10 Reasons to Visit Big Sky in the Summer


Are you ready to plan the ultimate summer vacation in the mountains? Look no further than the charming resort town of Big Sky, Montana! Nestled in the Rocky Mountains, Big Sky is a stunning alpine destination with endless opportunities for outdoor adventures in nature, relaxation, rejuvenation, and unmatched summer fun. There is something for every age and adventure level in Big Sky, MT – alpine adventures in the great outdoors, summer resort activities, a diverse selection of sunny patios, bars, and nightlife, and small-town festivals under the stars. Here are the top 10 reasons to pack your bags and head to Big Sky this summer.

1. Small-Town Charm

There is something undeniably charming about small mountain towns in the summer. Big Sky Montana is a thriving mountain resort community with an abundance of small-town charm, friendly locals who are happy to chat and share their stories, and a welcome change of pace from the hustle and bustle of city life. The small-town charm of Big Sky, Montana is a big part of its appeal

2. Reconnect with Nature

Whether your idea of reconnecting with nature is climbing to the summit of Lone Peak, hiking, biking, or horse riding the backcountry trails, paddling Lake Levinsky or a remote alpine lake, or basking in natural hot springs – it’s easy to reconnect with nature in Big Sky, MT. The mild summer weather is perfect for adventuring in nature – fresh cool mornings, warm afternoons, and crisp evenings with secluded wide-open spaces to stargaze the majestic Montana skies.

3. Unique Alpine Experiences

There’s more to Big Sky Resort than the “Biggest Skiing in America”. Summertime at Big Sky Resort is a blast! Enjoy a scenic chairlift ride to miles of lift-served trails for mountain biking, hiking, or guided tours, ride the Ramcharger 8 to the archery course, play a round of alpine disc golf, or zipline down Big Sky’s ski slopes on the Nature or Adventure Zipline Tour. 

Back at the Big Sky Mountain Village base area, you’ll find shopping, restaurants, and endless fun for the whole family at Adventure Mountain with a climbing wall, bungee trampoline, giant swing, marble run, gemstone mining, and mini-golf.

4. Award-Winning Golf

Surrounded by stunning landscapes and snow-clad peaks, the award-winning Arnold Palmer-designed golf course at Big Sky Resort is a top attraction in the summer. Located in Big Sky Meadow Village, this classic 18-hole links-style course sits at an elevation of 6,500 feet and stretches out to 6,806 yards at a par 72. Players are presented with impressive alpine scenery, a challenging design suited for all skill levels, and a well-maintained course worth the tee time! 

For the ultimate summer golf getaway to Big Sky, browse our collection of Meadow Village vacation homes or book your stay in our 3-bedroom and 4-bedroom Spanish Peaks Club condos backing onto the Big Sky Golf Course, with luxury community amenities included in your stay.

5. A River Runs Through It

The classic movie “A River Runs Through It” filmed many of their fly-fishing scenes on the mighty Gallatin River that flows through the heart of Big Sky. The drive from Bozeman to Big Sky along US-191 follows the Gallatin River with pull-outs to soak up the scenery, world-class trout fishing, riverside trails abounding in wildlife, and whitewater rafting trips with Class I rapids for first-timers and gnarly Class IV+ rapids for thrill seekers. Download our Big Sky Vacation Guide App to find the best guided fly-fishing packages, whitewater rafting tours, and riverside hiking trails to personally experience the unsurpassed beauty of “A River Runs Through It” during your summer vacation in Big Sky, MT.

6. Summer Festivals & Events

There’s always something fun happening in the summertime, with a long lineup of festive events that only add to the small-town charm of Big Sky. Pick up local produce and one-of-a-kind crafts and souvenirs at the weekly Big Sky Farmers market, dance under the stars at Music in the Mountains, or unleash your inner cowboy at a classic western rodeo or PBR bull-riding event. 

From Center Stage in Big Sky Town Center to the summer slopes of Big Sky Resort, the summer festivals and events in Big Sky are filled with small-town community spirit and are truly epic!

7. Bluebird Patio Dining

Summer is the season to enjoy the best aprés ski outdoor patios in Big Sky, many offering live music during peak season and gorgeous views of the Montana mountain peaks. End a round of golf at the Bunker Deck & Grill overlooking Big Sky Meadows, dine on the slopeside decks at Big Sky Resort, or take a stroll around Big Sky Town Center with a great selection of bars, tasting rooms, breweries, and restaurants with bustling outdoor patios packed with locals and summer tourists. 

Alternatively, you can take advantage of our local grocery delivery or private catering and personal chef services and experience the finest patio dining with Lone Peak views from the comfort of your home-away-from-home in Big Sky, MT. 

8. Yellowstone National Park

Big Sky is only a short drive through the scenic Gallatin Canyon to Yellowstone National Park – perfect for a day trip to explore the natural wonders of America’s oldest national park. Summer in Yellowstone is busy! Staying in Big Sky offers the opportunity to experience the splendor of Yellowstone in summer, and return to a quintessential Montana cabin in the mountains, without the crowds! 

Big Sky’s proximity to the West Entrance of Yellowstone National Park makes it a perfect basecamp for guided tours or family day trips to Yellowstone in summer.

9. Getting to Big Sky is Easy!

Getting to Big Sky is Easy! Big Sky is an easy drive to destination with non-stop flights from over 30 destinations on the east and west coast, making it one of the most connected mountain resort destinations in America. Car rentals and convenient transportation services are readily available with door-to-door service to your Big Sky vacation rental

The Skyline Bus offers a free shuttle service through the summer season with stops in all of Big Sky’s neighborhoods and on-call taxis are available to get around Big Sky. Local Tip! If you’re driving to Big Sky, please download directions to your vacation rental in advance – cell service driving through the mountains can be spotty!

10. Big Sky Vacation Rentals

Big Sky Vacation Rentals have a summer home-away-from-home for every group size and summer style. Stay in the heart of Big Sky Resort Mountain Village with resort amenities and summer activities on your doorstep, on the lush greens of the golf course, within walking distance to the summer fun at Big Sky Town Center, or surrounded by forests and wildlife on the slopes of Moonlight Basin

Our collection of custom Big Sky homes and cabins are equipped with your summer vacation in mind! Gorgeous gourmet kitchens and patios for alfresco dining, outdoor firepits and hot tubs for crisp summer nights, luxury vacation amenities to enhance your stay, and stunning views of the Big Sky landscapes. Book direct online or call our team at (888) 915-2787 – we’d be happy to match you with the perfect home for your summer vacation in Big Sky, MT.


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