Historic Crail Ranch

Events & Education
Historic Crail Ranch

Special Events

Past events have included Artisan Markets, Community Picnics, and old-time music.


Donna Klindt Memoirs
Sun, July 14 – 1pm

Donna Klindt will join us at Crail Ranch to relate her precious memories which are part of our Big Sky history.  Come on over to hear Donna tell about her youth spent in Big Sky and just how much it has grown. 

Interpretive Hike on the Crail Trail
Tues, July 16 – 10am

Learn about the area’s ranching roots through repeat photography, using vintage photographs taken along this easy hike route. Meet guide at the Historic Crail Ranch parking lot. 

Grain & Grog with Chris Dobbs, Museum of the Rockies
Friday, July 19 – 5:30-7:30pm

Join us at the Historic Crail Ranch for an evening of sampling delicious brews served and enjoy delicious grilled food. Chris Dobbs will talk about the evolution of beer over the past 7,000 years and its development in the United States.  Suggested Donation of $10. Minimum age is 21.


Living History Presentation: Mary Jane Bradbury as Jeannette Rankin
Sunday, August 4 – BBQ Lunch 1pm & Show 2pm

Impersonator and Crail Ranch favorite Mary Jane Bradbury brings to life Jeannette Rankin, the first woman elected to U.S. Congress.  For the Women’s Vote Centennial celebrating the adoption of the 19th Constitutional Amendment, Bradbury will portray Rankin’s journey from grass roots suffragist to the first female to participate as a congressional representative.  

Grain & Grog with Beehive Basin Brewery, speaker HananTurner, MSU Barley Quality Lab
Friday, August 23 – 5:30-7:30pm

Taste Big Sky microbrews served by Beehive Basin Brewery.  Hannah Turner, Malt Quality Lab Manager at MSU, will discuss barley beer production with a focus on malt.  Turner and the Barley Breeding team work with growers and maltsters around the state who provide barley for cows, grains, and beer.  Suggested Donation of $10. Minimum age is 21.

Historic Crail Ranch


The Crail Ranch Homestead Museum had over 200 children visit the museum in 2017 either through a school field trip or a camp visit.

Historic Crail Ranch offers a coherent curricular experience to students in local schools and youngsters in local summer camps. Kids learn about the Homestead Era and Big Sky’s ranching roots through experiential activities held at the museum or brought into the classroom. View Curriculum Here

An introductory scavenger hunt permits children to discover and often touch the museum’s artifacts. Several simulated activities help kids to experience the challenges of working on a ranch and living on a homestead. Children harvest a garden, make butter, and learn simple crafts. Ranching topics also include harvesting hay, reading and designing ranch brands, and learning to rope.

Through old-fashioned games, kids learn about how kids had fun a century ago.

Living History:

Gifted storyteller Mary Jane Bradbury, visited Crail Ranch and brought along with her a friend…. Nancy Cooper Russell, wife and business manager of Old American West painter Charlie Russell. Join us next year on August 5, 2018 when Bradbury brings Calamity Jane to Big Sky. Crail Ranch’s living history events are funded through Humanities Montana.