West Yellowstone to Big Sky, Montana

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Big Sky, Montana

Head north from West Yellowstone along the Gallatin River to Big Sky. This is the primary route to Bozeman but also offers a number of activities along the way including hiking, fishing, and rafting. Read More

Why should I drive the Big Sky Scenic Drive?

Whether visiting Big Sky from the north (Bozeman) or the south (West Yellowstone), you'll be driving along US 191 a.k.a. Gallatin Road. From West Yellowstone, the road meets up with the Gallatin River shortly after re-entering Montana. Steep canyon walls jut up from the Gallatin River and the road follows the river's edge for a majority of the way.

  • Fishing: After leaving Yellowstone National Park and before it reaches Bozeman, the Gallatin River is ideal for wade fishing.
  • Whitewater Rafting: The waters of the Gallatin River alternate between scenic stretches and exciting whitewater. Sign up for a guided rafting trip to experience the canyon along the water.
  • Hiking Trails: A couple of hiking trails can be accessed along the way if you want to get out of the car and stretch your legs. Try the Daly Creek Trail, an out and back hike, which is actually located in the northeast corner of Yellowstone. Look for signs for the Daly Creek Trailhead.

Where does the Big Sky Scenic Drive begin and end?

From West Yellowstone, drive north out of town on US 191. Follow this road all the way to the turn off for Big Sky.

How long does it take to drive?

The drive from West Yellowstone to the turn off for Big Sky takes just under one hour.