Big Sky in Gallatin County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
The rugged mountains to the northwest of Big Sky are the Spanish Peaks, composed of metamorphic rock that is billions of
The mountains provided a spectacular backdrop for visitors to one of the Gallatin Canyon's many dude ranches. The ranches offer visitors adventure and a taste of the Old West. They rode horses, hiked mountain trails, fished the areas's trout streams, and reveled in the solitude of the mountains. The ranches were immensely popular before World War II, but their popularity diminished in the 1950s until now only a few remain.
• This area contains the northern most remnants of the 1.7 million-year-old Huckleberry Ridge Tuff, which was deposited by extremely hot flows of volcanic ash that swept across the region. The ash was the product of immense eruptions fro the Yellowstone Caldera, about 50 miles to the south.
• A volcanic field covered an area of about 9,000 square miles of southern Montana and northern Wyoming about 50 million years ago, including much of the Gallatin Range. Many large, violent eruptions occurred that deposited volcanic rocks over a vast area.
• A cirque is a bowl-like valley or hollow carved by a glacier.
• Remember that
Erected by Montan Department of Transportation.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Natural Features.
Location. 45° 15.82′ N, 111° 15.229′ W. Marker is in Big Sky, Montana, in Gallatin County. Marker is on Gallatin Road near Lone Mountain Trail (State Highway 64), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 47905 Gallatin Road, Big Sky MT 59716, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Crail Ranch (approx. 1.9 miles away); The Historic Crail Ranch - East View (approx. 2.1 miles away); The Historic Crail Ranch - South View (approx. 2.1 miles away); The Historic Crail Ranch - North View (approx. 2.1 miles away); The Historic Crail Ranch - West View (approx. 2.1 miles away); Crail Ranch Buildings (approx. 2.1 miles away); Welcome to the Historic Crail Ranch (approx. 2.1 miles away); B-K (B Bar K) Ranch (approx. 3.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Big Sky.
Credits. This page was last revised on February 26, 2022. It was originally submitted on February 26, 2022, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 77 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on February 26, 2022, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.