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HISTORIC CRAIL RANCH MUSEUM
Explore the 1902 homestead of the Crail family and get a first-hand glimpse of what life was like as one of Big Sky’s first settlers. The preserved log cabin displays a rich collection of artifacts, photographs and documents relating to the area’s history, dating back to the Native Americans and fur trappers in the area before the Crails came along.
LONE MOUNTAIN TRAIL SCENIC DRIVE
On your way from Bozeman to West Yellowstone or vice versa? Take a scenic detour on the paved but winding mountain road that leads up to the base of breathtaking Lone Mountain, home to Big Sky Resort and Moonlight Basin. With many scenic overlooks and pullouts along the way, it’s a beautiful way to get off the beaten path and get a glimpse of life in Big Sky Country.
This short hike (1.5 miles round trip) on a well-maintained trail leads to a spectacular backcountry waterfall. Watch the cascading waters of the South Fork of the West Fork of the Gallatin River tumble down steep rock walls, dine at the scenic picnic tables and study the abundant summer wildflowers. The trailhead is located just beyond the Big Sky Town Center on Ousel Falls Rd. Be sure to pick up a can of bear spray at Grizzly Outfitters before you hit this trail or any others in Big Sky.
MUSIC IN THE MOUNTAINS SUMMER CONCERTS
A local favorite, Music in the Mountains takes place in Town Center Park every Thursday evening from June thru August. Sponsored by the Arts Council of Big Sky, musical acts range from classical to country and everything in between. The concerts are free and begin at 7:00 p.m. Be sure to dine at one of the many restaurants before the music begins. This is a family friendly outing that allows the adults to mingle while the children can play safely in the park. View the summer schedule here.
WARREN MILLER PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
The Warren Miller Performing Arts Center (WMPAC), located in Big Sky’s Gallatin Canyon at Big Sky’s Ophir School campus, is a state-of-the-art facility that offers a winter season of National and International Acts and is ground zero for many local arts organizations and performing artists. It is a collaborative initiative of the Big Sky School District #72, the Friends of Big Sky Education (FOBSE) and the Big Sky Community. The WMPAC’s namesake, ski movie icon Warren Miller, and his wife Laurie spend half of their time in Big Sky and was named in honor of Miller in part due to his involvement in the community, and also because his legacy demonstrates a bridge between skiing and the arts. The WMPAC’s primary mission is to establish and maintain a clear and stable artistic infrastructure to grow a community of confident performers and inspired audiences.
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK
Located less than an hour from the West Entrance, many people choose Big Sky, as their base camp for Yellowstone National Park excursions, enjoying the high quality amenities that Big Sky has to offer, along with the spectacular, unforgettable scenery. Take the day to explore the Park and the world’s largest collection of natural geysers, including Old Faithful, and an abundance of wildlife like wolves, bear, elk, moose and unique birdlife.