Things to do nearby
Looking for things to do on your trip to Bozeman, Big Sky or the Gallatin Canyon? Let the The Inn on the Gallatin be your home base for amazing Montana adventures. Take a day trip to America's First National Park, then head on back home for songs around our riverside fire pit. Hike one of the amazing trails that surround us, or prepare to cast out into the rolling Gallatin River that's just out our back door.
See dinosaurs at the Museum of the Rockies or take a dip in the Bozeman Hot Springs. There's something wonderful to do for guests of all ages with a variety of interests--and all just a walk or short drive away from The Inn on the Gallatin!
The Gallatin is one of the country’s blue-ribbon trout streams. Highway 191 follows the river from the northern end of Gallatin Canyon all the way to Yellowstone Park. Public access is easy with frequent pull-offs throughout the canyon. The stretch of river behind The Inn provides a more private setting and some great fish. If you like variety in your fishing, the Madison and Yellowstone are also great rivers accessible with an easy drive. For current fishing reports, flies, tackle, or to hire a local fishing guide, contact Gallatin River Guides, (GRG). GRG is the area's oldest fly shop and guide service and will provide honest information and guide services on the Gallatin, Madison, , Yellowstone , and in Yellowstone National Park.
Gallatin River Guides - www.montanaflyfishing.com
Southwest Montana has some spectacular hikes, many of which are found in Gallatin Canyon. The hikes to Lava Lake and along Hell Roaring Creek are among the most popular. The trails to Rat Lake and Ousel Falls provide shorter, more level trails for the younger, older, and out-of-shape crowds. Driving back to Bozeman and out to Hyalite Canyon, you can access the area’s most popular hike, the trail to Hyalite Lake. The five mile trail takes you up 2,000 feet to the small lake, with eleven waterfalls along the way.
Rafting and Ziplines
The Gallatin is a popular river for rafting and kayaking, from the harrowing “Mad Mile” and House Rock to the peaceful stretches highlighted in the film A River Runs Through It. There are several companies in the Canyon that offer a variety of trips depending on your preference.
A trail ride is a great experience on any western vacation. Outfitters offer everything from hour-long strolls through meadows and foothills to multi-day treks through the spectacular scenery of the back country.
Yellowstone National Park
West Yellowstone, the west entrance to the park and a destination in itself, is 75 miles south on Highway 191. Many of our guests make long day trips to enjoy the scenery and wildlife that abound in Yellowstone. For a serious day trip you can continue out the Cooke City entrance to the park and travel the Beartooth Highway, commonly recognized as "America’s most scenic drive."
No trip to southwest Montana could be complete without a trip to Virginia City. It’s not too far from The Inn as the crow flies, but driving actually requires going back to Bozeman and heading 68 miles out Highway 84.
Lewis and Clark Caverns
These caverns require a drive back to Bozeman, then to Three Forks, and 18 miles farther, but thousands of visitors make the trip each year. Tours are offered throughout the day for the two mile hike through the caverns, some of the most spectacular in the Northwest. This excursion is particularly popular when the summer temperatures rise – the caverns average about 50 degrees in the summer months.
Museum of the Rockies
Located near MSU, the Museum of the Rockies is one of Bozeman’s most popular attractions. Each summer the museum offers a number of classes for children of all ages. Check with the museum for a current list.
Bozeman Hot Springs
Located on 191 nine miles this side of Bozeman, this is a short drive from The Inn. A tourist attraction for over a hundred years, the therapeutic waters of these natural hot springs continue to attract both locals and visitors. The current facility offers nine different pools, a day spa, and fitness center.