Westfield Park and Westfield South are well planned communities on Bozeman's South Side with easy access to MSU, Bozeman's vibrant downtown and amazing recreation to the south. Both neighborhoods offer large lots, parks and open space, creating a more sense of space from your neighbor Most are relatively large, single family homes. As an added bonus, there are also access points to connect to the Sourdough Trail system which can take you anywhere from "Main Street to the Mountains."
One really unique thing about Westfield Park and a few of the neighboring areas is that on Christmas Eve, the streets are lined with festive luminarias (white paper bags illuminated with a votive candle). There are thousands of them and people come from all over to drive through or stroll to look at the lights. Most people turn their car lights off to enhance the effect as they carefully drive through the neighborhood.
Middle School District (6th thru 8th) - Sacajawea (walking Distance)
Elementary School District - Morning Star
Bozeman High School
Bozeman is one of the largest cities in Southwest Montana with a population of 36,325 (2006). Bozeman real estate is highly sought after because of its beautiful landscapes, sprawling Montana ranches, easy access to many blue ribbon fly fishing rivers such as the Gallatin River, Madison River and Yellowstone River and close proximity to Yellowstone Park. The city is named after John M. Bozeman, founder of Bozeman Trail. Bozeman is home to Montana State University – Bozeman. Gallatin Field Airport serves Bozeman and people looking for Bozeman Montana real estate, Bozeman properties, homes and land. Locals are known as Bozemanites and the local newspaper is the Bozeman Daily Chronicle.
Skiing & Snowboarding
Bridger Bowl ski area is located on the east slope of the Bridger Mountain Range. With four large bowls within the boundaries, the ski area offers wide-open terrain with a variety of landscapes including long, wide-open slopes, glades, chutes and gullies. The mountain lays out in a large funnel or "V" shape expanding from about 200 yards in width across the base area up to approximately 2 miles wide across the ridge top. Family and friends of varying skill levels can ride several of our chair lifts together while still enjoying varying terrain best matching their individually ability.
The Bridger Ski Foundation grooms community Nordic trails at five venues in Bozeman, making winter recreation accessible to everyone. Bridger Creek Golf Course, Lindley Park & Highland Glen, adjacent to Bozeman Health, Bozeman Creek/Sourdough Canyon, and Hyalite Canyon - this area is primarily groomed by the U.S. Forest Service.
Fishing in Montana is something akin to heaven. From majestic rivers and lakes to crystal clear alpine streams, the vast amount of fishing in souther Montana is almost unfathomable. You can hopscotch one to the other, and never run out of fishing holds. Each area in unique and none less beautiful than the other.
Visitors and locals enjoy year-round exercising and a greater sense of community on the Bozeman Trail System, trekking, biking, and cross-country skiing from “Main Street to Mountains” on 45 miles of trails. The Bozeman Trail System consists of beautiful trails connecting walkers to schools, businesses, parks, as well as rivers and lakes in the city limits of Bozeman, Montana.
Hiking trails can be found all over the Bozeman area. The book Day Hikes in the Bozeman Area is recommended as a good basic source of information. Hiking up to the "M" north of Bozeman is a classic (about 45 minutes up and a bit less time back) with a fine view of the valley. Other popular hikes in the Bridger Mountains are up Sypes Canyon (allow three hours roundtrip, including about half an hour of driving time) for another beautiful view, Middle Cottonwood for a creekside walk a bit further out of town, and the hike to the summit of Sacajawea Peak (allow most of a day for this trip). South of town, hiking on the Triple Tree Trail is a quick escape into the woods that ends in another pretty view (allow three hours, including driving time), Bozeman Creek takes you on a gentle uphill walk along the stream that supplies most of Bozeman's drinking water, and various hikes are possible in the Hyalite Lake area.
A great article outlining all the possibilities for mountain biking in Bozeman
Bozeman, Montana, has six wonderful golf courses that provide for beginner to expert level golfers. All of which provide some level of excitement for all golfing skill sets as well as unique challenges.
Bozeman Golf Courses
Black Bull Run (private – par 72)
Cottonwood Hills (public – par 70)
Valley View (private – par 70)
Riverside (private – 72 par)
Bridger Creek (public – 71 par)
Shakespeare in the Parks is a troupe of professional actors who perform two different plays throughout the summer in an outdoor setting. The troupe travels to act on stages in various Montana towns, and Bozeman, the homebase for the troupe, hosts many performances. The Bozeman shows are located in a grove of trees near the duck pond at MSU, or in Lindley Park during the annual Sweet Pea Festival of the Arts. Shows are free, but donations are happily accepted.
Museum of the Rockies is a regional museum featuring permanent displays on dinosaurs, Native American culture and history of the Western United States and Montana. Special exhibits change several times each year and lectures and other presentations are frequent events. The Museum has a state-of-the-art planetarium that gives educational programs on selected astronomy topics and also hosts entertaining laser shows to music. It is located at the southern edge of the MSU campus. Call 994-2251 or 994-DINO for schedule and information or check www.museumoftherockies.org.
Emerson Cultural Center is housed in a former school building at Olive and Grand streets near downtown Bozeman. Artists have studios and shops at this location, and the Emerson Grill is located there. Special events occur in the center in the auditorium or Weaver Room.
Bozeman Film Festival shows arthouse films, including many foreign films in a series each year. Tickets for a discount on the series can be purchased in advance, or tickets can be bought at the door of the Emerson Cultural Center where the films are shown. Showings are on Monday through Thursday nights throughout the fall and winter months.
Pioneer Museum is located in an original jail building on Main Street next to the present day Courthouse. It is organized by the Gallatin County Historical Society and has displays related to the early history of Bozeman and the surrounding area.
Farmer's Market is held on Saturday mornings in the summer months at the Pavillion at the County Fairgrounds (Tamarack Street - Bozeman's North Side). Local gardeners and craftsmen sell homegrown and homemade products ranging from vegetables to honey, jewelry, and pottery. The lively atmosphere makes this worth checking out, even if you don't intend to buy anything. There is also a Tuesday night market at Bogart Park.
Sweet Pea Festival is Bozeman's annual festival of the arts held the first weekend in August each year. The purchase of a $10 button allows entrance to all of the events of the festival, held in Lindley Park on East Main Street. Friday and Saturday nights bring thousands of people to the park for outdoor music concerts. There are also plays, comedy acts, dance, smaller musical performances, races and a parade. Arts and crafts are sold as well as a variety of food.
Christmas Stroll is an evening in early December each year when Main Street is closed to traffic and people walk, shop, buy food and hot drinks from outdoor stalls and socialize. Stores decorate for the holidays. Volunteer and community groups sing carols, Santa usually appears, and if there is enough snow, a horse-pulled sleigh gives rides up and down the street. Good fun, but be sure to bundle up in warm clothing.