Big Sky is an unincorporated community that is split between Gallatin and Madison Counties. Known for its quintessential rugged Montana beauty, this place truly is heaven on earth. The wild Gallatin River, snowcapped peaks, and a meadow basin combine to make this gorgeous area. During the winter, powder hounds are drawn to the world famous Big Sky Resort. When summer rolls around, fishing, hiking, camping, biking, and rafting are the main activities. This pawsome place even has its own veterinary clinic.
Town Center Park is located amid a small collection of shops, cafes, and a movie theater. This wide open grass area is plenty big and gives your pooch a chance to stretch their legs. As you wander around the lawn, enjoy breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains. There’s not much shade, so if it’s a sunny day make sure your pup has plenty of water. Just across the street is Fire Pit Park. The central feature of this park is, you guessed it, a community fire pit. But during the summer months, when it’s too hot for relaxing by the fire, you can stroll along the paved walking paths with your doggo.
With trails galore, hills of wildflowers, and endless fun in the sun, Big Sky will definitely capture your pup’s heart!
Big Sky Community Park is the perfect spot for a mellow walk with puptacular scenery. This park has regular amenities, like a playground, ball fields, picnic tables, and sport courts. But your pooch will be more interested in Little Willow Way, a 1.6 mile trail that runs alongside the West Fork of the Gallatin River. As long as your pup is under voice control, they can even walk sans leash. You can also access Black Diamond Trail from this park. This trail has a slight incline and also clocks in at 1.6 miles. Crail Ranch Trail is another pawsome option. Meander through a grassy meadow on this 2.6 mile trail.
It’s easy to see why Ousel Falls is one of the area’s most pupular trails. It’s a beautiful trail that descends into a ravine and is 1.5 miles round trip. The South Fork of the Gallatin River rushes through and tumbles over giant slabs of rock. Since it’s quite busy, dogs must be leashed on this trail. But there are plenty of places along the river that they can explore and even go for a swim. The trail ends at the magnificent falls. Bring a picnic and enjoy lunch with your pup before heading back to the car. This trail will definitely make your pup’s tail wag!
This area is home to the mighty Big Sky Resort. If you don’t have time for a hike, peruse the grounds with your four legged friend. There are plenty of shops to check out and many of them allow furry guests. If you want to explore the mountains with your doggo, follow one of the trails. Moosetracks, Huckleberry, and North Service Road are all open to just hikers. Other trails are available, but you’ll be sharing them with mountain bikers. After a day of hiking, relax in a pet friendly room at the resort’s Huntley Lodge. Upon arrival, your pal will be greeted with a bag of nutritional treats. They’ll even get a plush dog bed to sleep on. Sounds furrific!
After a day of hiking and playing in the Gallatin River, your pup can relax in a pet friendly room at the Whitewater Inn. It’s located in the canyon area and right next to the Gallatin River. While walking your pooch around the grassy pet area, gaze up at the majestic mountains of Big Sky Resort. Before you set out in the morning, fuel up at the complimentary Continental Breakfast. Buck’s T-4 Lodging also welcomes four legged guests. For a small fee your pal can bunk in one of their deluxe rooms. Be sure to wander the grounds and check out the Serenity Garden so your pooch can unwind before hitting the hay.
A hike to Beehive Basin is the perfect way to see Big Sky’s beauty. Pack some water and snacks and make your way up this trail with your pooch by your side. The hike to the basin is just over three miles from the trailhead, and it gains about 1,500 feet of elevation, so your pal will get a bit of a leg workout. Once you arrive, you’ll be at the foot of the magnificent Lone Peak and in front of a crystal clear alpine lake. Your pup can splash around the water, go for a swim, or explore the basin. Anyone who hikes this trail falls in love with it, and your pup will be no exception!