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10 Things Locals Do in the Gallatin Valley

Aug 28, 2018 - Posted by: Rocky Mountain Credit Union

Looking for something to do in the Gallatin Valley? We put together a list of things to do in the area that even the locals do! Enjoy the outdoors and try new things by completing each of these things to do!

1. Hike to Palisade Falls in Hyalite Canyon 

A short hike of only 1.1 miles is quickly rewarded with views of the beautiful Palisade Falls. This hiking trail is paved the entire way and is suitable for hikers of all skill levels and ages. Locals enjoy this hike frequently to get outdoors, enjoy Montana scenery, and get some light exercise. 

2. Visit the Museum of the Rockies

The Museum of the Rockies is located right next to the Montana State Campus, and is a must see. Known for its extensive dinosaur fossil collection, this Smithsonian Affiliate museum is sure to delight everyone. The Museum of the Rockies also has a changing exhibit (so you will always see something new), planetarium shows, and other educational programs. So, you can visit the MOR knowing that you are getting the full experience!

3. Whitewater Raft the Gallatin Canyon

Whitewater rafting is a fun summer pastime and allows visitors and locals alike to get outside and enjoy the weather while still staying cool. There are different parts of the river that are suitable for different skill levels, so don't let your lack of experience scare you! 

4. Hike the "M"

Another hike, another day. Unlike Palisade Falls, this hike is not paved and is slightly longer. However, also unlike Palisade, this hike gives you a view of the entire Gallatin Valley. Stop and take a photo at the top of the mountain with the "M" in the background and say hello to all of the hikers that you see along the way! 

5. Visit Yellowstone Zipline in Gallatin Gateway

A short drive from Bozeman, Yellowstone Zipline in Gallatin Gateway will give you a tour of the Gallatin Valley that you never expected. This unique experience will send you soaring over top of the Gallatin River while you learn some local history, too! 

6. Soak in the Bozeman Hot Springs

The Bozeman Hot Springs is a great place to sit and relax after a long day exploring the Gallatin Valley. With live music every Thursday and Sunday and 12 pools with different temperatures, a soak in the Bozeman Hot Springs will do your body and mind good. 

7. Take a Gondola Ride Through Big Sky with Lone Peak Tram

In the winter you can take the Lone Peak Tram to the top of the mountain and ski back down. In the summer, you can still ride the tram but instead of skiing, you get to enjoy the beautiful scenery that Big Sky has to offer! Either way, you get to experience a unique part of Big Sky. 

8. Visit Granny's Donuts

A local favorite, Granny's Donuts offers fresh baked donuts in many unique flavors. Located right off campus, this donut shop is considered THE place to get sweet treats. Just make sure that you bring cash, this shop is so small that they don't accept cards. 

9. Ski the Slopes of Bridger Bowl

The closest ski hill in the area, is also the most popular. Bridger Bowl has over 2,000 acres of ski-able terrain, 75 marked trails (and many more unmarked), and 350 inches of snowfall annually. With all of these awesome features, you have to be sure to spend some time on the slopes of Bridger Bowl. 

10. Attend a Bobcat Football Game

Montana State Football brings Bobcat football fans from all over the state together on Saturdays to cheer on the team. The football games are a huge part of fall in the Gallatin Valley. Join in on the fun, and attend a Bobcat football game (or two or three). We promise you'll have fun. 

There is plenty to do in the Gallatin Valley. These are some of our favorites, but no matter what you do with your time, you are sure to have a good time. 

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