressive. They also have traveling exhibts. 6 months ago, a famous legal document signed by Thomas Jefferson, this month is a massive aquarium of colorful frogs. Whatever your taste, there’s always something cool to check out!
Kirk Park – By Ashley Mills
As a Bozeman native I am proud to say I have experienced my first kiss, my older brother winning the All-Star baseball tournament, my first real bad bike wreck and of course some of the best times playing with friends at the park but not just any ordinary park, Kirk Park.
Kirk Park is part of the City of Bozeman Parks Department but has been a staple in Bozeman since I was born. Over time many features have been added including the only Skate Park in town, a Basketball court, new covered picnic tables, re-stored restrooms and when the time and weather is right, Volley Ball nets are put up. A nice quiet stream runs though the middle of the park, which when I was a kid, had the biggest, hardest bridge to cross, but now I realize it’s just a nice little walkway.
The park is conveniently located in the middle of town right off 19th street. Whether you are out to walk the dog or out for a nice picnic, Kirk Park has always been the place to go. Kirk Park is a hit for all ages. Kids love it for the play grounds, skate-park, baseball fields and more.
Meanwhile parents can stroll right across the street and hit up Town and Country Grocery Store, another Bozeman staple, for some snacks to enjoy in the park. I think back to how great it was to have a park right down the street from my school and even better right down from my house. Kirk Park holds so many memories for me and many other Bozeman residents I can only wish you will let it hold one for you.
Cactus Records in Downtown Bozeman – By Chadwick
Bozeman is lucky enough to be home of this always evolving independent record store, Cactus Records. Full of CD’s, novelty gifts, vinyl records, music apparel, posters, and concert tickets this store is a definite stop for anyone who lives in Bozeman or is just passing through. Locally owned by Mike “Bueno” Good, Cactus Records has recently added two more stores to Downtown, giving the Bozeman shopping experience even more range.
Nightlife Fashion, locally owned by former MSU Bobcat Football player Josh Perkins, has the cutting edge looks for men and women looking to spice things up a bit on the town. They have also got a hand in putting on shows around Montana and bring hot live music to Bozeman as Perkins is also head of Justus Entertainment.
Movie Dungeon specializes in, you guessed it, movies. Owner Ben Himsworth’s extensive knowledge of obscure cult movies and video games makes navigating the titles amazingly easy. Stop in and you will most likely learn something about the world of movies that you never knew.
It’s a stop that is a must if you are downtown. Not only will you walk away with more knowledge about events around Bozeman, you may catch one of their many in-store performances, and always with a new friend. It’s just one of those places that stays with you wherever you go.
“The Frog”- By Mark Allen
If you have been here very long you know where it is…if your new to the area, look east towards the Bozeman Pass and look up and tell me if you see “The Frog” in the mountains.
One of the top landmarks in the Bozeman area has to be “The Frog”. When I first moved here in 1991, I kept hearing about “The Frog”, but I found when the weather was bad you couldn’t see “The Frog”. So go and find “The Frog” the next day the weather is nice and you can see the mountains to the east.
Hyalite Hikes – By Rich Ledoux
I moved to the Bozeman area from the east coast 3 ½ years ago and am still enamoured with the stunning mountains that surround us here in Gallatin County. The Bridger Mountains, the Tobacco Root Mountains, the Big Belt Mountains, Horseshoe Hills, Hyalite and Spanish Peaks, all of it. Just like any other breathing human being (countless before me I’m sure) I was instantly drawn to it and needed to get closer to all that beauty. I’ve been on many hikes in this area and personally, I still prefer any hike in Hyalite Canyon.
The 34,000-acre Hyalite Canyon is part of Gallatin National Forest. It’s between Gallatin Canyon and Paradise Valley, just south of Bozeman. If you like to hike and/or camp, you need to visit this gorgeous recreation area in the summer. It will provide you with a great perspective of the landscape, it’s definitely a spiritual adventure that satisfies my soul.
The first hike I ever took atop Hyalite Canyon was via the Blackmore Trail (when you’re driving up Hyalite Canyon Road the trail is accessible from a parking lot and recreation area on your right, just before you reach Hyalite Reservoir). Let me point out, this was a no-nonsense introduction to Hyalite hiking. If you’re adventurous (and in shape) then take this hike! Stay on the main trail, which will take you past Blackmore Lake. That’s when the real challenge begins as it continues on to Mt. Blackmore.
For a proper introduction to hiking in Hyalite Canyon, I would recommend taking the Hyalite Peak Trail. When on Hyalite Canyon Road, drive past Hyalite Reservoir this time and another few miles (you can’t miss the trailhead). This trail is very popular for a reason. Sections of it are paved or graded, making it very accommodating to families, trail runners, mountain bikers, horse riders and hikers alike. Many stunning waterfalls are within close proximity to the trail. It’s just a gentle climb to reach your first cascading waterfall, Grotto Falls.
Another one of my favorite hikes in Hyalite Canyon can be found past the reservoir, travel across the dam and take a left to go to the Palisade Falls/Emerald Lake Trailheads. Go past the Palisade Falls parking lot and drive straight until the road stops. The parking lot here will bring you on a nice easy hike to Emerald and Heather Lakes. I say an easy hike because there’s not much of a climb, but still keep in mind that Emerald Lake is about 4 ½ miles away. It’s worth it, as this relatively unpopulated trail will take you through forest and open land. The scenery is beautiful, as it winds through fields of wild flowers and across a stream. Emerald Lake is the perfect destination after this perfect little pursuit.
Although you won’t want to leave this lake, I highly recommend traveling another short ½ mile or so, on to Heather Lake. It doesn’t offer the same “nature’s picnic” feel but it does offer more of nature. You’ll really feel like you’ve stumbled upon a higher being’s greatness in this desolate, stunning lake’s presence. Either that, or you’ll feel like you’ve somehow entered a painting. Just you and the bald eagles up there my friend, take a deep breath and enjoy!