Recreation at Rainbow Ranch

Fun on the Lawn
Fly Fishing
Hiking
Mountain Biking
Horseback Riding
Yoga

Fun on the Lawn

Seasons Available: Summer
Montana's long summer evenings are perfect for gathering friends and family for a rousing game of Badminton, Croquet or Bocce ball. The lodge's wide open spaces and peaceful surroundings are ideal for these leisurely games which are sure to provide hours of enjoyment. Badminton, Croquet and Bocce ball are all available at the lodge and complimentary for guests.


Fly Fishing

Seasons Available: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
Winter is an excellent time to enjoy fly fishing around Southwest Montana. The main hatch that will produce rising fish is the midge. Midges are tiny aquatic insects that make up the bulk of a trout’s diet throughout the year, especially in the winter.

Nymphing techniques are the norm during the winter. All of the aquatic insects are in the nymph stage through the winter and depending upon the day various fly patterns such as; prince nymphs, golden stones, pheasant tails, midge larvae, and caddis nymphs will produce hungry fish. The fishing does not change rapidly during the winter however, once March rolls around the fishing improves and changes for the best. In March we start to see the emergence of Baetis Mayflies, Early Browns Stones, and continued strong Midge hatches. Spring is a great time to enjoy fishing the rivers and skiing in the Big Sky area. If the slopes are not to your liking then the fishing will be!

You may fish our stocked trout pond or anywhere on the Gallatin river that borders the property. Some of the best fishing on the Gallatin is just 100 ft north of the main lodge!

We are happy to set up guided wade or drift boat fishing adventures. The guides will pick you up at the ranch and provide all the gear. Rates for wading start at $250 and drift boat $425.


Hiking

Seasons Available: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
Hikers and backpackers will experience spectacular mountain vistas, fields of wildflowers, crystal blue alpine lakes, and diverse wildlife. A variety of trails, ranging from fairly flat to challenging overnight trips, are located throughout the Gallatin National Forest and nearby Yellowstone Park.

Spanish Peaks and the Gallatin mountain ranges offer an extensive trail network in Gallatin National Forest near Big Sky. For those interested in shorter or guided hikes, local ski areas offer lift access. Just to the south of Big Sky, Yellowstone National Park also has a variety of hiking trails, some of which are appropriate for the whole family. Trail maps are available at local outdoor shops, bookstores, or forest service offices.

One of Big Sky’s most popular hikes starts from the Rainbow Ranch, Lemon’s Knob. Named after the original homesteaders of the property, this short hike is rewarded by wonderful views looking towards Yellowstone National Park and Lone Peak. This continuous climb typically takes between 30-90 minutes to the Knob, depending on the hiker. Follow the trail to the left whenever there is an intersection. Once you reach the Knob the trail does continue down into Porcupine Wilderness/Trail Head (about 2 miles).

Trail maps available at the front desk.


Mountain Biking

Seasons Available: Fall, Spring, Summer
For those of you who enjoy the uphill burn or a nice comfortable pedal through the forest, you will be delighted to find that Big Sky is surrounded by National Forest Service land that offers hundreds of miles of forest service roads and trails for mountain biking. At the ranch, Lemon’s Knob to Porcupine Creek provides a nice incline and then a downhill rush. On the Mountain at Big Sky Resort riders will find mostly advanced and expert downhill trails, but there are beginner and intermediate offerings throughout the area and Yellowstone Park as well.


Horseback Riding

Seasons Available: Fall, Spring, Summer
It is very easy for you to experience your own western adventure on a horseback ride. Thousands of miles of national forest and parkland remain undisturbed and free from development. Nature hikes, horseback rides, wildlife viewing and wide, open spaces await to rejuvenate your soul. The Gallatin National Forest is inspiring. We are often fortunate enough to see moose, elk, deer, coyote, bear, sand cranes and more. In spring and summer, trail rides start across the river from the main Lodge at the Twin Cabin Trail head. Winter rides are also available just 3 miles north of the ranch. Trail rides start at $65 and go up from there.


Yoga

Seasons Available: Fall, Spring, Summer
Montana's breathtaking and vast landscapes are the ideal place for yoga. Come and practice mindfulness with the music of the babbling brooks and the Gallatin River in the distance. The weight and enormity of the mountains provides a perfect place for contemplations and readying yourself before hitting the mat.

Private Yoga Sessions for 2:  $120 per session