The Meadow Village is the heart of Big Sky, home to the majority of year-round residents. With a wide variety of dining, shopping, and entertainment options. Also within Big Sky’s Meadow Village is the Big Sky Town Center, known as Big Sky’s downtown. Featuring dining, shopping, grocery stores, and nightlife, in the summer months it is the setting for free outdoor weekly concerts and farmers’ markets, along with other specialty events. During the winter months, the Town Center features an outdoor ice skating and hockey rink, equipped with lights for evening fun.There are a variety of properties in the Big Sky Meadow Village, including neighborhood homes, custom mountain homes, condominium units, and home sites.
The "Meadow" area of Big Sky lies in an Alpine valley formed during the cretaceous period. Initially called the Gallatin Canyon Basin, the Meadow is braided with small rivers that channel mountain snow run-off.
Fishing is permitted on all of these Gallatin feeders. Two ponds are found on the Middle Fork that bisects the Meadow, and fishing there is permitted for those 16 and younger. Several agencies, such as the Gallatin River Task Force, monitor the health of the rivers.
The Big Sky Community is privileged to be in a prime recreational setting, surrounded by towering mountains, evergreen forests, and world-class rivers. Trails managed by the Big Sky Community Corporation alone amount to nearly 20 miles of hiking, biking, and horseback riding accessible from the Meadow Village and Town Center. For a run-down of trails visitbigskymt.com.
Set amidst the links at the Big Sky Golf Course, Meadow Village offers private home and condominium rentals and real estate opportunities, as well as essential goods such as three grocery stores, post office, Bozeman Health Center and dentists' offices, boutique shops, galleries, outdoor shops, breweries and restaurants. Step back in time at the nearby Crail Ranch.
The locals say "I came for the winter, but stayed for the summer." Although the world-class skiing of the Aspen/Snowmass area has been the draw for most of the area's visitors and residents the spring to fall recreation scene has much to offer. With more than 300 days of sunshine a year, Aspen is truly a year-round destination for outdoor enthusiasts and adventurers! Whether it's downhill skiing in untouched snow or hiking through dense aspen groves, Aspen has all that your adventurous heart desires. Epic powder days in winter turn to amazing rafting from spring to summer. Warm days lead adventurers to endless trails to climb, hike or bike, outdoor concerts, water sports and cultural pursuits. No matter how you choose to spend a day in Aspen there is an unforgettable outdoor activity right at your doorstep.
Lone Mountain Ranch: Voted the #1 Nordic Ski Resort in North America by Cross Country Skier magazine, our phenomenal terrain, dependable snow, incredible guides, and proximity to Big Sky Resort and Yellowstone National Park, make for an unrivaled Rocky Mountain winter vacation experience. 85 km of groomed trail.
The Roaring Fork River invites water enthusiasts of all types. Its Gold Medal fishing is enjoyed all year round. Whether you fish solo or with a local guide you will find your own sweet spot on the river. Stillwater is perfect for learning to kayak and gain the needed skills to enjoy all aspects of the river. Once you develop your skills and confidence you'll soon be ready to move to more challenging waters. And then the fun begins! When winter turns to spring the snow melts and creates rapid waters for rafting trips of all levels and provides a stunning persective on the Roaring Fork valley.
The John Denver Sanctuary, nestled on the shores of the Roaring Fork River, offers benches, picnic tables and open grass areas that are ideal for peacefully enjoying the river – take a picnic, a blanket and great book and enjoy this hidden treasure.
Join local's in their favorite spot to cool off! On a hot summer's day go to the "beach" at the North Star Preserve or head up Independence Pass to the "Devil's Punchbowl" at the Grotto's. Granite ledges above the Punchbowl are a platform for jumping into its cool and refreshing waters. Sunbathe on the ledges for a great summer afternoon with friends.
Biking is popular spring through fall – whether you prefer to mountain bike or road bike, you will never be at a loss for places to ride. Roads and trails offer terrain for every level of expertise. The Rio Grande Trail runs 41 miles to Glenwood Springs. It meanders through Aspen along the Roaring Fork River making it perfect for families with smaller children. For adrenaline junkies try Smuggler Mountain Road, Hunter Creek Loop, Iowa Shaft, Tootsie Roll and Lollipop. Those with endurance can ride up Independence Pass to the top of the Continental Divide. Or ride up Maroon Creek or Castle Creek Roads for a steady vertical climb and then enjoy the ride down.
Hiking is probably the easiest way for visitors to commune with nature. There are trails for every age and ability with many trailheads starting right in town. You can hop on the Rio Grande Trail, throughout downtown, and follow the Roaring Fork River. Smuggler Trail and Ute Trail take you up above the valley floor with some of the most stunning views and sunsets.
Aspen has incredible climbing just 15 minutes east of town up Independence Pass. You will find beginning bouldering and simple top-rope climbing to expert multi-pitch routes on granite crags. "In town" climbing on Gold Butte where Cemetery Lane and McLain Flats meet. Experts will love it too. If you don't like the weather, check out the indoor climbing tower at the Aspen Recreation Center or classes at the Red Brick Recreation Center.
Did you know your golf ball will travel farther in high altitude? When it comes to golf, our local courses have much to offer — boasting championship designs, breathtaking views and pristine grounds. The Aspen Golf Club and the Snowmass Club are ready to book your tee time!
Aspen has long been known for its love of culture and the arts. The Aspen Art Museum presents the most important evolutions in contemporary art. AAM exhibitions, education and public programs, and activities engage audiences in thought-provoking experiences.
The Aspen Music Festival and School offers an incredible summer music and exceptional concerts throughout the year with world-renowned performers. The Wheeler Opera House, Aspen's premier state-of-the-art venue, hosts nationally recognized artists and a diverse calendar including pop, rock, country and bluegrass concerts, lectures, theatre, dance, films and community events.
Theatre Aspen features top-flight professional and Broadway artists in a summer repertory season of musicals, plays and comedies. Theatre Aspen School offers camps for kids 5 – 18 from June through August. The Hurst Theatre is located in a spectacular setting in the Rio Grande Park.
Elevating the cultural landscape in Aspen is the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, a contemporary ballet company now nearly two decades old. A deep commitment to curating new ballets while cultivating choreographic talent has resulted in a catalogue of adventurous repertoire. The company performs at the Aspen District Theater in the summer and winter and also operates 4 ballet schools year-round throughout the Roaring Fork Valley.
Established in 1979, Aspen Film is one of Colorado's most active film arts organizations, presenting dynamic programs and featured guest artists throughout the year. Internationally recognized, Aspen Film organizes a major film event in every season, along with an extensive education program: Aspen Filmfest, Academy Screenings, Aspen Shortsfest and Film Educates. With a mission to enlighten, enrich, educate and entertain through film, Aspen Film stimulates thought, encourages dialogue and broadens understanding of our world and selves through the diverse spectrum of ideas presented by filmmakers worldwide.
For more heady interests, The Aspen Institute is an international non-profit organization dedicated to informed dialogue and inquiry on issues of global concern. The Aspen Ideas Fest, alone, draws some of the greatest minds of our generation for lively and thought-provoking discussions. Aspen Words encourages writers, inspires readers, and connects people through the power of stories. Founded in Aspen in 1976 as a cutting edge poetry conference and literary magazine, Aspen Words is one of the nation’s leading literary centers and a stage for the world’s most prominent contemporary writers. Its programs employ literature as a tool for provoking thought, broadening perspectives, fostering connections, inspiring creativity, and giving voice.