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Big Sky Motel

The Big Sky Motel is a two-story motel that offers 24 rooms to the public that can be found in Superior, Montana. These rooms are open year-round, with the busiest months being between May and September, specifically the summer months. Big Sky Motel allows pets, asking for a 20 dollar fee per night per pet. The motel is located just off of Highway 90 and is surrounded by mountains, drawing in visitors who are seeking a place to sleep for the night so they can hike trails like Cliff Lake Trail and fish the rivers and streams, like Clark Fork River, during the day.


The Big Sky Motel houses up to 24 available rooms on its one acre of land. There are two buildings on the property: the main building, where guests can find the office and breakfasts in the morning, and then the motel building that has all of the guests' rooms. Each of the 24 rooms comes with a small refrigerator, a microwave, cable TV, free Wi-Fi, a hairdryer, and bathroom amenities. One room is the exception, with the notable difference being that there are three double beds in the room. Anyone staying in one of the various units on the premises has access to the breakfast that is served in the lobby in the main building. Breakfasts typically consist of varying types of bagels and bread, waffles, cereal, oatmeal, and yogurts.

The town itself is relatively small, which means that it offers a larger number of outdoor activities. Several activities that can be done in the general vicinity include white water rafting, fishing, swimming, and hiking. Most of the water activities can be done in the nearby river called Clark Fork River. Guests in the past that have gone fishing report catching various kinds of fish, including rainbow trout, brown trout, yellow perch, largemouth bass, and smallmouth bass. These fish populate a majority of the rivers, streams, and lakes in the area, so guests aren't limited to just fishing in the river. Should visitors want a guide to take them to one of these areas to fish, there are several companies that are available to give some pointers and show them how to best fish the area.

River rafting is another activity that has been mentioned by previous guests. The owner recommends that if visitors want a guide for white water rafting, they should go to Pangea, which can be found south on Highway 90.

For anyone looking for activities based away from the river, there are several noted mountains that have various hikes available. On Big Sky Motel's website, they mention that a few trails for a moderate experience would be Heart and Pearl Lake Trails, which is 7.2 miles out and back, and The Cliff Lake Trail, which is a 2.8-mile hike out and back that takes travelers to Cliff Lake, a lake known for being opportunistic in catching trout. For those looking for a more difficult trail, they can try Lolo Peak Trail, which is 11.1 miles out and back.


The owner of Big Sky Motel says that the number one thing they strive for at the motel is to create an atmosphere that is both clean and friendly. The goal is to cultivate a place where guests can stay in clean rooms, have breakfast available to them in the morning, and have an enjoyable experience no matter what they are doing. Pets are welcome to stay in the rooms with guests for a fee of 20 dollars and as long as the pet owners clean up after them. Big Sky Motel also enforces a no-smoking policy in the rooms while guests are staying here.

Customers who have stayed here in the past have left a number of reviews. Several of them make a note of the upkeep that the rooms are kept in, as well as the personable staff that works at Big Sky Motel. One visitor that wrote a review about the motel says, "We needed a room in the area while traveling with 2 pets in January. Big Sky Motel has pet friendly rooms. The room are nicely painted, clean, quiet and the bed and pillows were comfortable. The room has a nice sized flat screen tv and quiet a HVAC system. The showers were good. Hot water was plentiful and the staff was top notch."

The owner says that due to the location of both the motel and the town, Big Sky Motel is often used as a stepping stone to get between the starting point and the destination of a longer trip. One thing that both the owner and guests have mentioned is that there is a restaurant called Durango's that is right across the street from the motel, making it more convenient for visitors that are looking for a place to eat that is within walking distance. The city is also surrounded by mountains and has a nearby river, so anyone looking to enjoy outdoor activities can usually find things to do within the area.


Big Sky Motel's beginning starts about 60 years ago, back in 1961. When it was founded, the original owners built the motel with only ten rooms. It was owned by the Hollowback family, and over the years, they kept the property within the family. Several generations later, Kirsty was working there for the family. She says that she has been good friends with the family for a long time. There was an opportunity for her to buy the property in 2018 from them, and she decided to take it. Since then, she has been the owner of the property and has been maintaining the buildings. Big Sky Motel has been a motel for hikers in the summers and skiers in the winter for many years.

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103 4th Ave E
Superior, Montana 59872
United States


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