Livingston (Montana)

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Livingston is a city in the Yellowstone Country of Montana. It is the northern entrance to Yellowstone National Park. Called "The Gateway City" because it was the original entrance to Yellowstone.

picturesque downtown Livingston

Understand[edit]

Livingston retains much of its old West history. 436 buildings are on the National Historic Register.

The railroad was the main economic power for over a century. It is the reason the towns of Wilsall and Clyde Park to the north were created.

Get in[edit]

Livingston is at the junction of Interstate 90 and US 89 along the banks of the mighty Yellowstone River and at the northern edge of Gallatin National Forest and 54 miles north of Yellowstone National Park.

Get around[edit]

There is no public transportation in Livingston. Biking is an option in good weather. Otherwise all travel needs to be by car.

See[edit]

Train Depot Building and Museum
  • Roundup RodeoPark County Fairgrounds +1 406 222-3199. July 2,3,4. Part of the "Gateway Rodeos", the others are held the same time in Cody, Wyoming and Red Lodge, Montana.
  • Yellowstone Gateway Museum118 W. Chinook St. +1 406 222-4184, e-mail: . Park County and Yellowstone National Park history

Do[edit]

  • Chico Hot Springs163 Chico Road, Pray (Drive south on US Hwy 89 about 22 miles),  +1 406 333-4933. 7am-11pm. Natural hot springs. 2 pools average 96F and 103F. Dining and lodging available. $7.50 adult.
  • Treasure Lanes1122 West Front St. +1 406 222-2566. Bowling, pool tables

Fishing[edit]

Yellowstone River just south of Livingston.

World famous area for fly fishing, outfitters can be found in most cities and many towns and rural areas. Ask at local fly shops and check river conditions online. June is high water month due to snow melting at higher elevations so can make rivers treacherous and water muddy and difficult to fish.

Outfitters[edit]

  • Dan Bailey Fly Shop209 W Park St Livingston, Mt 59047 +1 406 222-1673. established in 1938 they offer a complete line of fly fishing tackle, fly-tying tools and accessories and they even have a used Rods and closeouts section..

Hiking[edit]

nearby Livingston in Gallatin National Forest

There are a huge number of day and over night hikes in the area. Check with local forest service offices for details and trail conditions before heading out and maybe more importantly remember to report back to them if you see something noteworthy. A fresh elk kill on the trail could mean that a bear is nearby for example. Know the 10 basics needed for all back country camping and that cell phones are not one of them, cell phones often don't work in rural mountainous areas. Topo maps are also available in local camping and fishing stores.

Regional forest service offices[edit]

  • Yellowstone District 5242 Hwy 89 South Livingston, MT 59047 (406) 222-2520

Buy[edit]

  • Montana Gift Cabin1 Pronghorn Dr (Just off Exit 333 from Interstate 90),  +1 406 222-7075. Montana gifts
  • Yellowstone River Trading Company110 Centennial Dr. Suites 4 & 5 +1 406 222-5185, e-mail: . Candy, Clothing

Eat[edit]

Drink[edit]

Sleep[edit]

lobby of the Murray Hotel

Connect[edit]

Go next[edit]

Routes through Livingston
ButteBozeman  W I-90.svg E  Big TimberBillings
Great FallsWhite Sulphur Springs  N US 89.svg S  GardinerYellowstone National Park
Yellowstone N.P.Bozeman  S US 191.svg N  Big TimberLewistown


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