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Travel to Bozeman 6 days end of March - where to stay?

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Travel to Bozeman 6 days end of March - where to stay?

Husband and I are traveling to Bozeman at end of March. We want to ski 2 or 3 days at Big Sky and Moonlight Basin. I've never been to Yellowstone. The dog sled tours sound like a lot of fun. The big question is where to stay. Do we get a room at Big Sky for a couple of days and then go to Chico for a couple of days? Or would it be better to stay in Bozeman and watch for the best weather conditions to decide what to do that day. Our son is living/working at Big Sky and will join us for dog sled trip to Yellowstone. It would be great to be able to spend as much time with him as possible.

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1. Re: Travel to Bozeman 6 days end of March - where to stay?

Definitely stay in Big Sky!

You can get to Yellowstone from West Yellowstone just south of Big Sky. There are snow coach tours in to Old Faithful and the Snow Lodge.

It is a pretty good hike from Big Sky to Gardiner so you would not want to be going back and forth. If you are in a ski town, snow is a welcome event as well. Bridger Bowl just north of Bozeman offers some fun skiing and other events.

Chico is a good place to stay (In my opinion), but not all that close to the park if you have to be in Mammoth first thing in the morning.

In Bozeman, all the new hotels are just off the interstate at N, 19th. All the fun things to do are on Main Street between Willson and Rouse, or up at the University. There is a mall in town if you need to buy him some clothes, etc. That's on the west end of main street.

If you like natural hot springs, you will be traveling near Bozeman Hot Springs (now a spa -- not sure what they've done to it, but the water is very hot) and Norris Hot Springs in Norris, west of Bozeman/Four Corners (more folksy).

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2. Re: Travel to Bozeman 6 days end of March - where to stay?

Gallatin River Lodge is also an option-half way between Big Sky and Bridger Bowl. Good restaurant and nice rooms.

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3. Re: Travel to Bozeman 6 days end of March - where to stay?

Gallatin River Lodge is also an option-half way between Big Sky and Bridger Bowl. Good restaurant and nice rooms.

Edited: 3:12 pm, February 23, 2010
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4. Re: Travel to Bozeman 6 days end of March - where to stay?

I've found a vacation home to rent in Bozeman. I've made reservations for a dog sled tour of Yellowstone. We're thinking of snow mobiles, but not sure if we can go into Yellowstone at that time of year - maybe West Yellowstone? Any suggestions? Or other fun activities? We plan to ski at Big Sky and maybe Bridger. We're blue skiers in the east.

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5. Re: Travel to Bozeman 6 days end of March - where to stay?

The end of March is between seasons in Yellowstone Park so unfortunately you will be unable to visit the park during the time you'll be in the area. The only road you'd be able to go on is the road from Mammoth to Cooke City in the northern part of the park which is opened to wheeled traffic all year but you'd have to drive quite a ways from Big Sky to get there. The following is from the National Park Services website for Yellowstone National Park:

Oversnow travel ends in March. Roads close at 9 PM on the days listed:

•March 1, 2010—East Entrance to Lake Butte (Sylvan Pass.)

•March 7: Mammoth to Norris

•March 9: Madison to Norris to Canyon

•March 14: Canyon to Fishing Bridge

•March 15, 2010—All other groomed roads in the park are closed.

The roads don't start opening up for wheeled vehicles until April 16th. The opening of the roads is very staggered with the last section of road tentatively scheduled (weather permitting) for May 28th.

Depending on snow cover you still might be able to go snowmobiling around West Yellowstone.

Deb

Edited: 10:26 pm, February 23, 2010
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6. Re: Travel to Bozeman 6 days end of March - where to stay?

We probably should have come at this time of year, but that's the way our schedule worked. Are there other activities in the Bozeman/Big Sky area that you might suggest for late March?

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7. Re: Travel to Bozeman 6 days end of March - where to stay?

I've lived and traveled in the area for many years. Winter fun (and its requisite snow) is winding down bigtime by the end of March, so your idea of going down to Chico (make your reservation now!) is a great one. It's an easy and beautiful drive, but you'll have to backtrack through Bozeman, which has good restaurants and fun shopping.

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