With Cowboy Culture and Mountain Adventure
one had to find a single word that would best describe the western Montana small town of Bozeman, "energized" seems
to be an appropriate choice. And for anyone who is searching for a place to retire that offers a sense of energy and excitement,
along with a setting surrounded by great natural beauty and unlimited potential for outdoor adventure, Bozeman would make
a great starting point.
While many locals would
prefer to retain the quiet anonymity and traditional slow pace of their town, it may be too late. In the last few years,
articles in several major national publications have praised the quality of life and lifestyle advantages of this picturesque
place, bestowing upon it such accolades as "one of America's dream towns", a "Top 40 College Town", and
on the list of "Best Places in America To Retire." From a sleepy railroad stop with a gritty cowboy culture in
the 1970's, Bozeman has blossomed into a vibrant mid-size city and a western-chic hotspot for high tech companies, college
students, artists, entrepreneurs, and fishjunkies, while retirees are finding it to be a very affordable small town for retirement
With a population of less than 35,000,
it still retains an atmosphere of small town hospitality, and many retirees are impressed with the genuine friendliness of
their neighbors. Yet despite its size, Bozeman provides an impressive array of big city cultural amenities for people who
love art, theatre, museums, music, dance, and opera.
Great Retirement Place For Outdoor Living
within its amazing Rocky Mountain setting, thisoutdoorsy sanctuary just 90 ninety miles north of Yellowstone National Park
is surrounded by the soaring peaks of the Bridger, Gallatin and Tobacco Root ranges. Clearly, Bozeman is a place where every
aspect of daily living is largely shaped and influenced by its majestic landscape. And the opportunities for outdoor recreation
are seemingly endless.
In the winter, skiers
have their choice of the local favorite, the nearby and affordable Bridger Bowl, or the ritzy, upscale resort atmosphere of
Big Sky, just about an hour's drive south of town. Outdoor enthusiasts will find Bozeman a convenient base camp for a myriad
of activities. Those who prefer fly fishing have a choice of world class trout streams such as the Gallatin, Madison and Yellowstone
Rivers. For others, southwest Montana offers miles of trails and acres of open meadowland for hiking, biking, horseback riding
and camping. Simply put, this area is a great spot for anyone wishing to retire in the mountains.
Nor have golfers been neglected. Several new master planned golf communities have
been developed in and around Bozeman with a variety of homes and homesites available, some with imposing fairway locations
with the mountains looming in the horizon. Also, several public courses provide great challenges for all levels of golf.