Big Sky Country is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise. The Southwest corner of Montana offers limitless recreation whether you are a beginner or a seasoned adventurer.  

Gallatin River Lodge is perfectly remote yet close to everything making it the ideal base camp to explore Southwest Montana. The lodge is surrounded by majestic mountains and wild rivers while located only 20 minutes from downtown Bozeman and 10 minutes from the airport. Experience unforgettable memories to add to your story!

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1. Play on the water! Whitewater Rafting, Paddle Boarding, Canoeing, or Kayaking. Trust us when we say there is nothing like experiencing our clear alpine lakes and wild rivers. Visit Big Boys Toys for your water recreation rental fun or Montana Whitewater for Big Sky & Yellowstone white water rafting trips on the Yellowstone, Gallatin, and Madison rivers. They are among the most pristine waters in the lower 48 states.

2. Explore State Parks within an hour of Bozeman, Lewis and Clark Caverns, Madison Buffalo Jump, and the Missouri Headwaters.

3. Two National Treasures. Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks are truly spectacular and offer very different experiences.

4. Rock Climb with Montana Alpine Guides. It will change your life.

5. Scenic Drives. Get high; 11,000 feet, to be exact! Just a couple of hours from us is a must-add to your bucket list, the Beartooth Highway. Or stay local and see the beautiful Hyalite Reservoir, drive to the Spanish Creek Trailhead through Ted Turner’s 100,000+ acre bison ranch, or visit Downtown Bozeman and enjoy the Bozeman Farmers’ Market.

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6. Hiking and BikingHere is a list of the 7 Best Mountain Bike Trails Near Bozeman

7. Fly-Fish. Southwest Montana offers one of the world’s highest concentrations of blue-ribbon fisheries. Gallatin River Lodge provides private access to the Gallatin River within five minutes of the lodge, and the iconic Yellowstone and Madison Rivers are less than an hour away. The Jefferson and Missouri Rivers, private spring creeks, and alpine lakes are additional options – so the greatest challenge will be deciding where to go.

8. Get picked up by a Helicopter for a big sky ride over the mountains. Photograph main attractions in Yellowstone, take in the Teton Range or fly over the mountains surrounding Bozeman and Big Sky.

9. Rent an ATV at Big Boys Toys for a day of exploring. 

10. Stargaze. Dine, Sunset, Bonfire, Stargaze, Repeat. Experience authentic Montana at Gallatin River Lodge. Savor classics made with local ingredients created by our noted Executive Chef, Joshua Dicks. Relax; listen to live music, watch the sunset over the pasture (keep an eye out for wildlife), and don’t miss the stars light up the evening sky.

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Reserve a true escape and your story will write itself.

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