Easy 5-Day Summer Itinerary for Big Sky, MT

Big Sky is one of the top-ranked ski resorts in the west, but the fun doesn’t end when the snow melts on the mountaintops. Summer in the mountains is so fun & special! Crisp mountain air for early morning hikes, sunny days spent in waterfalls, rivers and alpine lakes and warm evenings for summer cocktails and live music under the stars.

Big Sky delivers all of this, and more. Ride the scenic chairlift to the summit of Lone Peak, engage in fun Big Sky Resort summer activities geared to the whole family and mingle with locals and Big Sky visitors in Town Center with open air eateries, breweries, unique shopping and a fun line up of activities throughout the summer months. 

Wherever you choose to stay in our charming mountain town you’re guaranteed a relaxing getaway, easy social distancing, scenic alpine vistas and easy access to the top summer activities in Big Sky. Browse our neighborhood guide and selection of luxury Big Sky rentals and start planning your vacation with our 5-Day Summer Itinerary for Big Sky.


Breakfast in Town Center

Start your Big Sky vacation in the heart of Town Center. Acre Kitchen is a welcoming introduction to Big Sky’s food scene with wholesome and organic farm-to-table breakfasts for sit down and healthy grab and go options. If a quick coffee and breakfast pastry is more your style, head to Caliber Coffee Roasters, Big Sky’s only local roaster.

Hike to a Waterfall or Alpine Lake

Big Sky is surrounded by some of the best hiking trails in Montana with streams, alpine lakes, blooming wildflowers and snow clad peaks! Some of our favorites are the easy 1.6 mile family trail to Ousel Falls and the more strenuous 7.1 mile hike to Beehive Basin and a tranquil alpine lake. We suggest packing a picnic and making a full day of Big Sky’s trails.

Dinner in Town Center

Reserve a table at Michelangelo’s for award-winning Italian, dine on fresh sushi at Blue Buddha or head to Lotus Pad for tasty Thai. For late night drinks, make your way to Big Sky’s late night hot spot, The Standard cocktail lounge in Mountain Village, with over 50 handcrafted cocktails and a delicious dessert bar.


Breakfast in Bed

After indulging in late night drinks, breakfast in bed sounds inviting! Our Big Sky rentals boast some of the best vacation kitchens in Big Sky, we’ll even arrange grocery delivery so you can lie in! If you’re keen to explore more of Big Sky’s foodie scene, we suggest the organic gourmet coffee, hot breakfasts and freshly baked cinnamon rolls at Blue Moon Bakery in Big Sky Town Center.

On the Water Activities

Book a scenic tubing trip or whitewater expedition on the Gallatin River, an exhilarating adventure for the whole family. If you prefer calmer waters, Lake Levinsky is a 10 acre lake nestled in the shadows of Lone Peak near the entrance to Mountain Village with boat rentals, pedal boats, canoes, SUPs and fishing.

Lunch in Town Center

Enjoy a laid-back lunch at The Rocks in the heart of Big Sky Town Center. This is one of Big Sky’s top lunch venues with a tasting room, restaurant, small outdoor patio and liquor store to pick up your favorite Montana spirits to take home.

Explore Big Sky

Spend a leisurely afternoon exploring Big Sky. Get some retail therapy in the local stores, pick up gifts and souvenirs, browse the art galleries, and perhaps even sneak in a massage or spa treatment.

Happy Hour and Dinner

Hit the happy hour and sample Big Sky’s best craft beer at the Beehive Basin Brewery. Stay in Town Center for hand-tossed pizza at Ousel & Spur (with a Bambino menu for the kids!), traditional noodles at Niseko Ramen Bar or good food, fun games and live music at Tips Up.


Grab & Go Breakfast

Pick up some fresh pastries for a quick breakfast from Caliber Coffee Roasters or grab a coffee and breakfast to go from Café 191 before you head out for a day at Yellowstone National Park. 

Yellowstone Park Tour

It’s a one hour drive to the west entrance of Yellowstone National Park and well worth the day trip from Big Sky. If you’re driving or have a rental car, take a self-guided tour or book a bucket-list safari adventure or guided tour of Yellowstone. The scenic route from Big Sky to Yellowstone passes through a corner of the park that is prime for viewing wolves and bears in their natural habitat so be sure to bring your binoculars and camera.

Dinner on the Gallatin River

A trip to Big Sky is not complete without authentic Texan BBQ at the Gallatin Riverhouse Grille. The Riverhouse is enroute back to Big Sky with patio dining on the Gallatin River, live music, spectacular views and the best barbeque in Montana. It’s a pit stop you won’t regret!


Slopeside Breakfast

Savor a hearty breakfast overlooking the slopes of Big Sky Resort at the Carabiner Lounge on the terrace level of the Summit Hotel. Feast on decadent pancakes or a healthy omelet while soaking up spectacular views of Big Sky’s iconic Lone Peak from the outdoor patio. The Carabiner Lounge opens at 6:30am for an early start.

Relax in the Great Outdoors

Big Sky offers an abundance of relaxing outdoor activities. Spend the morning fishing the blue ribbon rivers and trout streams with a local fly fishing guide, tee off on Big Sky’s award-winning golf course, go birdwatching and wildlife viewing on the trails or book a hot tub home and spend the morning relaxing in the comfort of your Big Sky vacation home.

BBQ Cook-Out

The benefits of a vacation home over a hotel are many, but you can’t BBQ in a hotel room! Our Big Sky rentals offer high-end amenities, fun games rooms and inviting outdoor living spaces with views and private hot tubs, so we encourage you to spend some time enjoying your home-away-from-home.

Big Sky Resort Activities

Book an adventure to Montana’s highest scenic overlook on the Lone Peak Expedition, an unforgettable Big Sky experience with views from the summit spanning three states and two national parks. Return to Big Sky Basecamp in Mountain Village for bungee trampolines, disc golf, archery and zipline tours. 

Happy Hour & Dinner on a Ranch

Lone Mountain Ranch is a historic guest ranch near Big Sky, a symbol of American West heritage that is not to be missed. Share a round of drinks in the Saloon Bar followed by a unique western fine dining experience at Big Sky’s favorite Horn & Cantle. Reservations are essential.



It’s your last day of vacation so why not sleep in and enjoy a slow start to the day at home. Today is adventure day so carbo-loading is allowed!

Big Sky Adventure Activities

Adventure close to Big Sky for the day! If you are looking for some adrenaline, head off the beaten path on the ATV trails nearby in the Gallatin Canyon. If you are looking for a calmer activity, horseback riding in Big Sky offers spectacular views, trails and adventures. Depending on what you are looking for, you can enjoy pack trips, fishing trips, trail rides or big game hunting via horseback. 

Happy Hour at Copper Whiskey Bar

Spend your final evening in Big Sky at the Copper Whiskey Bar and Grill in the Wilson Hotel in Town Center. Copper has happy hour snacks and drinks from 3pm to 6pm and elevated pub grub served till 9pm, so you can settle into the laid-back atmosphere and stay put for your last night in Big Sky!

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.

Top 5 Fall Activities in Big Sky, MT

Fall is the perfect time of year for epic leaf-peeping adventures in Big Sky with cooler temperatures, fewer crowds, festive fall events and the soft golden hues of the aspens and cottonwoods highlighting the spectacular outdoor beauty that surrounds Big Sky. 

1. Resort Activities

Big Sky Resort offers award-winning golf, ziplining, a bungee trampoline, disc golf, archery and scenic chair rides up Andesite Mountain for hiking, mountain biking or an off-road experience on the Lone Mountain Expedition. On a clear day you can see from the summit of Lone Peak across two National Parks and three states!

2. Fall Hikes in Big Sky

The trail lined mountains of Big Sky boast endless adventures for all ages, close to town and in the secluded backcountry. Below are a few of our favorite trails highlighted for vibrant fall foliage and gorgeous mountain views. Always be prepared for approaching wildlife and carry bear spray when adventuring in Big Sky country!

Ousel Falls

This popular fall trail is easy to access and hike! The 1.6 mile trail follows the South Fork ravine through the pines, along the river, creeks and pools to the beautiful Ousel Falls. The Yellow Mule Trail and South Fork Loop join this trail for a longer hike. There are several picnic sites along the trail for a picnic break.

Beehive Basin

Big Sky’s best hike is a scenic moderate 6.6-mile out and back hike that leads to Beehive Basin, a crystal clear lake surrounded by the incredible Spanish Peaks wilderness and overlooking Lone Peak. Pack a picnic and spend the day soaking up the fall colors, mountain views and cool alpine waters.

Storm Castle

The Storm Castle trail is a popular 5.3 mile moderate trail in the Gallatin River Canyon. The trail begins at Storm Castle Creek and climbs up steep switchbacks through the forest and rocky slopes to the summit of Storm Castle Peak for magical views of Garnet Mountain, the Gallatin River and the upper Madison Range.

3. Horseback Riding

Horseback riding in the Montana backcountry is best in the cooler months when beautiful fall foliage surrounds you and you can find many opportunities to observe wildlife. Book a trail ride on an authentic Montana ranch or combine a day in the wilderness with an epic fly fishing adventure on the Gallatin River.

4. Yellowstone National Park

Take a day-trip to Yellowstone National Park for leaf-peeping, geyser gazing and wildlife viewing! The west entrance of Yellowstone is only a 50 mile scenic drive south of Big Sky, Montana. Interested in learning more about what Yellowstone National Park is like in the fall? Click here!

5. Stargazing from our Luxury Rentals

Fall is one of the best times to see the Milky Way, and even the Northern Lights over the Montana skies. Stay with Big Sky Vacation Rentals and choose from our selection of vacation homes and condos with luxury amenities including outdoor hot tubs, private wrap-around decks and quiet, secluded settings ideal for a night under Montana’s big skies.

Best Things To Do In Yellowstone In The Fall

Yellowstone National Park is one of the top most visited and one of the most beloved parks in the USA. Yellowstone even broke records and set new visitor highs this summer! While the summertime brings in the most visitors to the area, locals know that autumn is Yellowstone’s better and quieter season. With thinning crowds, bright sunny days, cool crisp air and a vibrant display of golden aspens, these gorgeous times make for some of the best days the park sees all year. Read on to learn about our tips for visiting the park this fall.

1. Fall Foliage Hikes in Yellowstone

Prime time for fall foliage in Yellowstone is from mid-September in the higher elevations above 7,000 feet through to mid-October in the lower valleys. The best way to see the autumn glow is on one of the many Yellowstone National Park hikes with ample leaf-peeping opportunities, wildlife viewing and panoramic vistas. The Bunsen Peak Trail south of Mammoth Hot Springs boasts 360-degree views of the Gallatin Mountains and Yellowstone River Valley. Safety first!

Local’s Tip: Be sure to carry bear spray at all times and know how to use it!

2. Autumn Fishing in Yellowstone

Fishing in Yellowstone during the autumn months offers some of the best fly fishing and the potential for the perfect catch. The brown trout spawn between late-October and mid-November, perfectly timed with Yellowstone’s fall foliage season. The Madison River near the west entrance to Yellowstone National Park and the Gardner River near Mammoth Hot Springs are prime spots for fall fishing in Yellowstone.

3. Check Out Yellowstone’s Geological Wonders

More than half the world’s hydrothermal features (more than 10,000!) are preserved at Yellowstone National Park from hot springs and mud pots to the world-famous geysers. “Geyser Gazers” flock to Yellowstone throughout the year to view these geological wonders. Top geysers easily accessible on a day trip to Yellowstone from Big Sky include the spectacular Grand Prismatic Spring and Old Faithful to the south and Artists Paintpots, Norris Geyser and the terraces and thermal pools of Mammoth Hot Springs up north.

4. Wildlife Viewing

Fall is the best time to see the Iconic Yellowstone wildlife, with best viewing times at dawn and dusk. Herds of elk and humpbacked bison migrate from higher elevations to the valleys for winter grazing, bears forage for food in preparation for winter hibernation and the hawks and raptors begin their annual fall migration (best seen in the Hayden Valley). Mid-September to mid-June is prime time for wolf watching in Yellowstone and the musical bugle of the elk during rutting (breeding) season can be heard from September and often as late as mid-October (best seen at Mammoth Hot Springs). Safety first! Stay well away from wildlife as the park suggests 100 years from bears and wolves, 25 yards from all other animals.

5. Don’t Forget: Check the Weather & Road Closures

The autumn weather in Yellowstone can be highly unpredictable and snow can begin to accumulate as early as October in the higher elevations! Be prepared to experience a wide range of temperatures from cool lows of 20 F to highs in the 60’s. 

Many of Yellowstone’s restaurants, services and lodging facilities close by mid-October, however the roads remain open until November 8th for guided and self-drive tours of Yellowstone. Always check for seasonal road closures when planning an autumn trip to Yellowstone.

Big Sky Vacation Rentals offer a premier portfolio of vacation rentals near Yellowstone, an easy drive from the west entrance on Highway 191, and our local team are ready to help you choose the perfect home-away-from-home and best tour of Yellowstone National Park for a memorable autumn escape and fall-foliage trip to Yellowstone National Park. 

Big Sky PBR Bull Riding Event 2024

Come to Big Sky and enjoy three nights of professional bull riding and attend the toughest sport on dirt! The Big Sky PBR is part of PBR’s True Velocity Tour – a competition series following World Finals consisting of more than 60 events in 27 states across the United States. The Big Sky PBR has been voted Event of the Year by PBR bull riders for nine consecutive years (2013-2021) at the PBR World Finals, sharing Montana with the world one bull ride at a time.

Big Sky PBR’s high-octane show is a spectacle to witness, and a treat to experience in Big Sky’s intimate arena with one of Mother Nature’s best backdrops – the 11,166-foot Lone Mountain.

July 18th – 20th, 2024 –> GET TICKETS

Tickets for the 2024 PBR are on sale now. Enjoy three nights of Challenger Series Professional Bull Riding July 18-20 with some of the world’s top riders and bulls.


Enjoy live music following the Big Sky PBR featuring some of the best music on the country circuit.

*After Party music is included with your Big Sky PBR ticket. Music-only entry tickets will also be available for purchase on March 4 at 10am MT

Friday, July 19


Saturday, July 20



Tickets range from General Admission to Golden Buckle VIP and are all first come, first served bleacher seating. Big Sky PBR is set in an outdoor arena and is a rain or shine event. All ticket purchases are final and non-refundable.

Babies/toddlers 2 years and under are free of charge.

**Big Sky Resort Tax (4%) is added into the price of each ticket.

General Admission Night #1

First come, first served bleacher seating on Thursday, July 18.


  • Access to full bull riding event
  • Access to food vendors and cash bar

GA Kids 10 & Under Night #1

First come, first served bleacher seating on Thursday, July 18.


  • Access to full bull riding event
  • Access to food vendors

GA Night #2 or Night #3

First come, first served bleacher seating on Friday, July 19 OR Saturday, July 20.


  • Access to full bull riding event
  • Access to food vendors and cash bar
  • Entrance to PBR After Party

Golden Buckle VIP Night #2 or Night #3

First come, first served VIP bleacher seating on Fri, July 19 ($550) OR Sat, July 20 ($650).


  • Access to full bull riding event
  • Access to the covered VIP tent and catered food
  • Access to 2 VIP bars plus 2 complimentary drinks
  • Access to air-conditioned and flushable bathrooms
  • Entrance to PBR After Party

Entering its 13th season, the first Big Sky PBR event was a one-night show held in 2011 with a second night added in 2012. Since then, Big Sky PBR’s massive production has turned one week of the year into Big Sky’s Biggest Week, bringing economic boom to Southwest Montana and drawing over 30,000 attendees and the best bull riders from around the world.

Tickets sell out quickly for the series of events so act fast to secure your spot in one of the most exciting events to hit the greater Yellowstone region.

At the Big Sky PBR, it’s not just about bull riding. In 2023, over $290,000 was raised for local nonprofits throughout Big Sky’s Biggest Week events.

It’s a great week to plan a trip to Big Sky, Montana!



Meet the athletes behind the sport of bullriding and some of the best bucking bulls around. These 2,000-pound beasts are bred to buck and work in concert with the athleticism of their rider making for a unique match with each, nail-biting, 8-second run. Meet the bulls, keep track of their standings and purchase PBR gear online.



Headquartered in Pueblo, Colorado, the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) tour was founded in 1992 by a group of 20 bull riders looking to bring their sport mainstream. The PBR now holds more than 300 annual events in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Brazil and Australia, attracting more than 2.5 million spectators each year. “The Toughest Sport on Dirt,” combines intense sports action and world-class production that can’t be rivaled by any other major league sport. In just two decades, PBR has grown into a global sports sensation that has awarded more than $140 million in prize money. The PBR has rapidly transformed one of the fastest-growing sports in America into a worldwide phenomenon.




BeginJuly 12, 2024 at 7:30 pm
EndJuly 12, 2024 at 9:30 pm
LocationBig Sky Events Arena
Address450 Aspen Leaf Dr. Big Sky, MT 59730

Tickets on sale June 4th at 10AM MDT.

Presented by Yellowstone Club, the Big Sky Rodeo features some of Montana State University’s finest up-and-coming rodeo athletes as they entertain with a variety of rodeo disciplines including Bareback Riding, Steer Wrestling, Team Roping, Saddle Bronc Riding, Tie-Down Roping, Breakaway Roping, Barrel Racing and Bull Riding.

Mutton bustin’ and an additional special feature of 406 Rodeo miniature bucking stock ridden by junior roughstock kids will highlight the evening. Professional PBR and Western sports announcer Matt West will be announcing the event.

Ticket holders can enjoy food and drink options at the venue including food trucks and bar service.


BeginJuly 12, 2024 at 9:30 pm
EndJuly 12, 2024 at 11:00 pm
AddressBig Sky, MT

Join us in celebrating Big Sky PBR as the 10x Event of the Year! The Community Street Dance is a free concert following the Big Sky Community Rodeo to help us kickoff Big Sky’s Biggest Week. Grab your friends and family and enjoy FREE live country and rock music from Tony Marques Band.

The Tony Marques Band (TMB) (pronounced: “Mar-cus”) ranks at the top when it comes to Las Vegas’s premier country/rock bands. The attention this four-piece band has received came rather quickly since being established in early 2013. The incredible musicianship, smooth three-part harmonies, and energetic, audience-interactive shows have people talking, venues calling, and crowds wanting more. These key ingredients come together to create the perfect blend of today’s country/rock music.

Heading up the band, Tony Marques has been deeply rooted in the country music scene since he started performing over twenty-five years ago. Without question, his rich tenor vocals lend themselves to the country genre perfectly.

Tony has opened for some of today’s biggest country stars including Big & Rich, Toby Keith, Jason Aldean, Billy Currington, Gary Allan, Charlie Daniels, and Diamond Rio, just to name a few. Fellow band members Tommy Cameron (Lead Guitar & Vocals), Mike Tucker (Drums, Percussion & Vocals), and Mike Riojas (Bass & Vocals), come from diverse musical backgrounds consisting of country, rock, pop, and R&B. This adds the edge you hear in the band’s live shows.


BeginJuly 16, 2024 at 2:00 pm
EndJuly 16, 2024 at 10:00 pm
LocationBig Sky Events Arena
Address450 Aspen Leaf Dr. Big Sky, MT 59730

This year’s Community Day & Mutton Bustin’ will include an array of family-friendly activities including a petting zoo, carnival games and prizes, food trucks, and sheep riding through the arena for the highest score. We will have spots available starting March 4th.


Mutton Bustin will include three rounds of 10 participants based on a first come first served reservation basis. Buckaroos must be 3-6 years old, weigh less than 60lbs. Reservations are now open.



BeginJuly 16, 2024 at 6:00 pm
EndJuly 16, 2024 at 9:00 pm
LocationBig Sky Events Arena
Address450 Aspen Leaf Dr. Big Sky, MT 59730

BINGO! Everyone is familiar with the rush of adrenaline when you’re the first to get a row of perfectly inked stamps on your BINGO card. Join us for the 4th Annual Dick Allgood Community BINGO Night benefiting a local nonprofit. Events include a 50/50 raffle, silent auction, food and beverages, BINGO prizes and the chance to be the BINGO champion.

Entry into the tent is included with your 10-pack of bingo cards purchase. Must be 18+ to play unless accompanied by an adult.

Tickets on sale June 4th at 10AM MDT.

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

Book direct for the best Big Sky prices or call our vacation experts at (888) 915-2787 to start planning your vacation under Montana’s Big Sky. 

Why Visit Yellowstone In The Springtime?

Spring is one of the most dynamic times of the year in the Yellowstone National Park. The landscape changes almost daily as the hillsides start turning green and the days grow longer. The rivers run higher and the waterfalls become more prominent from the snow melt while snow still lingers in higher elevations. As the temperatures increases, wildlife including grizzly and black bears will start coming out of hibernation and become more active in the meadows. 

Escape the Crowds and Enjoy Yellowstone National Park as it Opens this Spring 2024!

While most visitors don’t come to Yellowstone National Park until the months of July and August, there is a certain beauty to the park in the spring time making it worth a visit before the crowded summer months. Please check the National Park Service website for current weather and road conditions. 

Travel Tips

Dress Warm While the weather is generally milder than in March, April still brings occasional snow storms with temperatures dropping below freezing on some days.

Rise Early Before sunrise if possible as Yellowstone in the spring has some of the most exciting wildlife watching. Rising early is the best time to observe animals in their natural habitat.

Be Prepared If you plan to hike make sure to bring bear spray, water, sunscreen and rain gear as Yellowstone is a mountain wilderness and being prepared will ensure you have an enjoyable trip.

Pack Your Lunch Most restaurants and services in the park will still be closed for the season so make sure you bring enough food for an entire day’s explorations.

Biking in Yellowstone National Park

Every spring, biking, including e-bikes are allowed on Yellowstone National Park roads while they are still closed to motorized, public travel. Spring bicycling season usually starts by early April with no set date as designated routes are opened once they are cleared from snow. The closest route to Big Sky that is open to biking is from the West Entrance to Mammoth Hot Springs.

This is a wonderful way to explore the vastness and wildlife of the park in all tranquility while getting some exercising in as well!

Yellowstone Wildlife in the Spring

Spring is the best season to view wildlife in Yellowstone. Baby animals start appearing all over the park, including grizzly and black bear cubs starting mid March, bison calves in April and elk calves later on from May to June. While bears and bison are incredibly exciting to observe, please be sure to respect wildlife, follow all park safety guidelines and keep your distance for your safety and theirs.

Bison calves tend to be born from late March through May and have a fuzzy, orange-reddish fur, earning them the nickname “red dogs”. The bison calves are able to keep up with their mothers just a couple hours after they are born and they are protected from danger by the rest of the herd surrounding them at all times. You will be able to see the herds with the red dogs in the meadows, make sure to watch from a distance as bison can get aggressive if too close.

Stay With Us! Check Out Our Big Sky Homes

After each full day of exploring Yellowstone National Park, hiking or biking around Big Sky, 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 incredible mountain views. Please give us a call today at +1-888-915-2787 or email us at info@bookbigsky.com to inquire, or simply browse through our available properties

Not Skiing? 8 Things To Do In Big Sky Off The Slopes

Big Sky is known for its world class skiing and snowboarding, with some of the best snow in the country. But what if you’re not here to ski but still want to enjoy the snow and have some winter fun?

Not to worry! The fun in Big Sky doesn’t start at the top of the mountain and end at the base area. Montana provides a variety of activities for all ages and there is always something new and somewhere new to explore. For guests who’ve never stepped foot on skis, family members who want additional options, or skiers and riders who just want to take a day to enjoy something new, Big Sky has something for everyone.

Here are some of our top choices for fun activities in Big Sky when you’re not hitting the slopes….

1. Snowshoeing

Snowshoeing is a fantastic way to get outside and enjoy the beautiful views of Montana. If you get lucky, you might even see some wildlife! Big Sky is tucked in the middle of the Madison Range and with the Gallatin Range and Yellowstone National Park close by, the opportunities to explore are endless. Just grab you pair of snowshoes or rent one at Grizzly Outfitters and go explore the wintery scenery.

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2. 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. If you are looking for a more backcountry feel, Big Sky has a large trail network that is suitable for cross country skiing as well, with rentals available through Grizzly Outfitters.

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3. Snowmobiling

Conquer the snow in style! Take a snowmobile tour for a couple hours or a full day and enjoy slicing your way through the snowy mountains while taking in the beauty of Montana’s finest. With options around Big Sky and West Yellowstone, expert guides and top-notch equipment, snowmobile companies ensure a safe, enjoyable and memorable experience for you and your whole group.

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4. Ice Skating

The free ice skating rink in the heart of the Big Sky Town Center is opening back up on December 1st for the winter, come enjoy an afternoon of the ice with your family and friends!  Ice skate rentals are available at Grizzly Outfitters and East Slope Outdoors in Town Center. 

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5. Dog Sledding

Big Sky offers some of the best dog sledding in Montana! This is truly a unique way to experience the wintry beauty of Big Sky and learn more about the art of dog sledding. Sit back and get ready for an exhilarating adventure that the entire family will enjoy. If you would like to get more involved and learn to mush, Yellowstone Dog Sled Adventures offers half day experiences where you get to drive your own sled and team of dogs. 

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6. Sleigh Riding

Offered from December to March, sleigh ride dinners at Lone Mountain Sports provides a relaxing and magical evening activity for the entire family. Guests load up in a sleigh and are taken on an enjoyable moonlight ride through the snowy landscape of Big Sky to the North Fork cabin for a family-style prime rib dinner, one of the most delicious meals you’ll ever have!

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7. Sledding

Skiing and snowboarding aren’t the only ways to fly down the hillsides around Big Sky. Grab a sled at Grizzly Outfitters or Ace Hardware, and enjoy some fast runs down on sleds behind Town Center with the entire family!

8. Winter Tours in Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone receives millions of visitors every year, but only a small percentage visit the park in the winter. Without the traffic and the crows, Yellowstone National Park is a magical winter wonderland. Yellowstone snow coach tours are available to several park destinations including Old Faithful and the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River. If you are lucky you might see a herd of bison, elk and even some wolves!

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In House Dining Options

Best dining options in the comfort of your home

Big Sky Delivery & Concierge

Are you looking to get to your home without having to go through the hassle of picking up groceries? Have Alisa deliver them straight to you! Place your online order with any grocery store in Bozeman or Big Sky that offers curbside pickup and Alisa will pick it up and bring it to your home before you arrive. Bozeman Grocery Stores:  Safeway, Smith’s and Albertson’s.  Big Sky Grocery Stores: Roxy’s and Hungry Moose.



Family Meal By Phil

Whether ordering tailor-made dinners ready to eat, pantry staples to have on hand, or if you require Chef Phil on site for large parties, intimate dinners or individual cooking classes in your rental property, we provide custom menus using local & seasonal ingredients. With a well-trained eye for the freshest in-season produce, & utilizing his long-standing relationships with farmers, growers, cheesemongers, fishermen, & large & small purveyors of the finest ingredients, Phil combines his Michelin star hospitality and dining experience with the comfort of dining in your own home, into each of his dishes.



Forage & Fire

Forage & Fire provides elevated Montana cuisine with fresh local ingredients. Hire one of our chefs for private in-home services, maybe enjoy a delicious meal with the family, or make your special day remarkable with our upscale dining menu. Contact us to discuss menu selections and availability.



The Gourmet Gals Catering

Gourmet Catering in Big Sky, Montana. Dishing it out, so you don’t have to!



The Dinner Biz
Elizabeth Zimney

The Dinner Biz personal chef service offers premium service at an affordable price. Our offered services range from in-home dinner parties and brunches, to grocery delivery and leave behind meals ready for you at your convenience. The Dinner Biz is prepared to meet and exceed your expectations, on your schedule, and at your convenience.



J. Lake Chef
Jeremiah Lake

A trusted reputation throughout Montana, J. Lake Chef brings a simple but sophisticated touch to any event from small intimate gatherings in your home to larger events such as weddings, social and corporate events.

Chef’s Table Montana
Matt Fritz

Chef’s Table serves gourmet meals in your home, prepared with fresh, local, and organic ingredients. Bringing a fine-dining experience to your home for all occasions: dinner parties, luncheons, corporate gatherings, showers, and family meals.



Montana Chef
Jeff Brauer

Whether it’s a formal dinner, a luncheon or child’s birthday party, Montana Chef is happy to create a customized menu for you and are available on an as-needed basis. The Montana Chef`s culinary background provides a broad array of food styles and cuisines to pull from, handling everything from Superbowl parties to family get-together and holiday gatherings.



Sweet Buns Catering

Sweet Buns Catering is committed to providing the best quality of food for any occasion . Our goal is provide delicious, natural options. That’s why we prepare all of our meals with fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Creating a personalized menu for any night of the week. Ask about our GLUTEN FREE, VEGETARIAN, and VEGAN options!



Wild Chef

Enjoy an experience created just for you by two chefs from Napa Valley. With over 20 years of combined professional experience in Michelin-level kitchens, we can design a meal for any occasion. Our food philosophy is to keep things simple, with great flavors, proper cooking techniques and using the best, locally-sourced ingredients through family owned purveyors.



Cinnamon and Sage

Cinnamon and Sage Catering and Events provides world-class catering for weddings, private and corporate events, and parties in Bozeman, Big Sky, Livingston, Three Forks and Helena We create customized menus with fresh vision befitting the expansiveness of Big Sky Country.

Food For Thought

Food For Thought specializes in exquisitely presented, modern farm to table seasonal menus, utilizing the freshest, organic and local ingredients available. Our professionally trained culinary and hospitality teams provide unforgettable food experiences for occasions of all kinds, including freshly prepared foods and meal packages. Perhaps that’s why we’ve been voted Bozeman’s choice caterer for the last six years in a row!



Totally Tasty Catering

Totally Tasty Offers Totally Awesome Sliders that will fill you up and give you the energy you need to keep your Montana lifestyle going strong! We also cook up some delicious Grilled Cheeses, Kurobuta Bratwursts, Catfish Hoagies, and tasty vegetarian sliders! We use mostly local, organic, and non-gmo ingredients and make everything from scratch. Totally Tasty not only dishes out awesome sliders, brats, and grilled cheeses, we also offer custom catering for any size event! 



Seasonal Montana

Seasonal Montana is a celebration of food and life in Southwest Montana. We are committed to providing a high-end, local, farm-to-table experience every time. We provide 100% customizable in-person and drop-off catering, and we love working with clients to create Montana magic for every occasion.

Country Market of Big Sky

The Country Market is a full-service grocery store, offering the widest selection of groceries, deli items, produce, beer and wine. Delivery service and gift baskets available, what could be better than having your favorite snacks await your arrival!



Research and Developed

Chef Austin Brown is delighted to offer his clients his experience and belief in using fresh and locally sourced ingredients to create unforgettable, and from scratch, experiences. Proudly offering all services from catered events, private dinners, rustic outdoor dining, and group cooking lessons to pre-prepared meals to maximize your time outdoors.