6 Outdoor Activities to Enjoy a Summer in Big Sky Montana

Mountains of Big Sky Montana

When you think about Big Sky, Montana your mind instantly jumps to snow sports; skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, but did you know that there is an equally amazing line up of summer sports and activities you can enjoy in Big Sky, Montana?

Note: I was invited by Visit Big Sky to learn about their summer adventures and therefore did not pay for any of these experiences myself. All opinions expressed are my own.

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6 Outdoor Activities to Enjoy Summer in Big Sky Montana

1. Horseback Riding.

horseback riding in big sky montana

The quote on 320 Ranch‘s website states “If you’re coming to see Montana, you really need to see it from the back of a horse…” A great way to get a taste for the rustic life, all without getting too rustic.

2. Mountain Biking.

mountain biking in big sky montana

If you enjoy mountain biking than this is the place to do it. 40 miles worth of trails, ski lifts to take you to the top so the the fun part- going downhill- is all you have to look forward to!

3. Hiking and Climbing.

Hiking in Big Sky

The great outdoors are even greater in Montana- It’s called Big Sky for a reason! Getting out on foot and exploring is what Big Sky should definitely be on your list. At Big Sky Resort alone there are over 16 miles of trails that you can hike, all of varying levels of difficulty. You can see the trail maps for the resort here, or the trails throughout Big Sky here.

4. Fly Fishing.

guided fly fishing the Gallatin River

Standing in the gurgling Gallatin River, surrounded by trees, with the sun streaming down on you’re back it’s not hard to pretend you’re Brad Pitt in A River Runs Through It.

me decked out to fly fish

I should mention that it was my first time fly-fishing and I didn’t catch anything. That being said, I would have probably been happier watching the private guide fish and just taking photos of him. I clearly don’t have enough patience for fly-fishing- especially when there are so many beautiful views and things to look at… “Oooh, look, a rock!”

5. Golf.

Arnold Palmer designed the 18-hole course at Big Sky Golf Course. Situated at an elevation of 6,500 sq ft the views are incredible.

6. National Parks exploration.


With close proximity to both Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park there’s no excuse to not check them out. If you want to stay as close as possible to Yellowstone, or even in the park this list of hotels is a great place to get  started.

Yellowstone National Park in luxury

Want to make it educational and relaxing? Call Yellowstone Luxury Tours and they’ll give you a tour that’s tweaked to your needs and wants with an incredible tour guide. I learned more about Yellowstone National Park in a day of riding around in that van than I had in 3 previous trips!

Fine dining or lodging while you’re visiting?

Check out Bucks T-4 – they’ve been there forever for a reason and have some phenomenal wild game recipes.

dude ranch lodging Big Sky Montana

There is a diverse array of places to stay in Big Sky.  And you can find hotels in each “village” along the way up to Big Sky Resort.

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9 Thoughts on “6 Outdoor Activities to Enjoy a Summer in Big Sky Montana

  1. JennNo Gravatar on May 8, 2017 at 8:51 am said:

    I love the mountain bike chair lift. I’ve never seen anything like that before. Genius!

    • Greta AlmsNo Gravatar on May 27, 2017 at 3:36 pm said:

      Isn’t that crazy cool!? I took a million photos of it too because I’d never seen anything like it either- genius is the perfect word for it! lol

  2. TracyNo Gravatar on May 27, 2017 at 2:30 pm said:

    What a great post! Learned a lot about Big Sky and ready to book a trip out there! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Mindi HirschNo Gravatar on May 27, 2017 at 2:47 pm said:

    Even though I lived in Colorado for four years, I’m more of a summer person than a winter person. So it’s no surprise that I’d rather visit Big Sky in the summer time. The views look absolutely breathtaking.

    • Greta AlmsNo Gravatar on May 27, 2017 at 3:35 pm said:

      That’s so funny Mindi- isn’t it amazing how our bodies definitely prefer one season over the other- and the activities of said season! :-)

  4. LisanneNo Gravatar on May 27, 2017 at 4:06 pm said:

    Great post! It will certainly come in handy if I ever go to Big Sky!

  5. LeighNo Gravatar on May 27, 2017 at 10:28 pm said:

    I love ski towns in the summer, although I’ve never seen a mtn bike chairlift like that! I love the idea of only riding downhill!

    • Greta AlmsNo Gravatar on May 28, 2017 at 7:33 am said:

      Isn’t that chairlift awesome!!! And completely agree that it’s so cool to be able to just go down down down :-)

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