Bozeman Fish Technology Center
Mountain-Prairie Region

Bozeman Fish Technology Center: Recreation Opportunities (Photos clockwise from top left) Hiking at BFTC, Group of kids hiking with MOSS, Children play in stream


Trails at the Center

The Bozeman Fish Technology Center (BFTC) grounds include two short nature trails perfect for small children or physically challenged visitors. The trails wind along Bridger Creek and up a small hill just west of the facility. This trail ends at a mountain meadow with views of the nearby Bridger Creek valley. Along with the Gallatin Valley Land Trust, Bozeman’s local non-profit community trails advocacy group, and the Montana Conservation Corps, dedicated to creating and improving local trails, the center provides safe and enjoyable access to its incredible natural surroundings.


The “M” Trail

Four miles north of downtown and across Highway 86 from Bozeman Fish Technology Center is Bozeman’s popular and iconic trail -- the “M”. Weekends find the parking lot full to overflowing as hundreds of people of all ages hike the trail view the "M" up close and enjoy the valley views. The trail also provides access to additional trails north into the Bridger Mountains.


The Drinking Horse Mountain Trail

Lying immediately southeast of the "M" trail, and forming the gateway to Bridger Canyon, Drinking Horse Mountain provides an exciting combination of trails and environmental interpretation for the community.  The project is a partnership between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Bozeman Fish Technology Center, Gallatin Valley Land Trust, Montana Outdoor Science School and Friends of the Bozeman Fish Technology Center. 


The Drinking Horse Mountain Trail is a 1.6 mile trail up to the peak of Drinking Horse Mountain, providing an opportunity to experience the natural landscape and enjoy vistas of the Gallatin Valley.