In 1864, John Bozeman led a wagon train over Bozeman Pass into the Gallatin Valley, where his friends W. J. Beall and D. E. Rouse staked out the town site for the city of Bozeman. Never a boomtown, Bozeman has had a slow, steady growth, beginning the day its first log cabin was erected in 1864. Many early settlers were ricochets from the gold fields of Bannack, Butte and Helena. These ex-miners would learn the more stable lifestyle of merchants and farmers. Today, Bozeman is one of Montana's major tourism and agriculture centers. Bozeman is one of the most diverse small towns in the Rocky Mountain West, with an eclectic mix of ranchers, artists, professors, ski enthusiasts and entrepreneurs drawn hereby world class outdoor recreation, Montana State University and a slice of old fashioned Americana. Established in 1893, Montana State University's campus houses The Museum of the Rockies where you will travel through 4 billion years of Earth's history! The museum features a planetarium, paleontology, ethnology, and displays of dinosaurs and dinosaur eggs unearthed in Montana and is a member of the Montana Dinosaur Trail. Art and culture is alive and well in Bozeman. It is home to many museums, talented artists and excellent galleries. You can find opera, theatre, symphony and ballet, as well as rodeo, the Sweet Pea Festival, the Wild West Winterfest and the Gallatin County Fair. In addition to the numerous attractions in Bozeman, there are literally hundreds of sights within a short drive, including Yellowstone National Park, that lure visitors from around the world. Bozeman is surrounded by four mountain ranges, thousands of acres of the Gallatin National Forest and hundreds of miles of blue ribbon trout streams, so the recreation opportunities are virtually endless. Hiking, biking, fly fishing, and rafting. Bozeman is an important winter recreation area with two major ski areas nearby. Bridger Bowl Ski Area is located 16 miles northeast of town and Big Sky Resort with 5,800 skiable acres with 4,350 vertical drop, 30 chairlifts and surface lifts, and the Lone Peak Tram to 11,166 feet in elevation is 45 miles south. Consider making Bozeman the base for your trip and stay awhile to get to know the people and the hospitality that make Bozeman, Montana one of the nation's best!