What's Happening in Gallatin County, Montana?
Located in a sweeping valley in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, Gallatin County is the most populated and fastest growing county in scenic southwest Montana. Population, 2005 estimate 78,210 Population, percent change, April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005 15.3% Population, 2000 67,831 Population, percent change, 1990 to 2000 34.4%
Located in a breathtaking Rocky Mountain setting, it is close to world-class downhill skiing, blue ribbon trout streams, Yellowstone National Park and a multitude of other outdoor activities in the pristine nearby wilderness areas. Gallatin County covers over 2,500 square miles of mountain lands varying in topography and climate from temperate river valleys to snow-capped peaks and open ranch lands. Nearly half of all the land in Gallatin County is under public ownership by the Gallatin National Forest, State of Montana, Bureau of Land Management or the National Park Service. Gallatin County is large and diverse, featuring everything from the spectacular scenery of Yellowstone National Park (our first National Park) to lush farmland, and a growing economy of high-tech industries. Skiers, outdoor enthusiasts, wildlife watchers, mothers and fathers, business owners, vacationers, ranchers, retirees, students and many others have grown to love Gallatin County's boundless opportunities
Local Hot Spots
Yellowstone National Park – First National Park • Yellowstone is one of the most popular national parks in the United States. The park is unique in that it features multiple natural wonders all in the same park.
• Geysers, hot springs, a grand canyon, forests, wilderness, wildlife and even a large lake can all be found inside the park. Due to the park's diversity of features, the list of activities for visitors is nearly endless.
• From backpacking to mountaineering, from kayaking to fishing, from sightseeing to watching bison, moose, and elk wandering into the parking lot of the visitor centers, most visitors enjoy a memorable experience in nature.
Bozeman – “All-America City” & County Seat of Gallatin County
• With an estimated population of 50,000, Bozeman is the fifth largest city in Montana.
• Winner of the All-America City Award, the award is the oldest and most respected community recognition program in the nation and recognizes communities whose citizens work together to identify and tackle community-wide challenges and achieve uncommon results.
• Home to Montana State University - Bozeman has earned a national and international reputation for academic excellence. Montana State University's colors are blue and gold. MSU athletic teams are nicknamed the Bobcats, and they participate in NCAA Division I (I-AA for football) in the Big Sky Conference.