The Gallatin Valley is located in the heart of the Rockies, less than 100 miles north of Yellowstone National Park.
Known as the Valley of the Flowers, the Gallatin was a prime hunting ground and resource for many Native American tribes before the arrival of European explorers and settlers.
As the home of the headwaters of the Missouri River, the confluence of the Gallatin, Madison and Jefferson Rivers, the Gallatin Valley has seen a great deal of history. The Lewis and Clark Expedition traveled through and explored this area. The Gallatin was well known to trappers and mountain men, such as Jim Bridger.
George Armstrong Custer traveled through the valley on his way to the Battle of the Little Bighorn in 1876.
The valley’s biggest city is Bozeman, the county seat for Gallatin County .
Bozeman is home to Montana State University, the state’s land-grant institution. MSU-Bozeman has been nationally recognized for its successful research efforts. You can find a list of local area public schools by clicking HERE.
Bozeman has become a regional hub for a wide range of recreational, educational, commercial, health and business activities, (Bozeman Chamber of Commerce) including a bustling and historic downtown (Downtown Bozeman Association).
Speaking of recreation, Bozeman is home to world class skiing in places like
Bridger Bowl, Bohart Ranch, Big Sky Ski Resort, Moonlight Basin.
To learn more about the history of the Bozeman area, check out the Gallatin Historical Society’s Pioneer Museum.
To learn more about the Bozeman area