Cross Country Skiing
The Bozeman area offers both new and experienced skiers a wide variety of excellent cross country skiing options that cover the gamut from meditative backcountry travel to thrilling groomed trails.
- Cross country skiers can enjoy groomed trails, easy-access trails right from town, and miles of trails in the public lands.
- Rental equipment is available at Nordic Ski Centers and sporting shops in Bozeman.
Where can I go cross-country skiing in Bozeman?
Highland & Lindley Park
These trails are usually in ski-able shape from mid December to the end of February. Dogs are not permitted. Parking: A paved and plowed parking lot exists off of Ellis St. on the east side of Highland Blvd. Look for the recycling station. Please Note: Parking is no longer available at the hospital, and it is not allowed at Lindley Center.
- The “Lower Lindley Loop” is 5 to 6km of rolling terrain. It is located on the west side of Highland Blvd. Carefully cross Highland Blvd. to access this loop from the parking lot.
- The “Highland East Trail” is located on the east side of Highland Lane. Follow the trail that heads east along the fence line that adjoins a medical office building. This trail is new as of 2010, and hazards exist along this 5km technical, twisting trail.
Located at Bridger Creek Golf Course north of town. This is a private venue so please respect their requirements. Please ski only on the groomed trail, park only at the Clubhouse, and no dogs are allowed. This venue offers loops on flat and rolling terrain, and is a great place for beginning skiers.
Bohart Ranch Cross Country Ski Center
Bohart is a full-service cross country ski center that offers ski rentals, ski lessons, and over 35 km of terrain. The season usually runs from the first week of December through March. Trail Fees are required.
Bozeman Creek is a multi-use trail on Forest Service land located about 7 miles south of town. Turn onto Nash Road from either South 19th or Sourdough Rd., follow Nash to the poorly marked Sourdough Canyon Road and drive south to the trail and parking lot. Expect dog walkers, joggers, and a variety of other skiers on this trail. Rock skis are suggested during low-snow periods or until the skier becomes familiar with the trail.
Hyalite Canyon is USFS land, the entrance road is located 8 miles south of town off of S. 19th, and skiing exists just about anywhere. There is however a 25km series of loops near the reservoir (11 miles up the road). These trails are groomed intermittently for classical technique only (no skate), making it a beautiful venue for quiet ski touring. Both the road and the trails are plowed/groomed as dollars and manpower permit, so check locally for conditions. A 4-wheel drive vehicle is highly recommended. Donations (and information) for road and trail maintenance are accepted at the Forest Service office and at www.bridgerskifoundation.org. The USFS is located at 3710 Fallon St. on the west side of town (406-522-2520).
Other unmaintained trails in or near town:
- Gallagator Trail: At South Church and East Story is a popular multi-use trail that uses the abandoned Gallatin Valley Electric Railroad right-of-way and ends at Morning Star School.
- Painted Hills: Trail begins at a small parking area on Kagy about 3/4 mile from the intersection of Highland Boulevard. The southbound trail is a 2.5 mile round trip. A northbound trail is now part of the Highland East Trail.
- Sourdough Trail: 2.5 mile trail that extends from the Gallagator Trail, South Church and East Story, to Goldenstein Road.
- Triple Tree: 5 mile trail approximately 2 miles south of the intersection of Kagy Boulevard and Sourdough Road, on the east side of Sourdough. Look for designated parking at the trailhead.
- Gallatin Canyon (USFS) & Yellowstone NP: Numerous untracked, ski touring opportunities south of Bozeman.
Skiing Close to Bozeman
- Lone Mountain Ranch: Big Sky has both groomed terrain around town (trail fee) and at Lone Mountain Ranch. Trail fees may be purchased at Lone Mountain Ranch.
- Rendezvous Trails: West Yellowstone offers some of the best cross country skiing in the U.S. at the groomed Rendezvous Trail System (Fee Area - www.rendezvoustrails.com). Fantastic ski touring is found along the Madison River in Yellowstone N.P. on the east side of town. Plan on 1.5 to 2 hours of driving to West Yellowstone, and 1 to 1.5 hours to Big Sky; depending on where you go and the road conditions.
Where can I find Nordic skiing rentals?
Equipment rentals can be found at a variety of shops in Bozeman, as well as at Bohart and Lone Mountain Ranch.