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Plan a Snow Day

A day in the life of a Montana winter traveler

Choose Your Adventure

Montana is known for some of the best skiing in the nation, but that’s not all there is to do in Big Sky Country. From Glacier Country to Southeast Montana, Yellowstone Country and beyond, you can find countless ways to spend a week or weekend with friends or family—including dog sledding through the snow-covered backcountry, exploring local trails, and enjoying the state’s natural beauty at a national park.

Need some inspiration for your trip? This sample listicle which starts in Bozeman will help you plan your snow day. 

Dog Sledding

Want an exhilarating way to see Montana? Dog sledding is a must for any snow-day itinerary. Start your day at Chico Hot Springs Resort, where the Absaroka Dogsled Treks team offers deep-trail explorations through the backcountry that are sure to get your heart racing. Treks range from 6 miles to full-day excursions, and provide a rare view of the scenic Paradise Valley. Just yell “mush” and get ready for the ride of a lifetime.
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Drive north to Bozeman and start the afternoon off with a snowshoeing expedition through beautiful Hyalite Canyon, nestled between the picturesque mountainsides and the tranquil reservoir just 40 minutes southwest of Bozeman. From sprawling forests to waterfalls to spectacular rock formations, it’s a great way to see the beauty of Montana.
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Historical Landmarks

From the Lewis & Clark Trail to the local Indian Nations, Montana is rich in history and diverse in culture. You can choose from a number of cultural sites that are perfect for a winter day. Part of the famous Dinosaur Trail, the Museum of the Rockies is home to a wide collection of dinosaur fossils. Take a trip back in time with a visit to Karst’s Camp, a former dude ranch turned ghost town. Or visit Madison Buffalo Jump State Park, a beautiful natural wonder with 2,000 years of history. There’s no wrong choice—with a number of historical landmarks, natural wonders, and time-bending ghost towns, the possibilities are as endless as your sense of adventure.
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Local Fare

After a full day of exploration it’s time for a well-earned meal. Head east about 30 minutes past Bozeman to arrive in Livingston, where you’ll find a variety of dining options to please any appetite. From fresh brisket and salmon at The Sport to French cuisine with a Montana twist at 2nd Street Bistro, no matter what you’re looking for, there’s a perfect dish for the foodie or non-foodie.
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Montana is known for many things, including its award-winning microbreweries. Stop by Katabatic Brewing Company or Neptune’s Brewery for a taste of locally brewed craft beer and some live music. Our brewers pride themselves on using the best Montana ingredients—including locally-grown barley and wheat, clear glacial water, and Pacific Northwest Hops. The result is a unique taste that will have you calling for more. But don’t worry, because you can always fill up a growler to remember the trip.
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A Wintertime Swim

Tired yet? Have your designated driver head south about 30 minutes to end the day with a relaxing dip in at Chico’s natural hot springs. These geothermal waters will soothe you from head to toe—it’s a slice of heaven and perfect way to recoup, refresh and relax after a long, adventurous snow day. And of course, Montana’s filled with hot springs pools so you can always hit more than one.
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