Crail Ranch Homestead Museum

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 homestead museum, offering guided tours on Saturdays and Sundays from 12 – 3PM during July and August. The Crail Ranch grounds are open during all other daylight hours in June and July for for walking tours, picnicking or connecting onto our trail system with the Crail Ranch trail.

Projects this summer: Thanks to the generous support of individual donors this summer the Crail Ranch homestead will be getting updated with the re-building of a dilapidating porch to it’s original state. Also look for a large landscaping improvement project in addition to two more interpretive signs to complete a walking tour of the ranch while also providing a park-like setting for visitors during the summer months.

Location – Crail Ranch is located in the Meadow Village at Big Sky, Montana. From Route 191, proceed west on the Spur Road 1.9 miles to the Meadow Village Center (Right onto Little Coyote Road), go past Chapel and ponds to the first left-hand road, or Spotted Elk. The ranch is to the left on Spotted Elk.

Restoration of the Historic Crail Ranch is a project of the Crail Ranch Conservators with support from BSOA, the Big Sky Resort Area District (tax monies) and individual donors.

News from Crail Ranch

Welcome to the new Crail Ranch web site. We hope you enjoy all of the history, stories and images of the early days of Big Sky, Montana. Visit our Blog Archives for full articles.


We are actively seeking new volunteers for the Historic Crail Ranch Board of Conservators and docents with an interest in local history.  Whether you wish to work on history projects, pitch in at our summer events, or just help out with a donation, contact us at 406-993-2112 or email to

Donations are tax-deductible and may be sent to:
Historic Crail Ranch
P.O. Box 161315
Big Sky, MT 59716

Self-Guided Tour

Take a walk around the grounds using this guide to understand the features. Docent guided tours are available on Saturdays and Sundays from 12 – 3PM during July and August.