Pet-Friendly Big Sky Montana
Welcome to Big Sky Montana, a pet-friendly paradise for both you and your furry friend! Here at Wilson Peak Properties, we know having the entire family on vacation includes bringing your pets. Our local insight and Big Sky pet-friendly lodging options ensure you and your pets are cozy and comfortable throughout your stay and activities in the area. It's often surprising to guests just how pet-friendly Big Sky, Montana is... let us share a few helpful details.
Dog-Friendly Hiking Trails
Big Sky is known for its abundance of outdoor parks and trails that welcome canine companions. From the expansive in-town paths to hiking trails along the rolling meadows of Ousel Falls Park, dogs, and their owners can explore the great outdoors together throughout most of Big Sky. Whether you want a casual walk or an all-day adventure, there are loads of paw-some fun in Big Sky.
Check out some of our popular recommendations as well as some tips to keep in mind before you and your pet head off into the wilderness.
- Big Sky has few leash mandates or pet restrictions, but we encourage guests to use a leash if their pet is not consistent with voice commands.
- Keep your pets out of harm's way and safe by being aware of hazards such as wildlife, deadfalls, rocks, river crossings, other pets, and hunters (seasonal).
- Obey all posted pet rules, particularly at trailheads.
- Pick up after your pet.
- Yeild to horses at all times.
- Remember to share and respect Big Sky's open spaces, not everyone loves pets as much as we do and we want to keep Big Sky pet-friendly forever!
- Be sure to pack necessary pet supplies for your hike - water, collar, leash, poop bags, first aid kit, treats/food.
If you are interested in a simple pet-friendly hike in Big Sky, try the South Fork Loop. This trail is a 1-mile round trip loop that is timbered and allows for a quick jaunt for you and your dog! The South Fork Loop is next to the Gallatin River which makes it a tad cooler, especially in the summer! For a lengthier hike, continue on the same road, it leads to other hiking paths such as Hummocks and Uplands Trails.
Lava Lake Trail is a 6-mile round-trip trail. It stands out as one of the more popular trails in the area and is very pet-friendly. The trail leads you through both forest and meadow at a gradual increase of 1,600 feet where it finally peaks at the picturesque Lava Lake. You and your pup can enjoy swimming or fishing in the quiet waters that are surrounded by countless pines.
Do you and your dog want to break a sweat? Make your way to the Cinnamon Mountain Trail located 10.5 miles south of Big Sky. An 8.5-mile round trip with a 2,600-foot elevation increase, this trail will give you and your pup a great workout alongside the beautiful landscapes of Big Sky. Make sure to bring an adequate supply of water and some bear spray as well.
Dog-Friendly Restaurants & Breweries
Are you and your four-legged friend looking for a delicious meal in Big Sky, Montana? Look no further! Big Sky offers a variety of pet-friendly restaurants that provide both outdoor dining options and pup-approved menus. From pub grub to gourmet cuisine, there's something for every taste. So grab a seat and enjoy the fresh mountain air with your best bud. Bon appétit!
Leashed dogs are welcome inside this microbrewery taproom where they serve a variety of craft beers made on-site from cream ales to nitro milk stouts. Wet your whistle while enjoying mountain views and watching the brewmaster through the brewery viewing window.
Dogs are welcome at the seven outdoor tables at this Big Sky pizzeria. Ousel & Spur Pizza serves hand-tossed pizzas, Italian pasta dishes, appetizers, desserts, coffee drinks, and cocktails. Menu items include macaroni and cheese with pork belly, Margherita pizza, and the Montanan pizza made with elk sausage, pickled red onions, mushrooms, potato, sage, rosemary, and mozzarella. Ousel & Spur Pizza is open daily from 5 pm-close (9 p.m.).
McGill’s Restaurant & Saloon at the 320 Guest Ranch, is a casual American-style eatery that serves up a variety of delicious dishes. Your pet is welcome to join you at one of their pet-friendly outdoor tables, though they must be leashed. Start off with some tasty 320's game and wild mushrooms, then a 12 oz Bison New York Strip. McGill’s Restaurant & Saloon at the 320 Guest Ranch operates on seasonal hours, so be sure to call ahead!
More Pet-Friendly Services in Big Sky
If your Big Sky adventures include a visit to Yellowstone, going rafting, golfing, or something else that isn't pet-friendly then we encourage you to contact one of our local pet services like Hiking Hounds - a dog walking and pet sitting service located right in Big Sky, Montana. They will make sure that your dog is safe and enjoying itself while you're off on your next adventure. Should your pet become injured or sick, Find a soft touch at Lone Peak Vet Hospital our local veterinarian, ensuring caring, effective healthcare for your pet.
Big Sky Pet-Friendly Lodging
Most guests don't realize that Big Sky is a fabulous pet-friendly destination, with very few restrictions. The team at Wilson Peak Properties is EXTREMELY dog-friendly, and we know all the ins and outs of local trails, services, and experiences to make visiting Big Sky with animals easy and enjoyable. Some of our homes even have pet-friendly trail systems right out the backdoor. All of our pet-friendly vacation rentals come stocked with pick-up bags, and we are currently building our inventory of special pet supplies available upon request. Reach out with questions.