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Big Sky Montana Vacation Guide

Visit Big Sky, Montana on your next vacation! There are many activities to enjoy in the area, whether you choose to visit in the summer or winter. Stay at one of our Big Sky vacation rentals and experience the grandeur and beauty of southwest Montana.

Plan Your Big Sky Vacation

Big Sky is one of Montana's foremost travel destinations, located midway between Bozeman and West Yellowstone and home to two world-class ski resorts, including Big Sky Resort and Lone Mountain Ranch. No matter when you come to visit, there are so many things to see and explore! If you have questions or want recommendations about the Big Sky area of Montana, we have the information and local knowledge that you're looking for. Browse our resources below to start planning your Montana dream vacation! If you need additional assistance, please contact our Big Sky office.

Summer in Big Sky

Visiting Big Sky in the summer means access to many outdoor recreation opportunities including whitewater rafting, fly fishing, and hiking. There are endless options for summer activities including live music, hiking, biking, and horseback riding.

Just outside of Big Sky Town Center, the Ousel Falls trail is a favorite hike among locals and travelers alike. It is a great hike for families with kids or dogs. Pick a sunny meadow for a picnic and enjoy the mountain wildflowers along the way. Take a day trip through the canyon to Bozeman, driving north along the Gallatin River. There are many pull-outs along the way where you can stop and enjoy the special natural features and spectacular views.

Winter in Big Sky

During the winter months, Big Sky is a mecca for a wide range of snow sports and winter activities. You can choose from skiing (including alpine, back-country, and cross-country), snowboarding, snowshoe trekking, and performance arts events.

Winter is typically the busiest time of year with access to two world-class ski resorts in the area. For those that don’t enjoy winter sports there are many off-mountain things to do that will lead you away from the crowds. However, if you’re looking for the ultimate winter experience, our Big Sky ski in ski out rentals are the best way to experience the slopes!

Where to Stay in Big Sky

No matter what time of year you are planning your trip for it is always a good time to visit Big Sky! Whether you are coming for the winter slopes or year-round fly fishing, Big Sky gives travelers the true Montana experience.

Start planning your Big Sky vacation today and check out our available Big Sky rentals to find the perfect place for your stay in one of the most beautiful areas in the country. Here are some pages that might help you find your perfect Big Sky property: Big Sky Rentals by Bedroom, Big Sky Rentals by Location, Big Sky Rentals by Category, and Big Sky Rentals by Complex.

Traveling to Big Sky

There are many options when traveling to Big Sky. From regional airports to ground transportation, you’ll get exactly where you need to go. If you need assistance arranging transportation be sure to contact our office for guidance.

Wildlife in Big Sky

We are fortunate to enjoy frequent wildlife sightings in Big Sky! Please be respectful and give our beloved wildlife friends distance. They are wild and live among us! For a guide about different animals you may see and how to interact with them, please visit wildbigsky.com.

  • Airports

    There are over 15 direct flights to Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport. Carriers include Delta, American Airlines, Alaska, United/United Express, Frontier Airlines and Allegiant Airlines.

  • Driving Options

    If you are considering driving be sure you have your vacation rentals exact address, contact us for more information. Or come visit us at the office, we can’t wait to meet you!

  • Ground Transportation

    Airport Shuttle, Uber, and rental car options are available from Bozeman Airport. Or check out local Big Sky Shuttle for airport transfer and tour service.

    Explore Rentals is our preferred partner for car rentals, camping gear rentals, and raft rentals in the Bozeman area. They are conveniently located just 5 minutes from the Bozeman airport. Explore Rentals is the only car rental company offering snow tires which is so important during Montana winters! Explore Rentals offers a 5% discount for Stay Montana guests. Email info@staymontana.com or text 406-391-1371 to get the discount code!

    We have also partnered with Lone Mountain Limo which offers guests 30% off with promo code STAYMT! Book your Lone Mountain Limo here or call 406.580.8122 and mention the promo code to book.

    Check out more options for ground transportation here!

Big Sky Weather

Average snowfall in Big Sky is nearly 400 inches per year, that’s over 33 ft! Otherwise, year-round the weather is seasonal and averages are as follows:


Frequently Asked Questions

Have rental, travel, or area info questions? Visit our Stay Montana FAQ page or contact us for more information!