Share the Snow

Winter etiquette on public lands.

Bozeman is home to a broad spectrum of athletes ranging from world-class to couch-class. No matter where you fall, our public trails are here for everyone to use. Winter road closures confine recreationalists to smaller areas as trailheads become more difficult to reach. For that reason, it’s even more important for us to share these resources and get along with our neighbors. As you hit the trails in the Bozeman Ranger District this winter please keep the following in mind:

-Smile and say hello as you pass others.
-Slower traffic should yield to faster traffic.
-Politely let others know you are approaching from behind.
-Turn down the music (or maybe enjoy the sounds of nature) so you can hear people approaching.
-Yield to downhill skiers and control dogs to prevent collisions.
-Clean up after your dog all the way to the trash can or pack it home. Keep the trails aromatic and your drinking water clean!
-When stopping along trails, step to the side and allow others to pass.
-If you ski, snowshoe, walk, or run in Bozeman Creek during the winter, you benefit from Bridger Ski Foundation grooming. Buy a pass and do your part.
-Respect the set tracks on ski trails by not walking, running, or snowshoeing on them.
-Hyalite groomed trails are for traditional cross-country skiing.
-Preserve the tracks set for classic skiing by not skate skiing on them.
-Did I mention to smile and say hello?

Whether you’re using the trails for serious training or for an afternoon stroll, a friendly hello makes everyone’s day better and lends a pleasant environment to a day in the woods. For grooming information and community pass sales, visit, and look for the Custer Gallatin National Forest on Facebook for trail updates.