Although the summer days are winding down, fall in Big Sky is exceptional, making it a smooth transition from one season to the next. The temperatures cool, but the afternoon sun is still warm. Visitation lessens, bringing an even more unusual quietness to the area. And the colors, oh how we love the colors. If you ask most locals, they will quickly reveal their fondness for fall. Here are a few of our favorite reasons.
Fall temperatures are perfect for hiking, and the sunrises and sunsets over the changing colors can be phenomenal. Cinnamon Mountain, Spanish Creek, and Lemonknob Loop, right from the ranch, offer a brilliant display of leaves. Bring your camera!
After a hot, lazy summer, the cooling water and upcoming spawning season make the fish frisky. Many anglers come specifically to seek out big brown trout when they are most active. Check out our half and full-day fishing packages, including lodging, guide service and gratuities, a full hot breakfast and boxed lunch, gear, guides, and transportation.
For a few weeks between seasons each spring and summer, Yellowstone National Park opens its roads to bikers while keeping it closed to vehicles. Beginning the first until about the 3rd week in November, weather-permitting, bring your bike and experience the park up close and personal. There are few people, but lots of wildlife activity.
Big Sky Resort
If you arrive before September 13, 2020, be sure to stop at Big Sky Resort for the last bit of summer adventure. They have over 40 miles of mountain biking, including 20 miles of lift-served trails. For a low-key approach, take a scenic lift ride or the Lone Peak Expedition to the top of Lone Mountain by tram. If you’ve never tried zip lining, you’ll love this adventure through the treetops. And golfers take note, the course is open until September 27, 2020.
One of Montanan’s favorite past times and part of Montana’s wildlife management plan is the hunting season starting with archery season September 5, 2020. If you’re new to the area, we suggest hiring one of the area’s hunting guides. Their expertise and knowledge of the area produce fruitful and fun harvests.
The night sky in Big Sky is dark and full of stars. End your day with a soak in our outdoor infinity hot tub, listening to the creek's sounds and gazing to the sparkling skies.
Fall temperatures bring a longing for warm, flavorful comfort food. The menu at Rainbow Ranch Dining Room reflects this changing palette. Think, grilled romaine salad with green goddess dressing, garlic croutons, cherry tomatoes, and parmesan cheese. Follow it up with a naturally aged duck breast, topped with Tahitian Vanilla infused cherries, parsnip puree, a duck fritter, and por jus. Sound good? How about accompanying your meal with a glass of fine wine from our award-winning wine collection, or our signature Manhattan, the Montana Sky, made with Buffalo Trace Whiskey, Taylor Fladgate Tawny Port, and bitters. For a truly intimate meal, reserve the Bacchus Room, our state-of-the-art wine room available for private parties.