The Retreater’s Guide to Bozeman, Montana

If you’re interested in attending our Mountain Yoga Retreat this summer and aren’t sure of all the logistics, plus what to see and do while you’re here — not to worry! We have you covered!

Logistics

Where do I fly into?

Bozeman Yellowstone (BZN)

Do I need to rent a car?

There is a lot to see and do in and around Bozeman and why we recommend you do rent a car. That said, we do have Uber and a list of hotel/motels close within walking distance to both the studio and town. Plus, we highly encourage ride-sharing, especially to the house for afternoon activities, and will happily help arrange.

Where is practice in the morning and what time?

Southside Yoga Studio, 115 West Kagy (Suite I) Bozeman, Montana 

Morning practice will be from 6 am to 8:30 am each morning, and begin with a guided meditation and chanting (call and response), followed by a led practice on the first morning and assisted self-practice, the rest. (Also, if you haven’t had your daily dose of coffee, Cafe M is right next door. My son’s girlfriend works there. Her name is Rowan. Tell her we sent you!)

What about afternoons?

Welcome to my home: 540 Peaks View Drive, Bozeman, MT

We will begin our retreat in the late afternoon of July 30th with a meet and greet at my home, between 3 and 5 pm. This is also where we will gather a few of the afternoons for philosophy talks and discussions. For those without transportation, we will help connect you with those who could give you a lift.

What else should I pack besides a yoga mat?

Hiking shoes and socks; rain jacket; fleece and a warm jacket; and quick dry clothing — think all 4 seasons in a day because sometimes, that happens. Also, polarized sunglasses (you can’t see into rivers with non-polarized); a brimmed hat; and sunscreen! They don’t call this Big Sky for nothing.

Is there a way to connect beforehand with others who are attending?

Yes, indeed! Join our Google group to connect with others who are coming, but also as a way to ask us questions we may not have already answered here.

where to stay in bozeman

The following hotels/motels and hostel are about a mile of the studio and town:

The RSVP Hotel Bozeman: 510 N 7th St. 

A boutique hotel, owned and operated by third-generation Montanan sisters, Hillary and Haylee Folkvord, alongside with the Farmer’s Daughter Cafe, serving up real, whole food. Local too, of course! Mind you, it is a little further than a mile away but worth the extra few steps.

The Lark: 122 W Main St

In the heart of downtown (and right next to our favorite coffee shop with THE best coffee, Treeline Coffee), you can sit in the evenings by their wood-burning fireplace on a patio that opens right onto Main St.

Bozeman Lewis & Clark Motel: 824 West Main St. 

Located right next to the Co-Op, our local community grocery store, this historic inn is a Bozeman original!

Treasure State Hostel: 27 E. Main Street Unit A

Traveling on a budget? This truly is a gem of a hostel and a diamond of a find! Everyone that has stayed there in the past has loved it. Plus it’s right on Main Street in the heart of downtown.

Of course, there are many more hotels and motels for you to choose from, especially if you have a car. Plus, we also have quite the wonderful selection on airbnb.com. And camping is always available for those truly wanting an even more authentic ‘back to nature’ experience. Check out the campgrounds next to Bozeman Hot Springs.

where to eat in bozeman

Little Star Diner: A true farm-to-table experience.

A modern-day diner featuring locally grown food. My friend and fellow Ashtangi, Lauren Reich is the farmer and her husband, Charley Graham is the chef. It’s a touch of fine dining with home grown cuisine. And a favorite amongst locals and visitors alike. Open Wednesday – Saturday for dinner.

Blackbird Restaurant: Elegant dining with an Italian flavor.

Though the menu is limited (and for vegans, very limited), the food is so amazing, you cannot go wrong. Make reservations in advance.

Red Tractor Pizza: New York brick-oven pizzas with a Montana spin.

All local and organic ingredients go into these pizzas. Plus they even have gluten-free and vegan options. It’s a little pricey but damn, it’s good!

Wild Crumb: Artisan bread and pastries.

For those of you with a sweet tooth, this is your go-to. But also, go early (and brave the line) if you want the best selection of Bozeman’s yummiest breads, pies, and pastries.

Feed Cafe: For a farm to barn made-from-scratch brekkie.

Open 7 am – 2 pm with farm fresh breakfast, lunch, and coffee (and fresh juices) every day of the week.

Starseed: A vegan, organic food truck in and around Bozeman.

Most of the food is also gluten-free and soy-free. To find them, check out their insta!

where to hike in bozeman

  • Lava Lake: Six miles that climbs 1600 ft. to a beautiful lake surrounded by the Spanish Peak mountains.
  • Sourdough Canyon: Gravel trail that strolls along Sourdough Creek, with lots and lots of dogs.
  • Drinking Horse: Right in town but you’ll never know it. (2.5 miles)
  • College ‘M’ Trail: Our busiest trail, and almost a rite of passage for visitors. Amazing view of town from the top!
  • Pete’s Hill: See the town of Bozeman, from above.
  • Hyalite Creek Trail to Hyalite Lake: For the adventurous — 11 miles and climbs 2000 ft! Out and back, about 5 hours.
  • Hyalite Reservoir: Lots of trails around the reservoir plus a few waterfalls as well.

Other recommendations

Read: How Bozeman, Montana Became One of America’s Coolest Towns, in Travel & Leisure

Check out: Our world class Museum of the Rockies, a Smithsonian affiliate.