Destination guide

Outdoors and culture near Big Sky vacation home rentals

Big Sky is home to endless views and wide open skies, but there’s more to this town than meets the eye. Big Sky has grown from 2 ski resorts into a vibrant town that offers great family and group vacations all year round. It boasts the “Biggest Skiing in America,” and come summer or winter, you'll be able to find Big Sky vacation rentals to suit your pocket and lifestyle. Big Sky offers unlimited access to outdoor activities and is the ideal basecamp from which to explore the natural wonders of Yellowstone.

Things to do

Tourist attractions near Big Sky vacation homes

Although known for its legendary skiing, family-friendly Big Sky has so much more to offer! Whether it’s escaping for wilderness adventures with the kids on horseback or foot, braving the fast-flowing rivers, or soaring through the treetops on a zip line, there are many ways to make a great family vacation amazing. From comfortable Big Sky vacation rentals, you can visit the Crail Ranch Settlers Museum or hike to the spectacular Ousel Falls. During the summer months, there are also music concerts in the Town Center Park.

Activities

What to do near Big Sky vacation rentals

Whatever your tastes, Big Sky has all the ingredients for cooking up a brilliant family vacation. With affordable Big Sky vacation rentals and everything from skiing and snowboarding during the winter sports season, to fishing and wild whitewater activities, as well as backcountry hiking in the magnificent nature, what’s not to like? Big Sky is also the gateway to Yellowstone with its unique geological features and abundant wildlife. The town just keeps on giving, with a host of entertainment and family-friendly activities that make it feel much larger than life.

Day trips

Day trips from Big Sky vacation homes

Bozeman boasts numerous unique attractions within a short distance of Big Sky. Vacation rentals are close to sights like the Museum of the Rockies, a renowned museum with a vast collection of dinosaur fossils and regional and native history exhibits, and the Gallatin History Museum, a museum with Native American exhibits, battlefield artifacts, and a photo archive. You could also visit the American Computer & Robotics Museum, a technology museum with computing technology dating back to Babylonian tablets, and the Emerson Center for Arts & Culture, a historic museum with artistic and cultural exhibits.

Weather

Best time to travel to Big Sky vacation homes

Summers are balmy in Big Sky, when average temperatures hit around 70°F, and the sun doesn’t set behind Lone Mountain until well after 9 p.m. During the winter, when average temperatures can drop as low as 7°F, Big Sky has something to offer all winter sports enthusiasts, whatever your snowy discipline. The average snowfall here is an incredible 77 inches with the national average being only 26 inches! Many combine skiing with other activities, like snowshoeing, sleighing, or ice climbing before enjoying a relaxing après-ski activity in front of a roaring fire.

Natural features

Breathtaking scenery, come summer or winter in Big Sky

The one thing you can’t escape in Big Sky is the scenery. The landscape around Big Sky has wide meadow areas bisected by rivers, some of which offer fishing opportunities as well as breathtaking whitewater rapids in the Gallatin Canyon. In the awe-inspiring natural environment of Yellowstone, spring is the time for baby animals. In the fall, the deciduous trees turn a spectacular gold and yellow among the pines on the slopes of Lone Mountain, and nature and skiers begin gearing up for the winter sports season.

How to get there

How to get to and around Big Sky

The nearest airport is in Bozeman, MT (BZN-Gallatin Field), located 36.4 mi (58.6 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you can also fly into West Yellowstone, MT (WYS-Yellowstone), which is 40.3 mi (64.9 km) away.

Good for couples

Couple's retreat near Big Sky vacation rentals

Big Sky is a prime location for a couple’s retreat. Vacation homes are close to places like Gallatin National Forest, a wilderness area with hiking trails and diverse native wildlife like elk and bears, and Gallatin Canyon, a dramatic canyon with a river and campsites. You may also like Spanish Peaks, a mountain range with hiking trails, lookouts, lakes, and streams.

Where to stay around Big Sky?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,042 vacation rentals near Big Sky. From 417 Houses to 140 Cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Big Sky for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Big Sky?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Big Sky:

  • Big Sky Resort: 478 vacation rentals
  • Big Sky Mountain Village: 449 vacation rentals
  • Big Sky Meadow Village: 442 vacation rentals
  • Saddle Ridge: 230 vacation rentals
  • Big Horn: 242 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Big Sky?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Big Sky. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Moonlight Basin Ski Area: 752 vacation rentals
  • Big Sky Town Center: 693 vacation rentals
  • Big Sky Golf Course: 728 vacation rentals
  • Historic Crail Ranch: 730 vacation rentals
  • Ousel Falls Park: 726 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Big Sky listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Big Sky?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 417 Houses in Big Sky. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Big Sky include:

  • Cabins: 140 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 279 rentals available
  • Cottages: 140 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Chalets and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Big Sky?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 240 vacation rentals with pool available in Big Sky. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.