Fun Fall Activities in Big Sky, MT

It’s impossible not to fall in love with fall in Montana! 


Fall is Montana’s most breathtakingly beautiful season … brilliant colors paint the landscapes, wildlife are at their most active preparing for winter, the days are crisp and clear with blue sunny skies, and there’s fewer travelers than summer and winter ski season

Montana is a dream destination for lovers of the great outdoors and there’s no better basecamp than Big Sky! Big Sky is the most naturally beautiful, and coolest mountain town in Montana. Visitors are welcomed with wide expanses of wilderness, towering mountain peaks, endless opportunities for exploration, and the perks of a laid-back, and welcoming resort community

It’s been a long, hot summer in the mountains – but the smell of wood-burning fireplaces and pumpkin spice is already in the air! It’s time to pull out the sweaters and beanies, take advantage of the cooler temperatures by day, cozy up with s’mores and stories round the firepit, and take time out with family and friends before the silly season. Big Sky Mountain Village sits at an elevation of 7,500 feet – the colors start popping mid-September in the higher elevations and continue through the end of October with leaf-peeping adventures around every corner … and from home!


Enjoy the Fall Foliage Drive to Big Sky


Whether you’re approaching Big Sky from Bozeman or West Yellowstone, the drive to Big Sky along the Gallatin River Canyon is spectacular any time of year, yet even more so in fall. The Gallatin Canyon follows the infamous Gallatin River with the crisp colors of golden cottonwoods and vibrant red alder bushes bursting along the river banks, and free roaming wildlife in the river valley. 

Plan time to take it slow … it’s a Montana fall foliage drive you’ll never forget!

Chase Waterfalls & Fall Colors


Big Sky is paradise for hikers, mountain bikers, and casual strollers! Wherever you adventure in Big Sky during the fall season, you’re bound to witness vibrant fall colors popping. The Ousel Falls Trail near Big Sky Town Center is short, spectacular and perfect for casual strollers and families with the reward of the scenic Gallatin River, a natural pool (chilly in fall!), and a gorgeous waterfall. 

Other top Big Sky fall foliage hikes include the Beehive Basin trail (ranked one of the world’s 10 greatest hikes!), the Lava Lake trail, and the bucket-list Lone Peak trail to Montana’s highest scenic overlook point at 11,116 feet.

Experience World-Class Fly Fishing


If you’ve seen A River Runs Through It, you’ll know all about the world-class fly fishing that awaits in Big Sky, MT. Big Sky is surrounded by famous blue-ribbon trout waters including the Yellowstone River, Madison River, and Gallatin River near Big Sky. Fall is one of the best times to reel in a big trout on the Gallatin River (right before spawning season) and with the golden hues of fall reflecting on the waters, you’re in for a world-class fly fishing experience in Big Sky. 

For the ultimate fly fishing experience in Montana, Gallatin River Guides have been operating year-round guided fly fishing trips on the Yellowstone, Madison, and Gallatin River for over 30 years. They know when, where, and how to fish Big Sky’s blue-ribbon trout waters with options for walking and wading, floating trips, or beginner fly fishing lessons on a private pond.

Saddle Up for a Western Trail Ride


Saddle up at an authentic Montana dude ranch to explore the backcountry of Big Sky on horseback – you can even go fly fishing on horseback! Whether it’s your first time riding or you’re keen to gallop off into the wilderness, horseback riding takes you to Big Sky fall foliage trails your hiking boots can’t! 

You’re in cowboy country … why not live the classic Old West experience! There are many local Big Sky ranches and outfitters that don’t stop saddling up after summer and operate year-round with unique horseback experiences for every level of rider.

Soak in Natural Hot Springs


While most of Big Sky’s natural hot springs are remotely situated on private land, there’s still opportunity to soak up the fabulous fall colors in Montana’s rejuvenating natural hot springs. Bozeman Hot Springs, Norris Hot Springs and Chico Hot Springs are all an easy drive from Big Sky and are open year round for a rejuvenating soak backdropped by beautiful fall colors. 

Of course, first prize would be to leaf-peep from your private hot tub – there’s that too! Our collection of Big Sky vacation rentals includes 110+ Big Sky hot tub homes with panoramic views of Lone Peak and perfectly perched for the best leaf-peeping in Big Sky, from the comfort and privacy of home!

Plan a Fall Trip to Yellowstone National Park


It’s clearly still a secret that fall is the best time to visit Yellowstone National Park, and not only for fall foliage. The visitor numbers to Yellowstone drop radically after summer, the crazy traffic jams are over, Yellowstone’s world-famous wildlife make their way to the meadows and valleys, and a kaleidoscope of colors adds awe to Yellowstone National Park’s natural wonders. It’s a spectacular season to visit the park. 

The West Entrance to Yellowstone National Park is an hour drive south of Big Sky, the drive alone is worth it! Amidst the vibrant display of colors, fall visitors to Yellowstone have the privilege of witnessing grizzlies and brown bears preparing for hibernation, elk rut season, the fall migration of hawks and eagles, prime wolf watching, and biking and hiking trails awash in glorious golds. For the ultimate fall experience of Yellowstone, we highly suggest a guided tour with knowledge of the best leaf-peeping and wildlife viewing spots in Yellowstone!

Explore Big Sky Town Center


From the majestic Montana wilderness to the heart and soul of Big Sky, Big Sky Town Center. Whether you’re staying close by in Meadow Village or a short shuttle ride away in Mountain Village or Moonlight Basin, Town Center is the “downtown of Big Sky” and deserves a spot on your fall vacation itinerary. 

Browse the art galleries, sports outfitters and upscale boutiques, stock up on vacation groceries at Roxy’s Market or Hungry Moose and be sure to keep your eye on the event calendar for local events – there’s always something fun happening at Big Sky Town Center.

Indulge in Big Sky’s Restaurant Scene


Our Big Sky vacation rentals feature some of the best kitchens in Big Sky but don’t let that stop you from indulging a little (or a lot!) in Big Sky’s amazing restaurant scene. Between Big Sky Town Center and Mountain Village you’ll find everything from cozy coffee shops and cafes to family restaurants, fine dining, breweries and cocktail bars.

Hit the Slopes on Thanksgiving Opening Day


If there’s no time to visit Big Sky in time for fall foliage, plan your trip for later in the fall season! Thanksgiving is well celebrated in Big Sky – traditionally, and with the opening day of Big Sky Resort. The fall colors have faded but there’s unique alpine experiences both on and off the slopes at Big Sky Resort – here’s our guide on What to Expect at Big Sky Resort Winter 2022-23.

Refresh & Relax with Family & Friends


Refresh, relax and unwind with friends and family in the privacy of a Montana mountain cabin with leaf-peeping and wildlife viewing from your front porch … or a warm bubbly hot tub! From classic romantic log cabins for two to rare 7-bedroom modern mountain chalets, our Big Sky vacation rentals offer the ultimate retreat to get away from it all this fall.


Come Play in Big Sky this Winter


It’s no secret that Big Sky, Montana is booming! In 2016, Big Sky Resort unveiled Big Sky 2025, a 10-year plan to invest $150-million and transform the resort and town of Big Sky into one of the top luxury alpine destinations in the US – “from the moment you touch ground in Montana to the top of Lone Peak”. 

As the final chapter of Big Sky 2025 unfolds, visitors to Big Sky Resort are welcomed with a world-class alpine experience, some of the most advanced chairlifts in the world, luxury on-mountain dining, and the soul and hospitality of a charming Montana mountain town community. 

SKI Mag has named Big Sky Resort one of the “Best Ski Resorts in the West 2021”. Big Sky boasts the perfect blend of epic skiing and snowboarding (the Biggest in America!), outdoor activities beyond the slopes, vibey restaurants and aprés ski, and close proximity to Yellowstone National Park for bucket-list winter tours and experiences.


PICK YOUR DATES

If you’re planning your trip around a ski vacation, Big Sky Resort opens on Thanksgiving and celebrates the last day of the ski season mid-April. Snowfall is unpredictable but with Big Sky’s snowmaking expansion in Summer 2021, you’re always guaranteed a snowy slope! Our guide to the Best Time to Ski in Big Sky will help you find the perfect conditions to suit your ski style. 

If you’re visiting Big Sky to experience the outdoor activities beyond the slopes, Big Sky’s guided alpine activities and experiences and winter tours to Yellowstone operate from December to March.


ARRANGE YOUR TRAVELS

Whether you’re planning a family road trip or fly-drive vacation, it’s easy to get to Big Sky. Big Sky ranks as one of the most connected mountain destinations in the US with 40+ non-stop flights from over 30 destinations on the east and west coast. Reserve your car rental well in advance (demand is high!) or arrange ground transportation from Bozeman to Big Sky – and book a central Big Sky rental that doesn’t require a car. 

Our guide to Getting To & Around Big Sky will give you all the information you need to plan your  transportation to and around Big Sky.


PLAN YOUR BIG SKY TOURS & ACTIVITIES

The team at Big Sky Vacation Rentals are local and know the best places to stay and play in Big Sky! Download our Big Sky Vacation Guide for the most up to date local area resources and information, choose from our 3-Day and 5-Day winter itineraries, or customize your own Big Sky winter vacation bucket-list.

Big Sky Resort

With 5,850 acres of terrain over four mountains, seven snow parks with over 100 features, and the most technologically advanced lift network in North America, Big Sky Resort is unbeatable for skiing and snowboarding. The Big Sky ski school offers group and private lessons for all abilities, guided on-mountain experiences with a pro, and kids camps for little rippers as young as three. 

When you’re not riding the slopes, there’s endless options for on-mountain dining and vibey slopeside aprés ski (with plenty family-friendly options too!). Save time and reserve lift tickets early, arrange gear rentals delivered for delivery (or ship your own gear), and find a luxury vacation rental near Big Sky Resort with Big Sky Vacation Rentals.  

Off Slope Winter Activities

Whether you’re a non-skier or balancing your vacation time between the slopes and the wilderness of the Montana mountains, Big Sky has outdoor adventures for every type of traveler. Snowshoe the peaceful winter trails, fly fish for winter trout on the Gallatin River, snowmobile or dog-sled the canyons and mountain peaks, or plan a classic, western style sleigh ride dinner at Lone Mountain Ranch. Off slope winter activities abound for all ages and adventure levels in Big Sky.

Big Sky Town Center

Big Sky Town Center is the heart and soul of the Big Sky community. Situated near the Big Sky Nordic Center in Meadow Village, Town Center has the biggest selection of restaurants, breweries and festive aprés ski bars in Big Sky with daily happy hours, live music, and award-wining cuisine. For family fun (or a romantic swirl), the outdoor ice rink is open daily during the winter season. 

Yellowstone National Park

A vacation to Big Sky is not complete without a winter tour of Yellowstone National Park. Located only 50 miles from the West Entrance to Yellowstone, Big Sky is the ideal base camp for winter exploration of America’s oldest and most visited national park. Whether you plan to sightsee from the comfort of a heated snowcoach or on a thrilling snowmobile tour of Yellowstone, visitors are spoilt for choice for winter tours of Yellowstone departing directly from Big Sky. 


CHOOSE YOUR BIG SKY NEIGHBORHOOD

Now you have your bucket-list of Big Sky activities, it’s time to choose a neighborhood to match your needs. Stay walking distance to Big Sky Resort in Mountain Village, near Big Sky Town Center in Meadow Village or slopeside overlooking the Spanish Peaks in Moonlight Basin. View our Big Sky Neighborhood Guide to find the neighborhood that fits your needs the best.


BOOK YOUR STAY WITH BIG SKY VACATION RENTALS

Come play in Big Sky this winter – but don’t leave your trip planning to the last minute! From cozy Cowboy Heaven cabins for two to luxury ski-in/ski-out mountain lodges with unparalleled platinum perks, Big Sky Vacation Rentals represent the top luxury properties in Big Sky and Moonlight Basin with exceptional guest services from a local team. 

For a personal pick of the best ski rentals in Big Sky and to secure the Montana mountain home of your dreams, book your winter vacation with Big Sky Vacation Rentals. We live here, we play here, we know Big Sky!


Planning a Fall Trip to Yellowstone National Park


Yellowstone National Park is the world’s first and most famous national park! Yellowstone spans over 2 million acres and across three states (Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana), has five entrances and visitor centers, and welcomes nearly 5 million visitors annually. 

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

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


Pick Your Dates for Prime Fall Foliage

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

September

Low 30oF – High 64oF

Fall colors above 7,000 feet

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

October

Low 22oF – High 51oF

Fall colors below 7,000 feet

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

November

Low 12oF – High 34oF

Fall colors fading

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


Plan Your Fall Attractions & Activities

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

Scenic Drives: Firehole Canyon Drive and Firehole Lake Drive.

Natural Hot Springs: Firehole River near Madison Junction.

Waterfalls: Fairy Falls and Firehole Falls.

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

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

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


Expand Your Exploration Beyond Yellowstone

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

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

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


Stay with Big Sky Vacation Rentals

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

Mountain Village

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

Meadow Village

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

Moonlight Basin

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

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


History of Big Sky, Montana


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

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


Native American Hunter-Gatherers

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


Lewis & Clark

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


The Fur Trade & Gold Rush

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


The First Homesteaders

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

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


Yellowstone Brings Tourism to Gallatin Valley

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

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

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


Montana Skiing Arrives at Big Sky Resort

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

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

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


Boyne Resorts Acquires Big Sky Resort

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

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

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


Moonlight Basin Ski Resort

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


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

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

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

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


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

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


Big Sky Artists Collective


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

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

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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Big Sky Summer Events 2022


Big Sky is an outdoor paradise where there is something 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 and the farmers market and lots more so plan your magical mountain getaway so you can truly enjoy all that Big Sky has to offer!

Big Sky PBR


Big Sky PBR has grown into “Big Sky’s Biggest Week” – a week of community events including three nights of action-packed Touring Pro Division PBR bull riding, fundraisers, vendor village and more.

Music in the Mountains


For more than a decade, Music in the Mountains has been Montana’s finest free outdoor concert series, featuring the best up and coming touring musicians in the country as well as established, well-known artists.

Free Admission to Yellowstone


Come celebrate 150 years of Yellowstone! 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 2022, all National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone.

Foo Fighters


Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Foo Fighters are set to take the stage at the Big Sky Events Arena in Big Sky Town Center on August 10, 2022 as part of their LIVE IN NORTH AMERICA 2022 tour. With 11,166 foot Lone Mountain as the backdrop, this Foo Fighters show will offer one of the most unique and iconic live music experiences on the tour which spans major U.S. cities.

Big Sky Farmers Market


The 2022 Big Sky Summer Farmers Market will be held every Wednesday from June through August from 5:00 – 8:00pm. The market will run from Fire Pit Park, down Town Center Avenue and into the Town Center Plaza by the Wilson Hotel so come support your local community!

BASE Grand Opening


We live, work, and play in the one-of-a-kind, ever-changing town of Big Sky. Now, it’s time to make sure Big Sky will always feel like home. Big Sky Community Organization is building a community center where there’s something for everyone.

Big Sky Resort Summer Activities


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


Yellowstone National Park Celebrates its 150th Birthday


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

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

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

The History of Yellowstone National Park


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

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

Top Attractions to Visit at Yellowstone National Park


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

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

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

LOWER LOOP

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

UPPER LOOP

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

WILDLIFE VIEWING

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

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

National Parks Free Entrance Days 2022


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

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

Big Sky – Your Basecamp to Yellowstone National Park


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

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


Best Montana Hot Springs Near Big Sky


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!

Boiling River

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
  • Natural State of Mind: It feels good!

Best Hot Tub Vacation Cabins & Condos in Big Sky

Soak in style on your next Montana mountain escape in the best hot tub vacation rentals in Big Sky, MT – no driving required – simply step outside and soak in your private Big Sky hot tub!

From secluded cabins on the slopes to luxury modern mountain homes, our Big Sky hot tub homes are situated in the most desirable locations in Big Sky and offer the ultimate retreat to end your day of skiing, fly-fishing or hiking in the mountains with awe-inspiring views, all the comforts of home, and exceptional guest services for a hassle-free and therapeutic vacation in Big Sky, MT.


Best Time For a Summer Stay


There is a reason Big Sky locals say “Come for the winter, stay for the summer”. Not many places top Big Sky’s skiing in the winter but Big Sky in the summer is just as amazing! With a wide array of summer activities and dining options that include outdoor decks with views of the surrounding mountain ranges, there is no better place to be for a summer mountain getaway!

This guide will help you decide when to visit Big Sky in the summer.

JUNE

Average High/Low in °F: 68/36

June is truly the start of Big Sky’s summer season and an amazing month to visit if you want to avoid the crowds. The days grow longer while the snow starts to melt which turns the hillsides green and the wildlife is out in abundance. With most of Big Sky Resort’s activities open in late May and June, you can enjoy your time on the mountain hiking or biking, or take a day to golf Big Sky Resort’s award winning golf course. It is also a great time to visit Yellowstone National Park and explore its spectacular geysers as you will miss the summer rush of visitors and get to watch the wildlife during calving season, from Grizzlies, to Bison and Elk. 

JULY

Average High/Low in °F: 78/40

Big Sky truly comes alive in July as the weather is warm and sunny, and the town is packed with weekly music, farmers markets, festivities and events like the PBR (Professional Bull Riding). From hiking to waterfalls, to summiting the surrounding mountain peaks, or biking on town trails and rafting and fishing the world-renowned Gallatin River, the opportunities to adventure are endless when it comes to exploring the great outdoors of Big Sky! The warmer nights are also perfect for star gazing around a fire while reminiscing about your day with family and friends. 

AUGUST

Average High/Low in °F: 77/39

The beautiful summer weather continues into August in Big Sky but with less crowds towards the end of the month as kids return to school. Visit our weekly farmers markets and listen to live music in the mountains as there is no better time to explore Big Sky’s great outdoors. If you are looking for an outdoor adventure, enjoy whitewater rafting, horseback riding, ATVing, hiking, biking, SUPing or Big Sky Resort’s activities at the Mountain Base. For a more relaxing stay, enjoy a day at the Spa, take a sight seeing tram to the top of Lone Peak or wander through town to visit our local shops and restaurants. 

SEPTEMBER

Average High/Low in °F: 68/32

The summer in Big Sky winds down in September. The crowds are thinning out, the temperatures start to get cooler, and you might be lucky to experience the rare first snowfall in Big Sky in late September. As the colors change, the wildlife becomes abundant before hibernation later in the fall. Big Sky Resort stays open until the end of the month, so make sure you take a scenic lift ride up to the top of Lone Peak or enjoy a guided hiking tour on the mountain. Get out into the canyon to fish the world-renowned Gallatin or Madison rivers with a fly fishing guide, as the fishing is phenomenal in September. This is also a great time to head to Yellowstone National Park, as you will miss the busy summer months and can enjoy the park without the crowds.

THE PERFECT PLACE TO RELAX AFTER AN ADVENTURE

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


Big Sky in the Fall


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. 

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!

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.

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.

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!

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.