Special Projects in History, Collections, and Building Preservation
Crail Ranch Homestead Museum is a project of the Big Sky Community Corporation, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization which exists to promote, acquire, preserve, and maintain land, parks, trails, and easements for the use of the people of the Big Sky Community and general public.  Contact the Crail Ranch Conservators organization at
A F Crail, about 1886
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Crail Ranch Buildings
Open to visitors
July - August
Saturdays & Sundays
12 noon - 3:00 PM

Take US 191 about 40 mi. south from Bozeman or north from West Yellowstone. Turn west at the stoplight at Big Sky and follow Lone Mountain Trail about 1 mi. Turn right on Little Coyote Road. Proceed past the chapel and little pond. Just past condos, turn left up Spotted Elk Road. The rustic buildings of Historic Crail Ranch are on your left.
Located in the Big Sky Chamber of Commerce Visitors' Center, opposite the Conoco station at the stoplight at Big Sky, you will find a year round display on the history of Big Sky and the Gallatin Basin.

History Annex Open All Year
Saturday, August 1, 1pm - 3pm
Crail Ranch North - Crail's 1870s Homestead
Presentation at Crail Ranch in Big Sky

Upcoming Summer Events at Crail Ranch!
Descendants of  Eugene Crail visit Crail Ranch
Camp Big Sky Kids at Crail Ranch
History and fun come together at the Historic Crail Ranch as the day-campers from the Big Sky Community Corporation's Camp Big Sky learn about homesteading in the Gallatin Basin.
The campers will attend three learning sessions at Crail Ranch during the 2015 summer season.  View full website
Take a Self-Guided tour of Crail Ranch

Although the Crail Ranch buildings are open for guided tours only on Saturday and Sunday afternoons during July and August, the Ranch grounds are open for self-guided tours at any time, weather permitting.

Brochures are available in the box under the wooden kiosk. To guide you along, we have recently installed the first of several informative signs.

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- New publications on the Mountain Shoshone and Crail Ranch North More...

- Multi-purpose Project Center added to Crail Ranch More...

- Emmett Crail marries a school teacher from Anaconda  -  Can they find Happiness?
The rustic log buildings of the Historic Crail Ranch sit in a quiet meadow in Montana's famous Big Sky Resort. They serve as a reminder of the  history of the region during the homestead era of the early 1900s. The Ranch is open during the summer months each year, free to all to visit and enjoy....
Just a few years after Frank Crail migrated to Montana from Indiana, he started a homestead in the Bridgers, under the majestic sentinel of Sacajawea.  Five buildings from that homestead remain.  David Coffin, a furniture maker by trade and an older home restoration buff by hobby, now owns and is refurbishing Frank Crail's first ranch. Come hear his story.
Recent and Popular

- Friends and relatives of Buck and Helen Knight visit Crail Ranch More...
On Sunday, July 26 descendants of Mary Alice Crail, wife of Eugene Crail, visited the Crail Ranch and learned about Eugene and his family and their homestead in the Gallatin Basin.
The visitors were step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren of Eugene Crail from Mary Alice's prior marriage to Leslie R. Phillips.
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Eugene Crail in 1918
Lights, Camera, Action! Video shoot at Crail Ranch
Independent film group Slingshot Productions visited Crail Ranch in July to shoot -- what else? -- a western. The visit involved working with a new camera.
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