Ranging from Montana Outdoor Science School (MOSS) to Lone Mountain Ranch Camps to the more traditional tennis and golf camps, Big Sky offers a wide assortment of week-long camping opportunities for children of all ages. Most camp programs are finalized by late spring and offer half day or full days options. All are welcome and last minute enrollment is usually available.
The golfing opportunities in Big Sky are sure to satisfy the golf enthusiast. With one public course and three spectacular private courses, many different options exist. The three private courses are located in the posh neighborhoods of The Yellowstone Club, The Club at Spanish Peaks, and Moonlight Basin Ranch and require property ownership and/or club membership. The Big Sky Meadow public course provides a great experience with its gracious fairways, diverse landscape, and dramatic vistas of Lone Peak. Regardless of the course you play, your ball travels farther at altitude which is never a bad thing.
Take part in a relaxing hike with family and friends on one of Big Sky’s numerous hiking trails. Stroll down to Ousel Falls (easy) and pick raspberries along the way or meander through fields of wildflowers up to Beehive Basin (intermediate). For the more adventurous, try a longer hike up Cinnamon Mountain, Ramshorn Peak or Windy Pass, where you can even rent a cabin for the night. Feel free to call or email us for tips on where to go depending on the activity level of members in your party and time of year or try a hike with the local “Big Sky Hikers” organization that meets weekly throughout the summer.
Virtually all of Big Sky’s trails are accessible for Mountain Biking. It simply comes down to your skill level. Several trails (either paved or gravel) throughout the Meadow and Canyon area offer easier options for those just starting out, while National Forest Service trails offer more challenging single track trails that go on for miles. Click here for a map of biking trails.
Rafting & Kayaking
Early season whitewater rafting and kayaking can provide quite a thrill, especially through the stretch of the Gallatin River fittingly named the “Mad Mile.” For those looking for more serene experience, book a scenic trip and float along the river that became famous in the Robert Redford’s “A River Runs Through It”. For more info or to book a trip, try www.raftmontana.com
Southwest Montana has some of the most famous fly fishing rivers to be found anywhere in the United States, all of which have extensive populations of large brown and rainbow trout. Many of these rivers, lakes, and spring creeks are located nearby, allowing for relatively easy drives between the diverse options. A short drive south of Big Sky provides over 2.2 million acres of public fly fishing with over 2600 miles of streams. Nowhere in the world will you find the variety of aquatic hatches like you will find in and around Yellowstone National Park. The famed Yellowstone National River is considered to be one of the great trout streams of the world and is classified as a blue ribbon trout stream from the park to the confluence of the Boulder River. The geographical diversity, pure scenic beauty, and unparalleled options in this magnificent region make Southwest Montana #1 for fly fishing enthusiasts from around the world.
We are in Montana after all, where the west is still true to its nature and cowboys still saddle up their horses each and every day. A number of different outfitters will gladly provide you with a horse of your own and a wrangler for the day and tour you along some of Big Sky Country’s most scenic trails. Half and Full Day rides are available. A number of the outfitters also provide guided hunting expeditions in the Fall.
Yellowstone National Park
Most people come to Yellowstone to see Old Faithful, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. From fly fishing to wildlife viewing to soaking in the Boiling River, you can spend countless days enjoying this national treasure and all that it has to offer. Summer is often busy, so if you are planning on staying in the park, be it camping or in one of the Park’s lodges, reservations are recommended and don’t forget to tour one of the many outlying towns that grace the perimeter of the Park such as West Yellowstone, Gardner or Cooke City. Feel free to call or email us for some recommendations or go to www.nps.gov/yell for additional information such as park hours, etc.
Big Sky Arts & Music Festival
Whether an art or music enthusiast, Southwestern Montana continues to live up to its reputation as a cultural mecca. Artist galleries line the streets of downtown Bozeman and Ennis, while each week, local artisans flock to Big Sky Farmer’s Market. The Big Sky Association for the Arts is host to weekly outdoor concerts including the Bozeman Symphony (annually) and such legends as Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt, Bob Dylan, The Doobie Brothers and Randy Travis, to name a few.