Bozeman’s scene is wildly water-oriented for a landlocked mountain town. Dip your toes in, and get hip with splashing around while you beat the heat high in the mountains. These water activities will keep you cool and having the time of your life.
The SUP life is the life for Montana summer. Even if paddleboard yoga isn’t the level of pretzeling intensity you’re aiming for, you can still cruise around on any of Bozeman’s prime waterways. From rivers to ponds and alpine lakes, all it takes is a quick rental stop at Roundhouse Sports for your gear, and you’ll be paddling in moments. Never fear if standing seems cray to you at first—there’s no law on the books that says you can’t kneel, sit or even nap on the board.
A river runs through it in Southwestern Montana, and the classic way to experience the meandering streams in the Gallatin Valley is via canoe. Get that authentic experience with paddles in the water while you mosey down the waterways with your boo, taking in the scenery and clinking cups or diving into gourmet bites while you go.
These little river kayaks let you be independent paddling, whether you shoot for some sweet whitewater on the river, a fabulous float, or a lazy lakeshore trip. It’s easy to find rentals in such a happenin’ river town, so hit up hot spots like Big Boys Toys to go it alone, or check out guided trips with outfitters like Yellowstone Raft Company.
Get wild in whitewater without having to break a sweat when you go with local outfitters like Yellowstone Raft Company. Hit the rapids hard with your guided group, and check out some of the most rocking and rolling rapids you can find in the state. With class II-III rapids along the route, this is the perfect mix between high adrenaline and scenic river relaxation.
The floating culture in Montana is one you don’t want to miss. Get some canned craft microbrews, or class it up with some premixed mimosas (just be sure to stay away from glass containers to help protect the river). Then grab some tubes from Big Boys Toys for quick and easy rentals, and the river is your playground. With shuttling services like ShuttleSnap available, you can go solo and still find your way back to the car after you’ve had a chance to soak up some sun.
Alpine lakes are your friends when it comes to summer splashing. Either hike to spots like Lava Lake and Fairy Lake to relish the chill high-altitude water on sore muscles, or take it easy and drive up to the banks of Hyalite Reservoir to get in the water with minimal effort. Dive in, and feel the cooling water caress your skin while you take in the views of towering mountains on all sides.
A trip to Bozeman wouldn’t be complete without some steamy soaking time. Yes, you know you’re hot AF, so strut your stuff in your designer bikini and take a dip at boujee Chico Hot Springs or Bozeman Hot Springs. Or get back to basics with organic eats and traditional wood-lined pools at Norris Hot Springs, where you can listen to live music under the stars and sip a drink or two.
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