- Outdoor Recreation
- Where to Stay
- Plan Your Trip
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. They'll take you to wind swept ridges and pristine valleys. Keep going and you'll find crystal clear alpine lakes, alpine cirques, and rugged peaks. It's a breathtaking and wild area.
The trailheads near Big Sky are the best access points into the Gallatin National Forest, Yellowstone National Park, and/or the Lee Metcalf Wilderness. This is Big Sky's backyard and it's a pretty special place. Please treat it with respect.
Big Sky/Highway 64
Beehive Basin Trailhead | Photo: D. Lennon
Gallatin Canyon - North of Big Sky
Gallatin Canyon - South Of Big Sky
Upper Taylor Fork TH | Photo: D. Lennon
Buffalo Horn TH | Photo: D. Lennon
That's a lot of trailheads near Big Sky, right? Typically the trailheads near Big Sky provide an area to park and post an information sign. Be sure to read the sign as it will have important information about any rules for the area, leave no trace principles, bears, hazards, or other pertinent info. Remember that trailheads will take you to amazing places.
For a good overview of the Big Sky Area, purchase the Big Sky Area map from Beartooth Publishing at any local outdoor shop. If need some mountain inspiration, pick up a local outdoor guidebook to point you in the right direction.
If you share your adventures on social media, please use #visitbigsky !
See Also: The Mountain Ranges Of Big Sky Country