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Best Picnic Spots in Bozeman

Summer in Bozeman is an incredible time to get outside and enjoy all that SW Montana has to offer. Many visitors and locals alike enjoy getting out on one of the hundreds of trails in the area for horseback riding, hiking, or mountain biking. Or, maybe it’s enjoying the rivers by tying on a fly, or in a raft, kayak or boat. Some like to go rock climbing, or explore the 2.2 million acres of Yellowstone National Park. For many people, it is the time of year to get in as much as possible before the snow begins to fly again. With the high expectations of an epic adventure with each outing, one may forget that Bozeman also offers more relaxing activities, such as visiting one of the local museums, strolling down Main Street, or finding the perfect picnic spot.

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For those who enjoy a nice picnic with the family, or that special someone, we have compiled a list of 5 of our favorite, local spots for an enjoyable picnic. All of these are in the Bozeman area (within a half hour), and are sure to provide a beautiful backdrop for an unforgettable Montana picnic!

In no particular order, the Bozeman Beach is located at Glen Lake Park, and is great spot for the family, with swimming, boating, or walking with beautiful open views of the Bridger Mountain Range. Kirk Park is in the middle of Bozeman, off of 19th Avenue, with basketball courts, a skate park, swings, and a bbq area, along with several picnic spots. This has been a locals favorite for many years. There are also baseball fields, and areas to walk. The Dinosaur Park is located within the 100 acre Gallatin County Regional Park, and features an incredible play area for kids. In the rest of the park, there are two ponds, a dog park, walking and running trails, and the Bozeman mound, which offers a great view of the surrounding mountains, and would be a great spot to watch the sunset on a summer evening. There are bbq areas, picnic tables, and plenty of room to spread out. Greycliffs Campground on the Madison River is a wonderful spot to cool off on a hot summer day. Bring your bathing suit, and some great food to enjoy at this picnic area, approximately 6.8 miles down the gravel road off Highway 84. Finally, anyone looking for a beautiful lake with incredible mountains all around should take the drive down Hyalite Canyon, to one of the many picnic areas throughout the canyon. There is Hyalite Reservoir and Hood Creek Campground, or stroll up to Palisade Falls to the picnic area up there overlooking the falls.

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There are several more options throughout the Valley that offer some great locations to relax, let the kids play, or just take in the beautiful Montana scenery. For guests staying at the Lodge, just let us know the night before, and we can pack you a chef prepared picnic lunch to take along with you. There are also many local eateries that are perfect for an outside dining experience. So, if you decide to opt out for a hike up Mount Blackmore, or the all day epic adventure, rest assured that there are other ways to enjoy this beautiful location. Besides, close to 85% of all visitors that visit Montana return for a second trip, so you know you will most likely have another opportunity!

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