While staying at Moose Creek Flat campground we took advantage of the proximity to Big Sky and decided to tour around some. It was about a 15 minute drive from the campground to the town center. Big Sky, with a population of around 3,000, is a resort town in the Rocky Mountains of southwestern Montana and sits at just over 7,000 feet. It is know for its ski resort, its mountain biking trails, and the infamous Yellowstone Club which is an exclusive homeowners club with luxurious amenities and its own ski resort at Pioneer Mountain.
Big Sky Town Center
The town center is a modern, built up area with all the amenities you could want. We visited in summer under some smokey skies from the wildfires burning in the west which did obscure the backdrop of the magnificent mountains in the area. There was a tremendous amount of construction and building occurring everywhere we went in the area, it was unbelievable. It is definitely a growing area! I am sure the vibe is different in the winter from the summer but while we were there it felt a bit industrial, commercialized, and very busy. It was still a lovely area and fun to visit.
Big Sky Mountain Village
The Big Sky Mountain Village is about another 10 minute drive from the town center. During the summer the area is full of mountain bikers, zipliners, and various other outdoor summer activities such as a rock climbing wall and miniature golf. We even saw a woman get stuck on the zipline and it took them about 10 or 15 minutes to rescue her!
The Ousel Falls Trailhead is close to the Big Sky town center and offers a lovely hike along the south and west forks of the Gallatin River. It is a popular hike in the area and offers a well maintained trail which descends down into the canyon to the falls which drop about 50′. There are multiple viewing areas along the way.