Snowmobiling Around Big Sky, Montana

By: Blythe Beaubien         November 20th, 2014

There are so many great things to do and see when you visit Big Sky in the winter.  There’s downhill skiing, Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, nature hikes and animal watching, sleigh ride dinners, and even fishing.  But the most fun of all for the major adrenaline junkies is snowmobiling in and around Big Sky and the nearby Yellowstone National Park.

In Big Sky, there is a company called Canyon Adventures and they will rent you a snowmobile and let you go off on your own up on the Buck Ridge trail.  From the top of Buck Ridge, you’ll be surrounded by some of the most beautiful mountains in Montana including the Spanish Peaks, Lone Mountain and the craggy Sphynx Mountains. But if you’re a novice, beginner, or just want someone to show you around, they have guided trips as well.  For more information and pricing, visit

Snowmobiling in Yellowstone National Park is a great way to see the country’s first national park in the wintertime. There are a number of tour operators that can plan out a route based on where you want to go in the park, what you’d like to see, and how long you want to be outside.  Custom daily tours are offered through Rendezvous Snowmobile Rentals and you’ll have the opportunity to learn about the history and geology of the park, while photographing wildlife and the geothermal features that dot the park.  For more information, visit

Located about 45 minutes from Big Sky is the town of West Yellowstone and it’s a snowmobiling mecca.  In and around West Yellowstone, or “West” as the locals call it, are hundreds of miles of groomed snowmobile trails, endless deep powder, adventurous mountain riding, and back country riding to test the skills of even the most advanced riders.

So, once you’ve had enough of the ski hill, or if you don’t ski at all and want to get out and see the sights of Big Sky country, snowmobiling is a great way to see a lot of terrain in a short amount of time.