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The Growth Plan Surrounding Bozeman

The growth plan surrounding Bozeman is a hot discussion these days. People are moving here in droves and it’s not predicted to slow down anytime soon. In 2020 Bozeman home sales turned out record numbers (even during a pandemic) and sales continued to be robust through the end of the year. There is almost no housing inventory left in Bozeman right now. Naturally, buyers started looking in the surrounding town of Belgrade, which saw their average sales price jump from $364,736 to $524,394 (Source: Gallatin Association of Realtors Market Watch).  Four Corners is also growing because you can still get an affordable deal there. The Triangle Community Plan was created to address the foreseeable pressures of this population growth.

What Is the Growth Plan Surrounding Bozeman?

The Triangle area is loosely described as the area between Four Corners, Bozeman and Belgrade. The area is still mainly agricultural but there are some signs of burgeoning residential, industrial and commercial development happening. Here are some interesting takeaways from the Triangle Community Plan:

  • Four Corners is becoming a bedroom community for employees of the Big Sky area economy.
  • Development pressure in Bozeman is really evident in the west side of town, especially with the completion of the new Gallatin High School.
  • Avoid urban sprawl and focus on contiguous community clusters.
  • Encourage development that supports agricultural activity, while protecting and preserving wildlife and natural resources.
  • The triangle is likely to see several new schools constructed in the next 10-20 years.
  • Affordable housing with a variety of housing options needs to be seriously considered.
  • Neighborhood trails, connector trails and commuter trails like you see in Bozeman will be a top priority to encourage residents not to drive.

Long-time residents reminisce about how Bozeman’s busiest corridor (19th Avenue) used to be a dirt road not that long ago. If we stay on our current growth trajectory, Gallatin County will hit 200,000 people by 2040. Bozeman proper is pretty much filled in and the city recently approved a growth plan that will extend the boundaries from 20.4 square miles to 70.8 over the next 20 years. It will be interesting to see what the Triangle area will look like in the next five, 10, 15 years. If you’re looking into Bozeman, check out my previous post about why it’s so desirable here. I can also answer questions about the real estate market or fun things to do if you decide to visit. Contact me at liz@windermere.com.

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Cross Country Skiing In and Around Bozeman

Skiers in Hyalite Canyon; photo courtesy of Bridger Ski Foundation

Did you know Bozeman has some of the most amazing cross country skiing in the U.S? There are approximately 70 kilometers of groomed ski trails—including a loop with snowmaking capabilities in downtown Bozeman. The Bridger Ski Foundation added snowmaking to Sunset Hills this winter, which will help extend the winter season. “It’s a big deal and really puts Bozeman on the map for Nordic enthusiasts,” says BSF’s Communications and Marketing Director Jenny White.

Bozeman is a special place for so many reasons. As a resident, I love the dedication that the community puts into getting people out and active. The Bridger Ski Foundation grooms and maintains the trails with no daily fee to ski. Instead, trail users are encouraged to purchase a voluntary trails pass online or at many of the local outdoor retailers in Bozeman or make donations to the trails program. This is a special and unique system that ensures open access for all.

Cross Country Skiing In and Around Bozeman

Highland Glen (10 km): Rolling terrain through fields, sagebrush and low hills.

Sunset Hills (5 km): Nestled in an open field between downtown’s Lindley Park and the hospital. Snowmaking allows for a long season from Thanksgiving to March.

Bozeman Creek/Sourdough Canyon (23 km): This one’s a serious workout and busy, with lots of dogs, walkers, and skiers. It’s also seriously beautiful as you climb up the canyon towards Mystic Lake.

Bridger Creek Golf Course (7 km): Great for beginners and it’s in town! No dogs, pedestrians  or bikes here, though.

Hyalite (30+ km): Hyalite Canyon is a popular destination spot for outdoor recreation close to town. Trail is narrow and less frequently groomed, but gorgeous!

Sacajawea Middle School (1 km): Great for beginners and public is welcome after school hours.

Things to Remember On the Community Nordic Trails

  • Dogs Allowed: Bozeman Creek/Sourdough, and Hyalite
  • No Dogs: at Highland Glen, Sunset Hills, and Bridger Creek Golf Course
  • Please slow down when passing and follow proper trail etiquette to ensure everyone has an enjoyable day out. Brush up on trail etiquette here .
  • Get maps here and grooming conditions here.

Cross Country Ski Centers In and Near Bozeman

  • Crosscut Mountain Sports Center– 45 km of skate and classic skiing, snowshoeing and fatbiking terrain; 25 minutes from downtown Bozeman
  • Lone Mountain Ranch– 85 km of woodland trails and mountain terrain; 57 minutes from Bozeman in Big Sky
  • Homestake Lodge– 35+ km of trails, with 15 of those dog-friendly; 1 hour and 20 minutes from Bozeman
  • Rendezvous Trails– 35 km at the edge of Yellowstone Park; 1 hour and 20 minutes from Bozeman

Come see what Bozeman has to offer. If you’re planning a visit and have any questions, feel free to contact me at liz@windermere.com. You can check out my previous posts on where to stay, the best ski resorts and how to survive a winter in Bozeman.