Crail Ranch Homestead Museum

History & Preservation

The Story of the Historic Crail Ranch & Museum.

Self-Guided Tour

Self-Guided Tour of Grounds and Homestead Cabin.

Events & Education

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The Historic Crail Ranch Conservators were established in 2006.

Publications & Media

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Get Involved

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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 homestead museum, offering guided tours on Saturdays and Sundays from 12 – 3PM June through September. The Crail Ranch grounds are open during daylight hours for walking tours, picnicking or connecting onto our trail system via the Crail Ranch Trail.

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@bscomt.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 161315
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.

For Summer 2021: Check back for more information on what is new this upcoming summer.