10 Places to Photograph in Bozeman, MT

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RMSP will be in Bozeman on March 5th and 6th as part of our 2016 Weekend Intensive program.

After a day or two spent learning how to improve your photography skills, there’s nothing more exciting than heading out to put those skills to the test. We thought it would be helpful to share some of our favorite places to photograph in the city and do a little e-scouting from Missoula as well. These are a few suggestions of places to photograph in the area.

To scout from Missoula, we used Google Maps and Panoramio to see what other people had photographed in the area. And don’t forget that you can make any location feel completely new by going at night!

  1. Montana State University: University campuses are great for photographing architecture and people. Montana State University has the added bonus of the Bridger Mountains in the background.
  2. Hyalite Canyon: Hyalite Canyon is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. Whether you like landscape photography, adventure or just lifestyle photography, you can find plenty to photograph here.
  3. Palisade Falls: A hike off of Hyalite Canyon Road is the half-mile paved trail to Palisade Falls. This is an 80-foot waterfall that drops from vertical rock at the base of Palisade Mountain. In the winter this is a popular spot for ice climbers.
  4. Downtown Bozeman: Bozeman has a great little historic downtown with lots of interesting shops and restaurants. My favorite images that I saw online were shot in the evening around sunset.
  5. Montana Grizzly Encounter: If you’re interested in wildlife photography but would rather not run into a 400 lb. bear in the wild, visit Montana Grizzly Encounter for a closeup look at these majestic animals.
  6. Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary: This is another great place to get close to some of Montana’s wildlife. The animals here are unable to survive in the wild. The sanctuary is dedicated to educating people about wildlife and the role they play in the ecosystem.
  7. The M: This 1.4 mile trail takes you up the side of Baldy Mountain to the white M that can be seen from Bozeman. You can choose the more direct route that runs up the ridge or the easier trail with switchbacks. This trail offers great views of Bozeman and the surrounding area.
  8. Fairy Lake: Fairy Lake is a green glacial lake in Gallatin County at the base of Sacagawea Peak. Judging from pictures online of this area I would guess that even if you don’t believe in fairies, you wouldn’t be surprised to see them here.
  9. Yellowstone National Park: Yellowstone was the first National Park in the United States. The North Entrance to the park is just a little over an hour from Bozeman. There are so many photographic opportunities here I don’t even know where to start… There are over 300 species of birds and 60 species of mammals in the park, including gray wolves, lynx, grizzly bears, mountain lions and bison. Yellowstone also contains two-thirds of the world’s geysers, which is what makes this park so unique. Along with geysers you can find hot springs, mud pots and steam vents.


Norris Hot Springs: It was snowing outside my window when I wrote this, so I chose a hot springs as a bonus location for Bozeman. Located 35 miles west of Bozeman in the Madison River Valley, this is a natural hot springs that flows into a historic wooden pool. They promise a perfect soak and great views. Enjoy locally grown food from the surrounding area and their own garden at the 50 Mile Grill and even live music if you go Friday, Saturday or Sunday. You can find out who will be playing each night on their Facebook page.

Do you know of great places to photograph in Bozeman that we didn’t mention? We’d love to hear from you. Please leave your suggestions in the comments below.

If you do photograph in Bozeman, show us your favorite images! Post them on our Facebook page, so we can check them out. Make sure to tag the images with “#Bozeman”!