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24 Mar 2023
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April & Spring in Southwest Montana

Get ready to embrace the delightful "mud season" in April, when Bozeman and the surrounding area shake off the winter chill and bask in the gentle warmth of spring. The thawing temperatures reveal the stunning, verdant scenery that Montana is renowned for. Whether you're an avid skier eager to hit the slopes one last time before the season ends, an art fan keen to explore the local galleries and museums, on the hunt for fresh and funky attire from the charming boutiques, or a fishing enthusiast seeking to cast your line in the sparkling streams teeming with trout, this is the perfect time to do it all. Come and experience the enchanting spirit of spring in Montana!

Spring Skiing

March and April are sublime times to plan a ski trip to Montana. Visiters can still enjoy ample snow and frequent bluebird days, and accommodations and lift tickets are more affordable and accessible!

Bridger Bowl Ski Area offers spring skiing through April 9th. 

Big Sky Resort boasts an especially long season as well, ending Sunday, April 23rd. 

Soak in natural hot springs! 

Bozeman Hot Springs

Boasting a prime location in Four Corners, Bozeman Hot Springs is a haven of relaxation and rejuvenation, presenting an array of 12 indoor and outdoor pools that range in temperature from a soothing 59 to a steamy 106 degrees, alongside well-appointed dry and wet saunas. For a truly enchanting experience, make sure to drop by on Sundays or Thursdays to revel in the live music performances featuring an array of talented local artists.

Norris Hot Springs

A mere 44-minute drive from Bozeman, Norris Hot Springs presents an excellent opportunity for a day trip. Indulge in a scrumptious meal at the 50 Mile Grill, where the menu is teeming with the finest Montana grass-fed beef and bison, and dine al fresco on the patio, relishing the grilled vegetables and a delectable assortment of fresh salads grown right on-site in their picturesque Garden of the Gods. Be sure to peruse their event schedule to catch some live local music performances and add an extra dose of entertainment to your visit.

Enjoy Live Music

Boasting a thriving music scene that continues to expand, Bozeman serves up an impressive array of artists and genres, catering to all musical tastes and preferences. From emerging local talents to globally renowned names in country music like Kenny Chesney, there is something for everyone to enjoy and appreciate.

Check out the event calendars at a few of our favorite venues below:

The Elm

The Rialto 

Live From The Divide

Tune Up Bar


Brick Breeden Fieldhouse

Fly Fishing

Montana's waters offer something for anglers of all skill levels, whether they seek the thrill of the catch or the tranquility of the sport. From the iconic Yellowstone River to the remote mountain streams, fly fishing in Montana is an adventure like no other, steeped in natural beauty and unparalleled serenity. With the guidance of expert local guides and outfitters, visitors can explore the state's waters and discover the hidden gems that make Montana a world-renowned fly fishing destination.

Matt Swan, Swan's Fly Fishing

As one of the area's premiere fly fishing guides, Swan’s Fly Fishing can offer you world class fly fishing here in Southwest Montana.

Trout Tales- Southwestern Montana Fly Fishing 

Trout Tales offers professionally-guided fly fishing experiences on the Upper and Lower Madison, Yellowstone, Gallatin, Boulder, Stillwater, and Missouri rivers, as well as a handful of private waters in Southwest Montana.

Check out this blog post from Montana Angling Co: 5 Spots to Fly Fish in Bozeman, MT

Brewery Tour

A great way to tour Bozeman and get a taste of locally- made craft beers, below is a list of our favorite breweries in Bozeman:

MAP Brewing Company

Mountains Walking Brewery

Outlaw Brewing

Bridger Brewing 

Last Best Place Brewing Company 

3rd Annual Restaurant Week

The Downtown Bozeman Association and participating downtown restaurants, pubs, and cafes are excited to bring you The 3rd Annual Downtown Bozeman Restaurant Week from April 24-30th! This 7-day event will be filled with good eats and drinks, off-menu specials, exclusive dining experiences, plus chances to win some fabulous prizes from local sponsors!

Explore Local Art Galleries & Museums 

Altitute Gallery 

"An eclectic, contemporary art gallery in the heart of Bozeman, Montana."

Montana Trails Gallery, Inc

"MTG is a hot spot for Artists and collectors to see incredible shows of paintings and sculpture and new works by many of Montana's best known artists!"

Museum of the Rockies 

A true Bozeman jewel, MOR is an active research facility that features one of the largest collections of North American dinosaur fossils in the world, as well as a large collection of prehistoric mammals that once roamed the state, including mammoths and rhinos. 

American Computer & Robotics Museum

The American Computer & Robotics Museum "inspires visitors of all ages to explore the past and imagine the future of the Information Age through thought-provoking exhibits, innovative storytelling, and the bold exchange of ideas."