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The Best Bozeman Nature Trails That are Spring Friendly


Posted: April 23, 2018 by Step Beyond Media

Unfortunately, the snow hasn't melted off of the mountain tops (or completely in town) so we are left to hike around town.  Thankfully, Bozeman has an AMAZING trail system.  Spring is the best time of year to take advantage of the trails Bozeman has right at our doorsteps!  Yes, we can venture up to the mountains for some serious hikes, but we can also enjoy a leisurely stroll on one of the many nature trails here in town.  Here are a few of our top picks for seeing the new spring blooms...

1.  Sourdough Trail


This trail parallels Sourdough Creek and, because of the mature Aspen and Cottonwood trees, it is a perfect place for fall.  The trail begins right off of Goldenstein and is just over 3 miles long.  After crossing the creek it opens to a grassy meadow and continues along the Valley View Golf Course.  Two of Bozeman's nicest subdivisions are within walking distance to this trail, Sundance Springs and West Meadow Sub.

2.  Gallagator Trail

This trail follows the route of the Gallagator Railroad line which used to take passengers between Bozeman and Gallatin Gateway.

The just over 2 mile trail begins at the base of Peets' Hill (yet another great Bozeman trail!) and ends at a picnic area by the Museum of the Rockies.  This trail, like the Sourdough Trail, offers beautiful colors in the fall from the changing leaves.  There's a bonus for the kids or climbing enthusiasts on this trail...a climbing boulder at the halfway mark!  The Gallagator offers easy access whether you live downtown or on the south end of town.  

3.  THE "M" & DRINKING HORSE TRAIL


These two trails aren't right in town, but only take a few minutes to get to.  The Drinking Horse Trail begins at the Fish Hatchery and the "M" trailhead is right across the highway.  The trails are right around 2 miles long and gain more elevation than the nature trails in town, but the views at the end are worth it.  Both overlook our beautiful Bozeman.  At the top of Drinking Horse Trail there are a couple of man-made forts for the kiddos to play in, as well as a picnic bench for lunch.  For a quick hike close to town, you can't beat these two popular trails.  Homes in this area have the advantage of easy access to recreation attractions while still being close to downtown.  It's the best of both worlds!


No matter what trail you decide to venture out on you simply cannot go wrong in Bozeman.  How lucky we are to live in such a beautiful place with the outdoors so easy to get out and enjoy.

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