The Bozeman Code

by Drew Pogge

Hey you! Howdy. Welcome to town. Now that you’re here, it’s your responsibility to help us keep Bozeman the kind of place that attracted all of us here in the first place. There are plenty of examples of places that have been loved to death—please don’t Boulder-up our town. Here are a few things you should know about living here so it—and we—will survive.



#1: Slow it down. Everything. There’s no need for road rage or impatience at the coffee shop. We’re all headed in the same direction and you’ll get there when you get there. A relaxed pace is a benefit of living here—don’t be an uptight ass.

#2: Lend a hand. Forget the East Coast “What’s in it for me?” attitude. Here, we look out for one another. Hold that door, let that car into traffic, and if someone looks like they need help, ask. The next time you’re stuck in a ditch, we’ll surely return the favor.

#3: Make eye contact. Nothing makes city-folk more uncomfortable than direct eye contact, but here, it’s worth something. If you can’t look us in the eye, you’ve got something to hide.

#4: Buy local. For the love of all that is good and sweet and dear, don’t let Bozeman become like Colorado’s Front Range chain-store purgatory. Just because we have an Olive Garden doesn’t mean you should eat there.

#5: Don’t take this place or its people for granted, ever. You’ll regret it when you’re (or it’s) gone.

#6: Don’t kill yourself or anybody else on Saddle Peak this winter. You’re not gonna ski or ride out of that thing if it rips; you’re going to die. Straight up.

#7: Learn about the history of this valley and its residents. More genuine badasses have graced these canyons than almost anywhere else, from Jim Bridger and John Colter to Jack Tackle and Alex Lowe. Emulate them.

#8: Try something new every season. Hunt, fish, climb, bike, ski, ride—there’s always a new challenge.

#9: Work harder than you play. But play pretty damn hard.

#10: Enjoy every day in what many of us consider to be the greatest town, in the greatest state, in the greatest country in the world.