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10 things to do on a rainy day in Big Sky

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The weather changes quickly in the mountain environment. When in Big Sky, it’s best to always be prepared for whatever Mother Nature might throw your way. Luckily, there are plenty of things to do on a rainy—or snowy—day in the fall in Big Sky.

According to the U.S. Climate Data website, Big Sky’s average annual precipitation in rainfall is only 20.23 inches. The rainiest months are typically May and June, but it’s possible to get a rainy or snowy day during any month of the year, so always check the weather and watch out for lightning.

The No. 1 rule when it comes to a rainy day in Big Sky is not to let a little bit of precipitation stop you from having a good time.

Here is a list of things to do on a rainy day in Big Sky:

Catch a flick. Watch the latest Hollywood hit and enjoy a cold beer at Lone Peak Cinema.
Visit the river. Whether you’re going fishing, kayaking or rafting you’re bound to get wet on the river.
Tune your gear. If you’re stuck inside, get ready for your next outdoor adventure. All of the gear we use needs to be taken care of so give your bikes or skis a proper tune up.
Bike and hike. Take the bike down the Mountain to Meadow Trail or hike to Lava Lake. It can be fun to get wet and muddy.
Shopping. Go for a shopping excursion at Big Sky’s top shops in the canyon, the Meadow and Town Center.
Yoga. Yoga is a great way to relax, stretch the body and get a work out.
Massage. Book a massage at one of the spas in Big Sky.
Coffee. Take the chill out of a rainy day at one of Big Sky’s cozy coffee and tea spots.
Art galleries. Several art galleries call Big Sky home. Pick up a Montana-inspired art piece for your home.
Road Trip. If you can’t sit still and want to explore the region, go on a road trip. Visit Bozeman’s numerous museums. Take a dip in Montana’s hot springs. Wet your whistle at Willie’s Distillery in Ennis. Head to Yellowstone. Make a lap around the Madison Range. Adventure up the forest service roads to spot wildlife. Big Sky Country is endless.

As you can see, there is plenty to do on a rainy day in Big Sky. Grab your rain coat and don’t let a little bit of precip get in the way of enjoying your day.

A version of this story was originally published on the Visit Big Sky blog at Read more interesting content about the area on Visit Big Sky’s blog at

Joseph T. O'Connor is the previous Editor-in-Chief for EBS newspaper and Mountain Outlaw magazine.

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