In Big Sky, there are so many waterways to fish that it can be hard to find the perfect spot for your next trip. So, we teamed up with Gallatin River Guides’, Hunter McPhillips to bring you the current fishing report in Big Sky, Montana for the summer of 2022.
There are several ways to count the population of fish which helps to understand the fishing conditions. For example, you can set up a fish ladder to manually count every fish as they pass through. You could use a counting fence to count the fish in that restricted region. Or, you could try electro-fishing where a section of the river is electrically shocked, then the fish are temporarily stunned long enough to count once they float to the top, where they can be counted. Instead of making you research things like population dynamics, probability sampling, abundance density distribution, and genetic data, we talked to Hunter McPhillips to get the latest run-down on Big Sky’s fishing report.
Instead of relying on numbers and equations for how many fish are in the water, fishing reports focus on the prospects of catching fish and give advice on how to make your catch. When you’re here in Big Sky, don’t worry about how deep the trout are, what they’re eating, and whether or not they’ll like your bait because we’re saving you that trouble.
The likelihood of catching fish in a river can depend on many things. What predators are in the area and how many? What are the dynamics of the river? How long, wide, and fast is it? Is the river heavily fished? Knowing how many fish are in the river is not going to help us catch more fish. A fishing report will help, but it must come from a trusted source that knows the waterways well and fishes them often.
Gallatin River Guides has been a year-round source for fly fishing the Gallatin, Madison, Yellowstone, and Paradise Valley Spring Creeks for over 30 years. With their expertise in guiding and fishing experience, they’re sure to know their way around the waters. Gallatin River Guides is the best source for all things fishing on your next Big Sky vacation.
Gallatin River Guides’ fly fishing trips showcase the great waters of Montana, like the Gallatin River and the Madison River. From these central locations, you can find the highest concentration of world class, wild fly-fishing waters. Take a look at Gallatin River Guide, Hunter McPhillips’, favorite fishing spots for the summer of 2022.
The Gallatin River has bumped up and turned brown, making for a great fishing option. Targeting water from the bank and fishing the first 1-2 feet off the river’s bank will be key. Fly selection will be easy as bugs release in the high water. Rubber legs, prince nymphs, and worm patterns will be your best bet.
The Upper Madison River is starting to rise which should put fish back in easy holding water where the water will be clearer above the West fork. Check the Upper Madison flowcharts to see any plugs of mud heading down low. Stonefly and caddis patterns are the go-to and small streamers near the banks could move some bigger fish.
To reserve your next fly fishing day trip or custom fly fishing adventure, request Hunter McPhillips at Gallatin River Guides.
Big Sky is an outdoor paradise and with so many summer adventures to choose from why not start planning your mountain getaway with Big Sky Vacation Rentals. Stay in the heart of all that our majestic mountain town offers and soak up the beauty of nature. You can enjoy the views while you cook up your fresh catch in one of our luxurious kitchens!
Big Sky is one of Montana’s best small mountain towns nestled high in the Madison Range of Southwest Montana. Big Sky is a world-class winter destination renowned for its expanse of ski slopes at Big Sky Resort, a vast and remote wilderness in the backcountry, and a convenient and scenic base camp for winter tours of Yellowstone.
Big Sky is not only a winter destination – visitors can experience four seasonsof adventures in Big Sky and summertime is our best kept secret! Whether you’re seeking rest, relaxation and solitude in the mountains, secluded adventures in the great outdoors, or days of action packed summer fun with activities for the whole family – you’ll find it all right here in our 10 must see and do attractions for a summer vacation in Big Sky, MT.
Summer Activities at Big Sky Resort
Big Sky Resort is known for epic skiing and snowboarding trips, exhilarating winter activities and bucket-list expeditions into the backcountry. In the summer months, Big Sky Resort doesn’t slow down – visitors have access to endless summer alpine activities and experiencesincluding award-winning golf at Big Sky Golf Course, and ziplining, archery, bungee trampolines and great kid-friendly fun at Big Sky Basecamp.
One of the top summer activities at Big Sky Resort is the scenic chairlift ride to miles of mountain biking and hiking trails, fields of wildflowers, and breathtaking Big Sky views.
Watersports on Lake Levinsky
Lake Levinsky is one of Big Sky’s top summer attractions, nestled beneath the towering peaks of Lone Mountain near Big Sky Resort Mountain Village. The 10-acre lake is a hub of activity in the summer months with vacationers (and locals!) dipping in the refreshing water, paddleboarding, kayaking or pedal boating around the lake. Boat rentals are available through the summer months from Geyser Whitewater Expeditions at the Lake Levinsky Marina.
The iconic peak of Lone Mountain towers above Big Sky at an elevation 11,166 ft with a vertical drop of 4,350 ft to the base area. Located in the heart of the Madison Mountain Range, Lone Peak is the highest overlook in Montana with 360-degree panoramic views of Big Sky, the Montana mountains and as far as Yellowstone National Park. For a challenging and highly rewarding alpine experience, follow the hiking trails from the base area at Big Sky Mountain Village to the summit of Lone Mountain.
Big Sky 2025 is an exciting 10-year plan to revitalize Big Sky Resort. The final chapter of Big Sky 2025 includes a brand new base to summit tram from Big Sky Mountain Village to the summit of Big Sky’s iconic Lone Peak with construction beginning this summer!
World-Famous Blue Ribbon Waters
Southwest Montana is home to five blue-ribbon trout streams – the Madison River, Yellowstone River, Missouri River, Big Hole and the mighty Gallatin River near Big Sky, MT. The Gallatin River is one of the best whitewater rafting rivers in Montana with Class I to IV rapids, and a legendary destination for world-class fly fishing with trophy sized trout.
Whether you’re taking a scenic family float to escape the summer heat, riding the raging Mad Mile or House Rock Rapids, or fly fishing along the river banks – Big Sky’s blue ribbon waters are a top attraction and one of the top spots for wildlife viewing near Big Sky.
Wide-Open & Secluded Backcountry
Big Sky is a utopia for lovers of the great outdoors with miles of wilderness and untouched terrain in Big Sky’s vast backcountry. Families traveling with kids to Big Sky can take an easy stroll along the Gallatin River to Ousel Falls, plan a picnic among the wildflowers in the Beehive Basin, horseback ride through the Lee Metcalf Wilderness, and fish in secluded alpine lakes.
The Montana mountains are home to over 60 natural hot springs, with several only a short, scenic drive from your Big Sky vacation home. Visitors to Big Sky can choose from soothing soaks in the natural hot springs at Yellowstone or family-friendly hot springs resorts with indoor and outdoor pools, on-site restaurants, live music and summer fun for the whole family.
Summertime Patios & Live Music
Discover the charm of the Montana mountains this summer in Big Sky! Lazy afternoons and warm summer evenings are best spent enjoying the best of Big Sky’s outdoor patio dining, listening to the tunes of local Big Sky bands, sipping craft cocktails, or cold brews, and savoring flavors from Montana (and around the world!) at Big Sky’s ever-growing selection of restaurants, cafes and breweries.
The vibey après ski culture of our world-class ski resort continues on into the summer months in Big Sky!
Fabulous (& Free) Summer Events
Big Sky’s summer events attract travelers of all types. The Summer Farmers Market in Fire Pit Park is a favorite with our Big Sky Vacation Rentals guests, the Big Sky PBR is “Big Sky’s Biggest Week”, Music in the Mountains brings the best well-known artists to Big Sky Town Center for live music under the stars, and there are fabulous, free events for the whole family throughout the summer months.
Yellowstone National Park is the #1 national park in the US and less than an hour from Big Sky. Whether you’re planning a solo expedition or a scenic guided tour of Yellowstone, Big Sky’s the ultimate base camp to experience one of the most iconic parks in the US.
Yellowstone features as one of the “7 Natural Wonders of North America” with over 10,000 geothermal features, 60+ species of wildlife, awe-inspiring landscapes, and bucket-list experiences for sightseeing, wildlife viewing and reconnecting with nature.
One of the biggest perks of staying in a vacation rental is the ability to cook your favorite family feasts at home! A well-designed and thoughtfully stocked kitchen is often the deciding factor when choosing a vacation home, giving guests the option to prepare and share meals at home, and make lifelong memories around the dining room table, especially when traveling with young children.
For many of our guests, their vacation home is as important as the destination itself! A home away from home to enjoy private moments with families and friends, outdoor spaces for alfresco dining (and let the kids run free!), fun game rooms and bunk rooms for kids to feel at home and dream worthy kitchens with luxury amenities andmountain views.
Whipping up meals on vacation doesn’t have to be a chore (even for a crowd)! Our Big Sky vacation rentals boast all the space you need to cook, converse and dine, with luxury top-of-the-line appliances, grocery delivery for easy planning, and in-house chef and catering services for special occasions, large group gatherings or when the chef simply needs a break!
Whether you’re traveling with friends, small kids or planning a large (and long overdue!) family reunion with the extended clan – here’s a “taste” of the best vacation rental kitchens in Big Sky, MT.
This luxury Big Sky condo is situated on the ski trails in the Gateway neighborhood of Moonlight Basin, an exceptional escape for a couples or small family getaway to Big Sky, MT. Moonlight Luxury Suites are one of the newest developments in Moonlight Basin with the finest high-quality finishes, gorgeous marble countertops, professional grade appliances and open concept living putting the chef in the heart of the home. Whether you dine indoors, BBQ on the deck, or enjoy late night s’mores round the community fire pit, it’s a dining experience with Big Sky views.
Spotted Eagle Lodge is a luxurious modern mountain lodge nestled on half an acre of woodlands on the road to Beehive Basin. Aside from lavish accommodations, a fun bunk room and games room for the kids, a hot tub under the stars, and breathtaking mountain views – the gourmet kitchen is one of the finest features at Spotted Eagle Lodge. The architecturally stunning wood-inspired kitchen features a large center island with deep butler sinks for easy prep, high-end stainless steel appliances and a farm style dining table for sharing meals.
Swift Bear Chalet is a sophisticated and stylishBig Sky vacation home near the entrance to Moonlight Basin, with unbeatable views of Lone Peak and the Andesite Mountains. Boasting 4,000 sq feet of luxury interiors inspired by the mountain landscapes, the large gourmet kitchen at Swift Bear Chalet is every chef’s dream complete with sleek stainless appliances, an over-sized island with seating for helping hands, and a custom dining table for sharing meals.
Buckaroo Ridge is a 5,000 sq ft secluded Montana mountain lodge with a nature preserve as your backyard, front row seats to spectacular sunrises over the Gallatins and sunsets over Lone Peak, luxury outdoor spaces for alfresco dining at home, and a character filled kitchen designed for entertaining large groups. If you’re planning a large group getaway or family reunion in Big Sky, Buckaroo Ridge ticks all the boxes (and more!).
This mountain modern Big Sky cabin rental is nestled in the heart of Moonlight Basin and offers three levels of luxury living space for large groups visiting the Montana mountains. The gourmet kitchen is truly the heart of the home, fully-equipped with sleek stainless appliances, a wine fridge for perfectly chilled Chardonnay, and a huge center island with seating for 12. In the warmer Big Sky months, you’ll find yourself alfresco dining on the elevated deck overlooking the towering peaks of Big Sky Country.
Nestled at the base of Lone Mountain, only minutes from Big Sky Resort Mountain Village, this stunning Big Sky chalet is one of the rare 7 bedroom vacation homes in Big Sky and is large enough for all your family and friends! The kitchen boasts state of the art appliances, a center island with seating for taste testers and a formal dining area creating a unique space for cooking, family meals and dinner parties. With Big Sky’s best restaurants on your doorstep, the only dilemma is whether to dine in or dine out!
Big Sky, MT is a booming destination growing in popularity each and every season. Tucked in the scenic Montana mountains halfway between the bustling town of Bozeman and West Yellowstone, the charming mountain town of Big Sky is an off the beaten path destination yet ranks as one of the most connected mountain destinations in the US!
Getting to and around Big Sky is easy! Whether you’re road tripping with the family, planning a fly-drive vacation or looking for a luxury personal chauffeur for your mountain escape, Big Sky is an easy drive to destination with daily flights from most major cities, and convenient transportation services with door to door service to your Big Sky vacation home.
Flying into Big Sky
Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport has seen an 82% increase in passengers over the past five years and welcomed over 2 million visitors in 2021. With over 40 non-stop flights from over 30 east and west coast destinations, Big Sky Resort is one the most connected mountain resort destinations in the US.
On arrival at Bozeman, guests have the option of car rentals, group shuttles or private luxury transportation to make the scenic 45 mile journey along the Gallatin River to Big Sky, MT.
The Skyline Bus has a Link Express service offering easy and reliable transportation from Bozeman International Airport to Big Sky, MT. The service runs seven days a week and is an affordable option for airport transportation to and from Big Sky, MT.
Karst Stage offers year-round shuttle services from the Bozeman Airport to Big Sky, as well as private car services to get you wherever you need to go. Karst Stage offers transportation services for all travelers ranging from group minivans to your nearest Big Sky bus stop to private charter services including luxury SUVs and luxury motorcoaches for your large group getaway or family reunion in Big Sky.
Big Sky Shuttle offers a Bozeman to Big Sky airport shuttle along with private car services, charters around Big Sky, and luxury touring coaches for groups of up to 40 to discover the beauty of Big Sky and nearby Yellowstone National Park, in style and comfort.
Classic Limo have been chauffeuring visitors to and around Big Sky for over 30 years, with chauffeured limo services in Big Sky and across all of southwest Montana. From airport meet and greet services to leisure and recreation, their selection of SUVs, super-stretch SUVs and elegant stretch limos offer visitors a luxury option for transportation to and around Big Sky.
Travel in luxury in Black Bird Limousine’s fleet of chauffeur driven black on black, full-size SUVs with private transportation services from Bozeman International Airport to Big Sky and West Yellowstone, and chauffeur services in and around Big Sky.
Montana Chauffeur offers luxury private airport rides from BZN, full chauffeur services, multi-day private drivers to chauffeur you around during your stay, and luxury transportation for a special occasion or destination wedding in Big Sky.
Mountain and Canyon Cab Co. is Big Sky’s premiere on-call taxi service. Their services include on-call taxis between all of Big Sky’s neighborhoods (must be booked in advance for 12am-8am), out of area rides, and a loyalty program with points that never expire.
Shuttle to Big Sky specializes in transportation to and around Big Sky and have been servicing Big Sky and surrounding areas for over 35 years. They offer a safe and reliable service in a luxury fleet with private door to door transportation from Bozeman, shared airport shuttle rides, specialty charters for groups, and transportation for Big Sky events.
Big Sky Bound operates 24/7 with private and group transportation between Big Sky and Bozeman International Airport. If you’re Big Sky bound without a car, they offer a “rent me by the hour” service for a night out on the town, grocery shopping, or even a private trip to Yellowstone National Park.
Unless you’re exploring the 4×4 trails, a four-wheel drive is not essential, but an AWD, snow tires or chains are required for safe winter travel in and around Big Sky. The Big Sky car rental agencies available at Bozeman International Airport include Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, Thrifty and National.
Journey Rent A Car is located a few miles from Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport and will have you on the road in no time. They pick up from the airport, transport you to your vehicle with vans and SUVs available for large groups, and offer exceptional hospitality with an additional 5% discount for Big Sky Vacation Rental guests.
Is a 4×4 jeep more your style? Rocky Mountain Expeditions offers private door to door transportation services between Bozeman, Big Sky and Yellowstone and Big Sky Jeep Wrangler rentals for an adventurous vacation in the rugged landscapes of Montana.
Getting Around Big Sky
Once in Big Sky there are several private transportation companies and on-call taxis and the Skyline Bus offers a free shuttle service with multiple stops around Big Sky including the Canyon, Meadow Village, Mountain Village, Moonlight Basin and Big Sky Town Center.
Big Sky is an outdoor paradise with adventures for everyone. Spend your days exploring the majestic mountains while hiking, biking, ziplining, white water rafting, or horseback riding, among many more summer activities. Our summer events include live outdoor music, festivals, bull riding, a summer farmers market, and lots more – so plan your magical mountain getaway so you can truly enjoy all that Big Sky has to offer.
The 2023 Big Sky Summer Farmers Market will be held every Wednesday from Fire Pit Park, down Town Center Avenue, and into the Town Center Plaza by the Wilson Hotel. The market features 90+ vendors including farmers with fresh produce, professional artists, entrepreneurs, and so much more! Come out and support our local community this summer at the Big Sky Farmers Market.
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.
The Savor Big Sky Festival is a weekend-long celebration of food, wine, spirits, and the stunning landscapes of Big Sky, Montana. Indulge in fine dining, wine, and spirit tastings, live music, and epic outdoor adventures in the Montana mountains. Savor Big Sky is the ultimate adventure weekend for foodies.
Big Sky PBR has grown into “Big Sky’s Biggest Week” – a week of community events including three nights of action-packed Touring Pro Division PBR bull riding, fundraisers, vendor village, and more. It’s a great week to book a trip to Big Sky but tickets sell out first! Reserve your PBR tickets and Big Sky lodging soon.
Big Sky’s biggest week also includes the Big Sky Artisan Festival at Big Sky Town Center. The festival is a true celebration of local arts and crafts featuring a wide variety of stunning artwork and one-of-a-kind souvenirs to take home with local food and drink vendors to make a day of it!
DATE: Upcoming Free Days – August 4, September 23, November 11, 2023
Come celebrate 150+ years of Yellowstone National Park! National parks are America’s best idea, and there are more than 400 parks available to everyone, every day. The fee-free days provide a great opportunity to visit a new place or an old favorite. On five days in 2023, all National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone.
The Wildlands Festival, produced by Outlaw Partners, returns for a second year to celebrate music in the wide open spaces of Montana. The festival features a two-night line-up of iconic artists and food and drink vendors, come rain or shine. Relive Wildlands Festival 2022 HERE.
Come ride the big, steep, and technical terrain at Big Sky Resort this summer! Big Sky Resort boasts over 40 miles of terrain dedicated to mountain biking with lift-serviced trails for all levels and connector trails down to Big Sky Town Center. The Big Mountain Enduro is one of North America’s premier Enduro tours with the 2023 finals being held in Big Sky.
Big Sky is a home base for mountain travelers in search of adventure and exhilaration, scenic views, wellness and relaxation, guided hikes, and more. Take advantage of the many activities and experiences that make Big Sky an ideal summer destination.
Find the best lodging in Big Sky with Big Sky Vacation Rentals. Our selection of 120+ Big Sky properties includes rentals near the summer events in Big Sky Resort and Big Sky Town Center, or set away from the crowds on the slopes of Big Sky! Take a tour of the Big Sky neighborhoods or call our vacation planners at (888) 915-2787 to get started on the trip of a lifetime to Big Sky, MT.
March 1st marked the 150th anniversary of Yellowstone National Park, America’s first National Park and one of the top visited parks in the country!
Yellowstone National Park spans over 2 million acres and is home to historic & cultural sites, over 1,100 miles of trails with boardwalks, hidden waterfalls and unique scenery, an abundance of free-roaming wildlife, and over 10,000 hydrothermal sites.
More than half the geothermal features in the world are found in Yellowstone – world-famous geysers, mud pots, natural hot springs, steaming fumaroles, and stunning travertine terraces – and one of the world’s largest volcanos, the Yellowstone Supervolcano lies beneath the surface of Yellowstone fueling many of the hydrothermal features and natural wonders throughout the park.
The History of Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Parks boasts not only natural beauty and iconic landmarks, but a deep history dating back thousands of years. On March 1, 1872, President Ulysses S. Grant signed the Yellowstone National Park Protection Act into law, preserving over 2 million acres of wilderness and building a foundation to protect and preserve our natural and cultural treasures for the future.
The human history of the Yellowstone region is also well preserved with historical records documenting thousands of Native American tribes in the area as far back as 11,000 years. Today, the National Park Service recognizes 27 tribes with ties to the Yellowstone Region, and there are now over 63 US National Parks preserving more than 80 million acres of US history.
Top Attractions to Visit at Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park had its busiest year on record in 2021, with a record-breaking 4.9 million visitors to the park – over 1 million visitors entering Yellowstone in July alone!
If you’re looking to escape the crowds, the spring season in Yellowstone offers visitors a unique experience. Wildlife abounds as Yellowstone’s residents emerge from hibernation, tiny offspring stumble through the alpine meadows and grass prairies, waterfalls and rivers flow at their finest with spring melt and there’s a breath of new life at every scenic turn. This is all before you’ve even spotted a hydrothermal feature or famous Yellowstone attraction!
Firehole River Swimming Area, Fountain Paint Pots – Lower Geyser Basin, Grand Prismatic Spring – Midway Geyser Basin, Old Faithful & Old Faithful Inn – Upper Geyser Basin, Artists Paint Pots – Norris Geyser Basin, Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, Hayden Valley for wildlife viewing, Yellowstone Lake & Lake Hotel.
The Upper Loop covers the northern section of the park. Upper Loop attractions include the fumaroles at Roaring Mountain, Mammoth Hot Springs travertine terraces, spectacular wildlife viewing in Lamar Valley, and Yellowstone’s 20-mile long Grand Canyon.
Yellowstone is home to the largest concentration of mammals in the lower 48 states, with 67 species of mammals including black bears & big grizzlies – wolves, lynx & coyotes – mule deer & white tail deer – moose, elk, pronghorn antelope & the biggest population of bison on US public land. Yellowstone is the only known destination in the US where bison have lived continuously since prehistoric times and is well-known for its bison jams! Keep your distance, males can weigh up to 2,000 pounds and can run at up to 35mph!
Whether you’re seeking a luxury Yellowstone experience with a private tour guide, hiking adventures in the wilderness, a bucket-list wildlife safari of Yellowstone, or a comfortable coach tour for your whole group – you’ll find the ultimate tour of Yellowstone National Park departing right here in Big Sky!
National Parks Free Entrance Days 2022
All National Parks that charge entrance offer FREE admission on select dates throughout the year. The summer opening date for the West Entrance to Yellowstone is April 15th, 2022, and April 16th marks the first day of the presidentially proclaimed National Park Week!
If spring is too soon, you can enjoy the park later in the year as admission to Yellowstone is also free on August 4th (Anniversary of the Great American Outdoors Act), September 24th (National Public Lands Day), and later in the fall season on November 11th, 2022 (Veterans Day).
Big Sky – Your Basecamp to Yellowstone National Park
Big Sky is an idyllic base camp for all your Yellowstone National Park adventures! Our selection of luxury condos, cabins & homes range from cozy hot tub retreats for just the two of you, to modern mountain lodges with platinum perks and luxury amenities for the whole crew.
Big Sky is on the list of Time Magazines “World’s Greatest Places 2021” and is becoming an increasingly popular destination for year-round travel. The pandemic has changed when, where, how and why we travel! Travelers are seeking sustainable travel, eco-adventures, unique local experiences and connection with their destination and the local community.
Big Sky had a massive real estate boom in 2020 – city slickers came to escape the pandemic, work remotely in the mountains, and take advantage of quarantine time on the secluded trails – but never left! This influx of new locals brought a new burst of entrepreneurship to Big Sky, openings of new restaurants and local businesses, and growth for the Big Sky community. Making a small choice to support local businesses on your vacation makes a big impact.
1. Use Local Big Sky Activity Providers
Exploring a new destination is always an adventure but a guided experience is unbeatable – discover secret spots and hidden gems, learn the backstories of Big Sky, and venture off the beaten path without fear of getting lost! You’ll find a local tour guide and activity provider for every season and every unique outdoor adventure in Big Sky, MT.
Big Sky offers a fun shopping experience and a great opportunity to support local! There’s a selection of classic, contemporary and inspiring Big Sky art galleries to pick up local artwork, unique stores for western décor and cowboy classics, local sports outfitters for all your rental gear (and upgrades), and shopping at the base areas with one of a kind Big Sky swag and souvenirs to take home.
The Big Sky Summer Farmers Market in Fire Pit Park (June – August) features over 100 local vendors with fresh farm produce, local cuisine, crafts and artwork, live Big Sky bands and the chance to mingle with locals and fellow vacationers. You’ll find a selection of small grocery stores & markets to pick up your vacation essentials – or leave the shopping to a local!
3. Take Advantage of Local Grocery Delivery Services
4. Support Local Big Sky Restaurants & Unique Dining Experiences
Eating out is a great way to discover local cuisine, and culture! Big Sky has a restaurant for every taste (and occasion!) with Asian, Mexican, Italian, steakhouses and saloons, legendary hot dogs, authentic Texan BBQ on the Gallatin River, local breweries, cocktail lounges …. and the list goes on!
Tick off another bucket-list idea and book an adventure dining experience in Big Sky – candlelit dinners in a backcountry yurt, legendary sleigh ride dinners, Montana cowboy dinners, or sundowners in an authentic western saloon. Be kind & tip generously – the staffing situation is still tough!
5. Indulge with In Home Dining & Catering
Our Big Sky Vacation Rentals give you the chance to vacation in style with a cozy fireplace, bubbling hot tub, and all the comforts of home – you may just want the local cuisine to come to you!
Big Sky is blessed with talented local chefs to indulge in a restaurant quality experience in the comfort of your Big Sky vacation home. Our local chefs and caterersoffer everything from drop off meals and children’s birthday parties to tasty brunches and formal dinners – with seasonal farm to table menus and the freshest local ingredients.
6. Pamper Yourself
Whether a massage is a weekly habit or a rare indulgence, it’s important to pamper yourself on vacation. Book a soothing soak at a historic hot springs resort near Big Sky, or pop on your favorite playlist, pour some champagne and let a local massage therapist pamper you in the privacy of your Big Sky home. You’ll need a little more of this if you’re traveling with kids!
7. Ease Traveling with Kids with Local Services
Big Sky Vacation Rentals partners with local businesses to take the pressure off traveling with kids! Ease the load and ship all your gear prior to your travels so it’s waiting on arrival either at the airport or your vacation home!. Parents of little ones will appreciate being able to rent baby gear, toys and safety equipment from a local Big Sky mom who understands the burden of traveling with kids and the importance of safety – and will deliver directly to your Big Sky vacation home!
If you’re planning a romantic date night for your family vacation – no worries, our locals support your romance! You’ll find a local, dependable and experienced Big Sky babysitter to tend to your kids while you enjoy some much needed downtime.
8. Plan Your Travels with a Big Sky Transportation Service
If you’re flying into Bozeman, getting to Big Sky is easy. There are year-round airport shuttle services from Bozeman airport to Big Sky with options for private cars, limo services, coaches, local taxi services and car rentals (with 5% off for BSVR guests!). Once in Big Sky, there are on-call and rent by the hour taxi services and the local Skyline shuttle bus that services the Big Sky Resort area.
9. Leave Reviews & Engage on Social Media
Online reviews and word of mouth is the best form of marketing, drives growth for small businesses, and makes a difference! If you have a positive interaction with a Big Sky local, leave a positive review, give a shout out on social media, share your recommendations with other travelers, and make a difference!
10. Stay Local!
Our team at Big Sky Vacation Rentals treat your vacation as their own! We represent Big Sky’s most elite vacation rentals with an extra touch of luxury, modern amenities, meticulous property care, and exceptional guest services with a hands-on, local team intent on giving you peace of mind for your stay and creating a memorable and personalized vacation in Big Sky.
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Montana’s Big Sky Country is known for its vast stretches of untamed wilderness, rugged landscapes, majestic mountain views and natural, geothermal wonders bursting out from the surface of the earth.
There are over 61 known natural hot springs in Montana ranging from primitive hot springs bubbling into mountain rivers to commercial, developed hot spring resorts with modern amenities, farm-to-table and gourmet restaurants, poolside live music and entertainment, and relaxing, therapeutic and healing natural hot spring experiences unique to Big Sky Country.
Natural Hot Springs Near Big Sky
For travelers seeking a wilder experience in nature, there are not many undeveloped hot springs in Montana that are easily accessible on public land. Nearby Yellowstone National Park is home to over 10,000 hydrothermal features and some of the most colorful and famous hot springs in the US, unfortunately off-limits for a soothing soak, with two exceptions – the Firehole River Swimming Area and Boiling River (both currently closed due to COVID regulations).
Firehole River Swimming Area
West Yellowstone Distance from Big Sky: Depends on season and route
The West Entrance to Yellowstone National Park is a scenic, 1 hour drive from Big Sky on Hwy 191. Head along Firehole Canyon Drive (near Madison Junction) to the Firehole River where hot springs feed designated swimming areas along the river for a warm dip. It’s a popular Yellowstone attraction and parking fills up fast!
North Entrance to Yellowstone National Park, MT Distance from Big Sky: 125 miles
Take a soak in one of Yellowstone’s hydrothermal attractions in Boiling River at the North Entrance to Yellowstone National Park (open year round). The ice cold water of the Gardiner River is heated by 140 degree water from the famous Mammoth Hot Springs pouring gently over a travertine ledge into the river. Perfectly placed rock piles create tranquil soaking areas for a unique hot springs experience surrounded by the vast beauty of Yellowstone. Many guided tours to Yellowstone include the Boiling River on their itinerary, but however you choose to adventure – safety first and please leave no trace!
Montana Hot Springs Resorts near Big Sky
If you aren’t keen to clamber over river rocks and are seeking a slightly more upscale, resort-style experience, Big Sky Country is home to some of the best hot springs resorts in the US! The hot springs resorts near Big Sky are all an easy (and scenic) day trip away, perfect for an afternoon adventure to end a day of winter or summer Big Sky activities.
Reservations are recommended and please check online for seasonal hours and COVID regulations before embarking on your Big Sky hot springs experience.
Bozeman Hot Springs
Bozeman, MT Distance from Big Sky: 36 miles Open Daily: Seasonal Hours
Bozeman Hot Springs is the closest hot springs resort to Big Sky, and one of the most popular natural hot springs in Montana, nestled in the heart of the scenic Gallatin Valley. Once a rustic bathhouse in the 1800’s, today Bozeman Hot Springs is a hot spot for locals and visitors with 12 amazing therapeutic pools, dry & wet saunas, a full-service spa & fitness center, and a stage area with year-round live music events & entertainment.
Bozeman Hot Springs features 8 tranquil indoor pools in a tropical glass atrium and 4 outdoor pools, all fed from natural hot springs and combined with cooled water for different temperatures ranging from the cold soak tub at 59 degrees for muscle recovery to an inviting and therapeutic soak at 106 degrees. You can even rent a natural hot springs pool for a private party! There is no restaurant on site and Bozeman Hot Springs is a dry facility – outside food & drinks are welcomed (no alcohol or glass!).
Norris Hot Springs
Norris, MT Distance from Big Sky: 65 miles Open: Daily – Seasonal Hours
Norris Hot Springs is 30 miles west of Bozeman along the Madison River Valley, only an hour drive from Big Sky. These off-the-beaten path Montana hot springs are a series of artesian springs known as the “Water of the Gods” with a perfectly placed funky, timber pool directly over the source!
Aside from the healing waters, Norris Hot Springs is known for its live music vibe in a Geodesic music dome next to the pool, fresh farm-to-table dining with the 50 Mile Grill & No Loose Dogs Snack bar serving organic, fresh food from geothermally heated greenhouses, and cold local brews and wine from the Saloon Bar. It’s affordable with a laid back, rustic vibe and healing waters that will leave you relaxed, rejuvenated and ready for more unique Big Sky adventures.
Chico Hot Springs
Pray, MT Distance from Big Sky: 90 miles Open: Year Round 6am to Midnight
Chico Hot Springs is a legendary, historic hot springs resort in the heart of the Paradise Valley, 35 miles north of the North Entrance to Yellowstone National Park. Chico Hot Springs is one of the most famous Montana hot springs resorts with a blend of Victorian refinement and rustic western charm, a luxurious day spa, picturesque gardens, gourmet dining, live music, 18 hole disc golf, and two open-air spring fed mineral pools.
Book a luxury herbal wrap in the day spa, dine in a classic historic restaurant or pool side, unwind with live music in the Saloon, and soak up some vitamin D and healing vibes in the outdoor pools. The large outdoor swimming area is heated at a comfortable 96 degrees, with a covered soaking pool with hotter temperatures. Surrounded by views of the Absaroka Mountains and Emigrant Peak, this is the perfect hot springs experience to combine with a day trip to Yellowstone.
Yellowstone Hot Springs
Gardiner, MT Distance from Big Sky: 115 miles Open: Wednesday thru Sunday – Seasonal Hours
Yellowstone Hot Springs (formerly Corwin Hot Springs) is the newest addition to Montana’s hot springs resorts situated on the road to the North Entrance to Yellowstone National Park, 25 miles south of Chico Hot Springs. There is no restaurant facility, however snacks are available to purchase and you may picnic outside. The resort is built on church premises and no alcohol, smoking or vaping is allowed!
Nestled on the banks of the Yellowstone River in the Paradise Valley, Yellowstone Hot Springs is one of the most scenic places to soak near Big Sky with three mineral rich pools to experience the full benefits of the therapeutic waters – a cold plunge pool in the 60s, a main pool in the high 90s, and a hot soaking pool at 103-105 degrees.
White Sulphur Hot Springs
White Sulphur Springs, MT Distance from Big Sky: 115 miles North Open: Year Round 7am to 10pm
Spa Hot Springs in White Sulphur Springs is 90 miles north of Bozeman along Highway 89 (The Kings Hill Scenic Byway), near the Lewis and Clark National Forest. This is a historic and well-preserved hot springs resort to combine a healing natural soak with a scenic drive from Big Sky. There are no restaurant facilities but you’ll find unique eateries and breweries nearby on Main Street.
As with most of the developed hot springs resorts near Big Sky, the White Sulphur Hot Springs has a rich Native American heritage and legacy of peace, healing and positive energy. The tiny historic cabin that once stood has transformed to Spa Hot Springs Resort with an indoor pool and two outdoor pools framed by hand painted murals, all natural, no chemicals and a relaxing atmosphere for the whole family.
Therapeutic Healing Benefits of Mineral Rich Natural Hot Springs
Natural Pain Relief: Soothes health ailments and relieves pain
Natural Healing: Increases blood flow, circulation and metabolism
Natural Stress Relief: Releases negative energies and restores your spirit
Natural Vitamin D: Natural sunshine on your shoulders makes you happy
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This Cowboy Heaven Luxury Suite is one of our newest properties on Moonlight Mountain with unbeatable ski access to Big Sky and dramatic views of the Spanish Peaks. This Platinum Collection luxury home features a gourmet kitchen, an undercover deck with an outdoor fireplace and hot tub, private ski lockers and boot dryers, heated sidewalks and a spacious loft with a desk and Peloton bike so guests can work out and work from home in Big Sky!
Indulge in a luxury escape on the ski runs of Big Sky Resort. This modern townhouse is in Big Sky’s Gateway neighborhood in the heart of Moonlight Basin with contemporary interiors and impressive views of the Spanish Peaks. Enjoy an exceptional Big Sky vacation experience with unbeatable access to the slopes, luxury amenities, platinum perks and a state of the art Peloton Bike to work out from home.
This stunning and rare 6 bedroom Big Sky vacation home is in Big Sky’s newest ski-in/ski-out neighborhood at the base of the iconic Lone Mountain, the perfect base for a family reunion or large group vacation just steps from the slopes of Big Sky. 4 Claim Jumper offers guests designer inspired interiors with luxury amenities, multiple decks with an outdoor grill and hot tub, fun retro arcade games and a Peloton bike for travelers on the move.
The mountain modern Silvertip Cabins offer visitors to Big Sky a sophisticated and luxurious retreat in the Cowboy Heaven area of Moonlight Basin. This modern Big Sky cabin rental boasts chic contemporary interiors, luxury amenities, platinum perks, exceptional outdoor living with views and plenty of space for large groups to relax, unwind and switch to vacation time. The ultimate Big Sky private vacation rental with Peloton.
Our charming mountain town is family-friendly and a prime alpine destination for energetic outdoor adventures or a secluded getaway in a winter wonderland with roaring fires, hot tub soaks, panoramic mountain vistas, spiked winter cocktails, and rejuvenating downtime from the hustle and bustle of daily living.
The best time to ski Big Sky is in February and March! These are the snowiest months in Big Sky with a deep base depth and an average of 4-5 snow days a week! Big Sky Resort is the main attraction with fresh powder stashes for skiing and snowboarding, uncrowded lift lines, heated lifts to keep you happy and warm, and winter activities for the whole family. But the fun doesn’t end on the slopes, there’s so much more to Big Sky than meets the eye.
Getting to Big Sky is easy with regular flights into Bozeman Airport (only 40 minutes away) and airport shuttles and transportation direct to Big Sky. The Skyline Bus runs seven days a week during the winter season, making it easy to get around town once you’re here with several local tour companies available for bucket-list winter adventures in nearby Yellowstone National Park.
Winter season is booking up fast, so start planning your Big Sky winter getaway today with Big Sky Vacation Rentals. Our collection of premier Big Sky chalets and homes are located in the best neighborhoods in Big Sky with ski-in/ski-out vacation rentals to suit every size and style, and exceptional guest services for a last minute winter getaway in Big Sky, MT!
Platinum Collection Ski-in/Ski-out to Big Sky Resort 3 Bedroom, 3 Bathroom, Sleeps 8 Guests
Ulerys Lake Cabins are beautiful ski-in/ski-out lakeside mountain retreats secluded in the pines of Moonlight Basin, with prime access to the slopes of Big Sky Resort. These contemporary ski cabins boast modern chic decor, private hot tubs under the stars, and unlimited views of Lone Peak. Lake Cabin 13 boasts platinum perks, or for a large group getaway to Big Sky book all three cabins and stay close to the slopes, winter activities, and each other.
Ski-in/Ski-out to Big Sky Resort 5 Bedroom, 5.5 Bathroom, Sleeps 12 Guests
This sophisticated and luxurious Big Sky ski home is situated in Moonlight Basin with ski and snowboard access to the slopes from home, beautifully appointed elegant interiors, and luxury outdoor living areas with a private hot tub, stone fireplace, BBQ grill and fireside outdoor seating on an expansive undercover patio. The perfect combination of luxury and location for a Big Sky winter getaway.
Ski-in/Ski-out to Big Sky Resort 3 Bedroom, 4.5 Bathroom, Sleeps 10 Guests
This secluded Big Sky ski chalet sits on an elevated end lot in Moonlight Mountain, steps from the ski slopes and a short drive to Mountain Village and endless Big Sky winter activities. Bull Dogger features modern mountain designer interiors, a luxurious hot tub under the stars, and panoramic Big Sky views from its elevated perch.
Platinum Collection Ski-in/Ski-out to Big Sky Resort 4 Bedroom, 3 Bathroom, Sleeps 11 Guests
Powder Ridge cabin rentals provide guests with the best ski access in Big Sky! This Powder Ridge log cabin offers a secluded retreat steps from the White Otter ski access and less than a mile from Big Sky Mountain Village. Featuring elegant décor, high-end amenities, a secluded hot tub, and platinum perks, 13 Oglala will please even the most distinguished visitors to Big Sky.
Platinum Collection Ski-in/Ski-out to Big Sky Resort 6 Bedroom, 5 Bathroom, Sleeps 16 Guests
Homestead ski chalets are situated in Big Sky’s newest neighborhood at the base of Lone Mountain, adjacent to the skier bridge and close to Big Sky Mountain Village. This modern mountain home was decorated by one of Big Sky’s top designers and features contemporary mountain décor, luxury amenities and comforts, a private hot tub with views, and ample space to accommodate large groups comfortably.
If staying on the ski slopes is not an important factor when planning your Big Sky vacation, look no further than Sleeping Bear Lodge, a quintessential mountain cabin near Lone Mountain Ranch and an idyllic base to explore the wilderness around Big Sky. This spacious, custom Big Sky rental offers a secluded setting, all the comforts of home (and more!) and a private hot tub, only a short driving distance to Big Sky Mountain Village and the winter activities at Big Sky Resort.