TEMPERATURE - The most colorful time of year to visit is mid May to mid June when the tulips, iris and lilacs are in bloom. It's a moist time of year with dramatic swings in the weather which is always exciting. July is the hottest month with temps in the 90's commonly as the countryside fades from green to brown. August - October is great for cooler temperatures, hopper fly fishing, and lots of local produce. In November we start accumulating our winter's snow and the best skiing usually kicks in sometime in January and lasts into April.
BUSY SEASONS - July is the busiest month to visit so I recommend making housing & air reservations for July by March or April. The Sweet Pea Festival is always the first weekend in August which is very popular also for it's outdoor arts exhibits and music performances. Christmas and MSU's graduation are also good times to book far in advance.
FISHING SEASONS - As for fishing, a great pre-runoff season sneaks into late
March and April, before the rivers swell with snowmelt. Mid June
is when the waters usually clear up again and stay nice thru the fall except for
thunderstorm runoff. Late July - mid August can be slow fishing due to
higher river temperatures. Fall fishing can be excellent during Indian summers
right up thru Thanksgiving. The Lucky Dog Lodge and the Gallatin River
Cabin, just west of Bozeman, are perfect for fishing from the house on the West
Gallatin. For those of you looking to hone your skills and go out with a
guide, see links below.
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YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK
- During winter I would highly
recommend a snowcoach tour with
Alpen Guides out of West Yellowstone, MT. They have awesome historic
coaches and will truly educate you about park ecology and geology. They'll
get you into the park early in the morning before the snowmobiles. There
is great cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in the north part of the park
between the Mammoth and Cook City entrances, and no snowmobiles there because
the road remains open.