Elevation: 4454 FT
Nestled in the heart of the Gallatin Valley, this independent, full-service community just 10 miles northwest of Bozeman is one of the fastest-growing small towns in Montana, with Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport right in its backyard. Formerly in the shadow of Bozeman, Belgrade has established itself as a unique and independent community while remaining true to its small-town, Old West roots, including a picturesque, historic downtown.
A lively little city with warm and friendly accommodations, Belgrade is minutes from major attractions like Bridger Bowl, Yellowstone National Park, Big Sky Resort, the Yellowstone Club, Lewis and Clark Caverns, Museum of the Rockies, and, of course, the great outdoors. You can hike, mountain bike, river raft, horseback ride, backpack, and much more in the surrounding mountains and valleys. In town, you’ll find several parks and even a season ice skating rink for winter wonderland fun.
Recreation is serious business here, and Belgrade offers several guides and outfitters to get you out on the trails and terrain, into the mountains and valleys, and deep into backcountry. Belgrade also makes a great travel stop, with all of the services you might need before heading out to explore this beautiful part of Montana.
If you're wondering if Belgrade is named after the capital of Serbia, it is. Originally called Quaw City after a Midwestern businessman named Thomas B. Quaw, a rough winter almost collapsed the town economically until Serbian investors helped finance a portion of the Northern Pacific Railroad, and the town’s name was changed in appreciation.
For more that 100 years, the Mint Café and Bar has been serving up some of the best food in Belgrade. Stop in for a prime rib or a famous m-c burger. Or, head to the Local American Saloon for good food and good local vibes. Don’t miss weekend brunch at Bar 3 BBQ, and stop in and to find out what’s on tap at Madison River Brewing Company. For more, check out these 10 Awesome Restaurants Tucked Away in Belgrade Montana.
Live Like a Local
If you’re in town between May and September, you might catch a stock-care race at the Gallatin Speedway on the outskirts of town. If it’s homecoming weekend—usually the third weekend in September—don’t miss the annual Belgrade Fall Festival. On the second Saturday of September, locals and visitors come together Park to celebrate the end of summer and the community of Belgrade itself. The day's activities take place at Lewis and Clark Park and include a parade, community open-pit beef barbecue, car show, arts and crafts fair at Lewis and Clark Park, and the Belgrade High School Panthers varsity football game.