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
Open to visitors
July - August
Saturdays & Sundays
12 noon - 3:00 PM

Sunday, July 12 (12 to 3)
Buck and Helen Knight Retrospective
Come share stories about the original Buck's T-4 owners --
dude ranchers, restaurateurs, philanthropists, and more!

Saturday, July 25 (9 am to 2 pm)
The Annual Crail Ranch Bake Sale PLUS!
Bake, Buy, or Both…Support Crail Ranch preservation.

Sunday, July 26 (Noon to 3 pm)
Eugene Crail Descendants Picnic At The Ranch
Join 3 generations of Eugene Crail's descendants as they visit Historic Crail Ranch.  Public Invited!

Saturday, August 1 (1 pm)
Virtual Tour of the 1870s Crail Ranch in the Bridgers
Learn how the current owner of Frank Crail's first Montana ranch is preserving 5 buildings in the Bridger Mountains.

Sunday, August 23 (4 pm)
Introducing the New Historic Small Cabin Exhibits
Come learn about working life on the Ranch, and join the Conservators for light refreshments and hors d'oeuvres.

Sunday, September 6 (1 pm)
Teddy Roosevelt honors the Gallatin National Forest,
Established 1899
Arch Ellwein, enjoyed as Yellowstone Vic in 2013, returns to Crail Ranch with another stirring historic impersonation, through a generous Humanities Montana Grant.

Michener and Mining:
There's [not so much] Gold in Them Thar Hills
Lone Peak Lookout "Crail Corner" article
January 22, 2015
A F Crail, about 1886
See many more titles on our Publications page.
Crail Ranch Conservators
Announce 2015 Summer Schedule
Mark Your Calendars!

Many thanks to our generous donors!
Review the 2014-2015 donor list...
New History Exhibits to Open in
The Historic Small Cabin
Augustus Franklin and Sallie Creek Crail pose outside their one room cabin circa 1906.  Daughter Lilian sits ahorse, and Sallie's father Abraham Creek shelters in the shade. 

Until the Crails erected their larger house, the 255 square foot cabin, built in the late 1890s, served as their home when they came from Bozeman during the summers.  The Crails were some of the first "summer folk" in this area.

This year the Conservators are planning to open the historic small cabin for exhibits and displays on the day-to-day workings of a homestead ranch. These displays will be open for viewing during guided tours later this coming summer.

In addition, the first in a series of all-weather interpretive signs will be installed. The displays will enhance self-guided tours and will offer visitors a glimpse of the many buildings once on the Ranch, as well as a view of scenery from 100 years ago.