Big Sky


How Many Of The Raptors Of Big Sky Country Can You Spot?

Montana’s vast terrain and abundance of public lands makes it an ideal place for raptors to thrive. When you head into the endless backyard of Big Sky Country, it’s likely that you’ll spot a raptor if you know what to look for. Whether you’re skiing, biking, hiking, rafting, snowmobiling, driving, or fishing, keep your eyes peeled for the raptors of Big Sky Country. Raptors are birds of prey that dominate the skies. It’s always exciting to spot one. A keen eye might spot a raptor perched on a telephone pole alongside Highway 191, swooping in for a kill along the… READ MORE

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Do You Carry Bear Spray In Big Sky Country?

Picture this: You’re on a leisurely hike with your dog in Beehive Basin. As you round the corner on this popular trail, you find yourself face-to-face with a massive grizzly bear. Yikes! What are you going to do? If you are heading into Big Sky’s backyard, you need to carry bear spray. Big Sky is part of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and that means it’s grizzly country. In the event of a bear encounter, you’re going to want bear spray. Be Bear Aware In Big Sky Country According to, there were 717 grizzly bears in the GYE in 2015. Always… READ MORE

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How Many Of These Wild Animals Have You Spotted In Big Sky?

In Big Sky, we share our mountain town with all sorts of wild animals. Keep your eyes peeled for wild animals in Big Sky because you never know what you might see. It’s not uncommon to spot a moose on the golf course, see wolf tracks on a hike, hear a coyote howling in the night, spot a bear running along the road in Yellowstone, get stuck in a bison traffic jam in the Park, capture an image of a mountain goat while riding the Lone Peak Tram, or spook a herd of elk on the drive up to the… READ MORE

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Interesting Facts About Beavers

Big Sky Wildlife Spotlight: Beavers After being nearly trapped to extinction in the 1800’s, the beaver is back in full force and they are making a big impact. When you’re traveling near streams, rivers, wetlands, or marshes while in Big Sky Country, keep your eyes on the look out for beavers or at least signs of beavers. The beaver is a keystone species in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and beyond. These natural dam builders can change the landscape and affect the entire ecosystem by damming streams, diverting waterways, and thinning trees and vegetation. Beavers are North America’s largest rodent north of… READ MORE

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Interesting Facts About Marmots

Big Sky Wildlife Spotlight: Marmots The next time you’re on a hike in Big Sky Country, keep an eye out for marmots. Marmots are closely related to large ground squirrels and prairie dogs. They are a common sight in the mountains around Big Sky – especially when you get into the higher elevations. There are 3 species of marmots in Montana: Yellow-Bellied, Hoary, and Woodchuck. When you’re in Big Sky Country, you’re most likely to see the Yellow-Bellied Marmot. These fun creatures are often referred to as “rock chucks” or “whistle pigs.” The mountains of the Lee Metcalf Wilderness, Yellowstone… READ MORE

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Please Give Wildlife A Brake In Big Sky Country

In Big Sky, we share our big backyard with an abundance of wildlife. Elk, bison, moose, deer, pronghorns, lions, grizzly bears, black bears, bighorn sheep, coyotes, wolves, raccoons, skunks, rabbits, squirrels, and even birds of prey are spotted in and around our mountain town all of the time. These animals are lucky that their habitat is relatively road free, but when these animals are traveling from point A to point B, sometimes they have to cross a road. If you see this happen, please give wildlife a brake in Big Sky Country. Learn More About Wildlife In Big Sky, Montana… READ MORE

Moose Near Town Center | Photo D. Lennon | Big Sky

What To Do If You Encounter A Moose In Big Sky, Montana

Spotting wildlife in Big Sky is quite common. Due to our location in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, we share our mountain town and backyard with some of the most majestic creatures in the world. One of those animals is the mighty moose. Do you know what to do if you encounter a moose in their natural habitat? Moose are big animals that like to roam around Big Sky. It’s not uncommon to spot a moose sleeping or eating twigs in your backyard, while playing golf in the meadow, while hiking on your favorite trail, or during your daily dog walk.… READ MORE

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Interesting Facts About Canada Lynx

Big Sky Wildlife Spotlight: Canada Lynx The Canada Lynx, or Lynx canadensis, is one of four members of the Lynx genus. This medium sized, wild cat is an elusive creature that is rarely seen by humans. It’s likely that you’ll never spot a Canada Lynx in the wild, but it will probably spot you. Always have your camera ready in case you see one of these wild felines in the mountains around Big Sky, in Yellowstone National Park, or in the surrounding Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. The forests of SW Montana and the overall region are prime and critical habitat for the… READ MORE

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Interesting Facts About Wolverines

Big Sky Wildlife Spotlight: Wolverines Wolverines are powerful, fierce creatures that live in remote and rugged mountain terrain. These legendary and solitary animals are relatively elusive, but they definitely exist in the mountains of Big Sky Country. After wolverines almost went extinct in Montana in the 1900’s, the Treasure State is now home to the largest population of wolverines in the Lower 48. Wolverines, which are the largest terrestrial member of the weasel family thrive in the vast tracks of wilderness, forest service lands, and National Parks of this region. Wolverines avoid human contact whenever possible, but a keen eye can… READ MORE

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Interesting Facts About Snowshoe Hares

Big Sky Wildlife Spotlight: Snowshoe Hares Snowshoe hares live throughout the northern United States and Canada. Keep your eye peeled for these furry, four legged creatures when you’re in Big Sky Country. It’s likely that you’ll spot one wandering amongst the forested terrain in Big Sky or scurrying away from predators in Yellowstone National Park’s Norris Geyser Basin.  It’s even more common to see a snowshoe hare’s lingering tracks in the snow while you ride the chairlift at Big Sky Resort or cross country ski in the Gallatin National Forest. There is certainly an abundance of snowshoe hares in Montana… READ MORE