Out of the entire vacation, this day was definitely my favorite, and that is because I absolutely fell in love with Big Sky, Montana.
I’ve noticed that my destination bucketlist tends to grow rather than shrink every time I travel… and Big Sky was the reason why this time around. The area is gorgeous, has a ton of outdoor recreation opportunities, supports lots of local business, and (the best part) is not crowded. I can’t wait to head back so we can explore it properly! Continue below to read about our many adventures in this hidden gem of a town ♥︎.
Geyser Whitewater Expeditions
Fabian, Skyler, and I left Billings, Montana bright and early so we could make it on time to our reservation with Geyser Whitewater Expeditions. None of us had been whitewater rafting before, so this was a first all around, and let me just say, it was incredible!
The Geyser staff were all friendly and helpful, and our tour guides went our of their way to ensure that everyone (especially the kiddos) had a fun and safe time during the tour. Skyler went crazy for this activity, and never once gave the impression of being anxious or scared, which was more than we expected from our six year old! Other rafters even commented on how happy they were that Skyler was with us that day, as his overflowing positivity rubbed off on everyone in the boat. We could all probably learn something from his fearless attitude throughout the tour!
Our family enjoyed our experience with Geyser Whitewater so much that I wrote a special post detailing our day with them. If you want to know more about this tour company to see if they’d be a good match for your next adventure, you can read it about it here!
Blue Moon Bakery
After the whitewater rafting, our family moseyed on down to the Blue Moon Bakery, at the recommendation of our river guides. This local bakery features brightly colors decor, outdoor seating, and a variety of goodies made for consumption (sweets, subs, and pizza). The food was decent for the price, but I especially enjoyed the aesthetic and ambiance of the establishment. We’ll definitely be returning when we make our way back to Big Sky.
Ousel Falls Trail
At another recommendation of our river guides, Fabian, Skyler, and I decided to tackle Big Sky’s Ousel Falls Trail after we finished with lunch. We hike a lot, and have seen a lot, but this trail did not disappoint. Maybe we just happened to be on the receiving end of perfect conditions, but this hike was simply amazing, from start to finish.
The first thing we noticed as we headed towards Ousel Falls was that there weren’t a lot of people on the trail. Yes, we passed hikers occasionally as we continued on, but it was hardly crowded. Peace, quiet, and physical space on a trail are important to me because they give me the opportunity to experience the area as is, without the interference of talky tourists and that incessant need to rush when an endless flow of people want to get around you. If you’re anything like me, you consider this low-population quality to be a blessing.
The next thing that made us love this trail was the fact that it had so much to offer in such a short distance. The hike was very short, only around a mile long. However, it was packed with so much greatness and so many tangents that it took us over two hours to get back to our car. We explored nearly every offshoot, and they were all worth it.
Overall, this hike easily became my favorite of this summer’s road trip, and possibly even my favorite, period. Who wouldn’t fall in love with views like these?
We called it a day once we finished hiking, and left Big Sky for West Yellowstone. We stayed at the Traveler’s Lodge, which conformed to most of our previous hotel stays during this trip. The place was unassuming and minimalistic, but when you’re only staying for a night, how much could you possibly need? The desk clerks were friendly, the room was clean, and our purpose was served for our short stay. The only complaint I had about the Lodge was that the office was not open at the time we planned on checking out, which I found odd. Still, overall we were satisfied. Just keep that in mind if you plan on starting the day off bright and early!
Do I have you convinced yet that this was the best day ever? Get down to Big Sky and see for yourself; it’s a dream :). Don’t forget to comment below with your own experiences, and check out Day Six in the near future!
Safety disclaimer: When hiking, always be aware of the wildlife that could be present on a trail, and take the necessary precautions. Just because I haven’t seen it yet doesn’t mean it isn’t there, or that you won’t see it! Additionally, make sure to follow all safety protocols as outlined by the recreation departments in charge of each site you choose to visit. Be safe and prepared.
Medical disclaimer: As always, consult a physician before you and/or your child begin an exercise regimen or engage in rigorous outdoor activity. The general information above is not meant to replace the advice of a medical professional. If you experience any problems or have concerns when engaging in physical activity, stop and contact a doctor before proceeding with additional workouts.