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Storm Castle Peak as seen from the Gallatin Riverside Trail | Photo: A Mountain Journey

Experience The Mighty Gallatin River Near Big Sky, Montana

If you’ve ever visited Big Sky, Montana or you’ve kicked back and enjoyed the Hollywood hit A River Runs Through It, you’re familiar with the mighty Gallatin River. It’s one of the most spectacular rivers you’ll ever see. The Shoshone originally called the Gallatin River “Cut-tuh-o-gwa,” which means swift water. In July 1805, the river was renamed by Meriweather Lewis in honor of Albert Gallatin, the US Treasury Secretary from 1801-1814. The Gallatin Mountain Tange to the east of the Gallatin River and the Gallatin National Forest bordering Yellowstone National Park in Montana are also named after Albert Gallatin. The Rivers… READ MORE

Uplands Trail | Photo: D. Lennon

The BSCO Hike And Learn Series Offers Free Guided Hikes And Activities This Summer

Do you  like to ride your bike along Ralphs Pass? Take your dogs on a hike on Hummocks Trail? Trail run on the Southfork Loop? Or wander down to Ousel Falls on a lazy Sunday? If you like getting outside in Big Sky, Montana you have the Big Sky Community Organization (BSCO) to thank. The BSCO is a not-for-profit organization that “connects people to recreational opportunities by acquiring, preserving and promoting sustainable places and programs for all.” You’ll see their contribution throughout our mountain town via trails, public spaces, facilities, collaborations, and recreational opportunities. BSCO makes getting outside easy. 12… READ MORE

Lone Peak | Big Sky Resort

9 Reasons To Climb Lone Mountain This Summer

When people think about Big Sky, Montana they immediately picture the iconic Lone Mountain. At 11,166′, Lone Mountain is one of the highest peaks in the Madison Range and it’s easily the most recognizable summit in Big Sky. Since you can see Lone Mountain from all over the region, it draws outdoor enthusiasts from near and far who want to climb it. Lone Mountain is more than just a stunning pile of rocks. It’s also home to Big Sky Resort. During the winter season, the Lone Peak Tram whisks skiers and riders to the summit for snowy descents. In the summer, one of… READ MORE

Beehive Basin | Photo: Love Street Media

Outdoor Enthusiasts Will Love Montana’s Public Lands

One of the best things about Montana is the abundance of public lands. These untouched areas remain pristine and protected so that we can get outside and enjoy the great outdoors. If you’re an outdoor enthusiast, you’re going to want to book a trip to Big Sky Country. It’s a destination that you’ll keep coming back to. Montana’s public lands include vast mountain ranges, endless forests, picture perfect lakes, lush wetlands, open prairies, rolling hills, wild rivers, towering peaks, and everything in between. The access to public lands is one of the big reasons that people visit Montana. Both visitors and locals… READ MORE

Photo Credit: Lone Peak Outfitters

The Rivers Of Big Sky Country Are World Class

When you stand at the top of Lone Mountain in Big Sky, Montana it feels like you’re standing amongst a sea of mountains. Each year these endless mountain ranges get covered in a beautiful blanket of snow. As the snow begins to melt in the Spring and Summer, it flows downhill into creeks and streams until the runoff meets the mighty rivers of Big Sky Country. Where Is Big Sky, Montana? Southwest Montana is home to an intricate network of wild rivers that flow out of the vast mountain ranges and ultimately into the Missouri and onwards to the Mississippi… READ MORE

Beehive Basin Trailhead | Photo: D. Lennon

Access The Mountains Via These Trailheads Near Big Sky, Montana

With mountains in every direction, there are endless opportunities for outdoor recreation in Big Sky Country. Whether you want to go fishing, hiking, biking, snowshoeing, horseback riding, trail running, backcountry skiing, climbing, snowmobiling or backpacking you’re going to need to find a place to access Big Sky’s backyard. What you’re looking for are trailheads – the spots where the trails begin. And there are an abundance of trailheads in Big Sky Country. The trails that lead into the Gallatin and Madison Ranges near Big Sky will take you to amazing places. These trails weave through dense forests and wildflower-filled meadows.… READ MORE

Snowy Up High, Dry Down Low | Photo: D. Lennon

8 Things To Do During Mud Season in Big Sky, Montana

There’s no way around mud season. It’s part of the natural cycle of mountain town life. While many skiers and riders get the mud season blues after the ski slopes shut down for the season, other find this is to be a prime to relax and recharge before summer kicks in. For those that don’t know, mud season is the off season between the ski season and the summer season. It’s called mud season because the snow is melting rapidly and creating a muddy and dirty place to play. Mud season typically runs from mid-April to mid/late May. Most people think… READ MORE

Aerial Photo Of Big Sky | Photo: Arts Council of Big Sky

7 Winter Backcountry Adventures In Big Sky That Everyone Will Enjoy

When you’re in Big Sky, Montana, you’re going to want to go outside and play. Our mountain town is surrounded by inspiring peaks and endless adventure. We highly encourage everyone to explore Big Sky’s backyard. Just beware that winter backcountry adventures in Big Sky can become addicting. 9 Reasons To Visit Yellowstone National Park In Winter When you head into the mountains of Big Sky Country, you’ll be blown away by the fresh air, stunning views, pollution-free skies, and the sound of nature. That’s what our little corner of the world is all about. The entire backcountry experience is mind blowing… READ MORE

The Madison Range | Photo: A Mountain Journey

The Mountain Ranges Of Big Sky Country

What Mountain Ranges Can You See From The Top Of Big Sky Resort’s Lone Mountain? The state name of Montana comes from the Spanish word Montaña, meaning “mountain.” It’s quite a fitting name for the Treasure State because of the vast mountainous terrain located in Montana. As home to some of the last wild places in the Lower 48, Montana is a mountain lover’s paradise. Whether you like to ski, climb, hike, bike, fish, ATV, snowmobile, or do anything else in the mountains, there’s a lifetime of adventure in Montana for you. It would be nearly impossible to climb every… READ MORE

Yellow Mountain Meadows

Where To Take An Avalanche Course In Big Sky Country This Winter

Whether you’re skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, or fat biking, anyone who spends time in the mountain environment will benefit from proper avalanche education. If you play outside during the winter months, we highly encourage you to take an avalanche course in SW Montana this winter. It can save your life. When you head into a backcountry environment covered in wild snow, you’re on your own. You are responsible for every decision you make including where you go and what you do. It’s your responsibility to read the free daily avalanche advisory from the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center, invest in the proper backcountry gear (beacon,… READ MORE