Tips To Plan A Fall Trip To Yellowstone National Park


Yellowstone National Park is the world’s first and most famous National Park! Yellowstone is huge, and spans over 2 million acres and across three states (Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana), it has five entrances and just as many visitor centers, and welcomes nearly 5 million visitors annually. With those types of stats, it’s easy to see why everyone loves this national treasure!

The summer months account for over half of the annual visitors to Yellowstone National Park, with more than 1 million visitors in July alone. The best way to escape the crowds at Yellowstone is to visit in the off season. Fall is the perfect time to avoid the masses of tourists, reconnect and recreate in nature, and witness some of the most spectacular geothermal features in the world surrounded by the beauty of fall colors and Yellowstone’s local wildlife preparing for winter. 

Here’s our guide to the best time to visit Yellowstone for fall foliage, activities and attractions to include in your itinerary, and where to stay to experience the beauty of Yellowstone National Park in fall.


1. Pick Your Dates for Prime Fall Foliage

The first signs of fall appear in late August – there’s a cooler nip in the air, layers of sunrise frost blanket the valleys, and the higher elevations above 7,000 feet begin to turn to glorious shades of gold. From mid-September to mid-October the fall foliage cascades from the upper elevations down to the lower valleys with hues of golden yellows, burnt oranges and brilliant reds adding contrast to Yellowstone’s captivating landscapes.

September

Low 30oF – High 64oF

Fall colors above 7,000 feet

September is still a popular time to visit Yellowstone so be prepared for potential crowds of tourists (far fewer than summer!) and traffic lines of enthusiastic leaf peepers and wildlife viewers. September highlights include the famous elk rut near Mammoth Hot Springs, the fascinating raptor migration in the Hayden Valley, and a higher chance of incredible bear sightings as the black bears and grizzly bears prepare for winter hibernation foraging for berries, nuts and roots in the valleys and roadside meadows.

October

Low 22oF – High 51oF

Fall colors below 7,000 feet

By October the fall foliage in the lower elevations is vibrant, the crowds have dissipated, the roads are quieter, and the chance of wildlife sightings is climbing! The Yellowstone Park restaurants, services and facilities begin to close down mid-October, and the weather is unpredictable! Light snowfalls can begin as early as October in Yellowstone so pack your layers and be prepared for potential dangerous winter driving conditions and road closures – or take a guided Yellowstone tour!

November

Low 12oF – High 34oF

Fall colors fading

By November the fall colors have faded, the peaks are blanketed with snow, and most of the roads within Yellowstone National Park are closed. The Visitor Center at the West Entrance remains open year round, however entrance to the park is limited. Yellowstone winter tours begin early November with amazing private and group experiences from wolf watching and wildlife tours to snowshoe tours, snowmobile expeditions and unique backcountry experiences.


2. Plan Your Fall Attractions & Activities

For the ultimate fall trip to Yellowstone National Park, we highly recommend booking a guided Yellowstone tour with a local tour company. An experienced local guide has an in-depth knowledge of Yellowstone’s diverse ecosystems and natural wonders, wonderful stories to share, and will ensure you visit the top sightseeing spots during fall. 

Scenic Drives: Firehole Canyon Drive and Firehole Lake Drive.

Natural Hot Springs: Firehole River near Madison Junction.

Waterfalls: Fairy Falls and Firehole Falls.

Geological Wonders: Grand Prismatic Spring, Old Faithful, Artists Paintpots, Norris Geyser, Mammoth Hot Springs

Wildlife Viewing: Hayden Valley, Mammoth Hot Springs, Lamar Valley.

Fall Fly Fishing: The Madison River is a hot spot for fall flying fishing.


3. Expand Your Exploration Beyond Yellowstone

Situated only 50 miles north of the West Entrance, Big, Sky Montana is the ideal base camp for a trip to Yellowstone -and is fast becoming one of the top travel spots in the western USA worthy of every vacation bucket-list. 

In 2021, Big Sky was voted one of the “Best Ski Resorts in the West”, one of the “Best Mountain Towns to Visit in the USA”, and one of “The Coolest Towns in America to Visit in 2021”. Big Sky was also ranked as an extraordinary destination to explore in “The World’s Greatest Places of 2021” by Time USA.

Expand your exploration out of the park and stay in Big Sky, MT. Tours of Yellowstone National Park depart right from the heart of Big Sky (or from your front door if you choose a private trip!). After your fall trip to Yellowstone, you can join in end of season golfing and summer activities at Big Sky Resort, hike or bike through vibrant fall foliage on Big Sky’s epic network of trails, flyfish the Gallatin River, horseback ride, or simply stay home, soak up the views, and stargaze from your private hot tub!


4. Stay with Big Sky Vacation Rentals

Whether you choose to stay minutes from the action in Mountain Village or Big Sky Town Center or in a secluded setting for stargazing and wildlife viewing from home, our collection of luxury Big Sky rentals is sure to include a private mountain cabin near Yellowstone National Park, perfect for you!

Mountain Village

Browse our selection of 70+ custom vacation homes, cabins and ski condos in the heart of Big Sky Resort’s Mountain Village at the base of Lone Peak. Our convenient Big Sky Resort lodging ranges from 2 bedroom contemporary condos overlooking Lake Levinsky to rare 7 bedroom modern mountain chalets for a family reunion near Yellowstone.

Meadow Village

Our collection of 4 to 6 bedroom Meadow Village condos and custom lodges are conveniently situated close to shopping, dining and world-class golf in Big Sky Town Center. Meadow Village is an easy 7-mile drive or free shuttle ride to Big Sky Resort Mountain Village.

Moonlight Basin

Moonlight Basin is a Big Sky neighborhood perched high on ski runs and trails of Lone Mountain. Whether you’re seeking a secluded and cozy mountain cabin or an exclusive mountain lodge for a large group getaway, even the most distinguished guests will find their luxury Yellowstone retreat in Moonlight Basin.

Start planning your fall visit to Yellowstone with Big Sky Vacation Rentals. Browse our collection of vacation rentals near Yellowstone, download our Big Sky Vacation Guide for trip planning, or call our team of local experts who are happy to help with tour suggestions for Yellowstone, local Big Sky recommendations, and find you a Yellowstone vacation rental to match your needs. 


History of Big Sky, Montana


Big Sky, MT is tucked midway down the Gallatin River Canyon, halfway between historic Bozeman and the west entrance to Yellowstone National Park. Traveling to Big Sky on Highway 191 (“The Scenic Yellowstone Corridor”), you wind your way along the raging Gallatin River, surrounded by dramatic Rocky Mountain landscapes, miles of secluded wilderness, free roaming bears, moose and bighorn (often on the road), and the grandeur of Montana’s big skies. 

But, where did it all begin, who forged these original trails through the mountains, and what led to the success of Big Sky Resort, a world-class ski destination that gets bigger and better each year? Big Sky’s journey dates back thousands of years to Native American hunter-gathers, notorious mountain men, gold miners, homesteaders, and humble beginnings as a purpose built ski town inspired by the dream of one man.


Native American Hunter-Gatherers

The Gallatin Canyon was first explored by Native American hunter-gathers that regularly trekked along the Gallatin Crest. The tribes set up camp on the banks of the Gallatin River, foraging for plant food and hunting for deer, elk and bison that frequented the lush high alpine meadows. While the Gallatin Valley was never claimed by any specific Native American tribes, archaeological studies show many tribes passed through the Big Sky region including Blackfeet, Nez Perce, Crow, Flathead, Sioux, and Shoshone Indian tribes.


Lewis & Clark

In 1804, explorers Captain Meriweather Lewis & Lieutenant William Clark set out to discover new land acquired in the Louisiana Purchase, a voyage that covered more than 8,000 miles and four time zones. Lewis & Clark reached the three forks of the Missouri River in Montana in July 1805, naming the three tributaries – the Gallatin River after Secretary of Treasury Albert Gallatin, the Madison River, in honor of Secretary of State James Madison, and the Jefferson River after President Thomas Jefferson.


The Fur Trade & Gold Rush

Following in the footsteps of Lewis & Clark, next came the European fur-trappers, mountain men, and gold prospectors searching for wealth in the 1862 Montana Gold Rush. Fur trading prospered until 1840, but the trappers and colorful mountain men were only passing through and did not settle in the Gallatin Valley. The gold prospectors did not find their riches in the Gallatin Valley and moved west to Virginia City and Bannack, the site of Montana’s first major gold discovery.  


The First Homesteaders

With the expansion of the Northern Pacific Railroad into Bozeman in 1883, rough logging roads were cut through the canyon to transport pine trees to build the railroad. This created a trail for ranchers to drive herds of sheep, cattle and horses over the pass into the Gallatin Canyon. With the 1862 Homestead Act in place, ranchers began staking out their 160 acre homesteads in the meadows along the banks of the Gallatin River, building cabins, and settling in the Gallatin Canyon. 

One of these ranchers was Augustus Franklin Crail, the first homesteader in Big Sky. In December 1901, Crail purchased a 160-acre homestead with a small cabin (only $1 per acre), which over the years expanded to a 960-acre working ranch. Today, the ranch land is home to the Big Sky Golf Course, and the beautifully preserved historic Crail Ranch buildings are a local treasure, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The grounds are open for walking tours and visitors can take a guided or self-guided tour of the homestead museum with original artifacts, photographs and furniture from the Crail family.


Yellowstone Brings Tourism to Gallatin Valley

Tourism in the Gallatin Valley began as early as the late 1800s. Yellowstone National Park was established in 1872 and local ranchers saw an opportunity, encouraging visitors to Yellowstone to extend their vacation and stay on an authentic Montana dude ranch! Only $12 to stay a week + $6 for a horse. 

In 1898, Pete Karst homesteaded just north of Big Sky, setting up Karst Camp, an inn for visitors to Yellowstone with home brewed liquor sneakily served during the prohibition. The historic remains of Karst Camp still stand today with a few original buildings and a short hiking trail leading to an old asbestos mine. 

In 1915, Big Sky’s Lone Mountain Ranch was homesteaded as a working cattle and horse ranch and sold twelve years later as a dude ranch for vacationers. Today, visitors to Big Sky can experience a taste of the old wild west with unique experiences at Lone Mountain Ranch, including dog-sledding, Nordic skiing, old-western sleigh ride dinners in the winter, and horseback rides, fly-fishing, hiking, and biking in the summer months. 


Montana Skiing Arrives at Big Sky Resort

Chet Huntley, newscaster of NBC’s nightly “Huntley-Brinkley Report”, had a dream to return to his Montana roots, develop a small mountain ski village and golf course, and promote the tourism industry in Montana. At this time, only a handful or ranchers had permanently settled along the West Fork of the Gallatin River

In 1970, Chet Huntley retired from NBC, purchased Crail Ranch and began to fulfill his dream of building a ski resort in the Rocky Mountains. The historic Crail Ranch buildings were used to house the workers building the resort, the ranch land was transformed to the classic links-style Big Sky Golf Course by Arnold Palmer, and the original Huntley Lodge was built at the base of Big Sky’s iconic Lone Peak. Stop by Chet’s Bar at the Huntley Lodge for a toast when you’re in town! 

In September 1973, Ski Magazine made a grand announcement “Montana skiing has arrived!” and in December, Big Sky Resort opened for its first winter ski season with four ski lifts. Sadly, Chet Huntley died of lung cancer shortly after on March 20, 1974, just three days before the grand opening of Big Sky Resort. Here’s a blast from the past – the first promotional video for Big Sky Resort.


Boyne Resorts Acquires Big Sky Resort

In 1976, Everett Kircher, honored as one of the “Top 100 Most Influential Skiers of All Time”, purchased Big Sky Resort expanding Boyne Resorts portfolio of premier mountain and golf resorts. There was a gravel road from Highway 191 to the resort base and one flight to Bozeman, from Billings! 

Led by Everett Kircher, Boyne Resorts invented the Boyne Snowmaker and pioneered the design of snow grooming equipment, a technology still used today. In 1981, Boyne Resort’s state of the art snowmaking system was installed at Big Sky Resort guaranteeing good snow conditions all season long. The installation of the Challenger lift in 1988 opened up access to some of the most epic expert terrain in the US, putting Big Sky Resort on the radar of every die hard skier and snowboarder. 

In 1995, the construction of the Lone Peak Tram took Big Sky Resort expert skiing to higher altitudes, 11,166 feet at the summit of Lone Peak. The tram increased the vertical drop at Big Sky Resort to 4,350 feet, one of the biggest vertical drops in North America. Dropping into the Big Couloir, a 1,400 ft chute with a 50-degree slope straight from the summit, became a big bucket-list experience for expert rippers and shredders.


Moonlight Basin Ski Resort

In December 2003, Moonlight Basin Ski Resort opened on the northern face of Lone Mountain with 1,900 acres of terrain ranging from gentle cruisers to steep chutes. The development struggled and in 2013, Big Sky Resort acquired Moonlight Basin becoming the “Biggest Skiing in America” with over 5,850 acres of diverse terrain, epic ski runs for all abilities, and uncrowded slopes.


Big Sky 2025 – A Vision for the Future of Big Sky Resorts

In 2016, Big Sky Resort unveiled Big Sky 2025: A Vision for the Future of Big Sky Resorts.

“Big Sky 2025 is an ambitious 10-year vision transforming the Big Sky experience from the moment you touch ground in Montana to the top of Lone Peak.”

To date, completed projects include the installation of the brand-new Challenger 3 chairlift, Powder Seeker 6 (the first state-of-the-art Big Sky Blue Bubble with heated seats), Ramcharger 8 (the first 8-seat chairlift in North America), Swift Current high-speed quad, and new magic carpets in the learning areas (including a Big Sky Blue Bubble magic carpet dome). In 2021, Big Sky Resort completed snowmaking expansion and extensive renovations to the Summit Hotel and Huntley Lodge. Future Big Sky 2025 projects include enhancements to Big Sky Mountain Village, the replacement of the Lone Peak Tram, a new tram terminal with a glass viewing platform at the summit of Lone Peak, a two-stage gondola, and unique on-mountain dining experiences.


As Big Sky Resort continues to add amenities to enhance the overall experience, Big Sky Vacation Rentals are continually increasing our portfolio of hand-picked vacation homes to enhance your stay. Spend your vacation in Meadow Village, the original Crail ranch and homestead, slopeside in Big Sky’s Mountain Village, or in the seclusion of the Spanish Peaks in Moonlight Basin

Big Sky Vacation Rentals have been welcoming guests to Big Sky for 15 years. We represent the top 125 luxury vacation rentals in Big Sky with exclusive platinum perks, high-end vacation amenities, and exceptional guest services from our local team. We look forward to welcoming you to Big Sky!


Big Sky Town Center Summer Events 2023


Escape the mundane and explore miles of wilderness for hiking, biking, horseback riding, ATV adventures, ziplining, river rafting, and famous blue-ribbon fly fishing. Big Sky Resort opens up its world-famous ski slopes for classic summer alpine adventures and the town is abuzz with locals and tourists soaking up the sunshine, swimming and boating on Lake Levinsky, dining on outdoor patios, and living the laid-back mountain life.Summer is the best season to plan a getaway to Big Sky, and the the Town Center is a destination for family fun, fab festivals & all things farmers’ markets.

Situated in Meadow Village, Big Sky Town Center is a year-round destination for family fun, fab festivals, summer farmers markets, and world-class golfing. Big Sky Town Center is the heart and soul of the Big Sky community, the best place to shop, dine and sip local craft beer, and a hangout for locals and visitors alike. 

Throughout the summer Big Sky Town Center is the central hub for some of the biggest events in Big Sky and free festivals. Nothing beats browsing vibrant mountain markets, listening to live music in an iconic outdoor arena with top touring bands, and enjoying free fun for the whole family. 

Here are 4 events not to miss at Big Sky Town Center this summer:


#1 – BIG SKY FARMERS MARKET

WHEN: Wednesdays – June 7 to September 28, 2023

Big Sky Town Center

Every Wednesday from June to September, the Big Sky Farmers Market comes to Big Sky Town Center, and it’s one of our favorite events of the year! The Big Sky Farmers Market features 90+ vendors ranging from regional farmers with fresh local produce to eclectic craftsmen with creative arts, crafts, and one-of-a-kind treasures found only at Big Sky Farmers Market. The market is family-friendly with fun activities for the kids, the setting is spectacular with Lone Peak looming in the background, and the small-town charm of Big Sky is evident at every stall!


#2 – MUSIC IN THE MOUNTAINS

WHEN: Thursdays – June 22 to September 7, 2023

Center Stage in Len Hill Park, Big Sky Town Center

Thursday evenings, rain or shine, you’ll find an amazing lineup of talented artists at Music in the Mountains, Montana’s finest free outdoor concert hosted by the Arts Council of Big Sky. The Music in the Mountain series takes place on Center Stage and includes 12 weeks of free family-friendly concerts, the Bravo! Big Sky Music Festival (formerly the Big Sky Classical Music Festival), and a special free performance from Montana Shakespeare in the Parks. View the full line-up for Music in the Mountains 2023 HERE!


#3 – BIG SKY PBR RODEO

WHEN: July 20 to July 22, 2023

Big Sky Events Arena

There’s still time to book your vacation condo or cabin for Big Sky’s biggest week of the year, the award-winning PBR Rodeo. The PBR event includes three nights of Touring Pro Division professional bull riding events, mutton bustin’ for the little buckaroos, and fun nightly after-party concerts with live music. The PBR event is sold out with a waiting list, however, you can still get tickets for the nightly music events!


#4 – 2023 WILDLANDS FESTIVAL

WHEN: August 4 to August 6, 2023

Big Sky Events Arena

Produced by Outlaw Partners, the Wildlands Festival is one of the biggest music events of the summer! The outdoor music festival celebrates a mutual love for music and Big Sky’s wild and scenic landscapes and features a two-day star-studded lineup with world-class artists taking center stage at the Big Sky Events Arena. Tickets to the Wildlands Festival sell fast and availability is limited! A percentage of all ticket sales for the Wildlands Festival are donated to local nonprofits for the preservation and protection of the wildlands of Big Sky.

Tickets to the Wildlands Festival sell fast and availability is limited! A percentage of all ticket sales for Wildlands Festival are donated to local nonprofits for preservation and protection of the wildlands of Big Sky.


Where to Stay near Big Sky Town Center

Big Sky has three main neighborhoods: Mountain Village at Big Sky Resort, Moonlight Basin on the slopes of Lone Mountain, and Meadow Village, the nearest neighborhood to Big Sky Town Center. 

Big Sky Vacation Rentals offers a selection of luxury vacation homes and condos walking distance to Big Sky Town Center, the Big Sky Golf Course, and some of the top trailheads in Big Sky! Our vacation homes are fully-equipped with modern comforts, luxury amenities and all the bells and whistles for a memorable Big Sky vacation. 

Whether you’re planning a golf getaway, romantic escape or family reunion in Big Sky, Big Sky Town Center is a destination for endless summer fun and the team at Big Sky Vacation Rentals are ready to help you plan your trip and find your dream vacation home in the Montana mountains! 

Find more vacation inspiration in our Big Sky vacation blog and download our Big Sky Vacation Guide app so you don’t miss a thing that Big Sky has to offer, year-round!


10 Must See Summer Attractions in Big Sky, MT

Big Sky is one of Montana’s best small mountain towns nestled high in the Madison Range of Southwest Montana. Big Sky is a world-class winter destination renowned for its expanse of ski slopes at Big Sky Resort, a vast and remote wilderness in the backcountry, and a convenient and scenic base camp for winter tours of Yellowstone. 

Big Sky is not only a winter destination – visitors can experience four seasons of adventures in Big Sky and summertime is our best kept secret! Whether you’re seeking rest, relaxation and solitude in the mountains, secluded adventures in the great outdoors, or days of action packed summer fun with activities for the whole family – you’ll find it all right here in our 10 must see and do attractions for a summer vacation in Big Sky, MT.


1. Summer Activities at Big Sky Resort

Big Sky Resort is known for epic skiing and snowboarding trips, exhilarating winter activities and bucket-list expeditions into the backcountry. In the summer months, Big Sky Resort doesn’t slow down – visitors have access to endless summer alpine activities and experiences including award-winning golf at Big Sky Golf Course, and ziplining, archery, bungee trampolines and great kid-friendly fun at Big Sky Basecamp. 

One of the top summer activities at Big Sky Resort is the scenic chairlift ride to miles of mountain biking and hiking trails, fields of wildflowers, and breathtaking Big Sky views.


2. Watersports on Lake Levinsky

Lake Levinsky is one of Big Sky’s top summer attractions, nestled beneath the towering peaks of Lone Mountain near Big Sky Resort Mountain Village. The 10-acre lake is a hub of activity in the summer months with vacationers (and locals!) dipping in the refreshing water, paddleboarding, kayaking or pedal boating around the lake. Boat rentals are available through the summer months from Geyser Whitewater Expeditions at the Lake Levinsky Marina. 

Check out our guide to the “Best Places to Swim and Boat in Big Sky” for more secluded swimming holes, alpine lakes for boating, and remote hot springs for a quintessential Montana experience. 


3. Climb Big Sky’s Iconic Lone Mountain

The iconic peak of Lone Mountain towers above Big Sky at an elevation 11,166 ft with a vertical drop of 4,350 ft to the base area. Located in the heart of the Madison Mountain Range, Lone Peak is the highest overlook in Montana with 360-degree panoramic views of Big Sky, the Montana mountains and as far as Yellowstone National Park. For a challenging and highly rewarding alpine experience, follow the hiking trails from the base area at Big Sky Mountain Village to the summit of Lone Mountain

Big Sky 2025 is an exciting 10-year plan to revitalize Big Sky Resort. The final chapter of Big Sky 2025 includes a brand new base to summit tram from Big Sky Mountain Village to the summit of Big Sky’s iconic Lone Peak with construction beginning this summer!


4. World-Famous Blue Ribbon Waters

Southwest Montana is home to five blue-ribbon trout streams – the Madison River, Yellowstone River, Missouri River, Big Hole and the mighty Gallatin River near Big Sky, MT. The Gallatin River is one of the best whitewater rafting rivers in Montana with Class I to IV rapids, and a legendary destination for world-class fly fishing with trophy sized trout. 

Whether you’re taking a scenic family float to escape the summer heat, riding the raging Mad Mile or House Rock Rapids, or fly fishing along the river banks – Big Sky’s blue ribbon waters are a top attraction and one of the top spots for wildlife viewing near Big Sky.


5. Wide-Open & Secluded Backcountry

Big Sky is a utopia for lovers of the great outdoors with miles of wilderness and untouched terrain in Big Sky’s vast backcountry. Families traveling with kids to Big Sky can take an easy stroll along the Gallatin River to Ousel Falls, plan a picnic among the wildflowers in the Beehive Basin, horseback ride through the Lee Metcalf Wilderness, and fish in secluded alpine lakes. 

For more exhilarating summer adventures in Big Sky’s backcountry, hike to the summit of Beehive Peak, Gallatin Peak or Wilson Peak, or head deep into the Gallatin Canyon for rock climbing and mountaineering.


6. Montana’s Natural Hot Springs

The Montana mountains are home to over 60 natural hot springs, with several only a short, scenic drive from your Big Sky vacation home. Visitors to Big Sky can choose from soothing soaks in the natural hot springs at Yellowstone or family-friendly hot springs resorts with indoor and outdoor pools, on-site restaurants, live music and summer fun for the whole family.


7. Summertime Patios & Live Music

Discover the charm of the Montana mountains this summer in Big Sky! Lazy afternoons and warm summer evenings are best spent enjoying the best of Big Sky’s outdoor patio dining, listening to the tunes of local Big Sky bands, sipping craft cocktails, or cold brews, and savoring flavors from Montana (and around the world!) at Big Sky’s ever-growing selection of restaurants, cafes and breweries. 

The vibey après ski culture of our world-class ski resort continues on into the summer months in Big Sky!


8. Fabulous (& Free) Summer Events

Big Sky’s summer events attract travelers of all types. The Summer Farmers Market in Fire Pit Park is a favorite with our Big Sky Vacation Rentals guests, the Big Sky PBR is “Big Sky’s Biggest Week”, Music in the Mountains brings the best well-known artists to Big Sky Town Center for live music under the stars, and there are fabulous, free events for the whole family throughout the summer months. 

Download our Big Sky Vacation Guide app to stay up to date with local events happening in Big Sky this summer.


9. Explore Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park is the #1 national park in the US and less than an hour from Big Sky. Whether you’re planning a solo expedition or a scenic guided tour of Yellowstone, Big Sky’s the ultimate base camp to experience one of the most iconic parks in the US. 

Yellowstone features as one of the “7 Natural Wonders of North America” with over 10,000 geothermal features, 60+ species of wildlife, awe-inspiring landscapes, and bucket-list experiences for sightseeing, wildlife viewing and reconnecting with nature.


10. Attractive Big Sky Vacation Rentals

Our selection of luxury Big Sky vacation rentals are as much an attraction as the destination! Stay walking distance to the summer activities at Big Sky Resort in Mountain Village, near the summer events and markets in Big Sky Town Center or find seclusion in a Moonlight mountain cabin with wilderness trails on your doorstep and wildlife viewing from the hot tub! 

From cozy mountain cabins to majestic mountain lodges – our portfolio includes inviting Big Sky rentals for groups of all sizes, luxury amenities to enhance your stay, exceptional guest services for easy planning, and a welcoming space to call home for your summer vacation in Big Sky, MT.


Big Sky Artists Collective


The Big Sky Artists Collective is a community of visual artists located in Big Sky and was created out of the group of artists that participated in the First Annual Big Sky Open Studio Tour in December of 2019. That initial event motivated the artists to work as a group to promote local artists.

The mission of the Big Sky Artists Collective is to support, inspire and promote local artists in the community by building a community of artists who live and/or work in the Big Sky, MT area.

Their vision is that by working together with the Arts Council and the Chamber of Commerce of Big Sky, along with local businesses they can build a more vibrant visual arts community that celebrates local artists, and provides art and educational resources for both the residents and visitors of Big Sky.

The Artists Collective will be participating in the 2022 Big Sky Artisans Festival and hosting Art For Everyone. In addition they are offering classes and workshops in conjunction with the Arts Council at the BASE Art Studio so visit their website for more information.


Maria S Westland is inspired by her love and affinity for the countryside and she creates her artwork using oil on canvas or board to share the beauty of creation, the blessings and intensity of the life she experiences in nature.


Maggie Shane is an artist and life-long creative soul. Painting has become her passion, a place to reflect, relax and release the inner artist. She utilizes a water-based medium on canvas and paper to produce representational landscapes and florals.


Heather Rapp is a local Big Sky artist who paints abstract landscapes and wildlife. Her style is attributed to the roughness of a palette knife, the use of a spray bottle in dripping & layering vibrant saturated colors, and mixed media & mark making.


Jake Mosher is a full-time nature photographer living in Bozeman, MT. His work has appeared across the globe and he believes that in nature nothing is ordinary. “The world,” he says, “particularly off the beaten path, is still a wonderful thing to see.”


Annie McCoy is a home-grown Appalachian mountain girl who relishes her time in the wild. She considers herself a traditional plain air artist but not an alla prima painter.  She prefers to return day after day to the same location, sometimes taking weeks to complete a painting.


Michelle Kristula-Green creates contemporary mosaics that capture the beauty, austerity and ruggedness of the natural world, using hand cut stone, flint, marble and Italian smalti. Many of her pieces focus on the Yellowstone ecosystem and the wildlife within it.


Kim Eggemeyer paints to capture the play of light and shadow, the reaction of color against color, the beauty of form, and to simplify nature’s complexities. Recording her emotional response to fleeting moments can be elusive, but is an endless source of inspiration and pleasure.


Paul Brourman toggles between his studios in both Evanston, IL and Big Sky, Montana. He draws immense joy pursuing storytelling through the medium of oils in settings such as these. His subjects include portraiture, landscapes, western narratives and abstract works.


Patty Bauchman moved to Big Sky to be surrounded by amazing wildlife and natural beauty. Her main goal with wildlife photography is to observe and catch animal behavior without her presence affecting their actions and to capture a moment that tells a story.


Paul Barmore was fortunate to be mentored by a successful Montana bronze-casting artist as a young welder, which helped solidify his ambition of combining art and welding. From fly-fishing the Gallatin river as a child, to exploring new mountaintops as an adult, he creates art with nature and Montana-inspired themes that any outdoor enthusiast will relate to.


Carol Barmore has been a Montana artist for 32 years. Her love of the outdoors and animals is translated onto the canvas. Carol’s sensitivity to color relationships and love of impressionism has given her paintings a unique style.


Georgia Baker enjoys being outdoors, plein aire painting which creates in her a state of awe. Habitat loss can be devastating for species that are already endangered, but it is a serious threat for countless others as well. She hopes that her work inspires others to help preserve and restore our wild spaces for future generations. 


Big Sky offers so much beauty in the natural landscape of the mountains and rivers, all of which is captured by local artists and what better way to see it than to start planning your magical mountain getaway with Big Sky Vacation Rentals. Immerse yourself in the majestic wonders of our Montana mountain town and find inspiration all around you.


Big Sky 4th of July Celebrations 2023


One of the biggest perks of traveling in the summer is enjoying the summer holiday events with family and friends. This Fourth of July in Big Sky is going to be one for the record books, with exciting events and concerts the whole family can enjoy. For many of our guests, the community events are one of the most important aspects of their trip.

Whether you’re traveling with friends, small kids or planning a large (and long overdue!) family reunion with the extended clan – here’s a list of all Fourth of July happenings in Big Sky, MT and use this guide to help maximize your time, and fun!


BIG SKY 4TH OF JULY FIREWORKS 2023

TUESDAY, JULY 4

EDITORS NOTE: THIS EVENT IS ON HOLD, AND MAY BE CANCELLED IN SUMMER 2023.

Experience the beauty of Big Sky’s skyline during a mesmerizing 4th Of July Fireworks display. Watch the night sky light up with vibrant colors over popular locations around Big Sky. The fireworks are launched from various locations and synchronized to music, creating a stunning visual and auditory experience. Whether you’re a local or visiting, don’t miss the chance to witness Big Sky’s the spectacular fireworks display. Discover some of the Best Fourth Of July Fireworks display 2023 happening in Big Sky.


SAVOR BIG SKY | FOOD, WINE & SPIRITS FESTIVAL

JUNE 29 – JULY 2

Calling all food, wine, spirits, outdoor, brunch, and party enthusiasts: we are thrilled to announce Savor Big Sky, a food, wine, and spirits festival happening with the stunning alpine backdrop of Lone Mountain.


FARMER’S MARKET

WEDNESDAYS 5 – 8 P.M.

Explore the best of Big Sky’s farmers and artists at the Farmers Market in Town Center all summer long


4TH OF JULY 5K

TUESDAY, JULY 4

Kick off your 4th of July Celebration with a 5k starting in Big Sky Town Center


FIRECRACKER OPEN

TUESDAY, JULY 4

Tuesday, July 4, 2023 at 10:00 AM

$5 of every entry fee goes to support the Folds of Honor Foundation. $125/player, entry fee includes 18 holes, cart, practice balls, lunch during golfing, flag prizes & awards, & player gift.

  • Team skins pot: $20/team (optional)
  • Format: 4 person – Red/White/Blue scramble
  • Payout will include 30% of the field in both the Gross and Net divisions


Call the golf shop at (406) 995-5780 to register.


RESORT ACTIVITIES

TUESDAY, JULY 4

Celebrate July 4th weekend at the resort with family crafts, face painting, summer treats, and live music 12 – 3 p.m.


MUSIC IN THE MOUNTAINS

TUESDAY, JULY 4

A special 4th of July edition of Music in the Mountains with The Tiny Band.

Len Hill Park
285 Simkins Drive

6:00pm – 10:30pm | FREE


4TH OF JULY POOL PARTY

WEDNESDAY, JULY 5

Join in on the fun at the Huntley Lodge for a mountain-side pool party featuring specialty drinks and mocktails, a live DJ, and unforgettable views for family-friendly fun. Included for guests of the Huntley Lodge; all others are welcome to join! RSVP required for non-guests, $15/person.

Music in the Mountains Summer 2023 Line Up


Mark Your Calendars – Big Sky’s Music in the Mountains kicks off June 22, 2023!

For more than a decade, Music in the Mountains has been Montana’s finest free outdoor concert series hosted by the Arts Council of Big Sky, featuring the best up-and-coming touring musicians in the country as well as established, well-known artists. Our state-of-the-art venue, Center Stage at Town Center Park, provides the perfect backdrop for locals and visitors to come together and enjoy incredible live music under the Big Sky. These family-friendly concerts are held every Thursday from June-September starting at 6:00 pm, and the series also includes our annual July 4 concert, and a free performance of Measure for Measure from Montana Shakespeare in the Parks! Unfortunately, The Bravo! Big Sky Music Festival has been canceled for 2023.

DATE: Every Thursday – June 22 to September 7, 2023

BONUS DATES: Tuesday, July 4 & Monday, August 7

LOCATION: Big Sky Town Center, 33 Lone Peak Dr, Big Sky, MT 

TIME: Park opens at 6 PM and music starts at 7:15 PM (unless otherwise noted)

ADMISSION: FREE!

PLEASE NOTE: No dogs or glass containers are allowed in the park.


2023 Music Line Up


June 22 | Midnight North 

June 29 | Joslyn & The Sweet Compression


July 4 | The Tiny Band 


July 6 | Paco Versailles


July 13 | Jennifer Hartswick Band 


July 20 | Madeline Hawthorne 


July 27 | Funk You 


August 3 | TK & The Holy Know-Nothings


August 7 | Montana Shakespeare in the Parks: Measure for Measure


August 10 | Matt Nathanson with the Freddy Jones Band

August 17 | AJ Lee & Blue Summit


August 24 | Futurebirds


August 31 | Jesse Daniel


September 7 | Pinky and the Floyd

Find a Place to Stay for Music in the Mountains 2023!

Enjoy a fun-filled Big Sky vacation under one roof this summer! Big Sky Vacation Rentals represent the top vacation rentals in Big Sky with fully-equipped kitchens, high-end amenities and luxury outdoor spaces for summer fun. Start planning your summer getaway to Big Sky with our selection of Big Sky summer homes, 3-Day and 5-Day summer itineraries for Big Sky and our complete Big Sky Vacation Guide for Android and iPhone.

2023 Big Sky Summer Events Calendar


Big Sky is an outdoor paradise with adventures for everyone. Spend your days exploring the majestic mountains while hiking, biking, ziplining, white water rafting, or horseback riding, among many more summer activities. Our summer events include live outdoor music, festivals, bull riding, a summer farmers market, and lots more – so plan your magical mountain getaway so you can truly enjoy all that Big Sky has to offer.

15th ANNUAL BIG SKY FARMERS MARKET


The 2023 Big Sky Summer Farmers Market will be held every Wednesday from Fire Pit Park, down Town Center Avenue, and into the Town Center Plaza by the Wilson Hotel. The market features 90+ vendors including farmers with fresh produce, professional artists, entrepreneurs, and so much more! Come out and support our local community this summer at the Big Sky Farmers Market.

DATE: Wednesdays – June 7 to September 28, 2023 

LOCATION: Big Sky Town Center, 33 Lone Peak Drive, Big Sky

TIME: 5 PM to 8 PM

ADMISSION: FREE!

16th ANNUAL MUSIC IN THE MOUNTAINS


For more than a decade, Music in the Mountains has been Montana’s finest free outdoor concert series, featuring the best up-and-coming touring musicians as well as established, well-known, and well-loved artists from across the country. The festival also includes the Bravo! Big Sky Music Festival, and a free performance from Montana Shakespeare in the Parks.

DATE: Thursdays – June 22 to September 7, 2023

BONUS DATE: Tuesday, July 4, 2023

LOCATION: Big Sky Town Center, 33 Lone Peak Drive, Big Sky

TIME: Park opens at 6 PM and music starts at 7 PM

ADMISSION: FREE!

FAMILY-FRIENDLY: YES!

2023 Music Line Up: For a full guide to Music in the Mountains 2023, click HERE

SAVOR BIG SKY – Food, Wine + Spirits Festival


The Savor Big Sky Festival is a weekend-long celebration of food, wine, spirits, and the stunning landscapes of Big Sky, Montana. Indulge in fine dining, wine, and spirit tastings, live music, and epic outdoor adventures in the Montana mountains. Savor Big Sky is the ultimate adventure weekend for foodies.

DATE: June 29 to July 2, 2023

LOCATION: Various locations at Big Sky Resort 

TICKETS: Buy tickets HERE

2023 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS 

Thursday, June 29

Better Off Red Farm-to-Table Dinner | 6 PM to 9 PM | $275

Music in the Mountains | 6 PM to 9 PM | Free

Friday, June 30 

  • Andesite Hike & Lunch at Everett’s 8800 | 10 AM to 1:30 PM | $129
  • Rose All Day Seminar at Everett’s 8800 | 1 PM to 2:30 PM | $65
  • Italian Wine Seminar | 1 PM to 2:30 PM | $65
  • Savor Big Sky Welcome Party | 6 PM to 9 PM | $99
  • Scoops + Spirits | 7 PM to 10 PM | $45

Saturday, July 1

  • Brunch Bites + Big Sights at Everett’s 8800 | 10 AM to 12 PM | $99
  • Trailhead Tastings | 11 AM to 2 PM | $129
  • West Coast Wine Seminar | 1 PM to 2 PM | $65
  • First Sip – Savor Big Sky Grand Tasting | 2 PM to 2:30 PM | $149
  • Savor Big Sky Grand Tasting | 2:30 PM to 5:30 PM | $125
  • Savor Sunset Afterparty | 5:30 PM to 8 PM | FREE

Sunday, July 2

  • Bubbles & Brunch | 11 AM to 1 PM | $89 

BIG SKY PBR


Big Sky PBR has grown into “Big Sky’s Biggest Week” – a week of community events including three nights of action-packed Touring Pro Division PBR bull riding, fundraisers, vendor village, and more. It’s a great week to book a trip to Big Sky but tickets sell out first! Reserve your PBR tickets and Big Sky lodging soon.

DATE: July 20 to July 22, 2023

LOCATION: Big Sky Town Center, 33 Lone Peak Drive, Big Sky

ADMISSION: SOLD OUT Join the waitlist for tickets!

2023 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS 

Friday, July 20

  • Bull Riding Night 1 | 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM 
  • Music in the Mountains | 8 PM

Saturday, July 21

  • Bull Riding Night 2 | 6:30 PM to 9 PM 
  • Friday Night After Party | 9:15 PM 

Sunday, July 22

  • Bull Riding Night 3 | 6:30 PM to 9 PM
  • Saturday Night After Party | 9:15 PM

BIG SKY ARTISAN FESTIVAL


Big Sky’s biggest week also includes the Big Sky Artisan Festival at Big Sky Town Center. The festival is a true celebration of local arts and crafts featuring a wide variety of stunning artwork and one-of-a-kind souvenirs to take home with local food and drink vendors to make a day of it!

DATE: July 22, 2023

LOCATION: Big Sky Town Center, 33 Lone Peak Drive, Big Sky

TIME: 9 AM to 5 PM

ADMISSION: FREE!

FREE ADMISSION TO YELLOWSTONE


DATE: Upcoming Free Days – August 4, September 23, November 11, 2023

Come celebrate 150+ years of Yellowstone National Park! National parks are America’s best idea, and there are more than 400 parks available to everyone, every day. The fee-free days provide a great opportunity to visit a new place or an old favorite. On five days in 2023, all National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone.

2nd ANNUAL WILDLANDS FESTIVAL


The Wildlands Festival, produced by Outlaw Partners, returns for a second year to celebrate music in the wide open spaces of Montana. The festival features a two-night line-up of iconic artists and food and drink vendors, come rain or shine. Relive Wildlands Festival 2022 HERE.

DATE: August 4 to August 5, 2023

LOCATION: Big Sky Town Center, 33 Lone Peak Drive, Big Sky

TIME: Gates open at 5 PM, opening acts at 5:30 PM, headliners at 8:45 PM

ADMISSION: Tickets on sale soon!

  • Bleacher Seating – From $150
  • Floor Standing Room – From $200
  • 2-Night Pass – From $450
  • VIP Tickets – From $500
  • Champion of Conservation VIP Pass – $5,000 (50% to Wildlands non-profits)

2023 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS: The artist lineup for the Wildlands Festival happening August 4-6, 2023 is coming soon! 


BIG MOUNTAIN ENDURO


Come ride the big, steep, and technical terrain at Big Sky Resort this summer! Big Sky Resort boasts over 40 miles of terrain dedicated to mountain biking with lift-serviced trails for all levels and connector trails down to Big Sky Town Center. The Big Mountain Enduro is one of North America’s premier Enduro tours with the 2023 finals being held in Big Sky.

DATE: August 5 to August 6, 2023

LOCATION: Big Sky Resort

REGISTRATION: Register HERE!

BIG SKY RESORT SUMMER ACTIVITIES


Big Sky is a home base for mountain travelers in search of adventure and exhilaration, scenic views, wellness and relaxation, guided hikes, and more. Take advantage of the many activities and experiences that make Big Sky an ideal summer destination.

SUMMER 2023 OPENING DATE 

Big Sky Golf Course – May 19 to October 1, 2023

Resort Activities – June 10 to September 17, 2023


Find the best lodging in Big Sky with Big Sky Vacation Rentals. Our selection of 120+ Big Sky properties includes rentals near the summer events in Big Sky Resort and Big Sky Town Center, or set away from the crowds on the slopes of Big Sky! Take a tour of the Big Sky neighborhoods or call our vacation planners at (888) 915-2787 to get started on the trip of a lifetime to Big Sky, MT.  

Yellowstone National Park Celebrates its 150th Birthday


March 1st marked the 150th anniversary of Yellowstone National Park, America’s first National Park and one of the top visited parks in the country!

Yellowstone National Park spans over 2 million acres and is home to historic & cultural sites, over 1,100 miles of trails with boardwalks, hidden waterfalls and unique scenery, an abundance of free-roaming wildlife, and over 10,000 hydrothermal sites. 

More than half the geothermal features in the world are found in Yellowstone – world-famous geysers, mud pots, natural hot springs, steaming fumaroles, and stunning travertine terraces – and one of the world’s largest volcanos, the Yellowstone Supervolcano lies beneath the surface of Yellowstone fueling many of the hydrothermal features and natural wonders throughout the park.  

The History of Yellowstone National Park


Yellowstone National Parks boasts not only natural beauty and iconic landmarks, but a deep history dating back thousands of years. On March 1, 1872, President Ulysses S. Grant signed the Yellowstone National Park Protection Act into law, preserving over 2 million acres of wilderness and building a foundation to protect and preserve our natural and cultural treasures for the future.

The human history of the Yellowstone region is also well preserved with historical records documenting thousands of Native American tribes in the area as far back as 11,000 years. Today, the National Park Service recognizes 27 tribes with ties to the Yellowstone Region, and there are now over 63 US National Parks preserving more than 80 million acres of US history.

Top Attractions to Visit at Yellowstone National Park


Yellowstone National Park had its busiest year on record in 2021, with a record-breaking 4.9 million visitors to the park – over 1 million visitors entering Yellowstone in July alone! 

If you’re looking to escape the crowds, the spring season in Yellowstone offers visitors a unique experience. Wildlife abounds as Yellowstone’s residents emerge from hibernation, tiny offspring stumble through the alpine meadows and grass prairies, waterfalls and rivers flow at their finest with spring melt and there’s a breath of new life at every scenic turn. This is all before you’ve even spotted a hydrothermal feature or famous Yellowstone attraction!

Big Sky is only a 1-hour scenic drive to the West Entrance of Yellowstone and a guided Yellowstone tour is by far the best way to experience Yellowstone’s top attractions and learn the history of the area. If you’re planning a self-guided tour of Yellowstone, here are the top attractions to add to your day trip itinerary as not all Yellowstone attractions are open in early spring.

LOWER LOOP

Firehole River Swimming Area, Fountain Paint Pots – Lower Geyser Basin, Grand Prismatic Spring – Midway Geyser Basin, Old Faithful & Old Faithful Inn – Upper Geyser Basin, Artists Paint Pots – Norris Geyser Basin, Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, Hayden Valley for wildlife viewing, Yellowstone Lake & Lake Hotel.

UPPER LOOP

The Upper Loop covers the northern section of the park. Upper Loop attractions include the fumaroles at Roaring Mountain, Mammoth Hot Springs travertine terraces, spectacular wildlife viewing in Lamar Valley, and Yellowstone’s 20-mile long Grand Canyon.

WILDLIFE VIEWING

Yellowstone is home to the largest concentration of mammals in the lower 48 states, with 67 species of mammals including black bears & big grizzlies – wolves, lynx & coyotes – mule deer & white tail deer – moose, elk, pronghorn antelope & the biggest population of bison on US public land. Yellowstone is the only known destination in the US where bison have lived continuously since prehistoric times and is well-known for its bison jams! Keep your distance, males can weigh up to 2,000 pounds and can run at up to 35mph! 

Whether you’re seeking a luxury Yellowstone experience with a private tour guide, hiking adventures in the wilderness, a bucket-list wildlife safari of Yellowstone, or a comfortable coach tour for your whole group – you’ll find the ultimate tour of Yellowstone National Park departing right here in Big Sky!

National Parks Free Entrance Days 2022


All National Parks that charge entrance offer FREE admission on select dates throughout the year. The summer opening date for the West Entrance to Yellowstone is April 15th, 2022, and April 16th marks the first day of the presidentially proclaimed National Park Week!

If spring is too soon, you can enjoy the park later in the year as admission to Yellowstone is also free on August 4th (Anniversary of the Great American Outdoors Act), September 24th (National Public Lands Day), and later in the fall season on November 11th, 2022 (Veterans Day).  

Big Sky – Your Basecamp to Yellowstone National Park


Big Sky is an idyllic base camp for all your Yellowstone National Park adventures! Our selection of luxury condos, cabins & homes range from cozy hot tub retreats for just the two of you, to modern mountain lodges with platinum perks and luxury amenities for the whole crew.

Celebrating the birthday of America’s first National Park is easy with Big Sky Vacation Rentals! Find your dream home in the Montana mountains, download our Big Sky Vacation Guide to start planning your vacation, read our local tips to a memorable Big Sky vacation, and experience the best of Yellowstone National Park from your beautiful home away from home in Big Sky, MT.


10 Easy Ways to Support Local In Big Sky, MT


Big Sky is on the list of Time Magazines “World’s Greatest Places” and is becoming an increasingly popular destination for year-round travel. Travelers are seeking sustainable travel, eco-adventures, unique local experiences, and connection with their destination and the local community.

There has been a huge influx of new locals in the past few years, and new local businesses booming in the region. This burst of entrepreneurship has been a time of new growth for the Big Sky community. Both tourists and locals alike are choosing small, and deciding to support local when dining out and making purchases. Read on to learn how you can make an impact and support local businesses when traveling to Big Sky, MT!

1. Try Local Big Sky Activity Providers


Exploring a new destination is always an adventure but a guided experience is unbeatable – discover secret spots and hidden gems, learn the backstories of Big Sky, and venture off the beaten path without fear of getting lost! You’ll find a local tour guide and activity provider for every season and every unique outdoor adventure in Big Sky, MT.

Tick off a major bucket-list experience dog sledding through the Montana mountains, book a tram guide to explore Big Sky Resort’s advanced terrain, embark on alpine adventures and horseback rides in the backcountry, plan a thrilling whitewater expedition or tranquil fly fishing experience on the Gallatin River, or head out on guided adventures at Lone Mountain Ranch. Big Sky’s the basecamp for Yellowstone National Park and you’ll find a wide selection of year round tours, safaris and unique Yellowstone experiences departing from Big Sky – and local guides with lots of local stories to tell!

2. Shop Local in Big Sky


Big Sky offers a fun shopping experience and a great opportunity to support local! There’s a selection of classic, contemporary and inspiring Big Sky art galleries to pick up local artwork, unique stores for western décor and cowboy classics, local sports outfitters for all your rental gear (and upgrades), and shopping at the base areas with one of a kind Big Sky swag and souvenirs to take home.

The Big Sky Summer Farmers Market in Fire Pit Park (June – August) features over 100 local vendors with fresh farm produce, local cuisine, crafts and artwork, live Big Sky bands and the chance to mingle with locals and fellow vacationers. You’ll find a selection of small grocery stores & markets to pick up your vacation essentials – or leave the shopping to a local!

3. Use Local Grocery Delivery Services


Let a local Big Sky delivery & concierge service pick up your groceries and deliver them to your home prior to arrival – a guest service greatly appreciated after a day of travels and another way to support local Big Sky business! Place your grocery order at a Bozeman or local Big Sky grocery stores that offers curbside pick-up and they’ll do the rest ensuring all your vacation favorites (including liquor, beer, wine and organic meats from local farms) are ready for you on arrival.

4. Support Local Restaurants


Eating out is a great way to discover local cuisine, and culture! Big Sky has a restaurant for every taste (and occasion!) with Asian, Mexican, Italian, steakhouses and saloons, legendary hot dogs, authentic Texan BBQ on the Gallatin River, local breweries, cocktail lounges …. and the list goes on!

Tick off another bucket-list idea and book an adventure dining experience in Big Sky –  candlelit dinners in a backcountry yurt, legendary sleigh ride dinners, Montana cowboy dinners, or sundowners in an authentic western saloon. Be kind & tip generously – the staffing situation is still tough!

5. Indulge with In-Home Dining & Catering


Our Big Sky Vacation Rentals give you the chance to vacation in style with a cozy fireplace, bubbling hot tub, and all the comforts of home – you may just want the local cuisine to come to you!

Big Sky is blessed with talented local chefs to indulge in a restaurant quality experience in the comfort of your Big Sky vacation home. Our local chefs and caterers offer everything from drop off meals and children’s birthday parties to tasty brunches and formal dinners – with seasonal farm to table menus and the freshest local ingredients.

6. Pamper Yourself


Whether a massage is a weekly habit or a rare indulgence, it’s important to pamper yourself on vacation. Book a soothing soak at a historic hot springs resort near Big Sky, or pop on your favorite playlist, pour some champagne and let a local massage therapist pamper you in the privacy of your Big Sky home. You’ll need a little more of this if you’re traveling with kids!

7. Use Kid-Friendly Local Services


Big Sky Vacation Rentals partners with local businesses to take the pressure off traveling with kids! Ease the load and ship all your gear prior to your travels so it’s waiting on arrival either at the airport or your vacation home!. Parents of little ones will appreciate being able to rent baby gear, toys and safety equipment from a local Big Sky mom who understands the burden of traveling with kids and the importance of safety – and will deliver directly to your Big Sky vacation home! 

If you’re planning a romantic date night for your family vacation – no worries, our locals support your romance! You’ll find a local, dependable and experienced Big Sky babysitter to tend to your kids while you enjoy some much needed downtime.

8. Try A Transportation Service


If you’re flying into Bozeman, getting to Big Sky is easy. There are year-round airport shuttle services from Bozeman airport to Big Sky with options for private cars, limo services, coaches, local taxi services and car rentals (with 5% off for BSVR guests!). Once in Big Sky, there are on-call and rent by the hour taxi services and the local Skyline shuttle bus that services the Big Sky Resort area.

9. Leave Reviews & Engage on Social Media


Online reviews and word of mouth is the best form of marketing, drives growth for small businesses, and makes a difference! If you have a positive interaction with a Big Sky local, leave a positive review, give a shout out on social media, share your recommendations with other travelers, and make a difference!

10. Stay Local!


Our team at Big Sky Vacation Rentals treat your vacation as their own! We represent Big Sky’s most elite vacation rentals with an extra touch of luxury, modern amenities, meticulous property care, and exceptional guest services with a hands-on, local team intent on giving you peace of mind for your stay and creating a memorable and personalized vacation in Big Sky.

3 Steps to the Best Big Sky Vacation!


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