Summer Activities

There’s no shortage of things to do in summer—here’s our top ten.

10. Send the kids to camp

Reserve their spot by spring, and your little people could be finding fossils, engineering beaver dams, or swinging a racket at half-day or full day summer camps. Check with Montana Outdoor Science School (MOSS), Lone Mountain Ranch Campsthe Big Sky Community Organization, and Camp Moonlight to get rolling.

9. Putt under the peaks

It’s not just a saying—the altitude lets golf balls fly farther here. Homeowners and club members can drive at the Yellowstone Club, the Spanish Peaks Mountain Club and The RESERVE at Moonlight Basin. Meanwhile, the Big Sky Resort Golf Course offers dramatic views of Lone Peak.

8. Hit the trails

We love taking the out-of-towners to Ousel Falls—it’s breathtaking, but won’t take too much breath at under a mile (plus it starts downhill). When we want a little more challenge, we head up Beehive Basin. When we need a night out, we rent the cabin at Windy Pass and hike in. (Need more ideas? View the BSCO trail map or contact us!)

7. Spin your wheels

If you can hike it, you can bike it…depending on your skill level. Learn the basics on the easy Mountain to Meadow route (starting at the base of Big Sky Resort), then work up to challenging singletrack in the National Forest.

6. Float through the day

The Gallatin gets big come spring, especially the Mad Mile—experienced white water rafters and kayakers can’t resist. For something mellower, paddle later in the season, or let the experts take you on a more serene stretch of the Gallatin River.

5. Cast a line

Many Big Sky locals just keep a rod in the car, because fishing opportunities abound. South of Big Sky, there are 2.2 million acres of public fly fishing with over 2,600 miles of waterways. And Yellowstone National Park has some of the most diverse hatches worldwide. Check out Gallatin River Guides for a guided fly fishing adventure.

4. Find a festival

We love the arts. The Arts Council of Big Sky hosts weekly outdoor concerts with guests like the Bozeman Symphony and legends like Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt, and Bob Dylan, to name a few.

3. Crack a cold brew

Between Lone Peak Brewing and Beehive Brewing, there’s no reason not to celebrate after a big hike or ride, and catch other local adventurers’ tales in a small brewery setting. 

2. Rock on out

Gallatin Canyon is an underrated climbing destination, with traditional clean climbing on high-quality gneiss (and a little sport on limestone further north). Head South from Big Sky, spot Gallatin Tower from the road, and swing into the big pullout to get started.

1. Yellowstone like a local

Tourists recognize Old Faithful, but locals know Yellowstone is so much more than that. Visit in September to miss the crowds, enjoy good weather, and maybe even hear elk bugling. Or sneak in in the summer by visiting the roads less traveled, like Monument Geyser Basin near Norris Junction. 

We’ve got more ideas than we can put here—so please reach out! We’re happy to fill you in.