Fall is the perfect time of year for epic leaf-peeping adventures in Big Sky with cooler temperatures, fewer crowds, festive fall events and the soft golden hues of the aspens and cottonwoods highlighting the spectacular outdoor beauty that surrounds Big Sky.
1. Resort Activities
Big Sky Resort offers award-winning golf, ziplining, a bungee trampoline, disc golf, archery and scenic chair rides up Andesite Mountain for hiking, mountain biking or an off-road experience on the Lone Mountain Expedition. On a clear day you can see from the summit of Lone Peak across two National Parks and three states!
2. Fall Hikes in Big Sky
The trail lined mountains of Big Sky boast endless adventures for all ages, close to town and in the secluded backcountry. Below are a few of our favorite trails highlighted for vibrant fall foliage and gorgeous mountain views. Always be prepared for approaching wildlife and carry bear spray when adventuring in Big Sky country!
This popular fall trail is easy to access and hike! The 1.6 mile trail follows the South Fork ravine through the pines, along the river, creeks and pools to the beautiful Ousel Falls. The Yellow Mule Trail and South Fork Loop join this trail for a longer hike. There are several picnic sites along the trail for a picnic break.
Big Sky’s best hike is a scenic moderate 6.6-mile out and back hike that leads to Beehive Basin, a crystal clear lake surrounded by the incredible Spanish Peaks wilderness and overlooking Lone Peak. Pack a picnic and spend the day soaking up the fall colors, mountain views and cool alpine waters.
The Storm Castle trail is a popular 5.3 mile moderate trail in the Gallatin River Canyon. The trail begins at Storm Castle Creek and climbs up steep switchbacks through the forest and rocky slopes to the summit of Storm Castle Peak for magical views of Garnet Mountain, the Gallatin River and the upper Madison Range.
3. Horseback Riding
Horseback riding in the Montana backcountry is best in the cooler months when beautiful fall foliage surrounds you and you can find many opportunities to observe wildlife. Book a trail ride on an authentic Montana ranch or combine a day in the wilderness with an epic fly fishing adventure on the Gallatin River.
4. Yellowstone National Park
Take a day-trip to Yellowstone National Park for leaf-peeping, geyser gazing and wildlife viewing! The west entrance of Yellowstone is only a 50 mile scenic drive south of Big Sky, Montana. Interested in learning more about what Yellowstone National Park is like in the fall? Click here!
5. Stargazing from our Luxury Rentals
Fall is one of the best times to see the Milky Way, and even the Northern Lights over the Montana skies. Stay with Big Sky Vacation Rentals and choose from our selection of vacation homes and condos with luxury amenities including outdoor hot tubs, private wrap-around decks and quiet, secluded settings ideal for a night under Montana’s big skies.