Lone Mountain Big Sky Montana

The Mountain Village of Big Sky is blessed with amazing beauty compliments of the Gallatin and Madison Mountain Ranges and more activities than a mere mortal could ever dream of doing. During summer you can fly-fish, hike, bike, raft, horseback ride, golf, camp, watch wildlife or simply relax and enjoy the scenery while trying to figure out how to do it all. Winter provides for some of the best downhill skiing in America; offering a combined 5600 acres of pure adventure. Nordic skiing, dog-sledding, trips to Yellowstone and moonlit sleigh ride dinners complete the winter experience.

Gallatin River WinterLocated midway between Bozeman and West Yellowstone, in southwestern Montana, Big Sky shares Gallatin Mountain splendor with its neighbor, Yellowstone National Park. In addition to extensive recreation opportunities and fine resort amenities, Big Sky is known for its breathtaking scenery, abundant wildlife, and gracious hospitality. Here you'll find much contrast, from casual fleece to western elegance from gentle meadows to the rugged magnificence of Lone Peak.

Big Sky Ski Resort is 3,812 acres of downhill skiing, snowboarding and snowshoe trails. Recognized for lack of lift lines, amazing steeps and the biggest skiing in America with the new Big Sky and Moonlight Basin interconnect.

Gallatin River Fly-fisherMontana is known for its fly-fishing, and the Big Sky area is no exception. With the Gallatin River within minutes of any rental property in Big Sky or you could be fishing the World Famous Madison River in an hour, it is great for tourists and locals alike. The Big Sky Area has multiple local outfitters with trips for beginners to even the most experienced fishermen. Choose from a variety of trips including floating trips, walk/wade trips, and horse-pack trips. Please contact the following businesses for guided fishing information and locations to purchase you fishing license.

Winter’s nearly perpetual blue skies are interrupted in a timely fashion by millions of snowflakes that blanket the landscape, 400 inches of annual snowfall or three mountains with lots of elbow room. Lift lines are nonexistent here. The skiing and riding is the ultimate experience, explore the backcountry on snowshoes or take a relaxing sleigh ride. The choice, like Big Sky itself, is all yours.

Gallatin River Whitewater RaftingFor backcountry skiing you may with to venture next door to Beehive Basin, Porcupine Creek, or other parts of neighboring Gallatin National Forest, or tour Yellowstone National Park. Stop in the local shops for area maps, advice on trails, rental equipment and updated avalanche forecasts. The Cross-country skier will find 65 groomed kilometers of' nationally ranked' cross-country ski trails at Lone Mountain Ranch. Lessons, rentals, and guided tours are available. Or check out the Rendezvous Trails in West Yellowstone.

Mountain biking in and around the Big Sky area means miles of backcountry scenery, wildflowers, and wildlife, with few human encounters. Ski lift mountain bike access and forest roads offer off-pavement, out-of-traffic experiences. There are trails on and around the mountain which to explore. New beginner and advanced trails are being constructed this summer. Down-hillers can also find a plethora of trails to get their thrills on.

Bighorn Sheep ramsBig Sky’s proximity to Yellowstone provides dividends for the wildlife watcher and photographer, it's not everyday you get to see a bighorn sheep or bull elk, but at Big Sky it's a very frequent occurrence. Some spots that you are likely to see animals include: bighorn sheep at the entrance to Big Sky off Hwy. 191, elk and coyotes in the meadows of the Gallatin River headwaters in the northwest corner of Yellowstone Park, bison on the Madison River near West Yellowstone, moose and geese in the Big Sky Meadow Village, mountain goats in the high cliffs of Lone Peak and Beehive basin.

Most visitors get acquainted with Mother Nature during their Big Sky stay. Peace of mind will return the moment you pull on your hiking boots and explore the miles and miles of trails in our Gallatin National Forest. Right at the resort, you can elect the easier route by taking our scenic lift ride up the mountain and then enjoy a leisurely hike down to the base on our self-guided nature trails. Wildflowers, roaring streams, distant snow-clad peaks, and clean, crisp mountain air.

Yellowstone News

Bighorn Sheep taking a better look at on old photographer in a car
A bighorn comes a bit closer to get a close look at 89 year old Grover Ratlif

The National Elk Refuge’s best-kept secret.

It is common knowledge to most Jackson Hole winter travelers that the sleigh ride though the National Elk Refuge at $18.00 is the best deal in town  - except!

Shhhh- there is a back road which is free. The free back road accesses not only the elk herd; but also much of the West Crystal Drainage Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep herd.

In November and December is the breeding season, and the patient wildlife viewer can sometimes photograph bighorn rams butting heads proving their “Ram Tough” reputation. When lucky, later in winter you can still catch them butting heads; however, they are no longer fighting in earnest for the girls. .................  rest of story

Joe Medicine Crow
Joe Medicine Crow

"Warrior and living legend, Joe Medicine Crow, wants President Obama to protect the Crow's "Brother Grizzly".

CROW AGENCY—As the Crow Nation prepares for the 97th Annual Crow Fair Celebration, the tribe's centenarian and "living history," Dr. Joseph Medicine Crow, wants those about to transform Crow Agency into the "Teepee Capital of the World" to remember a brother of the Crow people who is in need.

"Grizzly bears, we call them our brothers," says Dr. Medicine Crow. "They play an important part in our culture and we'd like to keep it that way."

Dr. Medicine Crow's comments are in response to the Obama Administration's US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) that is expected to announce a new rule this fall to delist the Yellowstone grizzly bear from the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Delisting the grizzly will enable the states of Montana, Wyoming and Idaho to open trophy-hunting seasons on the bear, a being many tribes consider sacred..... Rest of Article

Death of a Man. . . Death of a Bear
By Keith Crowley

Trying to make sense of last week's fatal Grizzly bear attack on a hiker in Yellowstone National Park and it's aftermath is a fool's errand. But this fool is going to try anyway.

This kind of story wrenches it's way deep into the psyche of all who spend time in the wilds. And it certainly wrenched its way deep into my soul since I spend months each year in Yellowstone and the surrounding Grizzly Country. To make it even more personal, ... rest of article

Blaze, grizzly that ate man
Blaze the grizzly and her 2011 cub Hobo

Yellowstone roadside grizzlies worth rangers' hassle???

Yellowstone visitors would pay an additional $41 to ensure seeing roadside grizzlies, a study shows, and the attraction creates 155 jobs and more than $10 million a year for the regional economy. The $41 visitors would pay is on top of the $25-per-vehicle entrance fee. If Yellowstone no longer allowed grizzly bears to use roadside habitat — and instead chased, moved or killed them — the regional economy would lose more than $10 million a year and 155 jobs according to the paper "The economics of roadside bear viewing."............................Rest of story

A Case for CollarsBy Keith Crowley

As a wildlife photographer I have a real love/hate relationship with radio telemetry collars.  All photographers live in a world of aesthetics, and most wildlife photographers try capture natural animal behavior in natural settings with as little apparent human influence as possible. Even something as ephemeral as a jet's vapor trail in the sky can destroy a wild image. The permanence of collars (and ear tags, too) placed by human hands on wild animals is impossible to ignore.......................For my part, I think are few truly valid reasons not to collar wolves in Yellowstone. But there is also one really good one, and in the interest of open discussion, some points are worth exploring:..............rest of story

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Helpful ebook for photographers

The Grand Teton Photo and Field Guide is an encapsulation of the flora, fauna, and photography of Jackson Hole Wyoming and Grand Teton National Park. Also included are thumbnails of the history and geology of the valley. This book is for all visitors with a desire to seek out wildlife, photograph the landscape, or merely learn about the history, geology, and lay of the land of Grand Teton National Park. The author provides general overviews including hot links with more in-depth descriptions of subjects of individual interest.

In the “Lay of the Land” section, includes the obvious highlights along the loop through Grand Teton Park. Hot links to side roads will give you more in-depth description of side roads and feeder roads and their highlights. Also included are descriptions of all two-rut roads that are legal to travel on in Grand Teton Park. GPS links to Google Maps are provided throughout.

As a field guide, profiles of most of animals and birds in the area are described. Jackson Hole is full of wildlife but there are places where animals are, and there are places where they are not. It is a waste of time to scrutinize a landscape devoid of what you are looking for, so this guide narrows options down to the hot spots. I provide maps of the likeliest places to find the popular critters of Grand Teton National Park. I also touch on trees, shrubs, and wildflowers with minimal explanations.  

The grandeur of Grand Teton Park has made it one of the most photographed places in the world. The opportunity to harness multiple juxtapositional elements has drawn photographers for over a century since William Henry Jackson took the first photos here in 1878. Grand Teton Park’s plethora of famous vistas are profiled as well as many which are less clichéd that can bring new perspectives of a well-documented landscape. Grand Tetons’ iconic landscape photo opportunities are described in detail; however, they barely scratch the surface of opportunities as it takes a photographer with an artist’s eye to unveil as they follow their own intuition and vision.  The author who shies away from clichéd landscapes provides a chapter of his favorite places that aren’t landscape clichés.

In the photography section the author includes chapters on composition, exposure basics, when to shoot and why. Daryl has summarized what he teaches in his, half day, Grand Teton workshops in a simple concise way.

If you are only in Grand Teton Park for a day there is a chapter called the “Portfolio Packer Morning Trip,” that does just that, all the icons and several favorite places in a five our blitz.  But it is better to spend more time and dig deep into the embarrassment of riches of Grand Teton National Park................. More Info

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