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Greater Yellowstone/ Southern Youth Branch

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Greater Yellowstone and Southern Youth Branch

The proximity to Yellowstone National Park is a major draw for potential members of MCC’s Greater Yellowstone Region. Being based in Bozeman, Montana doesn’t hurt either. The city regularly receives national attention for its quality of life and direct access to recreation. At about 48,000 residents, Bozeman is a progressive city that still sports its small town colors. Nestled in the wide Gallatin Valley, many find bicycling the easiest way to get around town. The city is adorned by five separate mountain ranges; many of them are snow-capped throughout the year. This makes the region a hotspot for alpine skiing and other winter sports like ice climbing. There are multiple wilderness areas and world class fly fishing on the Yellowstone, Madison, Gallatin and other rivers within a 2-hour radius. Warmer days also usher in a flow of markets, concerts, festivals, and a bustling downtown. And as the days grow longer, so does the list of potential activities. Plan accordingly - Bozeman will cause you to over-schedule.

Regional Field Program Staff

Youth Program Staff

Public Lands in Our Area

If you hail from anywhere other than the Rockies, the amount of public land in Montana will astonish you. Bozeman and the surrounding areas are no exception. The Gallatin National Forest spans 1.8 million acres and contains the Lee Metcalf Wilderness Area and Hyalite Reservoir among many other recreation hotspots. The forest nearly stretches to Yellowstone National Park, which is less than 100 miles away and shouldn’t be missed. You can see bison, elk, mountain sheep and goats, and eagles without much effort. Bears and wolves also call the park home but require more patience and potentially some backcountry travel to spot. Don’t forget to visit the region’s state parks that showoff the headwaters of the mighty Missouri, an ancient buffalo jump, and a limestone cave that predates the last Ice Age. Back in the city limits, the activities are endless. Bike, hike, kayak, camp, raft, or take in the amazing sunsets at Pete’s Hill, Drinking Horse, or the M Trail.