Around Big Sky2018-10-16T17:30:20+00:00

Around Big Sky

Winter Around Big Sky

Winter in Montana is typically snowy, but the sun breaks out usually every afternoon, making for perfect weather to spend outdoors. There are dozens of fun activities in and around the Big Sky area in the winter—some you can do on your own, while others are best enjoyed with a guide.

Downhill Skiing: Ski or Snowboard America’s Biggest Skiing: You have 23 lifts and 4,350 vertical feet at your fingertips…all yours for sheer skiing and snowboarding bliss. Big Sky Resort is located just a short drive from the ranch, and if you staying with us we can even give you a lift! The resort offer skiing for eveyone from the bunny slope to the double black diamond they have it all! They also have a tube park, snowshoe trails, and winter ziplining …

Big Sky Resort – – (406) 995-5000

Need Ski Rentals?:

Ski Butlers is a full service ski and snowboard shop that has partnered with 320 Guest Ranch to offer the best rental experience in the industry for our guests. Instead of traveling to a busy ski shop and waiting in line, have Ski Butlers deliver your equipment and get fitted in the comfort of your accommodations. If there are any issues during your rental, Ski Butlers will meet you to fix those problems anywhere that is convenient for you, including on the mountain. On the final day of your rental we will meet you at a time and place of your choosing to pick up your equipment. Ski butlers offers 320 Guest Ranch Guests a 15% discount on equipment rental and delivery when you use the below link! Guest Ranch – (406) 640-2846

Or Pick them up yourself:

East Slope Outdoors – – (406) 995-4369

Black Tie Skis – – (406)995-3372

Grizzly Outfitters – – (406) 551-9470

Cross-country Skiing: Lone Mountain Ranch, a working ranch turned paradise, is now named as North America’s #1 Nordic Ski center, with over 80 kilometers of groomed trails to discover. If the downhill slopes are not your thing, then these trails will offer you the experience you’re looking for. The Ranch offers a collection of snowshoe trails as well, for those looking for a slower pace in the woods.

Lone Mountain Ranch – – (888) 979-7196

Snowmobile and Snowcoach: Big Sky is surrounded by National Forest land and dozens of snowmobile trail opportunities right in our own backyard. In addition, West Yellowstone, just 36 miles from the Ranch, is the notable snowmobile capital of the world—and for good reason. Between West Yellowstone and neighboring Island Park, ID, miles and miles of trails give riders the opportunity for free reign on their sleds around the border of Yellowstone National Park. If a guided snowmobile or snowcoach trip into Yellowstone is more your style, then we are happy to arrange one for you with one of the many outfitters who can take you on a trip through the Nation’s oldest National Park.

Yellowstone Alpen Guides – – (406) 646-9591

Yellowstone Tour Guides – – (406)995-2399

Yellowstone Vacations – – (800)426-7669

Dog Sledding: If you find yourself seeking experiences with local character, try taking the helm of a ten-dog sled on a trail that winds into the north side of Lone Peak into the Moonlight Basin area. The remote Spanish Peaks provide the backdrop for your Klondike-inspired bliss. Spotting moose, bald eagles and a wolf or two will certainly add to the experience not soon to be forgotten.

Sprirt of the North – – (406) 995-3424

Ice Climbing and Backcountry Skiing:

Ice climbing with Montana Alpine Guides was named by National Geographic Adventure as “Best of Montana in Winter: Outdoor Recreation”.  If you can swing a hammer and kick a ball you can swing ice tools and kick crampons in to a frozen falls.  With routes for beginner to expert levels this is a sport any one can try.  With internationally renowned ice climbing found in Hyalite Canyon outside of Bozeman and Ousel Falls just 10 minutes from Big Sky this is an activity worth experiencing at least once.  Montana Alpine Guides has been guiding and teach since 1985.  Experience untracked powder turns in Yellowstone National Park for an unforgettable ski vacation away from the crowds and lift served skiing.  Locations includes beginner to advanced difficulties and anything from scenic tours to longer more ambitious outings.   Equipment can be rented locally in Big Sky and trips take place just south of Big Sky in the parks northern mountains.  Montana Alpine Guides is the premier professional climbing and skiing guide service in the region.

Montana Alpine Guides – – (406) 586-8430

Hot Air Baloon Ride: See Montana like few can see it, soar over the peaks and valleys and take in the breathtaking views from hundreds of feet in the air! Fly the Big Sky!

Endevor Balloning – – (406) 600-8999

Summer Around Big Sky

If you’re a fly fisher, you’ve heard of Montana’s fabled trout streams, and one of them (the Gallatin) runs right through the ranch. If you’re a wildlife enthusiast, you know about Yellowstone Park, just a short drive south of the 320. If you like mountain biking or hiking, the trails in the mountains surrounding the ranch are epic.

Fly Fishing: Southwest Montana offers some of the best fishing in the world. Two blue ribbon rated rivers are within an hour of the ranch. The Gallatin runs through the ranch and hot spots are easily reachable and the Madison is just a short drive to the south.  Guide shops from Big Sky can pick you up right here at the ranch and take you to all the great places – walk and wade or float; eitherway it’s good fishing!

Gallatin River Guides – – (406) 995-2290

East Slope Outdoors – – (406) 995-4369

Whitewater Rafting: The Gallatin doesn’t offer just great fishing there is also great opprotunities for world class rafting and kyaking just outside your window. Our partner rafting company can take you on a wild ride down the mad mile or a scenic float trip through some of the prettiest country you’ve seen. It’s too much fun and activity that you shouldn’t miss

Geyser Whitewater – – (406)995-4989

Montana Whitewater – – (406)995-4613

Zip Lining: Big Sky boasts two different zip lining experiences – but they both offer the option to soar through the trees and get a birds eye view.

Big Sky Resort – – (406) 995-5000

Montana Whitewater – – (406)995-4613

Mountain Biking: Want to try some of the best bike trails in the country, well you have come to the right place. Want to just take a nice ride and see some amazing scenery – well we’ve got that too! Rent a bike and head to one of many different trails or let us set you up a guide who will show you how to do it… it’s a way to see things you’ve never seen before – and it’s fun!

Gallatin Alpine Sports – – (406) 995-2313

Grizzly Outfitters – – (406) 995-2939

Hiking: The ranch is situated in the heart of the Gallatin National Forest and boasts tons of trailheads within in short distances – easy, hard or somewhere in between there is something for everyone. Afraid to hike in bear country alone – let us know and we can get a guide for your family for the day.

A link to some trail information(Canyon) or HERE (West Yellowstone). Or ask our front desk….

Rock Climbing: What’s the point of being the mountains if you can’t make it to the top? For the real adventure lover try your hand at mountaineering. Scale the Red Cliff or Storm Castle and feel at the top of the world!

Montana Alpine Guides – – (406) 586-8430

Hot Air Baloon Ride: See Montana like few can see it, soar over the peaks and valleys and take in the breathtaking views from hundreds of feet in the air! Fly the Big Sky!

Endevor Balloning – – (406) 600-8999

Yellowstone National Park

When most people hear the term “National Park” they immediately picture Yellowstone. And for good reason. Its historic structures, one-of-a-kind thermal features, huge expanses of open country, and abundant wildlife are unmatched anywhere in the world. Just south of the 320, we can help you arrange naturalist guided tours of the Park, or give you insider info on how to tour it yourself.

More information on the park: National Park Service –

Tour Companies:

Yellowstone Alpen Guides – – (406) 646-9591

Yellowstone Tour Guides – – (406)995-2399

Yellowstone Vacations – – (800)426-7669

Yellowstone Safari Company – – (406) 586-1155

Discovery Yellowstone Tours – – (866) 661-6836

Yellowstone Luxury Tours –  – (406) 995-4895

Adventure Travel Guides: 

Want to just sit back and enjoy your vacation and let someone else take care of the details?  Join world renowened travel company Austin Adventures and let them show you the area like only they can!

Don’t have time to plan all the details – let them take care of it all. Voted #1 in family travel – they wrote the book on family fun and adventure travel. They specialize in our area and some of their tours stay right here at the ranch!

Surrounding Towns and Area Information:

WEST YELLOWSTONE: Just before you enter Yellowstone sits the small town of West Yellowstone. Full of shopping and lodging it also has some great restaurants and neat attractions. For more information on what is in the town visit their chamber website.

A few of our Reccommendations: Yellowstone Aerial Adventures, Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, Yellowstone Giant Screen, and Yellowsone Historic Center.

BOZEMAN: This is our ‘city’ and offers tons of outdoor fun and shopping (at all your familiar chain stores and tons of local botiques) visit their chamber website to find out more!

A few of our Reccommendations: Museum of the Rockies, Pioneer Museum, Gallatin History Museum,  Hike the “M” Trail, or visit a local brewery!

VIRGINA AND NEVADA CITIES: 2 historic gold towns just a beautiful drive from the ranch. Step back in time and experience what it was like to be a pioneer in Montana. Our own Dr McGill played a part in starting the restoration of these towns so long ago. Find out more information on all the fun things to do and see in these towns HERE.

Let us know if we can help you set up any of these adventures, or if you’d like more ideas on things to see and do in the area.