Bozeman’s year-round natural amenities are hard to beat: world-class skiing in the winter at Bridger Bowl Ski Area; whitewater rafting on the Gallatin River come spring; hiking Baldy Mountain or fishing miles of designated Blue Ribbon trout streams in the summer; and basking in the fall colors while viewing the abundant wildlife in and around nearby Yellowstone National Park. It’s an outdoor-lover’s paradise.
But Bozeman is also a tech-savvy, economically vibrant, highly educated city on the grow. Montana State University students have earned prestigious scholarships and research grants that place the relatively small school on par with top research universities nationwide. University research has helped carve a niche in the laser optics industry, making Bozeman second only to Albuquerque for laser optics companies.