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Recreation Year-Round

Big Sky promises four seasons of outdoor activity. In the winter, snow blankets the mountain and reveals seemingly endless skiable terrain, including heart-pounding expert slopes from the summit of Lone Peak. With few crowds and one of the most advanced ski lifts in the country, this is a true ski enthusiast’s destination. Snow shoeing, dog sledding, Nordic skiing and sleigh rides round out the winter season. Summertime visitors can soak in the rugged terrain with trout fishing and whitewater rafting on the Gallatin River, picnicking at Ousel Falls and hiking amid an ocean of wildflowers at Beehive Basin. Lee Metcalf Wilderness Area offers wilderness and recreation ranging from hunting and backpacking to kayaking and camping. No matter when you visit, don’t miss the high-altitude tram ride to the top of Lone Peak. The long-range views are spectacular.

 

Base Camp for Yellowstone

Yellowstone National Park, the first national park in the USA, is just an hour south of Big Sky. From the park’s western entrance, you’re perfectly situated to explore its active geysers and check off Old Faithful and rainbow-hued Grand Prismatic Spring from your must-see list. Walk the boardwalk through the steaming geyser basin in Norris, where the park’s hottest geothermal temperature was recorded (237 C!). Madison, also in the park’s western region, is full of unexpected treasures: Gibbon Falls, a 26-meter cascade over an extinct volcanic caldera; fishing in the Madison and Firehole Rivers; and Firehole Canyon Drive, a scenic road past 244-meter-thick lava flows to a popular summertime swimming hole, Firehole Falls.

 

Big Sky Attractions and Accommodations

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Historic Crail Ranch features the preserved homestead of the Crail family, one of the earliest settler families in Big Sky. Travelers with kids can climb the newly constructed tree fort at Kircher Park, where you can also fish along the south fork of the Gallatin River. Accommodations are unique in a way that only Big Sky can offer. Big Sky Resort boasts five hotels, mountain cabins, vacation homes and multiple condo buildings that are perfect for groups and families. Splurge on a stay at one of the Signature Collection properties for four-star service. Lone Mountain Ranch is among National Geographic’s short list of Unique Lodges of the World. This luxury guest ranch takes glamping to a whole new level with historic lodges, farm-to-table dining, curated outdoor adventure packages and all-inclusive options for the ultimate Big Sky vacation experience.

Fun Fact

Lone Mountain Ranch illuminated at night in Big Sky, Montana
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Lone Mountain Ranch is on National Geographic's list of Unique Lodges of the World.

The incredible views from the top of Lone Peak
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On a clear day from the top of Lone Peak, you can see three states and two national parks.

Chet Huntley, the founder of Big Sky, Montana, at his rolltop desk
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Big Sky was created as a ski resort by famous newscaster, Chet Huntley. His original roll-top desk is on display at the visitor center.

Amazing views along the Beehive Basin trail in Big Sky, Montana
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