Bozeman, Montana, the gem of the northern Rocky Mountains, is a thriving community of 40,000+ people. The town has grown by over 42% since the year 2000, making it the fastest growing community in the state of Montana.
Bozeman is nestled in Southwest Montana’s Gallatin Valley between the Bridger, Tobacco Root, Gallatin, and Madison ranges of the Rockies at an elevation of 4,820 feet. The Gallatin Valley is home to the headwaters of the Missouri River, where the Gallatin, Madison, and Jefferson rivers meet. The soil of the valley in and around Bozeman has made it one of the most successful granaries in the nation. Wheat, barley, rye, and other cool weather grain crops have made this a productive area for both farmers and ranchers. As a result of this bountiful food supply, the area is also populated by many wild animal species, including elk, mule deer, white tail deer, antelope, and moose, as well as wolves, foxes, coyotes, black bears, and grizzly bears.
A Place of Treasure
Montana, the “Treasure State,” is so called because of the vast variety of mineral deposits in the area. Gold, silver, copper, garnets, rubies, sapphires, and many other precious metals and gems are found in the state. On top of this, Bozeman is a mere 80 miles north of the first national park in the United States: Yellowstone. Situated on the massive Yellowstone Caldera supervolcano, this formidable park is home to the world’s largest collection of geysers. With its thermal features, wildlife, and some of the most spectacular scenery in the world, Yellowstone Park is one of the fringe benefits of calling Bozeman home!
The great natural beauty of the Bozeman area has made it one of the most sought after recreation areas in the continental United States. The mountains surrounding Bozeman are home to some of the most fabulous camping, hiking, and winter sports areas around. Resorts such as Big Sky, The Yellowstone Club, and Bridger Bowl, one of America’s largest public ski areas, make Bozeman the place to be from December to April!
Culture and Conservation
Bozeman is also home to Montana State University. MSU has nationally acclaimed programs in architecture, engineering, and documentary filmmaking. Additionally, the spectacular natural beauty of the area has made it home to many environmental groups, non-profit conservation foundations and a wide variety of artists, poets, and musicians. This natural beauty and cultural diversity makes Bozeman a unique place for theological conversation and education.