Dreaming of your next trip?

Approximately 80% of first time visitors to Montana will come back for a second trip within 5 years. With close to 150,000 square miles to explore, it’s almost like having an entire country to explore, all within the state. It is actually larger than Japan! And, with literally endless recreation, it’s no wonder that people start dreaming of their return trip about this time of year. Some guests tell us they start the dreaming of the next trip as soon as they get home. For others (like me), we made the exciting decision to move out here so we could enjoy all of this grandeur year round.

Fly Fishing small womens fishingFor those thinking of a trip back to Montana this year, we would recommend that you don’t limit yourself to just summer, as any time of the year can be phenomenal. Spring is just around the corner, and for many, it’s a time to enjoy all of the seasons in Montana, depending on elevation, of course. March and April are great times to visit, as there is still incredible skiing, as well as backcountry winter activities, along with some of the warm weather activities, including fly fishing, golf, and low elevation hikes. The weather can be quite comfortable- average highs at the end of March/ beginning of April are in the 50’s in Bozeman. As we get into May and June, they can be some of the more precipitous months, but this is also the time that the hillsides turn green, trees have their leaves again, and the snow retreats to the highest elevations. For those interested in wildlife, the newborn bison, elk, moose and bears are out and about, exploring for the first time. May is a wonderful time for fly fishing, and with low visitation, the rivers can feel like your own.

There is no question that summer is the favorite season for many, and with mild temperatures, relatively dry weather, and full access to all roads, and most trails, it is a time to explore. Fly fishing, hiking, horseback riding, rafting, ziplining, canoeing, kayaking, climbing, hot air balloon rides, and Yellowstone adventures are just some of the possibilities. We have the best snow pack in the west right now, so we will likely have great river conditions this summer!

Keep in mind that visitation is the highest in the summer, so things can be busier than other times of the year. If you are planning your trip and need some help in deciding what to do, feel free to email us, or give us a call for some ideas.

During the fall, things settle down a bit as far as the crowds, yet the recreation is still abundant, and the weather can be very nice in the lower elavations until the beginning of November. The leaves begin to change in September, and the days get a little shorter and cooler.

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As we near December, our minds quickly switch gears to parkas, hats, gloves, and enjoying all the white fluffy snow that falls each year. Bozeman averages close to 100” of snow each year, with as much as 400” in the mountains just outside of town. Skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, and backcountry trips into Yellowstone are just a few of the ways to explore the winter season in Montana.

If you are dreaming of your next trip to Montana, we hope that we have given you a good excuse to dream often. And, we hope that you will dream of multiple trips this year, which means you will get to come and stay with us!

If you need help planning, or just thinking through your trip, feel free to give us a call, 406-388-0148 or email us. 

Written by : PJ Wirchansky

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