Episode 004 – River Road – Bozeman, MT – Southwest Montana

by MT Rd Trippin' on July 4, 2014


Welcome to Montana Road Tripping with Dia & Jewels!

Our fourth episode begins with a beautiful short drive just outside of Bozeman, Montana.  River Road meanders alongside the Gallatin River. The river itself starts in Yellowstone National Park and converges 120 miles later with the Jefferson and Madison Rivers to make the Missouri River near Three Forks, Montana.

Beauty abounds where the Gallatin River travels as it winds through the Gallatin Canyon and into the Gallatin Valley.  River Road travels beside a portion of the Gallatin River near Gallatin Canyon on one end and Cottonwood Golf Course on the other. The Gallatin River extends it’s use to fly-fisherman, river rafters, swimmers, and farmers for irrigation.

The name penned by Meriwether Lewis, comes from Albert Gallatin who was the U.S. Treasury Secretary during the travels of Lewis & Clark.  Lewis also named the Jefferson and the Madison Rivers after President Thomas Jefferson and Secretary of State James Madison.



Some highlights along the way include the Indian Trail Marker, the Damon Gabriel House, and the Buffalo Jump.  You’ll pass through the little town of Gallatin Gateway on your way back to Hwy 191.  Stacy’s bar is a great little place to stop and eat!


River Road is a dirt road.  It may have washboard and ruts depending on the time of year you choose to travel.  If you go too fast, you could slide right off the road. There are many sharp curves in the road.  Use caution and drive safely around corners.


There are many places to access River Road and the Gallatin River.  We started near Four Corners just outside of Bozeman and Belgrade, Montana.  From Norris Road heading west of Four Corners, turn south onto River Road.


Let’s Go Road Trippin’!

Dia & Jewels

Photography Copyright by Julie Langaker 2013

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