Frequently Asked Questions

Bozeman, Montana is an exceptional place to live, work, and visit. The frequently asked questions below will help you navigate our community resources.

Apply for a passport at the Bozeman Post Office at 2201 Baxter Lane. The office is open Monday - Friday, 9:00am - 2:00pm. Office also provides passport photos. Appointments not required. Please bring a certified birth certificate and two (2) passport sized photos (if not having them taken at the post office). You should receive your passport within 5 - 6 weeks. For more information on applying for a passport, click here. The Post Office can be reached at 406-586-1508.

Marriage Licenses can be obtained from the Gallatin County Clerk of District Court located in the Law & Justice Center 615 S. 16th Ave., Bozeman, MT 59715 or 406-582-2165. Please Bring a Photo ID and $53 in Cash or Card (Checks are not accepted) For more information click here

The recreation department has varied summer and winter activities scheduled for kids to adults. Swimming pool schedules are also available through the recreation department. For more information, contact them at 582-2290 or the Swim Center at 587-4724.

Yes, the Bozeman Daily Chronicle is the regional daily newspaper. Other weekly or monthly newspapers include the Belgrade News which services the Belgrade area, the Three Forks Herald which covers Three Forks and Manhattan news and the Livingston Enterprise. You can contact the Bozeman Daily Chronicle's desk at 406-587-4491.

Established in 1893, Montana State University is now the largest university in the state, with roughly 16,766 students. As Montana's Land Grant University, the school is recognized nationally for its prominence in research among public universities.

Montana State University Graduation takes place in mid-May and mid-December. Please check with the Office of the Registrar for specific dates and times. Bozeman High Schools Graduations take place at the end of May or early June.

Non-resident fishing licenses are available at varied prices depending on length of validity. Licenses are available at most fishing stores and sports stores. Fisherman are required to by either an in-state or out of state license, along with a conservation license. See the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks site for fishing regulations and updates.

Permits are required for any type of hunting and are available through several local sportsman's stores or at the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks office at 1400 S. 19th, Bozeman, MT 59715 or 406-994-4042. See the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks site for more information.

Please visit our Start a Business page to view the many agencies that offer small business help.

Please visit our Job Listings page to view what jobs are available through Chamber members. There are also several other resources available to you online including the Bozeman Daily Chronicle classified ads, Bozeman Job Service, LC Staffing, Express Employment Pros., Career Concepts & Big Sky Staffing

Three, only two are still currently in use.

Bozeman has two summer farmer's markets. One runs every Tuesday night from 5 p.m. to 8 pm. and is located at Lindley Park 900 E. Main St. The second one runs every Saturday morning from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Gallatin County Fairgrounds. Please see the Community Events Calendar for dates and contact information. Also, the winter art's market runs in the winter months at the Gallatin County Fairgrounds.

The Sweet Pea Festival is always held on the first full weekend (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) of August. For more information visit the Sweet Pea Festival or check the Community Events Calendar.

The Christmas Stroll is always held on the first Saturday of December. For more information go to the Community Events Calendar or contact the Downtown Bozeman Partnership at 586-4008.

The short answer is: book it well in advance. Lodging, tours, and rental cars can all sell out, particularly in the summer. Campgrounds all book up months before summer hits, as does lodging during the holiday season.

No, it is not hard to get to Bozeman; in fact, it's easier than ever. Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport has nine airlines with service across the country, including 32 nonstop flights to major cities. If you're driving, you can access Bozeman from I-90 or US 191, which takes you to West Yellowstone, the west entrance to Yellowstone National Park.

There are a few ways to get to Bozeman from the airport: by way of I-90, Frontage Road West, or Jackrabbit Lane from Belgrade. The drive is 10.8 miles from Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport to the city of Bozeman via I-90, 10.4 miles on the Frontage Road (but it takes longer), or 16.1 miles on Jackrabbit Lane. Be sure to check a map before you go; there are several roundabouts when leaving the airport. Bozeman also has taxies, rideshare, and shuttles to surrounding areas. In addition, there are several rental car companies, and most hotels offer airport shuttle services.

Yes, Streamline Bus is a public transportation system that runs seven days a week, with various routes around town. They also offer Latenight Service on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 8:00 p.m.-2:30 a.m.

Bozeman is located only 90 miles from either the North entrance or the West entrance. To get to the North Entrance through Gardiner, take I-90 to Livingston, and then turn South on Hwy 89. To get to the West Entrance, take Highway 191 through the town of West Yellowstone.

Depending on the weather, Yellowstone usually opens for wheeled vehicle travel starting in late April, opening in sections until Memorial Day weekend, when Yellowstone is completely open. Yellowstone begins closing in late September and closes in sections until early November when the park is completely closed to wheeled vehicles except for the road between the North Entrance and the Northeast Entrance. For the winter season, Yellowstone National Park is open from mid-December through mid-April. For specific dates please see the official Yellowstone National Park site.

Any time is a good time to visit Bozeman! However, if you've explored in the summer, you may want to come back and experience winter adventure. Autumn is a lovely and quieter time to visit, and spring, though it can be rainy, is gorgeous with the fresh colors of grass, wildflowers, snow-capped hills, and big blue skies. Spring is also when the wildlife babies are born in Yellowstone – an exciting time of year!

Pretty cold. According to U.S. Climate Data, it starts cooling off in October, with an average low of 32 degrees Fahrenheit. December through February, the low ranges from 12 to 17 degrees and warms up to a balmy 38 degree-average low by May.

Being a town that gets a lot of snow, Bozeman knows how to manage it! The main roads are generally always plowed, and though not all of the neighborhoods get plowed, the city maintains designated snow routes. It's usually easy to get around by car – just remember to drive slow and keep a good distance from other vehicles.

Deciding what kind of vehicle to drive depends on the time of year. Unless you plan to spend time in the mountains in the winter months, any type of car is acceptable. However, in the winter months, we suggest an all-wheel or 4-wheel drive car, especially if you are unaccustomed to driving in winter weather conditions. The other thing to keep in mind is the gear you're hoping to bring with you. If you're planning to rent and haul bikes, skis or other gear, a larger car with storage is probably preferred.

Again, footwear depends on the time of year. During the winter months, be sure to have boots with a solid tread. Even the sidewalks can be icy at times! Spring can be rainy, so bring something waterproof, and during the summer, be sure to bring comfortable walking shoes. If you plan to go hiking, you may want a stiffer, more supportive boot.

Bozeman sits between two world-class downhill ski areas and two Nordic ski areas. In Bozeman, Bridger Bowl Ski Area, just 16 miles from town, is known for some of the best in-bounds extreme skiing in the U.S., and their expanded beginner terrain rounds out the experience no matter what level of skier you are. Just 45 miles south of Bozeman, Big Sky Resort sits on the iconic Lone Mountain. If you're looking for big skiing, you'll find 5,850 skiable acres, 4,350 vertical feet, and what is becoming one of the most technologically advanced lift systems in the nation.

Absolutely! Bozeman draws a diverse group of people worldwide, including chefs who have brought their culinary talents to the mountains. As a result, you'll find a variety of cuisines, plus many restaurants source much of their meat and produce from local producers. You'll find an extensive list of Bozeman's restaurants here.

Hands down, the best place to see wildlife is in Yellowstone National Park. Bozeman is nestled between the west and north entrances to the park, approximately 90 miles away. If you are entering from the west side at West Yellowstone, you'll often see bison as you start to approach the town. In Mammoth Hot Springs, just outside of Gardiner at the north entrance, elk casually stroll around, eating the fresh grass and lounging in the shade.

There are trails all around Bozeman, so it depends on what type of trail you are looking for. Gallatin Valley Land Trust maintains a beautiful trail system, Main Street to the Mountains. Some routes run through town and are interconnected, such as the Gallagator Trail, and others like the College M and Drinking Horse are just outside of town. For longer hikes, there are several routes in the Bridger Mountain Range and Sourdough, Triple Tree, and Leverich to the south of town. In addition, Hyalite Recreation Area has several trails including Palisade Falls, which is paved and handicapped accessible, and some of the area's more prominent peaks, Hyalite and Blackmore.

Bozeman Hot Springs, just a few miles down the road in Four Corners, has twelve pools, both indoor and outdoor, along with a wet and dry sauna. East of Bozeman, in Paradise Valley, Chico Hot Springs and Yellowstone Hot Springs are easy day trips.

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