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Outdoor Recreation


Summer is undoubtedly lovely here in Yellowstone Country, and that means outdoor recreation is in abundance. It's the season of big blue skies, sparkling waters, and long days of alpine sunshine. It's your opportunity to catch the legendary salmonfly hatch on the Madison River, float the Yellowstone River through the jaw-dropping Paradise Valley, or hit up the Hyalite Peak Trail for epic views as far as you can see. No matter your idea of a good time—fishing, boating, floating, hiking, biking or backpacking—you'll find all that and more (like golfing, rock climbing and hot springs) in a Yellowstone summer.


Fall is your chance to see Montana in full color. When the landscape is painted gold, breathe in that crisp Autumn air and set out on that trail you've been meaning to check out or get your mountain bike out on that singletrack that's usually crowded in the summertime. Wildlife watching is prime this time of year—have you ever heard an elk bugle in the fall rut? Fall fishing is spectacular, too, and you'll likely have the river or lake to yourself. With summer visitors long gone and shoulder season lodging pricing in effect, fall is the perfect time getaway for some outdoor play in Yellowstone Country.


We play all year long here, especially in winter. When the snow flies, Yellowstone Country becomes a winter wonderland. Folks strap on their snowshoes or skis and head for the hills. In addition to three of Montana's largest ski areas—Big Sky Resort, Bridger Bowl, and Red Lodge Mountain—Nordic trails are a dime a dozen around here. Sled heads delight in our world-class snowmobiling terrain, and it's also a fun way to see the park. Sleigh rides? We've got those, too. The best part about winter rec is that you can top off a day in the snow with a warm soak at a hot springs resort.


Spring means it's time to get out and thaw out. The rivers are rushing this time of year, perfect for a whitewater adventure. Golf courses are opening up, trails are clearing off, and baby animals are emerging. Grab your wildflower field guide and set out on a hike to a raging waterfall, and don't forget your binoculars—the birds are back. Also, don't miss spring skiing; it's a wildly fun way to say goodbye to winter and welcome in Montana's season of awakening. Shoulder season lodging prices are in effect in spring, so if you're looking for a peaceful getaway in Mother Nature's finest, spring is the time.

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