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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Many thanks to our generous donors!
Review the 2015-2016
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 47 mi. north from West Yellowstone. Turn west at the stoplight at Big Sky and follow Lone Mountain Trail (RT 64) 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
Large Crowd on Sunday, August 23, 2015
Celebrates the new Historic Small Cabin displays.
Descendants of Eugene Crail visit Crail Ranch
Camp Big Sky Kids at Crail Ranch
The campers attended 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.... Read more history
Just a few years after Frank Crail migrated to Montana from Indiana, he started a homestead in the Bridger Mountains, under the majestic sentinel of Sacajawea Peak. Five buildings from that homestead remain.
- 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. See full story
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.
See full story.
Original 1870s Crail Homestead "Discovered" in Bridgers
On Saturday, August 1, the current ranch owner, David Coffin, visited "our" Crail Ranch and told the story of his purchase of the 1870s ranch and his discovery of the connection to Augustus Franklin Crail. Download story
The Historic Small Cabin has a New Lease on Life!
Arch Ellwein, wowed a crowd of more than 50 at the Crail Ranch season finale on Sunday, September 6, as he brought to life the rough and tumble outdoorsman Teddy Roosevelt, champion of the National Forest program. sponsored in part by Humanities Montana.
Summer 2015 closes with visit from "Teddy Roosevelt"
Start Planning Your Summer 2016 Visit to
Big Sky and Historic Crail Ranch
New History Video from BSOA
Chet Huntley's Big Sky, Big Dream provides an interesting summary of the development of Big Sky Resort from the perspective of J. David Penwell, who was responsible for incorporating the Big Sky Owners' Association. The Historic Crail Ranch Conservators provided primary assistance in the design of the video. View the Video
New Publication: First Families in the Gallatin Basin
This free publication takes a look at the 1910 census snapshot of families like the Crails, Micheners, Wilsons and Karsts living and working in the area now known as Big Sky. Download a Copy
Historic Crail Ranch
Big Sky, Montana