Visit Big Sky, Montana's "Springtime in Big Sky" Features Newborn Wildlife, Abundant Wildflowers, World-Class Hiking & Biking, and Special Lodging Packages

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Springtime in Big Sky, MT, begins when wobbly legged wildlife is born, abundant wildflowers bloom, Yellowstone National Park opens, and springtime lodging specials are offered at hotels, ranches, and lodges.

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Springtime in Big Sky, Montana, begins when wobbly legged wildlife is born, abundant wildflowers bloom, Yellowstone National Park opens, and the mountains are ready for hiking and biking. Include springtime lodging specials at hotels, ranches, and lodges and you’ll definitely want to visit Big Sky, Montana, in April, May, and June.

Big Sky is known as a world-class winter and summer destination, but spring is also a prime time in Big Sky. The days are longer, the air is warmer, the sky is bluer, the wildflowers are blooming, and the wildlife is giving birth. Photographers, outdoor enthusiasts, and families will enjoy visiting Big Sky during this quiet time of year.

Big Sky is part of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem – an area that the National Park Service defines as 12-22 million acres that includes two national parks, portions of five national forests, three national wildlife refuges, Bureau of Land Management holdings, and both private and tribal lands. As one of the largest nearly intact temperate-zone ecosystems on Earth, the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem is home to hydrothermal features, stunning lakes, geologic wonders, and the largest concentration of wildlife in the Lower 48. Springtime is when Montana welcomes this new generation of wildlife into the world.

Grizzly bears, bison, wolves, Bighorn sheep, black bears, elk, moose, mountain goats, antelope and other curious critters are born between April and June. Guests can spot these wobbly newborns in the Big Sky area and in Yellowstone National Park. Yellowstone National Park's northwestern border begins just 15 miles south of Big Sky and one of the park's four main entrances is just 47 miles away.

Hiking on Yellowstone’s 900 miles of trails or exploring the endless trail systems in Big Sky is an ideal way to get off the beaten path and to see wildflowers in the Lee Metcalf Wilderness and the Gallatin National Forest. Popular hikes in Big Sky include Cinnamon Mountain, Windy Pass, Bear Basin, Porcupine, and Garnet Mountain. Beehive Basin, which was named one of the world's greatest hikes, should not be missed. All of these hikes explore open meadows and alpine zones filled with colorful Montana wildflowers such as Lupine, Sticky Geranium, Glacier Lily, Indian Paintbrush, Forget-Me-Nots, Columbines, Wild Rose, and Bitterroot.

Big Sky is home to world-renowned fly fishing too. There are over 200 miles of trout water within 1 hour of Big Sky. Rainbow trout spawn in the springtime waters of the Gallatin River as it flows past Big Sky. Book a guided fly fishing trip and discover the best fishing spots from local anglers.

There are 15 non-stop flights from major carriers to Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport (BZN), making it easy to travel to Big Sky from anywhere. With stunning scenery and perfect springtime weather and temperatures, spring is one of the best times to get outdoors and experience this jaw-dropping region of Montana.


Fish. Sleep. Eat. Save. Join Gallatin River Guides (GRG), the area’s oldest fly shop and guide service on a unique fly fishing adventure. Stay in one of the boutique cabins at the Inn on the Gallatin for three nights and enjoy free breakfast for two and then fish one of our local rivers with one of GRG’s professional fishing guides. Waters you could fish include the Gallatin River, the Madison, the Yellowstone River, the Paradise Valley Spring Creeks, and more. Valid through April. Prices start at $535 per couple.

June Early Bird Special. Vacation at Lone Mountain Ranch in June and save with their all-inclusive early bird June Special! Guests enjoy lodging, all meals, a guided tour of Yellowstone National Park, acclaimed Outdoor Youth Adventures Program, horseback riding, live music, Cowboy Breakfast, and more. Starting at $380 per person per night. Must book by April 15. Only valid for the month of June.

Buy Two Nights, Get One Free. Kick it up or just kick back at 320 Guest Ranch. If you've dreamed of horseback riding beneath Montana's soaring clear blue skies, yearned to fly fish its tumbling trout rivers, wanted to ski Big Sky Resort or spend time with family in a log cabin under the star dotted Big Sky country, 320 Guest Ranch is the place for you! Save 33% on their spring special. Buy two nights of lodging in a Deluxe Log Cabin or two Bedroom Riverfront Cabin and get your third night free! Offer valid now until May 31, 2016.

Romance Package. Sneak away to Rainbow Ranch Lodge with your special someone. Toast to each other in front of your wood-burning river rock fireplace before you enjoy a romantic dinner for two in the restaurant. Retreat to your Riverside guestroom with a private deck overlooking the Gallatin River. Package includes: one night stay, Champagne and house-made truffles in room upon arrival, dinner for two in their restaurant and continental breakfast in the morning. Cost is $295 per night. Offer valid now until April 17.

For more information on spring in Big Sky, Montana, contact Alex Mansfield, Visit Big Sky’s Marketing Manager, at 406-995-3000 or at

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