How to Plan a day trip From Big Sky to Yellowstone

Big Sky’s backyard has it all—climbing, hiking, skiing, rafting, fishing, and more! Plus, it’s conveniently located near Yellowstone National Park. Have you always dreamed of embarking on an adventure to this iconic national park? Our town is the perfect home base for your days exploring the park. We’ll tell you everything you need to know about taking a day trip from Big Sky, Montana, to Yellowstone

Not sure if you want to visit Big Sky during the summer or winter? Take a look at our seasonal guides to help you decide! 

Things to Do in Winter

Things to Do in Summer

How to Get from Big Sky, Montana, to Yellowstone

When you’re embarking on a day trip from Big Sky, Montana, to Yellowstone, the closest entry point to the park is the west entrance to Yellowstone. The drive takes less than an hour and provides gorgeous, breathtaking views along the whole way. To begin, leave The Wilson Hotel and head south on Huntley Drive. Follow that road until you reach Lone Mountain Trail, where you’ll turn right. Then, turn right onto Highway 191 and follow it for about 50 miles until you reach Yellowstone National Park. The route follows the Gallatin River and flows between the Madison and Gallatin Ranges.

Explore Yellowstone

wildlife in yellowstone

Guided Tours

If you desire to explore the park with a Montana local, then guided tours are for you. Tours feature knowledgeable guides who know the best places with picture-perfect views and native wildlife. You can choose from a variety of motorcoach tours, hiking tours, horseback riding tours, cross country skiing, and snow coach tours. 

Unbelievable Basins

This national park is home to an extensive list of mind-boggling geysers, such as the Upper Geyser Basin, Lower Geyser Basin, and Midway Geyser Basin. Midway Geyser Basin is the largest hot spring in the United States and the third-largest in the world and shoots water hundreds of feet into the air! 


Yellowstone Snowmobile Tours

During the winter months, Yellowstone becomes a snowmobiler’s paradise. The west entrance to Yellowstone National Park is closed off to cars, but you can still access the park by snowmobile. This area has hundreds of miles of trails for you to explore. 

Fly Fishing

You can access some of the best fly fishing in the country at Yellowstone National Park. Hebgen Lake provides you with the opportunity to catch famous blue-ribbon trout. 


Stay at the Best Home Base

The Wilson Hotel in Big Sky perfectly embodies the epic beauty and undeniable charm of Montana. Our gorgeous hotel is waiting to offer you an unforgettable lodging experience and perfectly blends the thrill of mountain living with the sophistication and functionality of the modern hotel. Each guest suite features artful decor, spacious living, and, most importantly, instant access to all of the most exciting things to do in Gallatin County.

Our hotel offers an array of guest suites that include king and queen-sized beds, sleeper sofas, fully-functioning kitchens, and breathtaking views of the rolling hills and mountains. We’re proud to offer you copious amenities, such as complimentary breakfast, a fitness facility, an outdoor pool, a bar and lounge, and more! To start planning your getaway to Big Sky, check our availability today! We can’t wait to host you. 

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