Epic Family Adventures
Help create a geyser, see a famous fossil stash and learn about dinosaurs at Bozeman’s Museum of the Rockies, a Smithsonian Affiliate. The T. rex skeleton and planetarium shows are crowd-pleasers for both the young and the young-at-heart.
Trek just a half-mile to see impressive Palisade Falls south of Bozeman. See wildflowers (and a few salamanders) at Grotto Falls, reached via an easy 1.3-mile path. At Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park, you can slide down a natural tunnel.
Go for maximum "epic" by hitting both Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks on the same vacation. The six-hour drive between them provides plenty of stellar stops like the Drinking Horse Mountain Trail near Bozeman.
Check out these three ways to fly high in Big Sky:
At Big Sky Resort Zipline Tours, cruise up a chairlift and soak in views of Lone Mountain and Spanish Peak, then zoom down four speedy zips.
Take the Lone Peak Tram to the top of Big Sky Resort, the state's highest scenic overlook.
Learn to ski at Big Sky, where 300 runs - several of them suited to beginners - cut through more than 5,800 skiable acres. Lessons and rentals are available.
Start with a tour wildlife watching at the park, then dine cowboy-style at a Western cookout. Horseback riding? We have that, too. Catch trout at Hebgen Lake, or fly fish a famous stream. Zipline at Yellowstone Aerial Adventures, or check out the locals at the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center. View classics at the Rod Run Car Show. And there’s plenty to do in winter, too, including cross-country skiing (50-plus kilometers of groomed trails), snowmobiling, the Snowmobile Expo and Races, and the Yellowstone Ski Festival. Plus, kids can try a new winter activity at Kids’N’Snow, a one-weekend-a-month event for families from December to March.