Top 10 Things to do in Big Sky, Montana
Experience the best of the West in beautiful Big Sky, Montana. A landscape of wide open high desert plateaus, peaceful wilderness and towering peaks framed by the wide open infinite blue skies. Natures unparalleled majesty greets you as you enter the grandest of mountain playgrounds that we call home, where stunning scenery and endless outdoor adventures go hand in hand to forge an unforgettable vacation.
Legendary Winter Sports
Whether you’re looking to push yourself beyond your limits on Big Sky’s extreme terrain, slowly cruise the expansive bowls or escape to the solitude of the wilderness, the two inter-connected world-class ski resorts of Big Sky Resort and the Madison Base Area have it all on offer on 5,750 skiable acres over four mountains. Scenic backcountry trails lead through lush forests and high alpine lakes, Lone Mountain Ranch, known as the #1 Nordic Ski Resort in America, offers 85km of Nordic trails and the snowy landscapes of nearby Yellowstone has miles of snowshoe and snowmobile trails. Big Sky has certainly earned its reputation as “The Biggest Skiing in America”.
Off the Slopes
For a day off the slopes, there’s ice-skating, sledding, dog-sledding and horse-drawn sleigh rides and so much more. Pump up the adrenaline as you zipline through the forests, speed down the bumps on at the Tube Park, go ice-skating in the Town Center or take a snowy hike to the magical frozen Ousel Falls. The winter magic never ends on and off the slopes.
Prepare yourself for year-round rod bending excitement fishing in our blue-ribbon trout streams, high alpine lakes and rippling rivers. Wade the quiet waters of the Gallatin, cast a line in the cool spring creeks or float the Upper and Lower Madison River. The secluded mountain lakes surrounded by ice-capped peaks are perfect waters for ice fishermen in search of large walleye and trout.
Whitewater Rafting is an experience like no other and Big Sky is home to one of the wildest stretches of whitewater in Montana, Bear Trap Canyon, where you are greeted by 9 miles of exciting and challenging whitewater. More awaits on the Gallatin River where the upper section caters for families and first-timers, followed by the class IV Mad Mile.
Capture the essence of the great outdoors as you hike the many undisturbed wilderness trails. Weave your way through the trees in the Gallatin-Custer National Forest and the high alpine country of the Spanish Peaks in the Lee Metcalf Wilderness Area. Enjoy spectacular views from the Beehive Basin Trail, known to be one of the “World’s 10 Greatest Hikes” or take an easy hike to the Ousel Falls along the Ousel Falls Park Trail. Wilderness, waterfalls, wildlife and wildflowers, perfect paradise in Big Sky.
As we said Big Sky is the best in the West so no vacation in Big Sky is complete with exploring the high mountain meadows on horseback. Take to the trails with an experienced wrangler to ride along the trails and Peaks of the Gallatin National Forest and through the Sunken Forest, encountering spectacular scenery and roaming wildlife along the way.
Ready to tee off? Big Sky delivers a scenic golf experience on the Big Sky Golf Course backdropped by spectacular views of Lone Peak. This Arnold Palmer designed course offers many challenges as it winds its way along the Gallatin River.
Big Sky is nestled scenically at the base of the iconic 11,166-foot Lone Peak. A trip to the summit delivers expansive 360 degree views over the distant mountain peaks of three states, two national parks and, on a clear day, the striking Tetons. To reach the summit you can hike from the Lone Peak Tram, take the Lone Peak Expedition Tour or enjoy more spectacular views ziplining through the lush forests and clear blue skies.
Yellowstone National Park
Big Sky is the perfect base to explore the geological wonders, solace and pristine wilderness of Yellowstone National Park, a diverse landscape of steaming and colorful geothermal features. Big Sky is only 50 miles from the western entrance to the park, West Yellowstone, accessible all through the warmer months and by snowcoach and snowmobile during the snowy winter months. The Grand Loop Road curves in a figure eight through Yellowstone past all the major attractions, including the Mammoth Hot Springs, colorful Grand Prismatic Spring and the world-famous Old Faithful.
Nightlife, Events & Entertainment
Big Sky does not disappoint when it comes to entertainment and nightlife. Mountain Village is a hub of activities with an authentic small-town vibe and laid-back atmosphere. Big Sky’s après ski entertainment is the perfect way to end a day on the slopes and the summer months brings Music in the Mountains under the big star-filled skies. Alternatively, you can light up the fire, season the steaks, pop the champagne and enjoy a night under the stars in the comfort of your Big Sky MT Vacation Rental