Special Projects in History, Collections, and Building Preservation
Crail Ranch Homestead Museum is a project of the Big Sky Community Organization, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit entity that connects people with recreational opportunities by acquiring, preserving and promoting sustainable places and programs for all. The Big Sky Community Organization envisions a community connected by world class recreation and enrichment opportunities that embrace a vibrant quality of life. Contact the Crail Ranch Conservators organization at email@example.com.
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.
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.
MOBILE USERS - Click here to go to a scrollable guide to the Crail Ranch!
- Recent publications on area history available for free download in pdf format:
- Mountain Shoshone
- Crail Ranch North
- First US Census in Big Sky
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 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...
- Descendants of Mary Alice Crail, wife of Eugene Crail, visit the Crail Ranch More...
Original 1870s Crail Homestead "Discovered" in Bridgers
On Saturday, August 1, 2015, 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
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
Historic Crail Ranch
Big Sky, Montana
The Crail Ranch Buildings are open for guided tours on Saturdays and Sundays during July and August from Noon til 3PM. Here tour guide Carol McGuire (left) discusses homestead housework with visitor Matt Weinberg
History Annex Open All Year
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.
- Camp Big Sky Kids learn homesteading skills and more at Crail Ranch in 2015. More...
Many thanks to our generous donors!
Review the 2015-2016
Augustus Franklin Crail