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Big Sky

4.4
River Rafting & Tubing · Ski Areas · Hiking Trails
Big Sky is a census-designated place (CDP) in Gallatin and Madison counties in southwestern Montana. As of the 2010 census it had a population of 2,308. It is southwest of Bozeman. This unincorporated community straddles the two counties, is not considered a town, and has no town government. The primary industry of the area is tourism.Big Sky was the dream of television commentator Chet Huntley, a Montana native. Huntley spent his final years on the development of Big Sky. The name Big Sky comes from A. B. Guthrie’s popular 1947 novel. Construction began in 1971. The ski lifts, and a post office, opened in 1973.GeographyBig Sky is located at, approximately midway between West Yellowstone and Bozeman on U.S. Highway 191 and just from the northwestern border of Yellowstone National Park.The "Meadow" area of Big Sky lies in an alpine valley formed during the Cretaceous period. Initially called the "Gallatin Canyon Basin", the Meadow is braided with small rivers that channel mountain snow run-off. Fishing is permitted on all of these Gallatin feeders. Two ponds are found on the Middle Fork of the Gallatin River that bisects the Meadow, and fishing there is permitted for those 16 and younger. Since 1993, an innovative sewer system has protected the water in the area from sewage discharge. Several agencies, such as the Gallatin River Task Force, monitor the health of the rivers.
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Hidden gems in Big Sky

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River Rafting / Tubing
River Rafting & Tubing
4.8
Duration: 2h 30 min
Hiking Trail
Ousel Falls Trail
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
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Mountain
Lone Peak
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
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Ski Area
Big Sky Resort
4.5
Duration: 30 minutes

Side trips from Big Sky

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Water Body
Yellowstone Lake Yellowstone National Park
4.7
Duration: 6 hours
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Wildlife Area
Hayden Valley Yellowstone National Park
4.7
Duration: 6 hours
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Hot Spring
Mammoth Hot Springs Yellowstone National Park
4.5
Duration: 3 hours

Popular things to do in Big Sky

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Fishing Charter / Tour
Fishing Charters & Tours
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
Hiking Trail
Beehive Basin Trail
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
Nature / Wildlife Tour
Nature & Wildlife Tours
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
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Landmark
Big Sky Chapel
4.9
Duration: 2 hours

Kid-friendly things to do in Big Sky

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Horseback Riding Tour
Horseback Riding Tours
4.3
Duration: 2 hours

Shopping in Big Sky

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Gift & Specialty Shop
Lone Mountain Ranch Outdoor Shop
4.1
Duration: 2h 30 min

Winter Sports in Big Sky

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Ski Area
Yellowstone Club
4.0
Duration: 2 hours

Places to visit with Big Sky

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