Perfect 3-Day Summer Itinerary For Big Sky, MT

If Big Sky’s last summer season is any indication of things to come, it’s time to start making your summer plans to visit our charming mountain town! Big Sky comes alive in the summer months with farmer’s markets, outdoor patios for dining, festive summer events, loads of activities for the kids and free family-friendly live music concerts in Big Sky Town Center. 

All this fun, yet so easy to find a secluded spot to social distance. Surrounded by miles of pristine Montana wilderness, cascading waterfalls and alpine lakes for a cool dip, blue-ribbon rivers for rafting and fishing, and panoramic vistas of the Madison Mountains and Big Sky’s iconic Lone Peak, Big Sky is the ultimate playground for lovers of the great outdoors. 

Our selection of luxury Big Sky vacation rentals range from cozy cabins with big views to chic modern mountain homes in Big Sky’s three main neighborhoods, Meadow Village near Big Sky Town Center, Mountain Village near the Big Sky Resort base area and Moonlight Basin perched on the slopes of Lone Peak. Here’s the top tips from our Big Sky team on how to spend 3 days in Big Sky.



One of the top reasons our guests choose a vacation home over a hotel is the bonus of a fully-equipped kitchen to prepare your favorites in the comfort of home. We can even arrange to pre-stock your fridge and pantry so there’s no need to rush out for shopping or breakfast and you can start your first day in Big Sky slowly. After all, you are now on vacation!

Hike Around Big Sky

Switch to vacation time on a scenic Big Sky hike. Book a guided family hike to explore the trails at Big Sky Resort, discover the local trails near Big Sky or hike the trails from home if you’re staying slopeside. The Ousel Falls Trail (1.6-mile) is a top family hike near Big Sky or, for a more invigorating hike, the Beehive Basin Trail (7.1-mile) near Mountain Village boasts some of the most breathtaking views in Big Sky as you make your way through summer wildflowers to a glistening alpine lake overlooking Lone Peak. 

A Mediterranean Inspired Lunch

Enjoy a leisurely lunch at Olive B’s, a bistro-style eatery tucked in a corner of Meadow Village with cozy indoor booths, a scenic outdoor patio and tranquil views of Lone Peak across the Big Sky Golf Course. Olive B’s is also a great place for a lazy Sunday brunch in Big Sky. 

Shopping & Sightseeing

Spend the afternoon getting acquainted with our charming mountain town. Big Sky Town Center is a great place to shop for mountain apparel, unique Big Sky souvenirs to take home and homemade goods or fresh produce from the weekly Big Sky Farmers Market in Fire Pit Park. 


Stroll from Town Center to to Beehive Brewery for the best craft beer in Big Sky before dinner. Reserve a table at Michelangelo’s for award-winning Italian, or if you are looking for great Asian-inspired food, try out the fresh sushi at the Blue Buddha or drunken noodles at Lotus Pad.


An Early Start

There’s no time for breakfast in bed today, it’s an early start! Grab a breakfast and coffee on-the-go at Caliber Coffee Roasters in Mountain Village or at Café 191 as you turn onto Highway 191 to Yellowstone.

Day Trip to West Yellowstone

The west entrance of Yellowstone National Park is only 60 miles from Big Sky on a scenic drive along the Gallatin River. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for wildlife on the way down as your drive takes you through a corner of the Yellowstone National Park that is home of several wolves. If you caught a flight into Big Sky and don’t have a rental car, there are several options for a guided experience of Yellowstone.

Dinner on the Gallatin River

Stop at Riverhouse BBQ on the way back to Big Sky (45 minutes from West Yellowstone). Riverhouse BBQ is a top attraction with visitors to Big Sky, and a locals favorite! After a long day in the park, you’ll be happy to find a space on the incredible patio overlooking the Gallatin River, enjoy free live music and tuck into world-class BBQ.



Start your day with breakfast in bed or a hearty, organic breakfast with fresh, farm-to-table flavors at the Acre Kitchen in Big Sky Town Center.

Escape to Nature

There are endless ways to enjoy the beautiful surroundings of Big Sky and today’s the day to pack a picnic and immerse yourself in the great outdoors. Book a fly fishing tour with a local guide on our world renowned blue-ribbon rivers, tee off on an award-winning golf coursehorseback ride through the wilderness or whitewater raft the Gallatin River.


Enjoy a lunch at Copper in Town Center on the way back up the mountain. With an outdoor south-facing patio, a firepit and delicious food, you will be able to refuel in style for the rest of the day!

Big Sky Resort Adventures

Big Sky Resort has fun summer activities for an afternoon of adventures for the whole family with ziplining, disc golf, archery course, outdoor escape room and scenic chairlift rides to miles of trails for hiking and mountain biking. The Lone Peak Expedition to Montana’s highest scenic overlook is one of Big Sky’s top attractions but be sure to book in advance. 

Dinner on a Ranch

End your 3 day getaway to Big Sky with a quintessential Montana culinary experience at Lone Mountain Ranch, a historic guest ranch just a short drive or bus ride from Big Sky. Sip on summer cocktails in the Saloon Bar, indulge in an evening of fine dining at the Horn & Cantle or surprise the kids with a horse-drawn wagon ride and authentic family-style cowboy dinner.

The Perfect 3-Day Big Sky Winter Itinerary

Big Sky Vacation Rentals offer a hand-picked selection of over 125 luxury vacation rentals in prime locations throughout Big Sky. We’ll find you the perfect home to suit your Big Sky vacation itinerary and assist with vacation planning to ensure your 3-day getaway to Big Sky is a special experience. 

To help you plan your stay, our local team has put together the best of Big Sky from dining, après-ski, to the best outdoor activities! Here are our suggestions for unique ways to experience the best of Big Sky in just three days.

Day 1 – A Warm Welcome to Big Sky


Begin your first day in Big Sky with a classic, hearty breakfast at the Carabiner Lounge overlooking the slopes of Big Sky Resort. Open daily from 6:30am this will not have to interfere with your on-mountain time! If you’re still settling in, start the day off slow with fresh coffee and homemade waffles prepared in your modern kitchen from the comfort of your Big Sky vacation home.

Ski Big Sky Resort

You’re fueled up and it’s time to hit the slopes at Big Sky Resort. Save time and reserve your lift tickets early! Big Sky boasts 5,850 acres of terrain and an average of 2 acres per skier, with fun and challenging slopes for every member in your travel pod. 

Slopeside Lunch

If you’re staying slope side you can always stop home for lunch, but we have a few on-mountain suggestions for a refuel. For a quick lunch, the best local meal deal on the mountain and legendary hot dogs, head to Yeti Dogs in Mountain Village or take your time and enjoy homestyle comfort food and a local brew at Westward Social in The Exchange.

Après Ski

After a long day of warming up your ski legs and cruising some of the greatest snow on earth, enjoy slopeside après ski with the best Montana craft brews on tap, signature cocktails and panoramic views of Lone Peak at the Vista Bar in Big Sky’s inviting food court overlooking the Mountain Village Plaza. 

Dine Out in Big Sky

Whatever tantalizes your taste buds, you’ll find it here in Big Sky. Experience the authentic flavors of Northern Italy at the award-winning Michelangelo’s contemporary bistro, sample Big Sky’s best sushi at the Blue Buddha Sushi Lounge or feast on drunken noodles and tasty Thai at Thai Basil.

Day 2 – Unique Big Sky Adventures


Pick up a coffee to go and breakfast sandwich or dine-in for local farm-to-table fare at Cowboy Coffee, an intimate eatery in Big Sky. You’ll need plenty of carbo loading for your day of outdoor adventures in Montana’s Big Sky country. 


Snowmobiling is one of the top winter activities in Big Sky and the best way to explore the remote Montana wilderness is by snowmobile. Canyon Adventures offer half and full day guided backcountry trips near Big Sky or escape the crowds and discover the beauty and natural wonders of nearby Yellowstone National Park on a guided or self-guided snowmobiling tour.

Après Ski

A day of wilderness adventures is likely to leave you shattered so you may want to recoup and enjoy après ski curled in front of the fire or stargazing from your private hot tub. But, if the Big Sky après ski scene has you hooked, the Block 3 in Big Sky Town Center has a daily happy hour with delicious spiked hot drinks, après ski cocktails, elevated pub grub and a laid-back atmosphere. 

Ride a Snowcat to Dinner

For a unique backcountry dining experience, we highly recommend the 3-course candlelit dinner at the Montana Dinner Yurt. Ride a snowcat through the peaks of Big Sky to a secret location on Lone Peak for delicious fireside dining, live acoustic music, torch-lit sledding for the whole family, and the most spectacular stargazing in Big Sky.

Day 3 – Back on the Big Sky Slopes


Start your day slope side at the Vista Hall food court on the upper level of The Exchange in Big Sky Mountain Village. The Café & Bakery is a European style coffee shop and café serving freshly roasted illy coffee, smoothies and a selection of breakfast pastries for hungry skiers to start their day the right way. Of course, coffee and croissants as you watch the skiers on the slopes from your private hot tub (or pillow) sounds equally enticing.

Back on the Big Sky Slopes

Big Sky boasts the biggest skiing in America, so there’s still plenty of terrain still to cover. The world’s most advanced chairlift makes it easy and quick to explore the vast terrain of Big Sky from the easy groomers to the expert terrain at the summit of Big Sky’s iconic Lone Peak. 

Slopeside Lunch

Ski over to the Madison Base Area on the Moonlight side for a slope side lunch at the Headwaters Grille. On Big Sky’s bluebird days, you can dine on the outdoor patio or stay cozy and watch the skiers and boarders from a window table while you savor salads, soups, grilled farm-to table specials and burgers or chicken fingers for the kids! 

Cross Country Skiing

Explore the beautiful scenery on over 85 kilometers and 2,200 vertical feet of groomed cross country ski trails right out of Big Sky. Lone Mountain Ranch was voted #1 Nordic ski destination in North America in Cross Country Skier magazine and certified instructors available, they invite skiers of all abilities to venture out on the trails.

Big Sky Brewery Experience

Beehive Basin Brewery is one of the top après ski spots in Big Sky and a fun place to wind down after a day on the slopes. Grab a pint, fill up a growler or sample a flight of hand crafted Montana beer while soaking up spectacular views of the Big Sky landscapes. 

Dine in a Historic Mountain Lodge

Take a scenic drive to Lone Mountain Ranch for a fine dining experience in the historic mountain lodge. Sip on one last après ski cocktail in the saloon bar and continue your evening at the Horn & Cantle for an authentic Big Sky culinary experience.

6 Best Aprés Ski Spots In Big Sky, MT

The term “Aprés Ski” dates back to the French 50’s ski scene and has become a culture over the years that is ingrained in the mind of every skier and boarder when planning a ski trip. Who doesn’t love a little nip after a full day on the ski hill?

Aprés Ski refers to the social activities and entertainment that await following a day of shredding the slopes and, for some, after-ski entertainment is as important as the slopes themselves. Skiing is a social sport, and the fun factor doesn’t ever end on the slopes in Big Sky. 

Aprés ski is all about coming together with family and friends, recapping your day on Big Sky’s world-class slopes, sharing tips and mountain experiences, creating memories and having fun! Whether your idea of aprés ski is romantic fireside cocktails followed by fine dining, or you’re keen to kick off the ski boots, get cozy and settle in for night of pub grub and partying with friends (or potential bar-hopping!), we’ve got the scoop on the best aprés ski spots in Big Sky.

Best Aprés On the Mountain

1. Westward Social

Westward Social is located in The Exchange (formerly Mountain Mall), a vibrant hub of activity and the epicenter of aprés ski in Big Sky’s Mountain Village. Ski in straight from the slopes, gather with friends at a long table or find a cozy booth, play bar games and enjoy live entertainment from local bands and DJs. Westward Social is known for its laid-back vibe, craft cocktails and share plates of homestyle comfort food.

2. Vista Bar

The Vista Bar is located on the upper level of The Exchange in the Vista Hall, Big Sky’s modern slope side food court with roaring fireplaces, an inviting atmosphere and a choice of six eateries. Whether you’re nestled indoors or on the expansive deck you’re rewarded with a selection of signature cocktails, the best Montana beers on tap and stunning views of the Mountain Village Plaza and Big Sky’s iconic Lone Peak.

Best Aprés in Town Center

3. The Rocks Tasting Room

The Rocks Tasting Room is a quaint tasting room with whiskey bar inspired décor, a cozy atmosphere and a great outdoor patio in Big Sky Town Center. Snack on a menu of light meals with homemade soups, charcuterie boards and gourmet flatbreads and sample craft beer or specialty cocktails made from the finest local Montana spirits.

4. Beehive Basin Brewery

Craft beer lovers will find Beehive brews on tap throughout Big Sky but, for an authentic Montana brewery experience, we suggest aprés ski at Beehive Basin Brewery in Big Sky Town Center. The tasting room boasts views of Big Sky’s snow-capped peaks as well as the brew master at work in the microbrewery. Beehive Basin Brewery does not serve food but allows patrons to order in from neighboring restaurants.

5. Lone Mountain Ranch

For a quintessential Montana experience take a short scenic drive down the mountain to the historic Lone Mountain Ranch, a grand mountain lodge located close to Big Sky Resort. Begin your aprés ski with happy hour in the saloon followed by farm-to-table dining in the upscale Horn & Cantle Restaurant. For the ultimate Big Sky experience book a legendary sleigh ride dinner through the forest to a lantern-lit cabin for a Big Sky aprés ski experience like no other.

Aprés in the Comfort of Your Home

6. Hot TubsFirepits Mountain Views

For some, the ultimate Big Sky aprés ski experience is the seclusion of a Montana mountain cabin with a wood-burning fireplace, bubbling hot tub under the stars and outdoor fire pit for aprés s’mores and hot buttered rum. Whether you choose to stay slope side in Big Sky Mountain Village, walking distance to the aprés ski in Big Sky Town Center or in a secluded setting perched high on the slopes of Moonlight Basin, we represent the best vacation rentals in Big Sky and treat your vacation like our own.

The Perfect 5-Day Big Sky Winter Itinerary

Big Sky Vacation Rentals offer a hand-picked selection of over 125 luxury vacation rentals in prime locations throughout Big Sky. We’ll find you the perfect home to suit your Big Sky vacation itinerary and assist with vacation planning to ensure your 5-day getaway to Big Sky is a special experience. 

To help you plan your stay, our local team has put together the best of Big Sky from dining, après-ski to the best activities! Here are our suggestions for unique ways to experience the best of Big Sky in 5 days.

Day 1 – Stay Local in Big Sky

Slopeside Breakfast

Day 1 deserves a slope side breakfast at Big Sky Resort to get your bearings and switch slowly to mountain time. Vista Hall is Big Sky’s newly renovated food court with views of the ski runs, inviting fireplaces and a delicious European style café & bakery with fresh roasted coffee and breakfast pastries to start your day. 

Ski Big Sky Resort

Big Sky Ski Resort boasts 5,850 acres of terrain with over 400 inches of the greatest snow on earth, groomed runs for every skiers and snowboarder in your group and extreme off-piste skiing for the adventurous. With 39 lifts and over 300 named runs ranging from wide-open groomers to challenging steeps, we suggest you plan your day on the slopes in advance!


If the conditions are good and the adrenaline is rushing, make a quick pit stop at Yeti Dogs in Mountain Village for quick service and the best hot dogs in Big Sky or ski-in to warm up at The Exchange. The Vista Hall food-court has plenty of options for you to enjoy.

A Local Big Sky Dinner

Big Sky Town Center and Meadow Village have many enticing eateries ranging from wood-fired pizza at Ousel & Spur to traditional Asian and Thai cuisine at Blue Buddha or Thai Basil and elegant fine dining. Whether you’re visiting Big Sky with kids, friends or your beloved beau, you’ll find the perfect dining experience locally in Big Sky. 

Late Night Drinks

Save space for dessert and after dinner drinks at The Waypoint, Big Sky’s best cocktail lounge. The Waypoint is Big Sky’s hottest new après ski spot with a selection of local beer and wine, over 50 hand-crafted cocktails, warm, spiked after dinner drinks, and a delicious dessert bar.  

Day 2 – Big Sky Backcountry

Breakfast in Meadow Village

Start your day with a hearty and nourishing organic breakfast at Cowboy Coffee, a trendy eatery in Meadow Village. Cowboy Coffee offers a fun and flavorful farm-to-fork experience with all you need to fuel your day of adventures in Big Sky’s beautiful backcountry.  


Snowmobiling in Big Sky is a must-do experience and is geared for the whole family. Play in the powder fields and open meadows of Gallatin Canyon on a Big Sky snowmobiling adventure with Canyon Adventures  or take it full throttle and book a guided snowmobile tour of Yellowstone National Park surrounded by majestic mountain peaks, frozen waterfalls and winter wildlife.

Fireside Après Ski

Let the spirit of adventure continue at Block 3 in Big Sky’s Wilson Hotel. Lounge by the fire with an old-fashioned or sip spicy margaritas, share ski stores with friends round the outdoor firepit and warm up for a night of more Big Sky adventures at one of the best après ski spots in Big Sky. 

Dinner in a Yurt

It’s not often you get to ride a snow cat to dinner, sled by torch light with the kids, sing along to acoustic tunes and enjoy a candlelit dinner in a secret Yurt on the slopes of Lone Peak! The Montana Dinner Yurt offers the most unique dining experience in the backcountry of Big Sky. Be sure to book ahead!

Day 3 – Unique Big Sky Experiences


You’ve only scraped the surface of Big Sky’s endless terrain so it’s time to get back on the slopes. Plan your ski day with breakfast at home or gather the crew and start your day slopeside with pancakes or a hearty omelet at the Carabiner Lounge in Mountain Village.

Ski Big Sky Resort

Sharpen your skills at Big Sky’s seven terrain parks or ride the Lone Peak Tram to discover the terrain at the summit of Lone Mountain. While the easiest run off Lone Peak is a steep black diamond, the journey is worth it for the 360-degree views of 3 states, 2 national parks and the spectacular peaks surrounding Big Sky Resort

Slopeside Lunch

It’s time to take a break to refuel. Mountain Village has lots of ski-in eateries for a quick lunch break (dine in or to-go!) or make your way to the Madison Village Base Area on the Moonlight side of Big Sky for lunch on the slopes at Headwaters Grille.

Cross Country Skiing

Explore the beautiful scenery on over 85 kilometers and 2,200 vertical feet of groomed cross country ski trails right out of Big Sky. Lone Mountain Ranch was voted #1 Nordic ski destination in North America in Cross Country Skier magazine and certified instructors available, they invite skiers of all abilities to venture out on the trails.

Big Sky Brewery Experience

Quench your thirst with a cold craft brew at Beehive Basin Brewery, Big Sky’s newest brewery. Beehive Basin is a seven barrel microbrewery and taproom with a rotating selection of seasonal brews, Big Sky mountain views and a fun ski-town vibe.

Dinner on the Ranch

From a star studded dinner in a yurt to fine dining in a historic Montana ranch lodge! Lone Mountain Ranch offers an authentic Montana culinary experience at the authentic saloon bar and the intimate Horn & Cantle Restaurant. Savor the best of the west, paired with signature cocktails, local Montana beers and an impressive wine list. 

Day 4 – Discover Yellowstone’s Natural Wonders

Sunrise Breakfast

With a full day of adventures ahead, it’s an early start! Pick up a quick coffee and breakfast pastry at Caliber Coffee Roasters or a grab-n-go breakfast on your way out of town at Café 191 in Big Sky Canyon Village.   

Yellowstone Park Winter Tour

Yellowstone is a natural wonderland that is even more beautiful under a blanket of snow. Only a one-hour drive from Big Sky, Yellowstone is easily accessible and an experience not to be missed. You’re welcomed by vast snow-covered plateaus with free roaming elk, wolves and moose, frozen waterfalls, thermal pools, erupting geysers and spectacular natural wonders. 

Take a self-guided tour or book a winter tour of Yellowstone from Big Sky. Yellowstone Guidelines offer snowshoe, cross-country ski and wildlife tours throughout the winter or book a guided Yellowstone tour from Big Sky Meadow Village with Yellowstone Scenic Tours

Adventures for the Kids

Consider a dog sled adventure through beautiful Moonlight Basin or a traditional horse-drawn sleigh ride and family-style dinner at Lone Mountain Ranch. Also try  320 Ranch Sleigh Rides for a unique and once-in-a-lifetime expereince!

Dinner on the Gallatin River

The Riverhouse is a Big Sky attraction and locals favorite! Located just outside of Big Sky (and conveniently on the way home from Yellowstone) on the banks of the Gallatin River, the Riverhouse serves up authentic Texas BBQ with a Montana twist. As they say, “it’s a smokin’ good time” at Riverhouse BBQ.

Day 5 – Create Lasting Big Sky Memories

Breakfast in Bed

You’re exhausted, we get it! There’s so much to do in Big Sky but today it’s breakfast in bed, a soothing hot tub and slow start at home. Big Sky Vacation Rentals kitchens are well-equipped (and pre-stocked if you choose) to whip up a home-cooked meal any time of the day! If you’ve got ski-in/ski-out access to Big Sky there’s no rush at all!

Breathe in the Crisp Mountain Air

It’s your final day in Big Sky so be sure to get outdoors and breathe in the crisp mountain air! This may mean heading back to your favorite ski runs or terrain park, fly-fishing on the Gallatin River, heading off the trails on a backcountry snowshoe hike or early après ski on a sunny outdoor patio. Savor the day and make lifelong memories in Big Sky. 

Lunch at the Summit

Wherever you roam, we suggest reserving a table for lunch at Everett’s 8,800 for a Big Sky mountain-top dining experience at the summit of Andesite Mountain. This beautiful timber lodge boasts unbeatable Lone Peak views from the indoor dining area and outdoor deck with roaring fireplaces, exceptional alpine cuisine and an elevated dining experience.

Après Ski

Soak up the Big Sky après-ski scene with one last drink on the mountain. Grab a snack from the Vista Hall food court, enjoy a cocktail or cold brew and get a final picture perfect shot of Lone Peak at the Vista Bar in the Mountain Village Exchange.

Dinner on the Mountain

Enjoy cozy and casual fine dining at the Cabin Bar and Grill, overlooking the ski runs in the heart of Big Sky’s Mountain Village. Delectable Rocky Mountain cuisine, a full bar and extensive wine list, Big Sky views and take-out if you’d prefer to dine in the comfort of your luxury Big Sky vacation rental.

18 Best Restaurants In Big Sky Town Center

Whether you’re planning a romantic getaway, embarking on an adventure with friends or escaping the city limits for a family vacation in the mountains, Big Sky is a destination of boundless beauty, immersive experiences, exhilarating outdoor adventures and classic Montana mountain cabins with a contemporary spin.

Some of the best restaurants in Big Sky are located in Big Sky Town Center. At Town Center, you’ll find everything from pizza to fine dining, cocktails bars and breweries, and grocery stores to stock up for a meal at home. Restaurant hours in Big Sky are seasonal – please always check the website for current hours and reservations.  Read on to check out our favorite 18 spots to check out while visiting this little slice of mountain heaven!

1. Cowboy Coffee Co.

Address: 25 Town Center Ave. 

Phone: (307) 733-7392 

Hours: Daily 6 AM to 6 PM

Link to Menu

2. Hungry Moose Market & Deli

Address: 209 Aspen Leaf Dr. 

Phone: (406) 995-3075

Hours: 6:30 AM to 9 PM

Online Ordering

3. Roxy’s Market & Cafe

Address: 20 Huntley Dr. 

Phone: (406) 640-0458

Hours: Daily 8 AM to 9 PM

Online Ordering

4. Steel Pressed Juice + Java

Address: 245 Town Center Ave. 

Phone: (406) 489-2900

Hours: Monday – Friday 8 AM to 2 PM

Link to Menu

5. Sweet Buns Bakery

Address: 145 Town Center Ave.

Phone: (813) 340-0422

Saturday & Sunday 9 AM to 2 PM
Wednesday – Friday 9 AM to 3 PM 
Closed Monday & Tuesday

Link to Website

6. The Rocks Tasting Room & Liquor Store

Address: 33 Lone Peak Dr. 

Phone: (406) 995-2066

Hours: Daily 11 AM to 8 PM

Link to Menu

7. Beehive Basin Brewery

Address: 245 Town Center Ave. 

Phone: (406) 995-7444

Hours: Daily 12 PM to 8 PM

More Information

8. Alberto’s Mexican Restaurant

Address: 118 Ousel Falls Rd. 

Phone: (406) 995-2326

Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 12 PM to 3 PM and 5 PM to 10 PM

Link to Menu

9. Big Sky Noodles

Address: Town Center Plaza 

Phone: (406) 404-6529

Hours: Daily 3 PM to 8:45 PM (closed Tuesday & Wednesday)

Online Ordering

10. Tips Up

Address: 76 Town Center Ave. 

Phone: (406) 995-2773

Hours: Daily 3 PM to Close

Local’s Tip: Enjoy their live music line-up!

Link to Menu

11. Tres Toros Tacos & Tequila

Address: 245 Town Center Ave. 

Phone: (406) 489-2900

Hours: Monday – Friday 8 AM to 2 PM

Get Social!

12. Block 3 Kitchen & Bar

Address: 145 Town Center Ave. 

Phone: (406) 995-2233

Hours: Daily 4 PM to 10 PM

Link to Menu

13. The Waypoint (formerly The Independent)

Address: 50 Ousel Falls Rd. 

Phone: (406) 995-7827

Sunday – Thursday 4 PM to 10 PM 
Friday – Saturday 4 PM to 11 PM

Local’s Tip: Check out their daily movie schedule!

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14. Blue Buddha Sushi Lounge

Address: 99 Town Center Ave.

Phone: (406) 993-2583

Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 5 PM to 9 PM

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15. Pinky G’s Pizzeria

Address: 47 Town Center Ave. 

Phone: (406) 995-7492

Hours: Daily 5 PM to 9 PM

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16. Lotus Pad Asian Cuisine

Address: 47 Town Center Ave. 

Phone: (406) 995-2728

Hours: Daily 5 PM to 9 PM

Link to Menu

17. Ousel & Spur Pizza Co.

Address: 50 Ousel Falls Rd. 

Phone: (406) 995-7175

Hours: Daily 5 PM to 9 PM

Link to Menu

18. China Cafe

Address: 112 Ousel Falls Rd. 

Phone: (406) 995-4488

Hours: Daily 5 PM to 8:30 PM

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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 within walking distance to Big Sky Town Center, the Big Sky Golf Course, and some of the top trailheads in Big Sky – 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 is 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!

Where Should You Stay In Big Sky, MT?

Looking to travel to Big Sky, Montana? With so many lodging options available in the area, it can be an overwhelming task to find the perfect vacation home for your stay.

To make things easier, Big Sky’s lodging is divided into 3 main areas:

– The Meadow Village
– The Mountain Village
– The Moonlight Basin area

The great news is that all three are great places for a beautiful Big Sky vacation with your friends and family. Within these three areas, you will find incredible neighborhoods, luxury accomodations, and custom homes. Browse below to find the neighborhood that fits your needs the best!

The 3 Main Big Sky Areas:

Meadow Village

Meadow Village properties are in the town center area of Big Sky, and an easy 7-mile drive (or a free shuttle) will get you to and from the mountain base in about 10 minutes. Meadow Village has more shops, restaurants and year-round amenities than lodging near Big Sky Resort. With a golf course and ice rink right in town, fishing and white water rafting a couple minutes away and more shops, restaurants and year-round amenities located in town center than on the mountain, this is a great option for both summer and winter if you are looking to explore more of Big Sky.

Mountain Village

All the resort amenities of Big Sky Resort near your luxury rental. With some of the best ski-in ski-out access in Big Sky, lodging in Mountain Village is a great option if you are coming to Big Sky to ski the resort. Some of the few winter lodging options where a rental vehicle is not necessary as you are within walkable distance from Big Sky Resort’s main base. Walk to dinner, shops, and be right at the center of the action of Big Sky Resort Lodging in Mountain Village.

Moonlight Basin Homes

Spanish Peaks views, serene pine forest surroundings and the occasional wildlife visitors are only some of the perks at Moonlight Basin homes. Exceptional ski-in ski-out access to the Biggest Skiing in America and close proximity to Moonlight Basin’s Madison Base and Big Sky Resort’s Mountain Base make these high-altitude homes the perfect starting point for your Big Sky adventures. From their sunny perches high on the mountain, these ski-in/ski-out abodes feature an abundance of natural light and alpine vistas. These incredible highland retreats have all the comforts of home in a mountain paradise. 

The Neighborhoods in Mountain Village:

Beaverhead Condos

Convenient Big Sky Resort Lodging at Mountain Village, Amenities and offering easy ski access, Beaverhead Condos provide the perfect base camp for all your alpine adventures. The prime location gives guests the unique option of vacationing without a vehicle, as ski school, dining, shops, apres ski, and all other Mountain Village amenities are only a short, 10-minute walk away. Catching that first chair, or getting the little ones to daycare or Big Sky Resort ski school will be a breeze from these lofty retreats.

Black Eagle Lodges

Located in the Mountain Village at Big Sky Resort, these luxurious, ski-in/ski-out Black Eagle Lodges, with picturesque views, provide a beautiful setting for your mountain vacation. Perfect Big Sky lodging option that does not require a car rental. Situated within walking distance of the Big Sky Mountain base area, a Black Eagle Lodge will give you easy access to alpine adventure and village amenities.

Custom Homes

These exceptional homes are located throughout the Big Sky Resort area. Most offer ski access to Big Sky Resort via access lifts or are slopeside to Big Sky Resort. These homes are located in Moonlight Basin, Cascade, Mountain Village, and the Meadow near the town of Big Sky. 

Homestead Chalets

The Homestead Chalets at Big Sky Resort are the newest development in Big Sky, Montana. Homestead Chalets are 5, 6 and 7 bedroom units with a mountain modern chic decor. Located near Mountain Village just above the Powder Ridge Cabins. Featuring immense views of the Spanish Peaks and plenty of room for groups to spread out or gather in the expansive living rooms. Ski Access is adjacent to White Otter Access and Rosebud Access. Big SKy Resort Lodging at its biggest and best is hard to beat at the Homestead Chalets!

Powder Ridge Cabins

If you are looking to ski Big Sky these cabins have easy access to all of the resort lifts and trails. In the winter all of the cabins provide some of the easiest ski in/ski out access anywhere at Big Sky Resort. In the summer these mountain luxury log cabins are less than one mile from a wide array of family-friendly activities including mountain biking, hiking, canoeing, paddle boating, paddleboards, ziplines, scenic tram rides to the top of Lone Peak, bungee trampoline, swimming and more. 

The Neighborhoods in Moonlight Basin:

Cowboy Heaven Cabins

Located just off the Powder River Run, many of these luxurious, cozy, free-standing cabins display sweeping, 360-degree postcard views of the surrounding mountain expanses. Perched high on the Moonlight side of Lone Mountain, these Cowboy Heaven Cabins offer a warm and inviting haven for travelers. Enjoy convenient access to lifts and easy ski access to both Big Sky Resort and Moonlight Basin terrain. TRUE ski-in/ski-out, these one of a kind luxury cabins make the perfect base camp to adventure, and will bring you back season after season.

Custom Homes

These exceptional homes are located throughout the Big Sky Resort area. Most offer ski access to Big Sky Resort via access lifts or are slopeside to Big Sky Resort. These homes are located in Moonlight Basin, Cascade, Mountain Village, and the Meadow near the town of Big Sky. 

Cowboy Heaven Luxury Suites

Located on the ski mountain and just steps from Moonlight Lodge make these Cowboy Heaven Luxury Suites one of Moonlight’s finest lodging options. Steps from the Moonlight Lodge and the Madison Base area, these units are the epitome of convenience and luxury in Moonlight Basin. 

Moonlight Mountain Homes

Moonlight Mountain Homes are located in Moonlight Basin and offer some of the most exceptional views and ski access in Big Sky. Many of these homes are directly adjacent to primary ski runs while some are located on access trails and secondary runs. Slopeside in style these homes have vaulted ceilings providing ample views of the endless mountain ranges in the endless distance. 

Silvertip Cabins

Luxury for the most discerning guests! This brand-new development boasts fantastic ski access and jaw-dropping views. From the picture-perfect perch in Cowboy Heaven, these contemporary mountain-chic homes overlook the stunning Spanish Peaks. The sweeping vistas and wide-open landscapes follow you inside with floor-to-ceiling windows and vaulted ceilings. The Silvertip vacation homes are conveniently located and feature ski-in/ski-out access to Big Sky Resort and Moonlight Basin.

Ulerys Lake Cabins

In the winter you have your very own access lift that makes getting to and from Big Sky Resort easy. These homes are located within Moonlight Basin and offer secluded stays in the woods. Not your typical cabin, these are the modern adaptation of a cabin in the woods.  

Savor Big Sky Wine Festival 2024

Big Sky is your summer basecamp to the wonders of Yellowstone National Park and beyond. Home to wide-open spaces, blue-ribbon trout rivers, endless miles of trails, and fascinating mountain vistas, and an incredible food + wine scene!


Savor Big Sky Wine Festival is a celebration of food, wine, + spirits set against the stunning backdrop of Big Sky, Montana. Join in on the fun for an experience where you’ll expand your palate through the long weekend and beyond, shaped by world-renowned chefs, wineries, breweries, and spirits purveyors paired with the best local ingredients. Big Sky’s grand setting will not be lost on you as you hike to brunch, sip a glass of wine with live music, or stargaze with spirits in hand. Read on to view the entire event schedule and click through to buy your tickets today!


At the heart of Savor Big Sky is the Grand Tasting: a celebration of local, regional, and international farm-to-table fare. Over 30 wineries, breweries, and distilleries will showcase their best varieties alongside over eight of the region’s exemplary food purveyors, all against the backdrop of Big Sky’s Lone Mountain and the sounds of Montana’s own Tsunami Funk.


THURSDAY – JUNE 27th, 2024


6 – 9 p.m. | Peaks Chophouse & Wine Lounge

Start your weekend at Better Off Red, a 5-course farm-to-table dinner at Peak’s Chophouse & Wine Lounge. Celebrate locally-sourced ingredients provided by Montana-based Chef Scott Myers and a selection of rich, complex red wines from Reynolds Family Winery. Full menu and wine pairings will be released in June.

Tickets Limited — $279


6 – 9 p.m. | Lenn Hill Park in Town Center

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.

FRIDAY – JUNE 28th, 2024


10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. | Everett’s 8800

Savor the unparalleled beauty of Big Sky from 8800′ atop Andesite Mountain. Enjoy a two-mile hike or a ride up Ramcharger 8 chairlift and replenish with a 3-course, wine-paired lunch featuring selections from Argentina’s Piattelli Vineyards at Everett’s 8800. Sommelier Grant Jennings will guide you through this South American tasting lunch. Full menu and wine pairings will be released in June.


1 – 2:30 p.m. | Peaks Chophouse & Wine Lounge

Take a ride up Ramcharger 8 chairlift and learn about the different styles and flavors of rosé, led by Sommelier Kellie Martin with SommSchool. Enjoy light bites from the culinary team at Everett’s 8800 while tasting different regions and grape varietals that make up this warm-weather favorite sip. Full menu and wine pairings will be released in June.

Limited Tickets — $89


6 – 9 p.m. | Vista Hall

Join us for live music from Amanda Stewart, food tastings celebrating regional chefs, local distilleries and breweries, and highlighting wine from around the world. Full menu and wine pairings will be released in June.

Limited Tickets — $109

SATURDAY – JUNE 29th, 2024


10 a.m. – 12 p.m. | Everett’s 8800

Bubbly, brunch, and a beautiful view. Ride the Ramcharger 8 chairlift to Everett’s 8800 deck and sip and savor a delicious brunch tasting menu with selections from Gruet Winery. Sommelier Kellie Martin with SommSchool will lead you through this pairing brunch while you take in views of Lone Mountain. Full menu and wine pairings will be released in June.

Limited Tickets — $119


11 a.m. – 2 p.m. | Peaks Chophouse & Wine Lounge

Lace up your boots and enjoy a guided hike exploring the terrain and vast beauty that Big Sky has to offer, followed by a 3-course, wine-paired lunch led by VinCru and Montana-based Chef Daniel Cox. Full menu and wine pairings will be released in June.

Limited Tickets — $129


2 – 2:30 p.m. | Mountain Village Plaza

Reserve your peakside table, meet the purveyors, and sip some of the best wine with this Grand Tasting Early Access. Includes General Admission Grand Tasting access from 2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Tickets Limited — $159


2:30 – 5:30 p.m. | Mountain Village Plaza

At the heart of Savor Big Sky is the Grand Tasting: a celebration of local, regional, and international farm-to-table fare. Over 30 wineries, breweries, and distilleries will showcase their best varieties alongside over eight of the region’s best food purveyors. Guests can also look forward to a demonstration by Chef Jaison Leroy and live music by Montana’s own Tsunami Funk.

Tickets Limited — $139

SUNDAY – JUNE 30th, 2024


11 a.m. – 1 p.m. | Peaks Chophouse & Wine Lounge

A Savor Big Sky send-off. Cap off your weekend with delectable dishes from the culinary team at Peaks Chophouse & Wine Lounge and sparkling sips from Wine Bridge Imports. Full menu and wine pairings will be released in June.

Tickets Limited — $109


Located a scenic hour-long drive through the Gallatin National Forest south of Bozeman, Big Sky has never been easier to access. With over 30 nonstop flights, Big Sky is the best-served mountain destination in the country. Extend your trip and explore all that the area has to offer, including Yellowstone National Park.

The Finest Big Sky Homes

Interested in other rental options with breathtaking views of Lone Mountain and the area? We offer the largest selection of luxury homes in the Big Sky, Moonlight and Meadow Village area. Whether you are looking for a cozy mountain cabin or a modern estate, we have the home for you.  Please give us a call today at +1-888-915-2787 or email us at to inquire, or simply browse through our available properties

When Is The Best Time To Visit Big Sky, MT?

One of the most common questions our guests ask is “When is the best time to ski in Big Sky?”

Big Sky boasts the Biggest Skiing in America with 5,850 acres of diverse terrain for every level, a vertical drop of 4,350 feet (one of the longest vertical drops in the US), 300 runs, 7 terrain parks with over 100 features, luxurious heated lifts to keep you warm and an average annual snowfall of 400+ inches. Big Sky is one of the best uncrowded resorts in the US, thanks to the expansive terrain, averaging two acres per skier on even the busiest days.

Read on to learn about each month during winter season in Big Sky, and why you should put it at the top of your list for travel!


Average High/Low in °F: 38/15

Big Sky Resort opens for the winter season around Thanksgiving and there’s no better way to celebrate Turkey Day than warming up your ski legs and getting back to the slopes. Early season snowfall is unpredictable but with Big Sky’s snowmaking facilities you’re always guaranteed a snowy slope. Big Sky Resort is ideal for a family ski vacation with 2,300 acres of terrain dedicated to beginners and intermediates.


Average High/Low in °F: 28/6

Celebrate the Christmas season in Big Sky, a winter wonderland that comes alive with festivities. By mid-December, a larger portion of the mountain is open for skiers and snowboarders to explore the trails and while the snowstorms are fewer than later in the season, Big Sky has had a number of record-breaking Decembers to remember. 


Average High/Low in °F: 31/8

After Big Sky’s NYE celebrations, the crowds disperse. January is the quietest time of year to ski Big Sky resort with perfect powder stashes and without the holiday season crowds or lift lines. If you’re in search of peace and quiet, January is the best time to visit Big Sky for smaller crowds. 


Average High/Low in °F: 35/8

By February, Big Sky has a deep base depth, and the snowstorms are more frequent. Apart from the Presidents Day long weekend, the crowds are still thinner making February the best time for untouched powder in Montana’s favorite winter playground.


Average High/Low in °F: 42/16

March is historically the snowiest month of the winter and peak season at Big Sky Resort. Big Sky is one of the top spring skiing destinations in the US with warmer temperatures, legendary snowstorms and long bluebird powder days. The best time of year to experience all of Big Sky’s diverse terrain.


Average High/Low in °F: 50/22

Late season skiing is a completely different experience and Big Sky doesn’t disappoint. The afternoons may be slushier, but the slopes are sunny, outdoor patios come alive with music and thirst-quenching après ski and Big Sky celebrates the last day of the ski season with fun festivities. Visiting Big Sky in April has an added bonus of combining your ski trip with a unique experience exploring the natural wonders of Yellowstone National Park

The Finest Big Sky Homes

After each full day of exploring the resort, retreat to your luxurious, comfortable vacation home for an evening to remember. We proudly boast one of Big Sky’s largest selections of vacation rentals, so you’re bound to find one that perfectly suits your group’s size, style, and budget. Luxuries include private hot tubs, lavish outdoor patios and the best mountain views in Big Sky. Please give us a call today at +1-888-915-2787 or email us at to inquire, or simply browse through our available properties

Big Sky Winter Events Calendar ’23/24 

Winter magic calls to you from beautiful Big Sky, Montana! From enchanting forest walks, to captivating holiday traditions, to world-class music and epic winter sports, Big Sky beckons travelers from far and wide to experience a winter wonderland amidst the towering peaks of the Rocky Mountains.

The winter season starts early in Big Sky, MT. Wednesday, November 22nd marks the opening day of Big Sky Resort’s 2023-24 winter ski season, welcoming skiers and snowboarders to explore the slopes – and be the first to experience the all-new transformed Lone Peak tram coming Winter 2023. Big Sky’s bucket-list experiences don’t stop at skiing and snowboarding. Big Sky’s winter calendar is packed with off-slope activities and thrilling events that promise to make the season unforgettable. 

Bundle up, embrace the crisp mountain air, and come to Big Sky Montana this winter. In the meantime, check out this handy calendar of winter events…

Warren Miller Performing Arts Center 

The Warren Miller Performing Arts Center (WMPAC) opened its doors on March 12th, 2013 through a collaborative effort of the Big Sky Community, Friends of Big Sky Education, and the Big Sky School District. This incredible venue brings creative vision to the stage in Big Sky, through world-class acts, local performers, and community inspiration. The venue features only 280-seats that create an intimate experience, with dynamic sound and up-close visuals that draw in the audience members and engage the senses. Check out their schedule for the 2024 season HERE!

P: 406-995-6345

Enchanted Forest

When winter blankets the stunning landscapes, a magical world awaits at Big Sky Resort’s Enchanted Forest. This enchanting experience is a must-visit during your winter getaway in Big Sky. Ride the Ramcharger 9 chairlift to embark on a journey through the woods, illuminated by thousands of twinkling lights. This immersive winter wonderland experience is perfect for couples, families, or solo adventurers! It’s a wonderful way to kick off your winter vacation in Big Sky, MT. 

Location: Big Sky Resort

Photos & Stories with Santa

December 24, 2023 | 7 PM 

There’s no better way to create lasting memories than by celebrating Christmas Eve with Santa at the Huntley Lodge in Big Sky. Bring your camera and holiday spirit as Santa Clause listens to your wishes and reads the enchanting holiday classic “T’was the Night Before Christmas”. After your visit with Santa, enjoy heartwarming holiday meals and festive slopeside après ski at one of Big Sky’s restaurants or bars. Reservations are essential at all Big Sky restaurants during the holiday season!   

Location: Huntley Lodge

Christmas Eve Torchlight Parade

December 24, 2023 | 7 PM 

Imagine mountain peaks lit up by the soft flow of torches as skiers and snowboarders descend! The Big Sky Christmas Eve Torchlight Parade is a captivating tradition where Andesite Mountain comes alive with a procession of torch-bearing skiers snaking down the slopes followed by festive fireworks lighting up Lone Peak. Hundreds of spectators gather around the base of Mountain Village for this highly-anticipated event. This winter season, you should too! 

Location: Big Sky Resort Mountain Village

New Year’s Eve Celebrations

December 31, 2023 

Bid farewell to the old year and welcome in the new with a bang at Big Sky Resort’s New Year’s Eve Celebrations. Indulge in a family-friendly New Year’s Eve buffet in the Huntley Lodge dining room, join the festivities and fireworks in Mountain Village, then ring in the new year with DJs and dancing at The Exchange. Whether you’re looking for a romantic evening with a loved one, a lively party with friends, or festivities fit for the whole family, you’ll find the perfect way to usher in the New Year in Big Sky, MT. 

Location: Big Sky Resort Mountain Village

Annual Best in the West Showdown

February, 2024 

The Annual Best in the West Showdown transforms Big Sky Town Center into a hub of winter-themed activities and live entertainment. Presented by Big Sky Skijoring, this four-day family-friendly festival features fast-paced skijoring competitions, silent discos and street dances, pro ice carving competitions, Viking races, sledding, kids obstacle courses, and so much more! If you’re looking for the coolest way to enjoy winter in Big Sky, book your stay near Big Sky Town Center now

Location: Big Sky Town Center

International Guitar Night

February 17, 2024 | Time TBA 

For a change of pace, treat yourself to an evening of world-class entertainment at the Warren Miller Performing Arts Center in Big Sky. The 24th Anniversary North American Tour of International Guitar Night brings together acoustic rock interpreter Luca Stricagnoli, award-winning classical guitarist Thu Le, internationally renowned Brazilian composer Marco Pereira, and blues slide guitarist and singer Minnie Marks for an enchanting musical experience. 

Location: Warren Miller Performing Arts Center

Big Sky Winter Market

March, 2024 | Date TBA 

Explore the local crafts, talents, and flavors of Big Sky at the Winter Market, held in the Wilson Hotel at Big Sky Town Center. This market showcases the best of the region, from handmade goods and artwork to locally produced food and beverages. The Winter Market is a delightful way to support the local community, discover the hidden gems of our mountain town, and find unique souvenirs and gifts to remember your winter adventure in Big Sky, MT. 

Location: Big Sky Town Center

Weekly Events in Big Sky, MT 

In addition to these annual events, Big Sky Montana offers a dynamic weekly calendar of winter activities and entertainment. From aprés ski, live music, and karaoke nights to fun family events, there’s always something happening during winter ski season in Big Sky! 


































WINTER FUN AwaitS with Big Sky Vacation Rentals

When planning your winter escape to Big Sky, consider the comfort and convenience of a vacation rental! Stay near the best winter events in Big Sky with the flexibility of your own space and the freedom to create your own winter adventures. 

Whether you’re seeking a cozy mountain cabin, a contemporary condo, or a luxurious mountain chalet, you’ll find a range of accommodations to suit your needs with Big Sky Vacation Rentals and a team of local experts to customize your stay!   

We live here, we play here, we know Big Sky!

How To Enjoy The Gallatin River In Big Sky, MT

The mighty Gallatin River that flows through Big Sky is one of Montana’s most iconic rivers. The Gallatin River is wild and scenic with one of the best whitewater runs in the Yellowstone region, world-class flyfishing, free-roaming wildlife, and captivating Big Sky Country landscapes that will leave you in absolute awe! 

The Gallatin Canyon was first discovered by Native American tribes who survived by fishing the trout-rich waters, hunting wildlife, and trading with other tribes. The Gallatin River was originally named “Cut-tuh-o-gwa”, a Shoshone name meaning “swift water” and renamed in 1805 by Meriweather Lewis in honor of Albert Gallatin, the US Secretary of Treasury. 

The Gallatin River carves a channel between the Madison and Gallatin mountain ranges from Wyoming’s Gallatin Lake in the high peaks of Yellowstone National Park north through Big Sky and on to form the headwaters of the Missouri River in Three Forks, Montana. 

The river descends 4,800 feet between Wyoming and Montana with a wide variety of water changing from meandering trout streams to rapid whitewater and is a world-class recreational hub for hikers, bikers, rafters, anglers, and nature lovers of all ages.   


Scenic Drive on US191

The scenic drive from Bozeman or West Yellowstone into Big Sky is an awe-inspiring introduction to Montana’s mighty Gallatin River. US Route 191 follows the Gallatin River from Bozeman south to Big Horn Pass near the West Entrance to Yellowstone National Park with many pull-outs and trailheads to access the river. Plan to take your time! The Gallatin River Canyon is a wilderness corridor for bighorn sheep, black bears, elk, and moose so expect wildlife encounters! The drive to Big Sky, MT is beautiful.   

World-Class Fly-Fishing

The Gallatin River is world-renowned for its blue ribbon trout fishing. If you’ve watched Robert Redford’s classic movie “A River Runs Through It”, then you know all about the world-class fly fishing experience that awaits on the trout-rich Gallatin River. The Gallatin River hosts hovers of rainbow, brown, brook, and cutthroat trout for year-round flyfishing and is best fished with waders, from the river banks, or with a professional, local guide that knows the secret fishing spots on the Gallatin River. A Montana Fishing License is required!   

Scenic Float Trips

The Gallatin is one of the best rivers for whitewater rafting in Montana and most Gallatin River trips leave right here from Big Sky! The upper stretch of the Gallatin River between West Yellowstone and Big Sky features gentle waters and easy Class I-II rapids for a scenic float trip with stunning views and endless opportunities for wildlife sightings.

Wild Whitewater Rafting

The wild whitewater stretch of the Gallatin River is between Big Sky and Squaw Creek Bridge about 15 miles north. The lower whitewater section ranges from Class II-III rapids for a fun cruise through the cliffs to wild Class III-IV rapids with big waves, big drops, and extensive whitewater. Whitewater enthusiasts will find never-ending thrills on famous wild waters like Screaming Left, House Rock, and Mad Mile. For the wildest whitewater rafting experience, the Gallatin River reaches its peak flow in June with spring runoff.

Hiking & Biking Trails

If you prefer your feet on the ground, the Gallatin River is best explored on the riverside hiking and biking trails. There are endless trailheads along US191 accessing the Gallatin River. Our favorites are the Ousel Falls Trail, a short, stunning hike from the heart of Big Sky, and the Gallatin Riverside Trail which follows the river from the Lava Lake trailhead near Big Sky to Storm Castle Creek, an easy 5.5-mile round trip along the Gallatin River. Big Sky is bear country! Always carry bear spray and be on the lookout for our local wildlife sharing the trails.

Horseriding on the Gallatin River

During your stay in Big Sky, you can even experience the Gallatin River on horseback! The Original Paddle and Saddle Tour with Geyser Whitewater Expeditions includes a two-hour trail ride through the mountains followed by an afternoon of river running the Gallatin River. Saddle up for another unique outdoor adventure in Big Sky, MT.  


Gallatin River Guides

Location: 47430 Gallatin Road, Big Sky, MT
Contact: (406) 995-2290

Take your Gallatin River flyfishing experience to the next level with Gallatin River Guides in Big Sky, MT. Serving visitors to the Gallatin Canyon for over 30 years, Gallatin River Guides know when, where, and how to fish our world-class blue-ribbon trout waters and offer a wide variety of professionally guided fly fishing trips for every angler, year-round! Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced angler, you’ll find a fly fishing experience with Gallatin River Guides. Choose from flyfishing lessons, half-day and full-day walking & wading trips, full-day floats, three rivers in three days, or a flyfishing package customized just for you and your crew!

Gallatin River Trip Options
Winter Fishing Trips
Family Fishing Trips
Half-day & Full-day Walking & Wading Fly Fishing Trips
Duration: 1-hour to 8-hour trips 

Geyser Whitewater Expeditions

Location: 46651 Gallatin Road, Big Sky, MT
Contact: (406) 995-4989

Geyser Whitewater Expeditions are the local whitewater experts for rafting trips on the Gallatin River departing from Big Sky, MT.  Situated minutes from Big Sky, Geyser Whitewater Expeditions offers half-day and full-day trips on the gentle sections of the upper Gallatin Canyon and the raging rapids in the lower whitewater. 

Geyser Whitewater Expeditions also offer great combo packages like the Rafting & Zipline Adventure Park and the Rafting & Horseback Adventure. The Yellowstone Pass is another great value package for families with Gallatin River whitewater rafting, a pass to Zipline Adventure Park, unlimited entry to the climbing wall, savings on Yellowstone Park tours, and unlimited boat rentals at Big Sky’s Lake Levinsky

Gallatin River Trip Options
Half-day Gallatin River Rafting Adventures
Full-day Gallatin River Rafting Trips
Daily Kayaking Trips on the Gallatin River
Whitewater Rafting & Zipline Package
Saddle & Paddle – Horseback Riding & Rafting Package
Duration: 3-hour to 7-hour trips 


The charming mountain town of Big Sky Montana sits high in the Madison Mountains above the Gallatin Canyon and is the ultimate base camp to adventure and explore the wild and scenic Gallatin River. 

However you choose to experience the Gallatin River, you’ll find the perfect place to relax at the end of the day with Big Sky Vacation Rentals. Our elite collection of 125+ Big Sky vacation rentals ranges from classic cowboy cabins in the alpine peaks to luxury mountain lodges for large groups in the heart of Big Sky Town Center.   

Let the Gallatin River be the backdrop to unforgettable Montana memories with Big Sky Vacation Rentals! Search our selection of mountain-inspired homes, find travel inspiration in our Big Sky Travel Guide, or call our team at (888) 915-2787 to customize your vacation in Big Sky. 

We live here, we play here, and we know Big Sky!