East Gallatin River

Too small for drift boats and difficult to wade fish without trespassing, the East Gallatin receives little pressure. The East Gallatin is a small river flowing through the heart of the Gallatin Valley beginning about one mile east of downtown Bozeman and joining the Gallatin near Manhattan. Access is limited to country road crossings and two public assess sites. The river holds good populations of rainbow and brown trout.


The Bangtail Mountains are located to the north between Bozeman and Livingston.

Bridger Bowl Vs. Arapahoe Basin

Arapahoe Basin, otherwise known as “The Legend,” is a small resort hidden among giants in the Colorado Rockies, just outside Denver. Unlike its money-grubbing neighbors, A-Basin has remained humble. But how does it really stack up to our Northern Rockies favorite, the awesome and equally unassuming Bridger Bowl? In a twist on our “Bozeman Vs.” section, we decided to investigate this little locale and find out.


Tobacco Roots

The Tobacco Roots lie between the Madison and Jefferson Rivers, contain a handful of glaciated peaks, and are home to a number of highly-endangered native species. 

Art Director – Angie Mangels

Designer and Illustrator Angie Mangels left the potato fields of northwest Montana behind to pursue a career in art and skiing. Finding the mountains around Bozeman to be a perfect fit, she put down roots and started exploring the area by feet, on skis, and by bike. When not in front of a computer, she can be found outside playing and observing the natural splendors of the area, becoming inspired for her next project.

Editor – Mike England

Described by a recent intern as "abrasive, egotistical, and borderline psychotic," editor and publisher Mike England firmly believes in the power of negative reinforcement. When not reading Russian self-help e-books, he can be found plein-air painting, eating poutine, and polishing his collection of medieval chain mail.

Harrison Lake

Also called Willow Creek Reservoir, the lake fills from water running down the eastern slopes of the Tobacco Roots, near Pony. Sporadic hatches make for decent dry fly fishing but wet flies are very productive. A nice hike down into Willow Creek canyon for some small stream fly fishing is always an option too. Harrison Lake is popular with power boaters and sailors alike.

Red Rock Lakes

Often considered one of the most beautiful Wildlife Refuges in the United States, Red Rock Lakes Wilderness consists of roughly 50,000 acres. From the dramatic 9,000 foot peaks of the Centennial Mountains, to the largest wetland complex in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, and an extremely diverse bird habitat, Red Rock has a lot to offer.

Gallatin Canyon

The Gallatin Canyon has prominent rocky features that will entice the inexperienced and expert rock climber alike. The east side is home to a range of trad routes (Spare Rib, the Waltz, et al), while Gallatin Tower and the Cube are on the west side. The canyon is a haven for traditional climbers—the many gear routes, thoughtful sequences, and intricate route-finding provide some of the finest rock climbing experiences anywhere. There are a growing number of sport routes, bolt anchors, and mixed lines, creating a fun experience for many different styles and abilities.


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