Big Sky boasts a unique location – nestled amidst the dramatic peaks of the Madison Range and the Gallatin Range, with Yellowstone National Park just a stone's throw away. This translates to endless opportunities for epic backpacking adventures. Picture yourself traversing wildflower-filled meadows, following crystal-clear streams, and setting up camp under a star-studded sky. Big Sky's backcountry beckons – are you ready to explore?



Big Sky has endless backpacking options. Here are 3 popular backpacking trips near Big Sky:


  • Spanish Peaks Loop - This loops starts and ends at the Spanish Creek Trailhead. This route ventures to Beacon Point, drops down to Thompson Lakes, goes up and over Summit Lake, then drops down into Mirror Basin and down the trail to Spanish Creek. This is a stunning way to explore a vast section of the Spanish Peaks.


  • Gallatin Crest Trail - The GCT follows the backbone of the Gallatin Range from north to south. It typically begins or ends at Hyalite Canyon and ventures down to the border of Yellowstone National Park. With stunning views of the Madison Range and Paradise Valley, this is one you shouldn't miss.


  • Hilgard Basin - Hilgard Basin is located south of Big Sky in the Madison Range. Surrounded by the highest peaks in the range, the basin is spotted with numerous named and unnamed alpine lakes that are prime spots to camp and fish.


These popular backpacking trips near Big Sky will take you deep into wild country and you need to be prepared. You are responsible for your own actions when in the backcountry. While these adventures offer limitless opportunity to see some of the most untouched landscapes, your safety is always top priority.  Know your limits and have a plan. 



Be bear aware. Leave no trace of your visit. Be fire safe and fire smart, and keep a safe distance from wildlife.


If you're not keen to camp out overnight in the back country, Big Sky is a day hiker's dream too. Check out some of the best hikes in Big Sky or explore established campgrounds near Big Sky