Crail Ranch Homestead

History & Preservation

The Story of the Historic Crail Ranch & Museum.

Self-Guided Tour

Take yourself on a tour of the homestead.

Events & Education

What’s happening at the Historic Crail Ranch & Museum.


The Historic Crail Ranch Conservators were established in 2006.

Publications & Media

Photos and videos, blogs, and publications.

Get Involved

Learn about improvements, our location, and volunteer opportunities.

From guided tours to self-guided experiences, BSCO is proud to help ensure this meaningful piece of shared history is not only preserved, but remains accessible for everyone to enjoy.

Historic Crail Ranch

Established as a homestead by Augustus Franklin Crail in 1902, and occupied by Crail family members for nearly half a century, the Historic Crail Ranch remains as a tangible reminder of the life of the earliest settlers in the Big Sky area.

For nearly 50 years, the Crail family ranched on this land, raising sheep, cattle, hay and wheat, and eventually expanding their holdings to 960 acres.

When Chet Huntley and his group came to the area in the late 1960s, the Crail Ranch buildings and property were among the first that they purchased for their planned Big Sky Resort.

Today the Crail Ranch is preserved as a historic homestead. 

Homesteads to Huntley Video

This short feature film explores early meadow homesteaders and renowned NBC News anchor and Montana native Chet Huntley’s first vision for Big Sky Resort including rare photos and film footage. Visit the link below to view the film.


We are actively seeking new volunteers for the Historic Crail Ranch Conservators Committee and museum tour guides for the summer season. If you have an interest in local history and time to work on history projects, pitch-in at our summer events or serve as a seasonal tour guide we want to hear from you! Please email your contact information to crailranch@bsco.org


Restoration and maintenance of the Historic Crail Ranch buildings and grounds is a key part of the Crail Ranch Conservators mission made possible through the financial support received from donors each year and the efforts of many community volunteers.

Donations are tax-deductible and may be sent to:
Historic Crail Ranch
P.O. Box 161404
Big Sky, MT 59716


Crail Ranch is located in the Meadow Village in Big Sky, Montana. From Route 191, proceed west on Lone Mountain Trail (Hwy 64) 1.9 miles to the Meadow Village Center.  Turn right onto Little Coyote Road, go past Chapel and ponds to Spotted Elk Rd.  Turn left on Spotted Elk Rd and the ranch will be located on your left.


BSCO Public Trails

BSCO manages 23+ miles of trails that are all multi-use and multi-directional.

Info & Maps:

Multi-Seasonal Use

The majority of BSCO trails are open year-round, barring any temporary seasonal hazard closures.

= Groomed or plowed during the winter.Note: Ungroomed / plowed trails are still open & get packed down by use.

BSCO Projects

We are always looking at opportunities to increase parklands and open spaces while further developing public recreation amenities.

Get Involved

More Ways to Give

Support a campaign, donate stock or explore naming & sponsorship opportunities.

Save the Date for the Annual Parks, Trails, and Recreation Gala on July 2nd. 

Big Sky Community Organization