Gallatin Canyon

The Scenic Gallatin Canyon, where scenes from the movie “A River Runs Through It” were filmed, is known as the Canyon Village section of the Big Sky area. Highway 191 makes its way from the Bozeman area to the north and West Yellowstone to the south, following the beautiful Gallatin River to the turnoff to Big Sky’s Meadow Village (1 mile up the road), Big Sky Town Center (2 miles up the road), and Big Sky Resort (9 miles up the road). Many people opt to live or stay in the Canyon area, which features a variety of dining and lodging options, along with riverfront homes, custom mountain homes, cabins, and home sites.

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The history of the canyon mirrors much of the activity during the late 1800 and early 1900s in southwestern Montana. The canyon was first explored by Native American hunters, and later fur-trappers and gold prospectors. There was a significant amount of consideration given to the idea of running the railroad through the canyon to increase travel between Yellowstone National Park and Bozeman, Montana. Logging was conducted in the canyon at the turn of the 20th century, and loggers would ride the logs down river to prevent them from jamming.P ete Karst moved into the canyon in 1898 to homestead a ranch, and ran everything from an inn for travelers to serving liquor he made on the premise during prohibition days. His most successful endeavor in the canyon was a bus route he ran in 1924 from Salesville (now Gallatin Gateway) to Yellowstone National Park. "Karst Camp", as it came to be known, was home to the first tow rope ski hill in Montana, and held annual ski jumping competitions.


Meadow Village and Town Center residences:

  • There are a variety of properties in the Big Sky Meadow Village, including neighborhood homes, custom mountain homes, condominium units, and home sites.


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The Big Sky Lifestyle

Outdoor recreation is what Big Sky is all about. It’s what drew the first outdoor enthusiasts here in the early 1970s, and what still brings folks out today for vacations and well-rounded living. Although known for legendary skiing and easy access to Yellowstone National Park, today there are more ways than ever to truly enjoy the Big Sky area and immerse yourself into the great outdoors. Whether it’s escaping into the solitude of the backcountry wilderness on horseback or by foot or experiencing adventures in the front-country on area rivers, there are so many ways to spend your day in Big Sky in both summer and winter.

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