9 miles northwest of Bozeman
Est. population 5,018 in 1998
Incorporated in 1906, this important wheat shipping and milling center and one-time home of the famed Belgrade Bucking Bull, was established. A Serbian who purchased land in the vicinity and who was on the special train that took President Villard of the Northern Pacific to Gold Creek for the ceremony of driving the last spike, is claimed to have named Belgrade after the capital of his country. The first steel grain elevator in Montana was built here in the summer of 1904 by the Gallatin Milling Company. Gallatin County’s airfield, Gallatin Field, is adjacent to the town.
19 miles northwest of Bozeman
Est. population 1,380 in 1996
At first called Moreland, this town was given its present name in January 1891 by a group of New Yorkers who operated large landholdings near the townsite under the name of the Manhattan Company. Incorporated in 1911, it was established in 1884 on the new railroad line. Today Manhattan is an important agricultural center.
Gallatin Gateway, Montana
12 miles southwest of Bozeman
This agricultural and cattle shipping center was originally named Salesville for Zachariah Sales who settled there in 1865 and operated a saw mill for logs floated down the West Gallatin. its name was changed in 1927, when it became the home of The Milwaukee Railroad’s Gallatin Gateway Inn and the starting point for trips by bus through Yellowstone National Park.
Big Sky, Montana
48 miles southwest of Bozeman
There’s more to Big Sky than just “Skiing the Sky.” Big Sky, just 48 scenic miles from Bozeman, offers a variety of attractions year-round in one of Montana’s top recreation spots. Big Sky and the Gallatin Canyon are surrounded by some of America’s most pristine land. The Spanish Peaks Wilderness area and the Yellowstone ecosystem help comprise over 3 million acres of land set aside forever for protection and enjoyment. Several mountain peaks exceed 11,000 feet in the area, including Big Sky’s own Lone Peak at 11,188 feet. With this serving as your backdrop, Big Sky real estate offers the finest in outdoor activity and grandeur.
Big Sky Golf Course, designed by Arnold Palmer, presents an 18-hole challenge, and a treat, for golfers. Tennis enthusiasts have two locations to choose from. Five blue-ribbon trout streams grace the Canyon area, including the Gallatin River, where the movie “A River Runs Through It” was filmed. Hiking, biking, and horseback riding are all easily accessible at Big Sky.
Three Forks, Montana
30 miles northwest of Bozeman
Est. population 1,481 in 1996
Three Forks is situated at the Headwaters of the Missouri River. It is the confluence of the Madison, Gallatin and Jefferson Rivers. Long-time use of this area by Native American peoples and the early travels and adventures of Lewis and Clark, lead by Sacajawea, bring a colorful history to this small community. Hundreds of miles of Blue Ribbon trout streams are accessible from Three Forks. The Madison, Gallatin, Jefferson and Missouri Rivers are among the world’s most famous. Headwaters State Park, Madison Buffalo Jump State Monument and Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park, are just a few of the local natural wonders.
Town of Harrison, Montana
46 miles west of Bozeman
This stunning location is in the famous Madison Valley, known for its close proximity to Blue Ribbon trout fishing on either the Jefferson or Madison Rivers (ten minutes away). Harrison Lake is also available and surrounding topography offers abundant wildlife, fantastic scenery and many recreational opportunities. The historic town of Harrison offers a pizza parlor, grocery and hardware store, gas station, etc. , as well as a highly regarded k-high school. The quaint town of Pony is a short distance away and is known for its Gold Rush history and Old West charm.