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Where to Picnic in Bozeman & What to Pack

We are all about picnics these days. With the shelter in place + social distancing orders, we are getting creative with changing location for lunch and dinner. Nick and I have a favorite picnic spot we found years ago. We vowed we’d go picnic there every year, but of course last summer, ‘we were too busy’ (insert eye roll). Well the silver lining in social distancing and no restaurants being open, we finally made it back to that picnic spot and we’ve since found a few more beautiful locations. We have also been picnicking at home, it’s Olivia’s favorite way to dine. Here are some recipe ideas for your next home picnic and where to picnic in Bozeman, MT.

  • Hyalite Reservoir
  • Yellowstone River (near Livingston)
  • Lindley Park
  • Fairy Lake
  • Bozeman Pond
  • Moose Creek
  • Lava Lake: about 1.5 hr hike to the lake
  • Ousel Falls: Big Sky

Salad in a Jar


  • greens
  • tomato
  • red onion
  • cucumber
  • raw goat cheese
  • lentil pasta: cooked, once drained return back to pot. Add olive oil, salt & pepper. Let cool before placing in jar
  • Dressing: dijon mustard, olive oil, lemon juice, salt & pepper


Layer salad, drizzle dressing over the salad. Bring a small extra bowl to mix salad together once at picnic spot

Chickpea Tuna


  • 1 can chickpeas drained and rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons veganaise
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh dill
  • Juice 1/2 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley
  • 4 celery stalks chopped
  • 1/2 red onion chopped
  • dash cayenne pepper
  • salt and pepper to taste


Mix all ingredients together. Take a potato masher or fork to mash the chickpeas (I personally put mine into my Vitamix, you just don’t want it too cream. Keep it chunky). Serve on bread or dip crackers into mixture.

Other Food Items to Bring

  • hard boiled eggs
  • strawberries


  • Pink Lemonade
  • Wine of course
  • Water…don’t forget water

Items to Pack

  • Silverware
  • Napkins
  • Bowl for mixing salad
  • Cups (we love these for wine)
  • Blanket
  • A good playlist
  • Basket


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