Bozeman is surrounded by magnificent mountains. They rise majestically from the Gallatin Valley in every direction you look, and with them comes an abundance of ski runs, hiking trails, wildlife, and fishing streams where residents and visitors play. Here you can live in a trailer house and enjoy the same million dollar view of the Bridgers and extravagance in recreational amenities as the wealthy second homeowners in their gated communities.
Being a university town in a traditionally ranching community gives Bozeman an interesting vibe. Originally MSU was the Ag school, with its counterpart to the west, University Montana in Missoula, as the liberal arts school. Today MSU is noted for science and engineering in addition to agriculture, which over time has given rise to a number of successful startups employing highly educated workers. The community supports music, art, historical preservation--including the famous dinosaur exhibits at the Museum of the Rockies--and has an ethic of fitness unlike anywhere else I have known. Most cars have outdoor toys strapped to the roof. The Ridge Athletic Club parking lot looks as packed as Wal-Mart's. Visible couch potatoes do not do well in Bozeman.
That's what it is about Bozeman. For me, of course!
Edited by nolo - 5/24/11 at 10:57am