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Wildflower Beauties & Beasts

June had rain showers, July brought sunshine… now, the August alpine meadows are exploding with gorgeous wildflowers!  At the higher elevation trails, like Beehive Basin and North Fork, yellow sunflowers and arrow leaf groundsel abound, keep an eye out along the trail for the stacked blue petals of a mountain Lupine, the simple pink Sticky Geranium or the jagged petal construction of the flaming red Indian Paintbrush that are in full bloom.  Not only beautiful to look at, these plants are forage for the deer, elk and moose that live in the area.  An adult moose can eat up to… READ MORE

Beehive Basin | Visit Big Sky


Finally, the sun is shining – locals and visitors are venturing out on foot, with bikes, on horses and with kayaks or fly rods!  The mountains beckon after the spring snow melt.  Here are some the Big Sky Visitors Center’s favorite adventures: Top ‘O The World Hike –Named one of the world’s greatest hikes for the stunning alpine terrain with lakes and towering peaks on a 6.6-mile loop. Enjoy views of Lone Peak and the Lee Metcalf Wilderness from several points throughout the hike, stopping for the best view of the Peaks and Wilderness at the alpine lake at the… READ MORE

Hiking Boots or Running Shoes?

Summer is just about here!  Finally, it’s time cabin fever breaks into the great outdoors and, as my neighbor says, “Just put your shoes on!”. One of my favorite activities is exploring around Porcupine Creek in the Gallatin National Forest.  The trailhead is less than 5 minutes from the Big Sky Visitor Center, just 2.7 miles south on Highway 191.  The beauty of Porcupine Creek is that it offers trails for all levels of walkers, hikers and runners. It is dog-friendly year-round and horse & mountain bike friendly after June 15th.  My dilemma, however, is which footwear to choose? Okay,… READ MORE

Winter Hiking | Photo: Glenniss Indreland

5 Popular Trails For Winter Hiking In Big Sky, Montana

Do you love winter? Are you a fan of the great outdoors? It’s time to book a trip to Big Sky, Montana. Big Sky is the perfect destination for every winter enthusiast. While Big Sky might be most famous for skiing and snowmobiling, the winter hiking in Big Sky is also world class. In fact, hiking is one of the best ways to explore Big Sky, Montana all year long. Where To Go Snowshoeing In Big Sky, Montana Big Sky is tucked into the middle of the mighty Madison Range and offers endless hiking opportunities. The sprawling Gallatin Range sits… READ MORE

Uplands Trail | Photo: D. Lennon

The Big Sky Community Organization Knows How To Do Trails!

Explore BSCO’s Big Sky Community Trail Network Look at any picture of Big Sky and you’ll see why our mountain town is a mecca for outdoor recreation. Big Sky is just the type of place where you want to spend time outside. Whether you’re biking, hiking, trail running, or horseback riding there’s something magical about exploring Big Sky’s backyard. Luckily, it’s super easy to access the endless trail system around Big Sky. There are trailheads everywhere. Some lead deep into the public lands of the Madison and Gallatin Ranges, while others are located right in town. One of the reasons we… READ MORE

View From Storm Castle Peak | Photo: D. Lennon

11 Fun Big Sky Hikes That Don’t Take All Day

What inspires you to get outside in Big Sky? Is it the majestic mountains, the lack of big city life distractions, the endless forests, or the pursuit of outdoor recreation? Exploring Big Sky’s backyard is always fun. Unfortunately, sometimes we don’t have all day to spend in the mountains. That’s why it’s good to know about a handful of Big Sky hikes that don’t take all day. Every hike on this list is less than 8 miles round trip.  Are you ready to discover some Big Sky hikes that don’t take all day? Rat Lake – 1.75 Miles, 250′ Round Trip – One of the shortest… READ MORE

Storm Castle Peak as seen from the Gallatin Riverside Trail | Photo: A Mountain Journey Is The Best Way To Plan A Hike In Montana

Want to go on a hike in Montana? Instead of pulling out the guidebooks, asking for suggestions, studying maps, and scratching your head, just use the trusty old Internet. There’s a new online resource that makes planning a hike in Montana an absolute breeze. It’s and you’re going to love it. The Montana Wilderness Association created in 2016 with a grant from the Montana Office of Tourism and the hard work of over 70 volunteers. The site is the most thorough and detailed statewide online trail guide that we’ve ever seen. Everyone needs to bookmark it. 10 Hiking… READ MORE

Big Sky, Montana on the Go

What Are Your Favorite Big Sky Apps?

Smartphones have changed the way that we live our lives.  Our smartphones do a lot more than just make phone calls these days. There is an endless selection of apps available for download with just the tap of a button.  Whatever you’re looking for,  there’s probably an app for that. Most people always keep their smartphone within easy reach. These technology toys provide instant access to endless amounts of information. We rely on them for everything from making dinner reservations to navigating through the mountains. Apps make our lives better by enhancing our experiences. Did you know that there are lots of Big Sky apps that… READ MORE

Taylor Hilgard Unit of The Lee Metcalf Wilderness | Photo: D. Lennon

The Lee Metcalf Wilderness Is Truly Wild Montana

Big Sky, Montana is nestled in the middle of the Madison Range. It’s pristine and wild country. Just look around and you’ll see why our backyard is an outdoor recreation paradise. Luckily, much of the Madison Range is protected as part of the Lee Metcalf Wilderness, which means our playground is here to stay. Hiking, backpacking, climbing, horse packing, bird watching, backcountry skiing, rafting, hunting, peak bagging, and so many other fun outdoor activities are super close by. The next time you hit the trail and head into the mountains, you’ll probably note signs that mark the boundary of the Lee… READ MORE

Mountain Biking In Big Sky | Photo: Grizzly Outfitters

Find The Gear You Need At The Best Outdoor Shops In Big Sky

What are you up to today? Fishing? Hiking? Skiing? Snowshoeing? Climbing? Biking? Cross country skiing? Trail running? You’re going to have a blast. Do a quick check and make sure you have everything you need before you hit the trail or catch the lift. If you need any gear or clothing at all, stop by one of the best outdoor shops in Big Sky. Having the right stuff will help you enjoy this outdoor paradise in a whole new way. No matter what you’re doing in the great outdoors these shops have you covered. Need a custom footbed for your… READ MORE