Things to Do in Big Sky in the Summer

Posted by Emily Coombs on Wednesday, March 11th, 2020 at 9:47pm.

Tucked up into the towering Madison Mountain Range, and nestled near the Gallatin River, Big Sky is a lively community, built on a shared love of recreation and a genuine appreciation for the outdoors.

Just an hour drive from Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport, it's nestled among some of the most amazing terrain in the lower 48 states. From the top of Lone Peak, at Big Sky Resort, you can see two national parks and three states!

For those who love the outdoors, it doesn’t get any better than this. And, at the end of each adventure, you’ll find a cold beverage, delicious vittles, and great conversation. We’ve listed some of our favorite things to do in the summer, but this only scratches the surface, you’ll find fun around every corner.

Big Sky Resort

The famed resort, known for its 5,850 skiable acres, is just as much fun in the summer. With over 40 miles of lift accessible mountain bike trails, there are places for people with any riding ability to explore! Golfers love the views from the Arnold Palmer designed, 18-hole, par 72 golf course. Situated at 6,500’ above sea level, you’ll notice longer drives! Kids love the ziplining and escape room. Enjoy a scenic lift ride, or take a Lone Peak Expedition, a tram ride to Montana’s highest scenic overlook at 11,166’.

Exceptional Food

There are a lot of talented chefs in Big Sky. And a lot of hungry adventurers to appreciate their food. Cuisine ranges from casual family to fine dining, with some exciting twists in between. Bring your appetite!

Big Sky Farmer’s Market

Located in Big Sky Town Square, the farmers market runs each Wednesday from June through August, 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Not only is the local produce delicious, it’s a lovely place to get together with friends and family.


Experienced anglers will appreciate the challenging Gallatin River, home to the filming of A River Runs Through It. If you’re new the sport, there are plenty of guide services available. It’s fun to explore, there are many creeks throughout the mountains surrounding Big Sky, and Yellowstone National Park is just an hour down the road.


Big Sky sits in the heart of the Custer Gallatin National Forest and just 15 miles from the Park boundary. Meaning, there are hundreds of miles of hiking trails. Keep in mind; the sun is stronger at higher elevations, be sure to stay hydrated, and wear sunscreen, a hat, and lip protection.

Horseback Riding 

Horseback riding is fun in and of itself, but horses can get high up in the mountains much faster and farther than you can on foot. There are several guides in the area, and plenty of space to roam if you have your own horses!

Mountain Biking

Bikers of all abilities can find interesting rides around Big Sky. A combination of single-track, mining roads and Forest Service trails provide everything from easy cruising to white-knuckle downhills.

Music in the Mountains

This free, family-friendly concert series is a favorite of all generations. With a state-of-the-art venue and a breathtaking mountain backdrop, the series attracts both rising stars and national names.

Warren Miller Performing Arts Center

Featuring live performances ranging from world-class acts to local performers, the Warren Miller Performing Arts Center brings rich culture to this sophisticated mountain town. The intimate 280-seat venue has dynamic sound and up-close visuals.

Spa Treatments

Fresh mountain air, rigorous adventure, and the laid-back way of life naturally encourage self-care, and the spas in Big Sky are top-notch.

Whitewater Rafting

The Gallatin River is known for some fantastic whitewater rafting. Adventures can be half or full-day and can range from a mellow, scenic float to challenging whitewater sections. Trips are generally available mid-May to early September.




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