Top 10 Places to Watch the Sunset in Bozeman
Kate Hulbert | Thursday Aug. 1st, 2019
Whether you live here or are just visiting, there’s nothing better than watching the Montana skies light up as the sun sets over Bozeman. Here’s our list of the 10 best places to watch the sunset in Bozeman.
This is the classic Bozeman sunset spot for all you hikers out there. With sweeping views of the Gallatin Valley, this is the best place to see why we call it Big Sky Country. Just allow yourself enough time to climb the 820 feet, and be sure to bring a headlamp or flashlight for the way down!
Oftentimes in Bozeman, the most beautiful sunset views aren’t looking west towards the sun, they are looking east, where you can see the most beautiful alpenglow on the Bridger Mountains. The Cherry River fishing access is one of the best spots in town to catch the color of the sunset on the Bridger Mountains. You can walk along the trails or hang out by the pond; either way, you’re going to get a great view!
This is our personal favorite sunset spot for two reasons. 1) The view. 2) The beer. While it’s actually facing east, you can plop yourself on the MAP brewing patio and enjoy the reflection of the Bridger Mountains in the Bozeman Pond. If you ask us, there’s nowhere we would rather be.
Story Hills - NOT CURRENTLY OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
For a beautiful view of the sun setting over the city Bozeman, take a quick drive up to the Story Hills viewpoint. You can watch from your car or take a short stroll onto the trail that winds over the hills. Just be sure to be respectful; private landowners have been generous enough to allow public access here.
Hyalite Rec Area
While you may not be able to see the actual sunset from Hyalite, we promise you, the views are amazing. Watching the sky turn pink as it reflects in Hyalite Reservoir is easily one of the most beautiful things you can see in Bozeman.
If you’re looking for an adventure, this is the sunset spot for you. Hiking to the top of the tallest peak in the Bridger Mountains isn’t for the faint of heart, but the birds eye view is worth it. The hike is short, but it’s steep, climbing 2,000 feet in 2 miles. Just be prepared for the rough road to the trailhead and be ready to hike down in the dark!
If you prefer to watch a sunset with a drink in hand, the patio at Sidewinders American Grill is the perfect place. With a second story west-facing patio, you can enjoy a Bozeman sunset in all its glory here. And you get to chase it down with a cocktail!
If you want to go where the locals go, then head up Peets Hill around sunset o’clock. You’ll pass trail runners, dog walkers, bikers and strollers as you make your way along the trail. Doesn’t matter where you stop, the sunset view is amazing from every point. Extra points if you are lucky enough to snag a bench!
Snowfill Recreation Area
As one of the most beautiful dog parks in Bozeman, Snowfill is a popular place to be when the sun starts setting. With two miles of trails winding through 37 acres in the Bridger Mountain foothills, this sunset viewpoint does double duty. You can enjoy the sun setting on the horizon and get your pups out for some recreation!
100 Acre Park
Even though it is in the center of town, the 100-acre park feels like paradise with two trout-stocked lakes, a swimming beach, sledding hill and plenty of trails. To catch a Bozeman sunset, head to the top of the hill or towards the edges of one of the ponds.