Are you thinking of planning a vacation to Big Sky, Montana? I recently had the good fortune of spending a long weekend at this beautiful hideaway in the mountains of Western Montana. Here is my take on this recently developed piece of the Rocky Mountains.
The creation of Big Sky was first begun in late 1973. Its primary purpose was to provide a winter playground with top-notch skiing facilities. The area has expanded a great deal over the last four decades and offers vacationers a variety of adventures during every season.
Big Sky seems to have something for every type of visitor from youthful thrill seekers to families with young children to retirees wanting to relax and enjoy the good life. If the typical outdoor sports of golfing, skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, hiking, rock climbing, horse-back riding, fly fishing, and zip-lining arenít enough to keep you entertained, the entrance to Yellowstone National Park is only about an hour south of Big Sky. This provides visitors to the area the opportunity to see animals and landscapes of the wilderness of the West as well as some unique geological features from late spring to early fall when the park is accessible.
So how did I feel about my stay in Big Sky? I enjoyed the majority of my time there. The whole place practically oozed relaxation. The scenery is truly picturesque making hiking and biking a breathtaking experience. The quaint village Town Center seemed to have just about anything I needed, though we did have to stand in some long lines for breakfast and dinner. This may simply be due to the fact that we visited in April when not all businesses were open, so our options were limited. This coffee snob also struggled to find a decent latte in town, but again, not every cafe was open for me to try out.
My daughter loved the playground at the Big Sky Community Park. It was a huge area with a baseball field, skate park, and mini rock climbing area. Be sure to watch the really little ones as there is open water all around (rivers and ponds etc).
Another precaution to take note of is that staying at Big Sky puts you in bear country. You will see signs around the area reminding you not to leave food out. Itís not a bad idea to carry bear spray and a whistle with you if youíre heading out to less populated parts of the area.
All in all, I give Big Sky two thumbs up as a vacation destination. I hope to return soon and try out more of what this play land has to offer.