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All Trip's Big Sky Montana - Top Day Trips from Big Sky
Written By Jean
Big Sky, Montana is “the place”! It is the place with a vast array of activities and splendid majestic mountain beauty. And if there is not enough to do right in Big Sky, you are only a short drive to some of the most fascinating and interesting sights in all of the western states. Big Sky is only eighteen (18) miles from Yellowstone National Park – 50 miles to the West Entrance of the Park - or just a day’s drive to Ennis and Virginia City. If you head in the opposite direction, the road will take you to Bozeman, a thriving college town, just 45 miles to the north.
A great scenic drive with fun stops all along the way is to head south on Highway 191 and then turn to the west on Highway 287, Hebgen Lake Road. Within a short period, you will see Hebgen Lake to the south running parallel with the road. This is a good place to take advantage of the various pullouts along the road to take a break, walk down to the shoreline and do a little wildlife viewing.
Continue on Highway 287 and head north at the Junction. Shortly you will enter Ennis, MT. An authentic Western Town, Ennis is surrounded by three ranges of the Rocky Mountains and three million acres of the Beaverhead National Forest. It is filled with quaint shops and small cafes.
Just 15 miles further west, you will come upon Virginia City, MT. This thriving ghost town is frozen in time. It is a remarkably well preserved old west Victorian gold mining town. Take some time and explore.
After you have spent some time in Virginia City, head back toward Ennis and then head north toward Norris. At Norris, you will find a great open-air hot springs that is open year-round from Wednesday to Sunday. This is a great place to relax under the wide-open skies of Montana.
After a soak in the hot springs, continue on east and depending on the time of day, you can either loop back down south to Big Sky, or head into Bozeman.