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2024-2025 Official Visitor Guide
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WELCOME TO THE ROCKIES!

We’re so happy you’ve chosen our amazing mountain home as your next vacation destination! We know you’ll love the awe-inspiring beauty and adventure that await in every direction. Dive into this curated guide where the wonders of our region are right at your fingertips—including tips for all ages to embrace the mountains safely and responsibly.

For ease of planning, we’ve defined the three areas that make up the Big Sky region and refer to them throughout our guide as we connect you to local recreation, lodging, dining and shopping.

The Canyon is the first region you’ll encounter when traveling to Big Sky. Highway 191 along the Gallatin River brings you through The Canyon, your access point whether arriving from Bozeman or West Yellowstone. The Canyon is a paradise for world-class fly fishing, whitewater rafting, horseback riding, hiking trails and stunning vistas. Cell phone service is limited here, so enjoy unplugging and connecting to the glorious outdoors.

The town of Big Sky is the vibrant heart of our community. Here, you’ll find two walkable shopping districts. The Town Center and Meadow Village offer concerts and golfing in the summer, and ice skating and Nordic skiing in the winter. They are also home to our medical center, restaurants and three grocery stores.

The Mountain encompasses Big Sky Resort and Montage Big Sky. For the adventurous, Big Sky Resort boasts 5,850 skiable acres and the fastest, most technologically advanced lift network in North America—featuring heated seats and weatherproof bubbles. In the summer, mountain bike trails wind along more than 50 miles of lift-served terrain.

We hope you love discovering the wonders of Big Sky! If you need more insight, feel free to call, email or stop by our office in Town Center.

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WINTER COVER: A team of sled dogs pulls its musher through the wintry Big Sky landscape as Fan Mountain and the Madison Range beckons in the distance. Photo by Nancy Pong

SUMMER COVER: Riders look toward Lone Mountain on a summer afternoon. Exploring the wilderness on horseback is a favorite pasttime in Big Sky country. Photo by Jak Wonderly

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

GET TO KNOW BIG SKY

Through a winding canyon halfway between Bozeman and West Yellowstone, visitors are welcomed to Big Sky country by the iconic Lone Mountain towering above a lush alpine meadow. Come for the big mountain skiing and stay for the bounty of outdoor adventures, gorgeous natural landscapes, abundant wildlife, and the wide-open skies of Montana.

BIG SKY POPULATION

3,396 full-time residents

ON THE MAP

45°16’12”N 111°17’59”W Mountain Time Zone

DID YOU KNOW?

Montana is the fourth largest state in the United States (behind Alaska, Texas and California) with 1.1 million residents. Only seven other states have a lower population. There are more cows here than people.

8 VISITBIGSKY.COM OVERVIEW AREA INFORMATION CLIMATE ELEVATIONS (in feet) 11,166 7,500 4,917 6,250 MOUNTAIN VILLAGE BASE AREA LONE MOUNTAIN
Average Highs (°F) Average Lows (°F) January April August October 31° 78° 50° 54° 8° 40° 22° 24° Average Snowfall Nov. Dec. Jan. Feb. March April 51˝ 66˝ 67˝ 62˝ 64˝ 62˝ BIG SKY TOWN CENTER & MEADOW VILLAGE BOZEMAN PHOTO JAK WONDERLY

ECOLOGY

Big Sky is part of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, one of the largest nearly intact temperate-zone ecosystems on Earth. It's notable for an abundance of wildlife, vegetation, lakes, and the geothermal wonders of Yellowstone National Park.

Among the flora and fauna that call the ecosystem home:

MAMMALS

GALLATIN RIVER

The 120-mile-long Gallatin River originates in Yellowstone National Park and is celebrated for stretches of Blue Ribbon trout fishing, rowdy whitewater runs and scenic beauty. The river joins the Jefferson and Madison rivers in Three Forks, Montana to form the Missouri River.

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SUSTAINABLE TRAVEL

Big Sky is more than just a destination: it's an ecosystem that thrives on the delicate balance of visitor experience and environmental preservation. By following these principles below, you'll be more than just a sightseer—you'll be a steward, ensuring the beauty and wonder of Big Sky endures for years to come.

SUPPORT LOCAL

Our small town thrives on the support of its locally owned businesses and restaurants. When shopping, be ecologically responsible and use a reusable bag. Fill it up with locally sourced souvenirs to remind you of your vacation when back at home. Choosing to shop and eat out will give you an authentic experience while contributing directly to the livelihoods of our residents.

KEEP WILDLIFE WILD

Keeping wildlife wild is integral to sustaining the natural ecosystem. Respect animals’ space by maintaining a safe distance—100 yards for bears and 25 yards for other animals such as bison, elk and moose. Don’t feed them as it disrupts their natural behavior. Carry bear spray and be bear aware. We share the outdoors with a variety of animals who make the forest their home. Remember, these are not pets.

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

Before embarking on your journey, inform someone about your whereabouts. The weather can change suddenly and dramatically. Be prepared by monitoring weather conditions and be prepared for any circumstance. Identify the skills and abilities of trip participants. Gain knowledge of the area you plan to visit and choose equipment and clothing for comfort and safety.

LEAVE NO TRACE

Ensure the protection of BIg Sky's thriving, diverse ecosystem with the principles of "Leave No Trace." Pack it in. Pack it out. Pick up litter you might find along the trail. Use restrooms before you hit the trailhead, but if nature calls, go at least 200 feet away from trails and water. Leave the natural environment undisturbed, keeping all plants, trees, rocks and artifacts where you found them.

STICK TO TRAILS

Trails aren't just paths, they ensure the protection of delicate alpine areas. Staying on designated trails is more than a rule, it's an act of preservation. Erosion caused by shortcutting trails disrupts the fragile balance of ecosystems, resulting in a healing period of 10 to 30 years. Observe and respect trail signs and closures.

SHARE THE TRAIL

While in the outdoors, be aware of others around you. Your actions impact other visitors' experiences. Excessive noise, uncontrolled pets and damaged surroundings detract from the natural beauty. Uphill users always have the right of way. If you are a biker, always yield to hikers, runners and equestrians. All must yield to people using assistive devices. Before passing, politely announce your presence and pass with caution.

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BIG SKY COMMUNITY FOOD BANK

The Big Sky Community Food Bank was founded in 2012 as a local resource to provide residents with free emergency food and social services. The food bank’s goal is to make Big Sky a livable and sustainable year-round community for all. As a seasonal town with many jobs reliant on tourism, and an everincreasing cost of living, there’s a need for a food safety net.

"Our food bank largely supports the workforce—people actively employed in Big Sky. The stereotype is that food banks only serve people who are unhoused and jobless but that’s simply not the case in our community. It is often difficult for the workforce to make ends meet here and in many mountain resort towns.” said Operations Manager Sarah Gaither Bivins.

One way visitors can give back is by donating their unopened, unused vacation groceries at the end of their visit. Donations of kitchenware, including cookware, crockpots, and tableware are also appreciated. The food bank has brightly decorated donation bins at locations around town, including the visitor's center, post office, all three grocery stores, several hotels and the food bank itself.

The nonprofit also serves as a computer lab to provide community access to the internet and printers. As a program of the Human Resource Development Council, the food bank allows guests to tap into a wide variety of social services.

The Food Bank is located in the Big Horn Shopping Center on Highway 191, just north of the Lone Mountain Trail turnoff. It is accessible by bus and Skyline Connect. See bigskyfoodbank.org.

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FAMILY-FRIENDLY FUN

AGES 3+

SUMMER: Get the wiggles out at Big Sky Community Park, featuring soccer and baseball fields, a skateboard/scooter park, a bouldering area, a walking path along a creek and picnic pavilions. A new sidewalk and underground walkway connect the Community Park to the Kircher Discovery Park. On the mountain, cool off at Lake Levinsky Marina with watercraft rentals and a sandy beach. Opt for a scenic chairlift ride or stop by Big Sky Adventure Mountain for all-ages activities, including a bungee trampoline, gemstone mining and mini-golf. Gallatin River Guides and 320 Guest Ranch offer angler lessons for kids ages 4-7. And you can get your little one on a horse at 320 Guest Ranch. Don't miss the 1-mile Storybook Trail, an old logging road perfect for your little ones to run and play while reading a children's story along the way.

WINTER: Embrace the magic of winter with open skate sessions at the Marty Pavelich outdoor ice rink, perfect for both new and experienced skaters. For a fairytale-like excursion, take the entire family on a horse-drawn sleigh ride, or opt for the thrill of a dog sledding adventure. At Big Sky Resort, families can embark on an evening chairlift ride to the immersive lightshow experience at the Enchanted Forest, featuring 10,000 lights

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along a .6-mile path. Need to beat the winter chill? The BASE Community Center offers a climbing wall, indoor gymnasium and fitness center for active indoor fun.

SUMMER: Big Sky's long summer days are perfect for embarking on multiple adventures in a single day. Beat the heat with a guided whitewater rafting trip on the river, or hire an experienced fly-fishing guide at a local fly shop. Of course, no trip to Montana would be complete without a trail ride on horseback—the one to two-hour rides are ideal for kids and families. Big Sky also offers a variety of shorter hiking trails featuring wildflower fields, waterfalls and alpine lakes. For those seeking even more thrills, contact Big Sky Resort and Montana Whitewater to arrange ziplining tours.

WINTER: Winter in Big Sky is synonymous with skiing and snowboarding. At Big Sky Resort, both beginners and more intermediate youngsters can find something to suit their skill level, with group and private lessons available. The resort also boasts a dedicated beginner learning area and terrain parks designed for all abilities. Cross-country skiing is another fantastic family option in Big Sky. Lone Mountain

Ranch provides affordable rentals for kids and features a gentle beginner loop for learning. Additionally, don't miss the chance to explore Yellowstone National Park with a snow coach tour—an interactive opportunity to spot wildlife and discover the park's geothermal landscapes.

SUMMER: Big Sky is quickly becoming a standalone mountain biking destination. Featuring a network of flow and technical trails, Big Sky Resort offers downhill trail options suitable for all skill levels, while additional trails are accessible within the community's network trail system. With parents behind the wheel, local outfitters offer side-by-side off-road vehicles providing hours of thrills for the whole family.

WINTER: Head out on a guided snowmobile tour in Big Sky for incredible views, deep powder fields and plenty of thrills.

CHILDCARE IN BIG SKY

Need a night out? Both Four O Six Nannies and Big Sky Sitters offer reservation-based babysitting and nanny services for your stay. BIg Sky Sitters also offers pet care for your furry friend(s). Reserve in advance at bigskysitters.com and 406nannies.com

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SIEMENS

Pre 1600s

Ancient peoples use the Gallatin area for big-game hunting and camps. Shoshone, Bannock, Nez Perce, Crow and other tribes spend their summers in and around Big Sky.

1803

Most of Montana is purchased from France in the Louisiana Purchase.

1805-1806

Merriwether Lewis and William Clark explore and map the northwestern United States, guided by Sacagawea, a young woman of the Shoshone tribe.

1872

Congress creates Yellowstone National Park, the world’s first national park.

1875-1876

Helena is named the capital of the Montana Territory. General George Custer is defeated at the Battle of Little Big Horn.

1889

Montana becomes the country’s 41st state.

1902

Homesteader Augustus Franklin Crail settles in the meadow area of the Gallatin Basin, on land that is now part of the Big Sky Resort. Two Crail family cabins still stand on the property more than 120 years later.

1950

Elaine and Jack Hume, along with Florence and Tom Boa, purchase the ranch and operate it as a working and dude ranch until the early 1960s when it is sold to cattleman, Sam Smeding.

1960s

National television newscaster Chet Huntley purchases Crail Ranch from Smeding intending the land to become part of Big Sky Resort.

1972

The Big Sky Owners Association forms, acting as a makeshift government for the community.

1973

Big Sky Resort opens on Lone Mountain with a single gondola and three chairlifts.

1976

Everett Kircher purchases Big Sky Resort, adding it to the expanding Boyne Resorts collection, and Big Sky begins to grow.

1986

Big Sky Chamber of Commerce is founded.

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1995

Lone Peak Tram is built, providing extreme skiing 300° off of Lone Mountain.

1998

Groundbreaking ceremony is held for the $50 million, 10-story Summit Hotel, at the time the largest development in Big Sky. The Summit Hotel opens in 2000.

2003

Moonlight Basin ski area opens on the north side of Lone Mountain.

2013

Big Sky Resort adds the former Moonlight Basin ski area and Spanish Peaks terrain to increase Big Sky Resort to 5,850 skiable acres and 4,350' of vertical drop.

2014

Lift-accessed mountain biking is expanded at Big Sky Resort, adding new trails off Explorer and Swift Current lifts.

2023

The new Lone Peak Tram debuts at Big Sky Resort. Two 75-passenger tram cars drop riders atop the 11,166-foot summit of Lone Mountain, where views of Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, and Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks are visible on clear days. Skiers can choose between single, double or triple black diamond runs, while scenic riders can soak up the 360-degree summit expanse before riding back down.

2024/2025

A new chairlift is in the works for the north side of Lone Mountain, slated to be up and running by December 2024. The state-of-theart Northside Eight-Place Lift will be the world's longest of its kind, doubling passenger capacity and reducing ride time by 30%. Riders will enjoy weatherproof Big Sky Blue Bubbles and heated seats for comfort, promising a speedy ride from the Madison Base Area.

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HIKING

BE BEAR AWARE TIPS AND TRICKS

Carry bear spray. It is a safe, effective and easy method to deter a charging bear. Be alert, make noise and don’t hike alone. Bears are more active at dawn, dusk and at night. Stay on maintained trails and be bear aware!

Big Sky is an idyllic spot for hitting the trails, with wilderness as far as the eye can see. You’ll find peace and quiet among the numerous trails originating in Big Sky and the Gallatin Canyon. Hiking in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem offers abundant wildlife, lush meadows, dramatic alpine environments, and often unexpected weather (be prepared with extra layers). Whether you’re looking for a quick out-and-back with incredible views or are up for an all-day challenge, you’ll find it in Big Sky.

TRIP TIP: Ousel Falls Trailhead and other popular trailheads get busy. Plan for an early hike, and if the parking lot is full, try another time.

OUSEL FALLS PARK TRAIL

1.6 miles out & back | 242’ elevation

Go for: Easy access to waterfall views and hiking along ravines.

SOUTH FORK LOOPSTORYBOOK TRAIL

1 mile loop | 167’ elevation

Go for: A quick outing in the forest on a maintained path along the South Fork of the Gallatin River.

ALBINO LAKE TRAIL

5.7 miles out & back | 457’ elevation

Go for: Stops at beautiful meadows with glimpses of wildlife concluding at the lake.

UPLANDS AND HUMMOCKS

5.0 miles loop | 800’ elevation

REFLECTOR

4.1 miles out & back with loop | 866’ elevation

Go for: A gradual uphill with good pushes through aspen and conifer trees and breathtaking views.

STORM CASTLE

5.2 miles out & back | 1,860’ elevation

Go for: A challenging ascent with incredible mountain views from the top.

BEEHIVE BASIN

7 miles out & back | 1,625’ elevation

Go for: Meadows of wildflowers leading up to a spectacular alpine basin with jagged mountain peaks and a reflective glacial lake.

LAVA LAKE

6 miles out & back | 1,600’ elevation

Go for: Three loops of moderate uphill by aspen groves and the Gallatin River, leading to expansive views. Sunshine on Uplands and shaded forest canopy on Hummocks. EASY INTERMEDIATE

Go for: Dense forestry up until the final climb to Lava Lake—a great place to eat lunch and take in the views.

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RAFTING

The Gallatin River, which originates in nearby Yellowstone National Park, is a rafter’s paradise. The water levels are highest during the spring runoff, with levels lowering as the summer progresses. Montana Whitewater provides river tours with experienced guides.

Classic Half Day Raft Trip

Class I-III Rapids | Less Challenging | Age 6+

Classic Half Day Raft Trip

Class II-IV Rapids | 3 Hour Duration | Age 13+

Full Day Raft Trip

Class I-IV Rapids | Age 8+

Half or Full Day

Private Boat Option

Exclusive Beartrap Canyon Raft Trip

10 Mile Trip | Exclusive Permit Full Day Trip | Age 8+

WATER LEVELS

Depending on water levels, rafting can start as early as mid-May and typically ends by mid-August.

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CASTING FOR KIDS

Find Small Fry Tours for families with kids 4 to 10. Guides offer a safe, action-packed experience for children.

FLY FISHING

• Whether you’re a seasoned angler or new to the sport, there are plenty of flyfishing opportunities in and around Big Sky. Choose from a range of trip options tailored to your preference, including guided half- and full-day wading and walking tours on the Gallatin River.

• Peak run-off season is late May to mid-June, depending on snow melt and rainfall in the spring. If visiting Big Sky during that time, opt for a float trip on the Madison River.

• Be sure to acquire your Montana State fishing license prior to your on any river in Montana. A separate fishing license is needed if you are fishing in Yellowstone National Park. See fwp.mt.gov

• Outfitters will provide you with all the gear you need, including a rod and reel, quality boots and waders, and, of course, a selection of flies to ensure you match the hatch.

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PARKS TRAILS Big Sky's only community and recreation center 100 acres of parkland and facilities that provide yearround recreation 285 Simkins Drive Big Sky, MT 406-993-2112 bsco@bsco.org bsco.org 30+ miles of maintained multiuse trials

MOUNTAIN BIKING & ATV

Experience the joy and freedom of exploring Big Sky and the surrounding areas on two wheels. Renting a bike has never been more convenient, with rental shops located both on the mountain and in the meadow. Their local knowledge and expertise will fit you with the perfect ride to meet your needs.

LIFT-ACCESS BIKING

Explore more than 50 miles of lift-serviced mountain bike trails at Big Sky Resort . The resort offers flow and technical trails for all levels of riders. Hop on the Ramcharger 8, Swift Current 6 and Explorer 2 chairlifts to access the resort’s diverse trail system.

Those new to the sport can hire a downhill coach—contact Different Spokes Bike Shop for more information on coaches and rentals. Have your own bike and helmet? Grab a haul pass and hop on the lift. Lifts spin from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Find information about specialized programs on Big Sky Resort’s website.

50+ miles of trails

1,700 vertical feet of mountain biking

35+ biking and hiking trails 14%

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TRAILS

HUMMOCKS

1.8 miles | 226’ climb

Start a half-mile from Town Center and expect rolling terrain with a steady climb. Counterclockwise travel is recommended on the upper loop.

TANNER’S WAY

1.7 miles | 716’ climb

A beginner-friendly route connecting riders to Town Center from the North Fork.

MUD CREEK

2.8 miles | 480’ climb

Ride counterclockwise for a beginner-friendly uphill followed by an intermediate-level fast and flowy descent.

MOUNTAIN TO MEADOW

5.8 miles | 550’ climb

Shuttle to Big Sky Resort for a bucket-list downhill ride with mellow grade single-track, banked turns and switchbacks.

UPLANDS

1.4 miles | 435’ climb

Travel uphill through forested canopy and aspen groves to a smooth and flowing downhill. Connect to Hummocks trail for an additional 3 miles of mellow riding.

NORTH FORK LOOP

8.2 miles | 1,450’ climb

Start with challenging climbs followed by a technical descent with steep downhill and tight switchbacks featuring scenic views of meadows and peaks throughout.

FIRST YELLOW MULE

6.6 miles | 2,964’ climb

Accessed from the busy trailhead of Ousel Falls, this trail is rugged mountain biking with steep grades, rutted tracks and some places you may have to walk your bike. Your reward awaits in the stunning views.

THRILLS ON FOUR WHEELS

Beyond biking, try a different adventure by touring in a side-by-side off-road vehicle, which are available through Canyon Adventures and Summit Motor Sports ATR

These rentals provide an opportunity to see summertime in Montana with access to 16 miles of trails in the Buck Ridge trail system featuring views of Lone Mountain, the Spanish Peaks, the Sphinx and more.

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GOLF

• Big Sky Golf Course is an 18-hole award-winning public golf course designed by Arnold Palmer. It’s open from mid-May to early October (opening and closing dates are snow/weather dependent).

• At an elevation of 6,500 feet above sea level, the links-style course provides ample opportunities for players to revel in the Rocky Mountain landscape while navigating each hole.

• New to golf? Sign up for a lesson or register for a weekly clinic to hone your skills before stepping onto the green.

HORSEBACK RIDING

Celebrate the spirit of the Wild West by embarking on a horseback riding adventure through the rugged terrain of Big Sky Country. It’s an experience that’s hard to top, and luckily, there are plenty of options available.

Big Sky has experienced outfitters ready to get you out on the trails. Reserve a one-hour to half-day ride through high mountain meadows or along the Gallatin Canyon. Full-day trail rides are also available, plus unique options including horseback fly fishing, big game hunting trips and overnight pack trips. Get started with one of the outfitters listed below. Horesback riding requirements vary by company with an age minimum of 7 years old and an approximate weight limit of 215 lbs.

HORSEBACK OUTFITTERS

WANT TO BE A WRANGLER?

Take your little buckaroo (ages 4-7) to 320 Guest Ranch for kid-friendly horse activities, including learning to rope, feeding the horses, and the opportunity to saddle up on horseback for a photo to remember your Montana vacation.

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ELEVATING ADVENTURES

When staring up at the dazzling mountain peaks, it’s hard not to wonder what the view is like from the top. Big Sky has plenty of opportunities to get a fresh perspective and a new thrill.

TRIP TIP: Weather is variable and can postpone any activity. Keep dates flexible to ensure you can enjoy an experience on a rescheduled date.

ZIPLINING

Experience the exhilarating guided zipline adventure nestled in the canyon between Bozeman and Big Sky at Montana Whitewater. Enjoy the thrill as you soar high above the Gallatin River. The Zipline Adventure Park in West Yellowstone features a jungle gym above ground. Children ages 6 to 12 are welcome on the main Adventure Zipline Course, however, they must be accompanied by someone 16 or older. The Junior Ranger Course is also available for children ages 4 to 7, accompanied by a sibling over 10 or an adult. Big Sky Resort offers both Nature and Adventure ziplining packages. The Nature Zipline tour includes a 10-minute walk up to two lines, 30 to 50 feet in the air. The Adventure Zipline tour is for

thrill-seekers ready to venture far above the treeline: from the top of the zipline, soar 150 feet above the forest, with views of Lone Mountain and the Spanish Peaks on the way down. Gondola construction may affect ziplining operations in the summer of 2024.

ROCK CLIMBING

Another way to take Big Sky to new heights is by climbing to the best view. Gallatin Canyon offers a large concentration of climbing on gneiss stone (metamorphosed granite). Routes include everything from 50’ approachable climbs to 400’ overhanging expert routes. Hire a rock climbing guide from Montana Alpine Guides and book the Half-Day Guided Climbing Adventure course; learn basic knots and efficient climbing techniques.

If the outdoor climbing course isn’t what you’re ready for, grab a pass at the BASE Community Center and try out the indoor rock wall.

HOT AIR BALLOONS

Perhaps the best way to see all of Big Sky is from up in the sky. Endeavour Ballooning takes you high above Big Sky to view the spectacular landscape. Trips begin at sunrise when the winds are calmest. The gentle early light casts a golden hue over the landscape, painting the sky with vibrant colors above the picturesque valleys and mountain peaks. Although weather can sometimes postpone take-off, it’s well worth the wait. When you land, toast with champagne and celebrate your journey.

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5 DAYS OF SUMMER

DAY 1:

Morning: Ease into your summer adventure with a leisurely morning in town. Grab a coffee at one of the local coffee shops and wander through Big Sky Town Center to familiarize yourself with the surroundings.

Afternoon: Pick up a trail map and embark on a short hike to immerse yourself in the beautiful Rocky Mountain landscape surrounding Big Sky.

DAY 2:

Morning: Kick off the day with an adrenalinepumping whitewater rafting excursion, navigating rapids and experiencing the rush of the river. (See page 22)

Afternoon: Rent a side-by-side vehicle for a thrilling ride up Buck’s Ridge to revel in scenic views and the sense of adventure.

Evening: If it’s Wednesday, explore the vibrant Farmers Market in Big Sky’s Town Center where you’ll find an array of locally grown produce, handmade crafts, artisanal goods and delicious food offerings from local vendors.

DAY 3:

Morning: Discover myriad activities at Big Sky Resort in the morning—whether mountain biking, hiking, enjoying a scenic lift ride or a zipline adventure. (See page 30)

Evening: Thursdays in Big Sky brings Music in the Mountains in Len Hill Park. Unwind with a delicious pizza while enjoying the sounds of live performances amidst the town’s upbeat atmosphere. (See page 90)

DAY 4:

All Day: Dedicate the entire day to exploring the wonders of Yellowstone National Park, delving into its natural beauty, geothermal features and wildlife sightings. Hire a guide to maximize your time in the park. (See page 49)

DAY 5:

Morning: Start the day with a serene hot air balloon ride and marvel at the breathtaking vistas from above. (See page 30)

Afternoon: Engage in the art of fly fishing, embracing the tranquility of the waterways and the thrill of reeling in your catch. (See page 24)

Evening: Wind down your adventurous week with a relaxing evening, perhaps by enjoying a quiet dinner in the Town Center while reflecting on the incredible memories you made in Big Sky. (See page 65)

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SKIING & SNOWBOARDING

PEAK PERFECTION

Big Sky Resort is the beating heart of the mountain community. The resort operates late November through late April, depending on weather conditions, with some lifts opening later and closing earlier in the season. Reserve lift tickets online at bigskyresort.com in advance for the lowest possible pricing and get ready to hit the wide open acres of Big Sky. Whether you're looking for pitch-perfect groomers or steep black diamond runs, Big Sky has something for every skill and level. The resort also makes lift rides as enjoyable as skiing—get comfortable with heated seats and weatherproof bubbles on Ramcharger 8, Swift Current 6, Powder Seeker 6, and weatherproof bubbles on Lewis & Clark.

LONE PEAK TRAM ACCESS

The Lone Peak Tram offers a comfortable ride, spectacular views and challenging terrain from the top of Lone Mountain, standing at a breathtaking 11,166 feet. Single-day or multiday lift tickets purchased from the resort will include tram

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Guests holding Ikon, Mountain Collective and Big Sky Resort passes without tram access have the option to purchase single-ride tickets for the Lone Peak Tram via Autocharge. Certain promotional, group and zero-dollar lift tickets will not include tram access.

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LESSONS & EXPERIENCES

Big Sky Resort’s Mountain Sports School can take your visit to the next level with lessons for the whole family. Guests can choose to join group lessons for all levels or book a private lesson for up to five people. The ski school also offers daily group lessons and camps for kids from age 3 and up (daycare is offered through Lone Peak Playhouse starting at 6 months).

For those looking to go higher, book a Tram Guide to help confidently navigate the advanced upper mountain trails along with coveted early mountain access. Find the most up-to-date information on lessons and guiding options at bigskyresort.com

DOWNHILL RENTALS

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CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING

Winter in Big Sky is full of possibilities, with miles of expertly groomed cross-country trails through the meadows and woods. Gear up with local outfitters, connect with knowledgeable instructors and head out on an unforgettable adventure on the public BSCO trails or the private trails at Lone Mountain Ranch.

LONE MOUNTAIN RANCH

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Please note many Meadow and Town Center trails are dedicated to cross-country skiing; snowshoeing or walking is not allowed.

destination in North America by Cross Country Skier Magazine. Explore more than 50 miles (85 km) of groomed trails accessible to all levels at this historic guest ranch. Gear rentals, trail guides, day passes and season tickets are all available on-site. Kids 12 or younger and seniors 70 or older ski free. If you plan on skiing for more than one day, pick up a multiday ticket, which makes it easy to hop on the Lone Mountain Trail network from anywhere in town. Tickets are also available at Big Sky Resort Nordic Center, which offers rentals, lessons and clinics for all levels. See lonemountainranch.com

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WINTER ACTIVITIES

There's more to Big Sky than skiing in the winter. From horse-drawn sleigh rides and dog sledding to winter fishing in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, there is plenty to experience and enjoy during the snowy season.

ICE SKATING

Located in the Big Sky Town Center, Big Sky’s outdoor refrigerated Marty Pavelich Ice Rink is the perfect place to create timeless and treasured memories. The rink is used for open skating, curling and hockey. Grab rentals from nearby East Slope Outdoors. See the rink schedule and list of events at bsco.org

SLEIGH & SNOWCAT RIDES

Snuggle up and enjoy an enchanting winter evening en route to a full prime rib dinner or hearty appetizers served at a backcountry cabin or yurt with a crackling fire. 320 Guest Ranch, Lone Mountain Ranch, and Cache Creek Outfitters offer horse-drawn sleigh rides, while Montana Dinner Yurt transports guests via snowcat. These unforgettable experiences are available from mid-December to mid-March, conditions permitting.

SNOWMOBILING

Cruise through open meadows, spectacular alpine scenery and powder fields in Big Sky on a guided or GPS-led tour. Link up with outfitters, including Canyon Adventures and Summit Motor Sports ATR. Outfitters offer full-body suits, boots, gloves and helmets for an additional cost. Driver's licenses are required to drive a snowmobile—doubling up with a licensed driver is an alternative option.

WINTER FISHING

The Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem provides some of the best fly fishing in the world. You'll find serenity and solitude in the winter wonderland, with plenty of fishing action on tap. Opportunities include walk-and-wade trips on the Gallatin River or ice fishing on nearby lakes. Book a local guide for expert insight into winter fly fishing and ice fishing around Big Sky.

SNOWSHOEING

Accessible for all ages, snowshoeing in Big Sky offers a chance to take in the winter scenery at your own pace. Head to Lone Mountain Ranch for 18 miles (30 km) of snowshoe-friendly trails, or hit the BSCO trail network. Rent snowshoes from East Slope Outdoors or Gallatin Alpine Sports, grab a trail map and explore. If you prefer a guided trip, Big Sky Resort Base Camp offers guided private and group tours.

DOG SLEDDING

Mush! The thrill of traveling through Montana’s backcountry on a dogpowered sled awaits for dog-lovers of any age. Half-day dogsled trips feature hands-on instruction for those eager to drive their own team of huskies. Check with outfitters Spirit of the North or Yellowstone Dog Sled Adventures for trip availability, as reservations are required months in advance.

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5 WINTER DAYS

DAY 1:

Morning: Begin your adventure at Big Sky Resort by delving into 5,800 acres of skiable terrain. Hire a mountain guide to acquaint yourself with the diverse trails and get insights into the mountain’s best runs and hidden gems. (See page 39)

Evening: Unwind from the day’s adventures by indulging in a cozy evening at a restaurant in the Big Sky Town Center, sharing stories of your first day on the slopes while enjoying a delicious meal. (See page 65)

DAY 2:

Morning: Discover the excitement of dog sledding as skilled canines guide you through the wintry landscape in Big Sky's backcountry. (See page 42)

Evening: Add an adventurous dimension to your mountain experience with headlamp night skiing at Big Sky Resort, where you'll get equipped with a powerful headlamp to explore the groomed slopes of Andesite Mountain under the stars.

DAY 3:

Morning: Embrace the morning with more skiing, carving through Big Sky’s vast, powdery trails.

Evening: Embark on a unique journey via snowcat or sleigh to a specially curated dining experience amidst the moonlit, snow-covered mountains. (See page 69)

DAY 4:

Morning: Venture beyond Big Sky for an action-packed day. Opt for a snowcoach or snowmobile tour in Yellowstone National Park for a glimpse of pristine winter beauty.

For those seeking a workout, a guided cross-country skiing excursion offers an intimate connection with the serene wilderness. (See page 54)

Evening: Relish a gourmet dinner delivered to your rental by catering company Gourmet Gals, allowing you to unwind and savor delectable cuisine in the comfort of your accommodation.

DAY 5:

Morning: Rent snowshoes and enjoy a quiet morning in a winter wonderland with or without a guide at Lone Mountain Ranch. (See page 42)

Evening: Enjoy an evening ride on the Ramcharger 8 lift to the summit of Andesite Mountain to experience the immersive light display of the Enchanted Forest, where 10,000 lights illuminate a single kilometer path through the woods.

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BIG SKY TO YELLOWSTONE

Yellowstone National Park, an hour’s drive from Big Sky, is a natural wonderland capturing the beauty of the American West. Established in 1872, Yellowstone is the world’s first national park, drawing millions of visitors annually with its breathtaking scenery, abundant wildlife and incredible geothermal areas, including geysers and hot springs. West Yellowstone is the closest entrance into the park from Big Sky. To preserve its beauty, remember to stay on boardwalks and designated trails and do not touch or throw objects into thermal features.

GEOLOGY

» More than 10,000 hydrothermal features

» More than 500 active geysers

» Roughly 300 waterfalls

» Located on top of an active volcano

GEOGRAPHY

» Larger than Delaware and Rhode Island combined

» 2,221,766 acres | 3,472 square miles

» 96% in Wyoming, 3% in Montana, 1% in Idaho

» 80% forests, 15% grasslands, 5% water

» Highest Point: 11,358 feet, Lowest Point: 5,282 feet

ROADS & TRAILS

» 5 park entrances

» 466 miles of roads

» 15 miles of boardwalk

» 92 trailheads

» 1,000 miles of backcountry hiking trails

YELLOWSTONE LAKE

» 7,733 feet above sea level—the largest high-elevation lake in North America

» 131.7 square miles of surface area

» 141 miles of shoreline

» Average depth 138’, max depth 430’

PLAN YOUR TRIP

An entrance pass is required to enter Yellowstone National Park, but vehicle reservations are not needed. You are encouraged to purchase a park entrance pass before arriving to save time, but you may also purchase passes at any entrance station upon arrival. Under the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act, national parks keep 80% of all fees collected and use that money to fund critical projects that improve services and protect resources. In Yellowstone, park pass fee revenues provide $8.8 million yearly for accessibility improvements, campgrounds, infrastructure, roads, native fish restoration, aquatic species mitigation and more.

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REMINDER

Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed, as animals in Yellowstone roam freely. In the early morning and evening are when animals are most active.

WILD ANIMALS

WILDLIFE

285 species of birds

Raptors, songbirds and shorebirds are among the birds you will see—150 species build nests and fledge their young in the park.

16 species of fish

Native species include Arctic grayling, westslope cutthroat trout, Yellowstone cutthroat trout and mountain whitefish, among others.

67 species of mammals

Yellowstone is home to the largest concentration of mammals in the Lower 48 states, notably bison, elk, moose, bighorn sheep and predators, including grizzly and black bears, mountain lions, wolverines and wolves.

Protected species:

Yellowstone National Park is home to several species listed as threatened or endangered, including the grizzly bear, Canadian lynx and wolverine. Gray wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone National Park in 1995.

Never approach wildlife. Animals are wild and unpredictable. Follow these distances to keep you and wildlife safe.

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TOUR THE PARK

Yellowstone can be explored through the Lower or Upper Loop. With the loops offering so much to see, it is best to plan a day for each.

LOWER LOOP

If you only have one day to enjoy the park, and want to see some of the park’s most famous landmarks, consider exploring the Lower Loop. Before heading into the park, check the Yellowstone National Park app to see the estimated time for Old Faithful’s next eruption, typically every 90 minutes, so plan your arrival at Old Faithful accordingly. From Big Sky, you’ll use the west entrance to enter the park. Once you get to Madison Junction, turn right and stop at Fountain Paint Pots. View the Grand Prismatic from the Springs Overlook to get a feel for the size of the springs. Next stop: Old Faithful and the Upper Geyser Basin. Head south over the Continental Divide, where water flows to the Atlantic Ocean on one side and to the Pacific Ocean on the other. Watch water

flow from the West Thumb Geyser Basin into Yellowstone Lake. Check out the lake’s hydrothermal features and the Absaroka Mountain Range from its boardwalk. View some of the most acidic hydrothermal features in the park at Mud Volcano, then drive through the Hayden Valley, a great place to view wildlife. Finally, take in the scenic views of the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, a canyon formed by the erosion of the Yellowstone River.

UPPER LOOP

This loop has some of the most scenic parts of Yellowstone and is excellent for wildlife watching and viewing thermal features. At the Madison Junction, turn left and head for your first stop at Norris Geyser Basin. There, you’ll see Roaring Mountain, a mountain that hisses today, but at one time roared. Near Yellowstone’s main Gardiner entrance, explore the one-of-a-kind Mammoth Terraces. Next, head through the Lamar Valley, renowned for its abundant wolves and bears. Finally, stop at Tower Falls, a 132-foot waterfall framed by eroded volcanic pinnacles.

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PACKING LIST RECOMMENDATION

» Warm clothing and layers—weather changes throughout the day in the mountains

» Comfortable, sturdy shoes

» Sun protection—the sun is strong at high elevations

» Binoculars

» Bear spray

» Water—to stay hydrated in the dry mountain climate

» Lunch and snacks—to stop at one of the 52 picnic areas within the park and stay fueled while recreating

TIPS IF YOU AREN’T HIRING A GUIDE

» Gas up and grab lunch and snacks before entering the park.

» Cell phone coverage is sparse so be sure to have a map and know your route ahead of time.

» Download GaperGuide—a touring app that helps prioritize the must-see places based on time and interest.

» Download the National Parks app so you can see predicted times for geyser eruptions.

PETS

Activities with pets are limited in Yellowstone. They are not allowed on trails or boardwalks, in the backcountry or in thermal areas. These policies exist to protect pets from predators, thermal features and to prevent the exchange of diseases between domestic animals and park wildlife. Additionally, the policies are designed to ensure all can enjoy the park without disruption.

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Attend a ranger program to explore the Yellowstone Tribal Heritage Center, or participate in the free Junior Ranger Program.

WINTER IN YELLOWSTONE

Yellowstone is a magical wonderland in the wintertime. With most roads closed from early November through mid-April, the park offers transportation options to experience its wonders. West Yellowstone is the most popular wintertime entryway into the park, with local outfitters offering guided snowcoach or snowmobile trips to Old Faithful and the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. Old Faithful is the most popular destination, where you’ll witness the world’s most concentrated geothermal area in the stillness of winter, with additional stops, including Fountain Paint Pots, Black Sand Basin, Biscuit Basin, along with plenty of wildlife spotting. Guides offer history, geology and wildlife knowledge. A trip to the breathtaking Grand Canyon of Yellowstone includes stops at the Lower and Upper Falls and Mammoth Hot Springs.

Other popular ways to experience Yellowstone are crosscountry skiing or snowshoeing with a guide. The park features a vast network of wintertime trails at popular destinations cloaked in the stillness of winter.

Visitors can also choose to drive into the north entrance of Yellowstone in Gardiner to access Mammoth Hot Springs, which is open year-round, although the Upper Terrace is closed. The road continues into the Lamar Valley, abundant with wintering wildlife, including wolves and bison. The road ends at the winter terminus at Silver Gate and Cooke City, which draws visitors for wildlife viewing and recreational snowmobiling. Plan ahead to take advantage of the incredible opportunity to experience Yellowstone National Park in the tranquility of winter.

TOUR GUIDES

*Not all tour guides operate in the winter. Visit their websites for more information.

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GALLATIN NATIONAL FOREST CAMPING

Pitch your tent under star-studded skies at campgrounds near Yellowstone National Park. Surrounded by natural beauty, there are numerous camping spots catering to various preferences in the area.

FIRE SAFETY

» Respect fire danger signs, bans and permit requirements. Check local fire regulations before building a fire.

» Do not leave a fire unattended, and ensure it is completely out before leaving.

» Be mindful of weather and wind patterns.

» Follow all regulations when using fireworks.

» Alert authorities of any smoke you see in the area.

» Keep your fire in the designated fire rings.

BEAR SAFETY

» Keep food away from bears by storing it in bear-safe containers or cans.

» Pick up scraps after meals.

» Do not store food in your car.

» Place food at least 100 feet away from your campsite.

» Prepare for bear encounters and follow guidelines.

» Carry bear spray and familiarize yourself with how to use it.

LOCAL FIREWOOD

» Do not bring firewood from home or other forests.

» Buy firewood where you plan to burn it or gather on-site where permitted.

» Firewood should be sourced from an area no farther than 50 miles away—within 10 miles is preferred.

» Collect and burn wood responsibly to keep the forest healthy.

BE PREPARED

» Plan ahead as cell reception is limited in most of the Gallatin Canyon.

» Pack trash in and out.

» Always plan for bad weather and pack extra clothes.

» Collect and dispose of any food waste responsibly.

» Leave the campsite better than you found it.

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A PLACE TO STAY

From luxury hotels to cozy cabins and guest ranches, whether slopeside or in the heart of the village, there’s a place for everyone in Big Sky. No matter where you stay, you’ll find breathtaking views of the pristine peaks and open spaces that make Big Sky such a special place.

THE HUB

Located in the heart of Town Center, The Wilson Hotel Big Sky is an excellent choice for walkability. This hotel puts you within close proximity of shops, restaurants and in-town trails. Surrounded by mountains, every room has a great view. The hot tub and outdoor pool are the perfect way to unwind after a day of exploring.

ALPINE LIVING

For those who want to be right on the mountain, plenty of lodging options offer quick access to outdoor adventure. The Summit Hotel and Village Center Hotel are both located just steps away from the chairlifts and the summertime Adventure Mountain activities. The Huntl e y Lodg e offers modern aesthetics, a variety of gathering spaces and

down-to-earth appeal. With resort amenities, full kitchens and living areas, the Sho s hon e Condominium Hot e l is perfect for those who want more space. The Lodg e at Big Sky , within walking distance of the slopes, offers spectacular mountain views and breakfast. On the south side of Lone Mountain, you’ll find Montag e Big Sky , a truly luxurious slopeside stay offering a range of on-site dining options and spa services.

SERENE ESCAPES

If a peaceful getaway is what you’re after, consider staying a little outside of town at the Rainbow Ranch Lodge, nestled along the banks of the Gallatin River. This is a popular choice for special events, including weddings and gourmet dining.

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FEEL RIGHT AT HOME

Rent a condo or home for your stay in Big Sky with plenty of options to accommodate groups of any size. Couples seeking a romantic escape or celebrating a special occasion will also find cozy places to call home. Many vacation rentals in Big Sky even offer direct mountain access.

Perks of staying in a private condo or home include the option to bring in a private chef or private childcare to make your stay even more enjoyable. Choose from rental options in the Canyon, Meadow or Mountain neighborhoods, each offering unique attractions, home styles and opportunities to explore Big Sky’s culture. Whether you’re seeking outdoor adventures, cultural experiences or just a peaceful retreat, there’s a vacation rental in Big Sky that’s perfect for you.

IDYLLIC HIDEAWAYS

Stay at one of the various guest ranches that dot the perimeter of Big Sky to experience authentic ranch living and create lifelong memories. Lone Mountain Ranch is conveniently located near Big Sky Town Center, yet

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feels like a secluded retreat. The ranch offers easy access to the mountain and instant access to the Nordic trails. 320 Guest Ranch is another nearby lodge with beautiful amenities and a breathtaking natural backdrop. For those who want a bit more remote ranch experience, three all-inclusive guest ranches less than an hour from town provide just that. Step into the past at Nine Quarter Circle Ranch, established in 1912 and operated by the same family for three generations. Covered Wagon Ranch, which opened in 1925, has maintained its original charm despite the passage of time.

Elkhorn Ranch, which joined the National Register of Historic Places in 2016, has seen little change since its establishment in 1922. All three ranches are surrounded by thousands of acres of national forest and are close to Yellowstone National Park.

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Cinnamon Lodge 37090 Gallatin Road 406-995-4253 Canyon The Huntley Lodge 50 Big Sky Resort Road 800-548-4486 Mountain The Lodge at Big Sky 75 Sitting Bull Road 406-995-7858 Mountain Montage Big Sky 995 Settlement Trail 406-993-8142 Mountain Rainbow Ranch 42950 Gallatin Road 406-995-4132 Canyon Shoshone Condominium Hotel 40 Big Sky Resort Road 800-548-4486 Mountain Summit Hotel 60 Big Sky Resort Road 800-548-4486 Mountain Village Center at Big Sky Resort 48 Big Sky Resort Road 800-548-4486 Mountain The Wilson Hotel 145 Town Center Ave. 406-995-9000 Town Center
320 Guest Ranch 205 Buffalo Horn Creek Road 406-995-4283 Canyon Covered Wagon Ranch 34035 Gallatin Road 406-995-4237 Canyon Elkhorn Ranch 33133 Gallatin Road 406-995-4291 Canyon Lone Mountain Ranch 750 Lone Mountain Ranch Road 800-514-4644 Town Center Nine Quarter Circle Ranch 5000 Taylor Fork Road 406-995-4276 Canyon
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DINING FOR EVERY OCCASION

Montage Big Sky offers the ultimate gathering place to sip, savor and revel in the day’s adventures.

Shaped by Montana’s rich heritage of agriculture and wild game, explore five dining destinations showcasing locally sourced ingredients, from Italian-inspired cuisine to classic pub fare and bowling, we welcome you for every occasion.

For Reservations Call 406.993.8140 | Montage.com/BigSky | @MontageBigSky | 995 Settlement Trail, Big Sky Montana

Please be aware of potential seasonal closures. Check our website for the most current information regarding availability and operating hours.

*Open Seasonally for the Winter and Summer.

Alpenglow Beartooth Pub & Rec. Cortina Backcast* Wildflower Market

DINING

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BIG FLAVOR

Much like the scenery surrounding Big Sky, food and drink here is inspiring. Enjoy barbecue along the river, fresh brews in the heart of town or a candlelit yurt dinner on Lone Mountain.

FUEL UP

Take a meal to go and make the most of your time in Big Sky’s beautiful outdoors. Whether you’re hitting the trails for hiking and biking, or the slopes for some skiing and snowboarding, Big Sky’s dining options have you covered. Cafes and bakeries in town offer coffee and lattes, breakfast burritos, pastries, and other grab-and-go options, perfect before a day of outdoor adventure. Don’t forget to pack a snack or two—a sandwich or other sustenance will keep your energy up on the trail. Many of the hiking and skiing trails in the area offer breathtaking vistas that are perfect for a pit stop.

COZY AND CASUAL

The dining scene in Big Sky can be as casual and comfortable as its outdoor apparel. After a long day of adventuring, head straight from the trail to the table without worrying about dressing up. While the dress code is relaxed, you’ll still experience top-notch dining, from wood-fired pizza to French bistro cuisine. Big Sky boasts a variety of restaurants with great food and views to match. Enjoy a cold beer or cocktail while taking in the beauty of the Montana landscape and toast to a well-spent day in the mountains with your family and friends.

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RANCH TO TABLE

Big Sky is surrounded by rolling Montana ranch country with restaurants featuring locally sourced, fresh ingredients at the forefront. Several saloons and steakhouses provide an authentic ranch-to-table dining experience with a wide variety of expertly prepared local meats. Whether it’s a classic steak or a burger, you’ll find delicious Montana beef all across town. If you want to try something more on the wild side, you can find bison, elk and trout on various menus in Big Sky. Don’t hesitate to explore the many flavors and cuts that restaurants have to offer for an authentic BIg Sky experience.

INTERNATIONAL CUISINE

Although Big Sky is a small mountain town, its array of international cuisine is impressive. Beyond the saloons and steakhouses, you’ll find a whole host of diverse eateries. The town boasts a community of people from all over the world who have brought their unique and delicious culinary traditions. Craving authentic Mexican fare or delicious Chinese food? You can find it here. Looking for high-quality sushi or handmade Italian cuisine? We’ve got you covered. Work up an appetite and get ready to explore the colorful flavors Big Sky has to offer.

UNIQUE DINING

Dining isn’t just about the food in Big Sky, it’s about the experience. Get into nature with a snowcat ride to a cozy, candlelit yurt for an intimate three-course meal at Montana Dinner Yurt. Or, at Everett’s 8800, find yourself spirited up the mountain on a chairlift for an alpineinspired dining experience with views of Lone Mountain. Visitors can also enjoy traveling in a horse-drawn sleigh under the starlit sky to a historic cabin. There, you will indulge in a hearty Montana meal entertained by cowboy singing and storytelling at Lone Mountain Ranch. For an off-the-beaten path experience, ride along the Gallatin River by sleigh or wagon for appetizers at 320 Guest Ranch

ON THE MOUNTAIN

Whether you hit the slopes with an appetite or need time to work one up, there are plenty of mountain-side eats. Lunch options abound at Big Sky Resort. The main Village Base Area

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has quick nibbles, a main dining hall offering sushi, ramen, stone-fired pizzas and a classic grill to enjoy inside or on the expansive sundeck. Slopeside hotels also offer a variety of dining with sit-down lunches and quick bites to get you back on the slopes. You’ll also find options right on the slopes including ski-in yurts, reservation-only fine dining and traditional cafeteria-style offerings to fill you up.

When the sun sets, it’s time to take off those ski boots (or not) and relax with a hearty meal. You’ll find restaurants galore, including casual, family-friendly fare and fine dining in the Village, all with a distinctly Montana flair.

APRÈS SKI

After a day in the beautiful outdoors, nothing beats the feeling of unwinding with a refreshing drink in hand. Luckily, there are plenty of options to satisfy your après cravings, including local breweries, classic Montana bars (complete with shuffleboard, arcade games and casinos), refined cocktail and mocktail bars, and no shortage of live music.

For those who prefer to enjoy their drinks from the comfort of their own accommodations, take your pick of businesses to purchase your favorite beer, wine, or spirits—including a selection of Montanamade brands. You’ll find après ski gatherings aplenty with drink specials and seasonal appetizers. Kick off your boots, sit back and enjoy a festive libation after a day of adventure.

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Café 191 47995 Gallatin Road 406-995-3232 Cozy & Casual • • • Corral Steakhouse* 42895 Gallatin Road 406-995-4249 Cozy & Casual • • • Lone Perk Coffee Hut 90 Lone Mountain Road 406- 995-311 Fuel Up • McGill’s* 205 Buffalo Horn Creek Road 406-995-3327 Ranch to Table • Sliders Deli 90 Lone Mountain Trail 406-995-2566 Fuel Up • • The Riverhouse BBQ* 45130 Gallatin Road 406-995-7427 Cozy & Casual • Wild Caddis* 42950 Gallatin Road 406-995-4132 Ranch to Table •
Bunker Bar and Grill* 2100 Black Otter Drive 406-995-4047 Cozy & Casual • • Cosmic Café 47650 Gallatin Road 406-599-7269 Fuel Up • • Mi Pueblito Taco Bus 1567 Lone Mountain Trail 406-223-6421 Fuel Up • • Michaelangelo’s Ristorante Italiano* 75 Center Lane 406-995-7373 International • Olive B’s BIg Sky Bistro* 151 Center Lane 406-995-3355 Cozy & Casual • Thorn Apple Baking Co. 48 Market Place 406-995-2140 Bakery • • TOWN CENTER Alberto’s Mexican Cuisine* 118 Ousel Falls Road 406-995-2326 International • • Big Sky Noodles* 111 Town Center Ave. 406-404-6529 International • Blindside Burger 47 Town Center Ave 406-995-3189 Fuel Up • • Block 3* 145 Town Center Ave. 406-995-2233 Ranch to Table • Blue Buddha* 99 Town Center Ave. 406-993-2583 International • Blue Moon Bakery* 120 Big Pine Drive 406-995-2305 Fuel Up • • • By Word of Mouth* 77 Aspen Leaf Drive 406-995-2992 Cozy & Casual • • Caliber Coffee 80 Snowy Mountain Circle 406-995-7311 Fuel Up • Cowboy Coffee 25 Town Center Ave. 406-993-2333 Fuel Up • • Milkies Pizza & Pub 77 Aspen Leaf Drive 406-995-2900 Après • Ousel & Spur* 50 Ousel Falls Road 406-995-7175 Cozy & Casual • BREAKFAST LUNCH DINNER
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Check to see which restaurants take reservations and be sure to book prior to your arrival to Big Sky. *Denotes restaurants with seasonal closure times.

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Pinky G’s Pizzeria 47 Town Center Ave. 406-995-7492 Cozy & Casual • Scoops* 111 Town Center Ave. 406-404-6529 Ice Cream The Rocks Tasting Room 33 Lone Peak Drive 406-995-2066 Cozy & Casual • • The Waypoint* 50 Ousel Falls Road 406-995-7827 Après • The Wrap Shack* 77 Aspen Leaf Drive 406-995-3099 Fuel Up • • Tips Up* 76 Town Center Ave. 406-995-2773 Cozy & Casual • Tres Toros Tacos Tequila* 145 Town Center Ave. 406-995-7380 International •
Cabin Bar & Grill* Arrowhead Mall 406-995-4244 Cozy & Casual • • Carabiner at Big Sky Resort * Summit Hotel 406-995-8078 Cozy & Casual • • Chet’s at Big Sky Resort* Huntley Lodge 406-995-5784 Cozy & Casual • Everett’s 8800* Mountain 406-995-8800 Ranch to Table • • Headwaters Grille* Madison Base Area 406-993-6655 Fuel Up • • Huntley Dining Room* Huntley Lodge 406-995-5783 Fuel Up • Mocha in the Huntley* Huntley Lodge 406-995-5542 Fuel Up Montana Jack* The Exchange 406-995-5786 Cozy & Casual • • Peaks at Big Sky Resort* Summit Hotel 406-995-8076 Ranch to Table • • Scissorbills* Arrowhead Mall 406-995-4933 Après • • Shedhorn Grill* Mountain 406-995-3880 Fuel Up • Treeline Coffee Roasters* Village Center 406-995-8047 Fuel Up Umbrella Bar* Mountain Village Plaza 800-548-4486 Après Uncle Dan’s* Mountain 406-579-2259 Fuel Up • Vista Hall at Big Sky Resort* The Exchange 406-995-5732 Fuel Up • • Westward Social at Big Sky Resort* The Exchange 406-995-5723 Après • • Yeti Dogs* Mountain Village Plaza 253-797-2017 Fuel Up • BREAKFAST LUNCH DINNER

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Alpenglow at Montage Big Sky* 995 Settlement Trail 406-993-8142 Cozy & Casual • • Beartooth Pub & Rec at Montage Big Sky* 995 Settlement Trail 406-993-8142 Cozy & Casual • Cortina at Montage Big Sky* 995 Settlement Trail 406-993-8142 International • • • Horn & Cantle at Lone Mountain Ranch* 800 Lone Mountain Ranch Road 406-995-2782 Ranch to Table • • • Wildflower Market at Montage Big Sky* 995 Settlement Trail 406-993-8142 Fuel Up • • •
EXPERIENCES 320 Guest Ranch* 205 Buffalo Horn Creek Road 406-995-4283 Sleigh Ride • Cache Creek Outfitters* 1039 Bull Moose Road 406-995-3888 Sleigh Ride • Lone Mountain Ranch* 800 Lone Mountain Ranch Road 406-400-9631 Sleigh Ride • Montana Dinner Yurt* Mountain 406-995-3880 Snow Cat •
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GEARING UP FOR A BIG SKY DAY

Big Sky has so much to offer for outdoor recreation in every season. Having the right gear is essential to enjoying all the wonders of the region. Here, you’ll find a list of outdoor essentials to help you prepare for your Big Sky adventure. But don’t worry, anything that was left behind from state-of-the-art gear to fashionable mountain attire can be found easily at the many shops and boutiques in the Big Sky Town Center.

WINTER

On the Mountain:

Whether you’re exploring the vast acreage at Big Sky Resort or the endless Nordic trails at Lone Mountain Ranch, you’ll need to dress for chilly winter conditions:

» Downhill/Nordic skis and poles or snowboard

» Downhill/Nordic/snowboard boots

» Waterproof jackets

» Waterproof pants

» Base layer tops and bottoms

» Down or fleece layers for additional warmth

» Waterproof and insulated ski gloves or mittens

» Warm winter hat

» Helmet

» Ski or snowboard-specific socks

» Balaclava or facemask

» Goggles

» Sunglasses

» Hand and foot warmers

Around Town:

In Big Sky we call it Montana casual. You can go from the slopes to dinner without changing your clothes (just be sure to change out of your ski boots).

» Warm jacket

» Pants (fleece-lined or down)

» Fleece tops and sweaters

» Winter boots

» Warm hats and gloves

SUMMER

Finding yourself “out there” is easy when recreating outdoors in Big Sky. You’ll appreciate these essentials whether hitting the trails, running the rivers or simply heading to an afternoon at the farmers market. They say if you don’t like the weather in Montana, just wait a minute. Expect to experience all four seasons in one day, even in the summer months:

» Lightweight waterproof jacket or shell

» Technical/quick-dry pants and shorts

» SPF shirt

» Top and bottom base layers

» Fleece layer

» Trail-specific footwear

» River sandals

» Sunglasses

» Brimmed hat

» High-SPF sunscreen

» Swimwear

» Small backpack or hip bag

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WELLNESS

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AVOID ALTITUDE SICKNESS

Altitude sickness can cause headaches, nausea, fatigue, shortness of breath, dizziness and difficulty sleeping. Follow these best practices to ensure your time in Big Sky is as healthy as it can be.

• Get acclimated before partaking in strenuous physical activity.

• Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water.

• Limit alcohol and caffeine intake.

• Look into locally offered IV hydration services.

MOUNTAIN WELLNESS

Sink into the laid-back Montana mindset by inhaling Big Sky’s fresh mountain air and exhaling relaxation. Enhance your outdoor adventures with the help of local experts offering mental and physical wellness, including relaxing massages, restorative yoga, fitness centers, salons and spas. Big Sky is a restorative escape for the mind and body.

SELF CARE

Seasoned locals will be the first to tell you the best way to stay in the game is to take time to care for your body, mind and spirit. Whether acclimating to Big Sky or recovering after a highenergy activity, you’ll find plenty of ways to unwind, stay centered and expedite recovery.

FITNESS & YOGA

Stay on top of your workout and wellness routine beyond adventures in the great outdoors. Big Sky gyms, yoga and bodywork studios make it easy to find a daily yoga class, group fitness or readily available workout equipment. Big Sky’s Community and Recreation Center, BASE, also offers indoor recreation with pickleball,

basketball courts and volleyball, along with a fitness facility, an indoor rock wall and fitness classes with day rates available.

MASSAGE & SPA

Recovery and rejuvenation intersect at Big Sky spas, where massage and body therapies provide the antidote for active days exploring the area. You’ll find a selection of day spas offering massage, specialized altitude and hydration treatments, along with saunas, pools and Jacuzzis. Big Sky wellness professionals also offer acupuncture and other varied wellness treatments. For serene experiences, local therapists offer in-home massages for rest and relaxation in the comforts of your accomodation.

BE WELL BIG SKY

Be Well Big Sky is a local mental health and wellness resource connecting individuals to existing resources. This community wellness initiative is a collaboration between the Big Sky Behavioral Health Coalition and the Navigator Network. The grassroots group of volunteers is focused on increasing access to care for the local Big Sky community by reducing barriers, providing outreach, education and resource navigation, and normalizing the experience of being human. At its heart, Be Well Big Sky is working to build an ecosystem where everyone can thrive. bewellbigsky.com

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ARTS & CULTURE

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BIG SKY SETS THE STAGE

Though our community is small, the arts and culture scene is thriving. Throughout the year, live music fills the air, from local bands playing in Big Sky bars to renowned musicians who attract people from far and wide for performances under the region’s big sky. With vibrant music and artisan festivals, diverse galleries, open air exhibits and a performing arts center, Big Sky is a mecca for the arts.

ARTS FOR ALL

Founded in 1989, the Arts Council of Big Sky is the area’s premier nonprofit cultural organization, bringing artistic events, cultural outreach, public art and educational initiatives to the residents and visitors of Big Sky. Events include Bravo! Big Sky Music F es tival —a twoday summer festival showcasing the best in classical and jazz music worldwide. The Big Sky Arti s an Festival is a oneday celebration of local fine artisans and craftspeople held annually in July. Big Sky as a Canvas turns the community into a canvas for public art with 11 outdoor sculptures around Big Sky and more than $1 million in art assets for the community. Public art installations, including sculptures, wrapped utility boxes and trash receptacles featuring local and regional artists, have been installed throughout streets, parks and trails. A Public Art Map is available at various locations around town.

CATCH THE SHOW

Check the Visit Big Sky events calendar for any upcoming local music, shows or events happening around town.

WARREN MILLER PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

The Warren Miller Performing Arts Center (WMPAC), located in The Canyon, first opened its doors in March 2013. The WMPAC encourages and promotes the performing arts in Big Sky. This intimate 280-seat venue showcases world-class acts from classical string quartets, theater, dance, comedians, storytellers and singer-songwriters, as well as local performers and inspiring community events. Performances are scheduled year-round, with an event calendar and tickets available online.

MUSIC IN THE MOUNTAINS

From June through September, Big Sky comes together on Thursday nights to enjoy live music at Music in the Mountains, a Big Sky Arts Council production. This free summer concert series takes place onstage at Len Hill Park in the Town Center. Music in the Mountains features the best up-and-coming touring musicians in the country and well-known artists. These family-friendly concerts are held at 6 p.m., including a special July 4th concert. Enjoy a variety of food and beverage vendors, or pack your own picnic from home.

FARMERS MARKET

Head to Town Center on Wednesdays from early June through late September for the Big Sky Farmers Market . Find regional farmers offering fresh local produce, flowers, baked goods, honey and jams. Local artisans, young artists and entrepreneurs, community organizations and food vendors showcase local culture and cuisine. Take time to wander into nearby restaurants and shops while you explore the locally inspired flavors and crafts at this vibrant weekly gathering.

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Experience. Engage. Educate.

Since 1988, the Arts Council of Big Sky has provided events, education and public art offerings to our community. Join us in celebrating opportunities to provide arts for all!

2024 Calendar of Events

June 11: World Tour Paddling Film Festival

June 20 - September 5: Music in the Mountains

July 20: Big Sky Artisan Festival

July 30: Reel Rock 18 Film Festival

August 20: Baroque Music Montana in concert

September 10: Women’s Adventure Film Festival

September 12: Metal in the Mountains

October 1: Manhattan Shorts Film Festival

November 26: No Man’s Land Film Festival

December 2: Madrigal Dinner

December 17: Mountainfilm on Tour

In addition to these great events, single and multiweek classes in our brand new arts classroom happen all year long! Visit our web site for more information and a complete schedule!

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SEE A SHOW IN BIG SKY. WMPAC BRINGS INNOVATIVE PERFORMANCE ART AND ENTERTAINMENT TO BIG SKY YEAR-ROUND. Discover WMPAC and buy tickets online. warrenmillerpac.org 406-995-6345 SINGER/ SONGWRITER SIERRA HULL

HISTORIC CRAIL RANCH

Explore local history at the historic Crail Ranch in Big Sky’s Meadow Village. Crail Ranch was first established in 1902. Guests can glimpse at what life was like for the Crail family during the homestead era, touring the original log structures, including a small cabin and a two-story ranch house. Both buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places. The ranch also includes a collection of historic documents, photographs and artifacts. Crail Ranch is open to visitors for guided tours and community events on weekends during July and August.

GALLERIES

Big Sky visitors can find traditional Western artists, contemporary artists, nature and ski photography, pottery, fine sculptures, handcrafted jewelry and more at local galleries. Discover rotating exhibits throughout the year, showcasing art from up and coming artists, highly accomplished professionals and talented Big Sky locals.

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Collins - Owner Courtney Collins Fine Art 32 Town Center Ave Unit CI P.O. Box 160672 , Big Sky MT 59716 406-581-3092 courtney@coloristhemedicine.com www.courtneycollinsfineart.com
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FEBRUARY

Backcountry Film Festival

Big Sky Skijoring

International Guitar Night

Marty Pavelich Hockey Tournament

MARCH

Auction for the Arts

Big Sky Arts Council

Yellowstone National Park

Over-snow travel closes for the season

APRIL

Big Sky Resort Closes for the winter season

Yellowstone National Park

All entrances open for the season

MAY

Give Big Fest

Big Sky Golf Course Opens for the summer season

Harbor’s Hero Run

JUNE

Big Sky Fire Fighter Challenge

Big Sky Resort

Opens for the summer season

Savor Big Sky Food, Wine & Spirits Festival

Music in the Mountains

National Trails Day

Paddling Film Festival

Total Archery Challenge

JULY

Big Sky Wildflower Festival

Big Sky Artisan Festival

4th of July 5k

Big Sky PBR

Music in the Mountains

Trampled by Turtles concert

AUGUST

Big Sky Biggie

BRAVO! Big Sky Music Festival

Montana Shakespeare in the Park

Music in the Mountains

Wildlands Music Festival

SEPTEMBER

Big Sky Resort Closes for the summer season

Mountain Film Festival

Music in the Mountains

The Rut

OCTOBER

Great Pumpkin Giveaway

Haunted Peak

Halloween Weekend

NOVEMBER

Turkey Trot

Big Sky Resort Opens for the winter season

Yellowstone National Park

Most roads close for the season

DECEMBER

Christmas Stroll

Madrigal Dinner

Yellowstone National Park Roads open to over-snow travel

ONGOING SUMMER

Farmers Market, Wednesdays

Early June to late September

Music in the Mountains, Thursdays

Late June to Early September

Wildflower & Weed Hikes with Gallatin Invasive Species Alliance

ONGOING YEAR-ROUND

Warren Miller Performing Arts Center offers world-class music, theater and dance, showcasing both international and local talent, all in a small-venue format. Enjoy an array of live shows with an intimate, theater experience fueled by vibrant grassroots energy.

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Some of our seasons are busier than others. Check our website for most up-to-date events. For more information on events, go to VisitBigSky.com

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A DAY TRIP FROM BIG SKY

There is much to explore in the areas surrounding Big Sky. The region is filled with fun-filled day trips bound to satisfy kids, history buffs and outdoor adventurists alike. All within two hours from the heart of Big Sky, these towns offer an authentic glimpse into regional culture and heritage.

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An hour and a half away, the small town of Ennis is known for its art and fly fishing. With something for everyone, Ennis offers everything from art walks to wildflower hikes, rafting Bear Trap Canyon or heading out into the beautiful country on horseback. Learn about local history at the Madison Valley History Museum or visit the fish hatchery. Get a taste of the Wild West with a stop in at Willie’s Distillery for spirits made in custom-made copper pots.

VIRGINIA CITY

A little farther from Ennis, Virginia City transports you back in time to the 1860s. While visiting, view historic, well-preserved buildings, ride the stagecoach, attend a live theater show

or shop at one of the specialty shops along the old boardwalk. A mile away is the ghost town of Nevada City. Many of the historic buildings in Nevada City are still intact, and the Nevada City Living History Museum & Music Hall holds events each weekend in the summer.

The River of Gold mining exhibit and gold-panning experience is a must-do sure to become a family favorite. Jump on the Alder-Gulch Shortline Railroad from the Bovey Visitors Center for a 20-minute scenic ride between Virginia City and Nevada City.

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WEST YELLOWSTONE

The town of West Yellowstone acts as a gateway to the park and is a mecca for outdoor recreation. Visit the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center, home to bears, wolves, birds of prey and a riparian river otter exhibit. During the summer months, attend the Wild West Yellowstone Rodeo, offering the full rodeo experience. Or if you’d rather catch a movie on the silver screen, visit the Yellowstone Giant Screen Theatre for an awe-inspiring experience. During the day, the theater shows nature films such as “Yellowstone,” a stunning exploration of the park’s geologic wonders. At night, curl up for the latest feature films. Stop by the original soda fountain from the early 1900s at the Eagle’s Store for an old-fashioned pulled soda; the store is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, with parts of the building dating back to 1908.

BOZEMAN

An hour north of Big Sky, Bozeman is home to Montana State University and stands as a thriving hub bursting with things to do and places to explore. Start the day with coffee at one of the local roasters, such as Rockford Coffee or Treeline Coffee Roasters . Then head to the Museum of the Rockies to witness the largest collection of North American dinosaur fossils and exhibits, exploring the history of Bozeman and Native Americans. In addition to ever-changing exhibits, the Taylor Planetarium is a staple at the museum. The planetarium features a 4k digital projection of the night sky on a 40-foot dome. After experiencing the planets and stars, get to shopping in Bozeman’s downtown district. Find treasures at locally owned stores, from bookshops to boutiques.

QUAKE LAKE

In 1959, an earthquake in the Madison River Canyon, just 24 miles from West Yellowstone, created a dramatic landslide of about 80 million tons of rock, stopping the flow of the Madison River into the canyon’s gorge. The landslide and resulting flood caused 28 deaths and nearly $11 million in damage to the forests and highways in the area, as well as forming Quake Lake. The lake measures five miles long, one-third of a mile wide, and is 190 feet deep. Today, fishermen enjoy casting by boat or along the shores of the lake. The shoreline is accessible from Highway 287, and a boat launch is also available. Cutthroat and brown trout are stocked yearly. The Earthquake Lake Visitor Center is open from Memorial Day through mid-September from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week.

LEWIS & CLARK CAVERNS

Montana’s first state park is a must-do day trip to experience its remarkable geologic formations, including limestone stalagmites, stalactites, columns and flowstone, with light-hearted names such as “Bacon” and “Popcorn.” The 29,000-acre state park also features hiking trails, interpretive programs, rental cabins and a campground. Guided tours are offered daily from May through September.

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BIG SKY CONNECT

Public ride-sharing apps (Uber or Lyft) aren’t reliable in Big Sky. Request local rides on-demand by downloading the Big Sky Connect app. The service is available 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. around Town Center and Meadow Village areas.

*Please check the website for shoulder season hours.

RELOCATING TO BIG SKY

If your leisure time in the region has inspired you to make the jump to live a Big Sky life, here is some information to help make the transition a smooth and exciting one. Life in the mountains has its gifts and its challenges. With a little knowledge and planning, you will be able to embrace all of the benefits of mountain living. Since Big Sky is such a desirable resort community, living here can be expensive. Most residents drive an hour through the canyon to Bozeman for life essentials, including access to large grocery stores, heavy car maintenance and specialty medical care. Living in Bozeman and communting to Big Sky is a desirable option for many, due to the more affordable rent and amenities close by. A convenient bus connects the two communities and a carpool matching service (GoGallatin) is available for those looking for driving alternatives.

With the support of the engaged Big Sky community, challenges of living in the mountains are outweighed by the natural beauty and endless outdoor activities. If you’re ready to call Big Sky home, you will be welcomed with open arms!

EDUCATION

Ophir Elementary and Middle School have provided education in Gallatin Canyon since 1906. In 2009, the school district was expanded with the opening of Lone Peak High School. The

school has a strong record of academic achievement, including an impressive university acceptance list. In 2020, the community of Big Sky voted for a new bond to upgrade and expand school facilities, which includes a new track and turf field, parking lot, STEM lab and gym.

WEATHER

Big Sky summers are short and mild, with blue skies and temperatures typically in the 70s—but evening temperatures drop low, so prepare with extra layers. It’s typical to experience all four seasons in just one day. Winters can be cold, many days well below zero degrees, and a lot of snowfall from October to April. Big Sky’s shortest day of the year is less than nine hours, and the longest is more than 15 hours, making the long days of summer ideal for full-day adventures.

HOUSING

Big Sky faces growth issues: At the end of 2021, the average cost to purchase a non-luxury home was $1,157,457. This has led 70% of Big Sky’s work force to live in Bozeman and make the one-hour daily commute. Big Sky Community Housing Trust is working towards solutions, including deed-restricted apartments, incentivizing homeowners to rent long-term and helping to preserve the existing housing inventory. To learn more about BSCHT, visit bigskyhousingtrust.com

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CATCH A RIDE

Use the QR code to access Big Sky shuttles, rental cars and ride services right at your fingertrips.

GETTING HERE

Make your trip to Big Sky country as much about the journey as the destination.

ARRIVE BY AIR

Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport is a one-hour drive from Big Sky Town Center. Enjoy nonstop service to Bozeman from more than 20 locations on Alaska Airlines, Allegiant, American Airlines, Delta, Jet Blue, Southwest, Sun Country and United Airlines. New flights are frequently being added. See Bozemanairport.com

SHUTTLES

Arriving before or after part of your group? Schedule a shuttle to transport you to Big Sky. Shuttle services in the area include private, corporate, group and airport transportation. See QR code above for ease of planning.

GETTING AROUND BIG SKY

Big Sky is most easily navigated using a personal vehicle. While Skyline Bus does provide local Big Sky service between the Canyon, Meadow, Town Center and Mountain Areas, the schedule does vary. See Skylinebus.com

TRIP TIP: Four-wheel drive is highly encouraged from October through May; plan ahead with a winter-ready rental car or personal vehicle. Carry items in your vehicle to handle winter driving-related tasks and emergencies.

DRIVE TIME BY CAR:

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