Area Activities

Activities are abundant in Big Sky, Montana and we know how to take advantages of them! Here is some information to get you started on what to do during your stay in our beautiful part of the country. If you have any questions or need a recommendation, give Michael a call. He would love to help you experience the Big Sky Lifestyle!

Summer Activities

Hiking

Take a hike with family and friends on one of Big Sky’s numerous hiking trails. Stroll down to Ousel Falls (easy) and pick raspberries along the way or meander through fields of wildflowers up to Beehive Basin (intermediate). For the more adventurous, try a longer hike up Cinnamon Mountain, Ramshorn Peak or Windy Pass. The outdoor shops in the area have trail maps, hiking books and experienced hikers on staff to lead you towards a trail that’s just right for your skill level.

 

Fishing

Southwest Montana has some of the most famous fly fishing rivers to be found anywhere in the United States, all of which have extensive populations of large brown and rainbow trout. Many of these rivers, lakes and spring creeks are located nearby. Go on your own fishing exursion or take a guide with you and really reel the fish in.
Montana TroutChasersWild Trout Outfitters | Gallatin River Guides  |  Lone Mountain Ranch  |  320 Guest Ranch

Biking

Virtually all of Big Sky’s trails are accessible for mountain biking. Several trails (either paved or gravel) throughout the Meadow and Canyon area offer easier options for those just starting out, while National Forest Service trails offer more challenging single track trails that go on for miles. Take a load off and ride the lifts up in the summer  at Big Sky Ski and Summer Resort  and cruse down on your bike.  The outdoor shops in the Big Sky Town Center and the Meadow Village can get you set up with a bike to buy or rent and information on local trails.

Horseback Riding

We are in Montana after all, where the west is still true to its nature and cowboys still saddle up their horses each and every day. A number of different outfitters will gladly provide you with a horse of your own and a wrangler for the day and tour you along some of Big Sky Country’s most scenic trails. Half and Full Day rides are available. A number of the outfitters also provide guided hunting expeditions in the Fall.

Jakes Horse  |  Lone Mountain Ranch  |  320 Guest Ranch

Whitewater rafting

Early season, whitewater rafting and kayaking can provide quite a thrill especially through the stretch of the Gallatin River fittingly named the “Mad Mile.” For those looking for a more serene experience, book a scenic trip and float along the river that became famous in the Robert Redford’s film “A River Runs Through It”. For more info or to book a trip, try Geyser Whitewater.

Golfing

The golfing opportunities in Big Sky are sure to satisfy the golf enthusiast.  With one public course and three spectacular private courses, many different options are at your fingertips.  The three private courses are  located in the posh neighborhoods of  The Yellowstone Club, The Club at Spanish Peaks, and Moonlight Basin Ranch and require property ownership and/or club membership. The Big Sky Resort public course, located in the Meadow, provides a great experience with its gracious fairways, diverse landscape and dramatic vistas of Lone Peak.  Regardless of the course you play, your ball travels farther at higher altitudes which is never a bad thing.

Community Park

Big Sky’s meeting place for recreation activities. This park is 48 acres and includes climbing boulders, 7,000 sq. ft. concrete skate park, multi-use fields, tennis courts, basketball court, 2 baseball fields and a frisbee golf course.

Winter Activities

Skiing

Big Sky, Montana is a skiers and/or snowboarders playground! Whether you’re an avid adenaline seeking powder hound or a leisurely cross-country skier, Big Sky’s has got it all.

Lone Mountain soars to 11,166 feet hosting American biggest ski resort, Big Sky Ski Resort. You are able to ski off every side of the mountain, with over 5,000 skiable acres. Choose from double black diamonds, like the Big Couloir (beacon required), or effortless runs off the Swifty chairlift; Big Sky offers something for everyone! If groomed trails aren’t your cup of tea, backcountry skiing is accessible throughout the area as well.

If staying on flat ground is more your speed, Big Sky offers some of the best cross country skiing in the lower 48. Lone Mountain Ranch offers over 50 miles of professionally groomed scenic and diverse trails for both classic and skate skiing.

Dog Sledding

See beautiful Big Sky Country by taking a dog sled tour with Spirit of the North Sled Dog Adventures. Experience everything from gearing up the dogs for a blissful tour to commanding a sled yourself. It’s a once in a lifetime chance to glide through a winter wonderland with a team of beautiful huskies at the helm!

Sleigh Rides

Sleigh ride dinners are a unique experience in Big Sky!  Bundle up in wool blankets and let horse drawn carriages ferry you up to a cozy locale for a good ole fashion western-style dinner.

Lone Mountain Ranch Sleigh Ride   |   320 Ranch Sleigh Ride   |   The Montana Yurt Dinner at Big Sky Resort    |   Cache Creek Outfitters Sleigh Ride

Snowmobiling

Cruise through open meadows, spectacular alpine scenery, and powder fields, experiencing Big Sky and Yellowstone National Park by snowmobile. Guided trips are available throughout the Big Sky area, taking you to overlooks and backcountry destinations, and in Yellowstone National Park, to designated tourist hot spots, such as Old Faithful and the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. Trips include backcountry adventures or family-friendly outings on groomed trails.

Canyon Adventures   |   Rendezvous Snowmobiling Tours of West Yellowstone

Snow Shoeing

With many miles of trails in Big Sky, winter time is a special time to see them. Trek through the snow and experience the beauty of the backcountry in the winter. You can rent some gear and explore at your own pace, or travel with a guide. Snowshoe rentals are available, as well as trail information at any of the outdoor shops in Big Sky Town Center or the Mountain Village.

Ice Skating

Big Sky Town Center has got it all, including a full service ice rink! Big Sky Skating and Hockey Association  (BSSHA) is a non-profit organization in Big Sky, MT dedicated to bringing hockey, ice skating and programs to the Big Sky community. The Big Sky Ice Rink is located outdoors in front of Center Stage in Town Center Park . Don’t worry; if you need to rent some skates, Big Sky has you covered with rentals right at the rink.

Ousel Falls Park Trail

The extremely striking Ousel Falls Park Trail is a great wintertime hike for the whole family. It is easily accessible for all ages and abilities. During the winter months Ousel Falls freezes into a beautiful frozen waterfall. The best part is Ousel Falls Park Trailhead is just minutes from Big Sky Town Center.