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

picturesque downtown Livingston


Livingston retains much of its Old West history. 436 buildings in it 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. Another nearby town is Springdale, 20 miles east.

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]

Map of Livingston (Montana)

The wind rider provides limited public transportation. Ride shares are also present in limited numbers. Biking is an option in good weather. Otherwise all travel needs to be by car or on horse back.


Train Depot Building and Museum


  • 1 Chico Hot Springs, 163 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. Chico Hot Springs (Q5096430) on Wikidata Chico Hot Springs on Wikipedia
  • 2 Sandalwood Disc Golf, Mallards Rest, 4097 US-89, +1 406 223-3865, . Open during daylight. Beautiful 18 hole disc golf course along the riverside. Can be difficult to navigate. Free.
  • 3 Treasure Lanes, 1122 West Front St, +1 406 222-2566. M-Th noon-9PM, F noon-midnight. Bowling, pool tables. League games on weekday nights. $3 per game, per person.


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.


  • 4 Dan Bailey Fly Shop, 209 W Park St, +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.


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]

  • 5 Yellowstone District, 5242 Hwy 89 South, +1 406 222-2520.





  • 1 The Murray Hotel, 201 W. Park St., +1 406 222-1350.
  • 2 Yellowstone Valley Lodge, 3840 Highway 89 South Livingston, +1 406 333-4787, . Check-in: 3PM, check-out: noon. A small, off-the-beaten-path collection of contemporary cabins and one gourmet restaurant, tucked along the banks of the Yellowstone River on a ranch style property in the Paradise Valley of Montana.
  • 3 Absaroka Guest House, 214 S 2nd St., toll-free: +1 443-553-0453. A historical building converted into a cosy guesthouse. Rooms are clean and big enough. From $90/night.

Stay safe[edit]

When you're out exploring remember this is bear country. Be bear aware while fishing or camping. Plenty of other wildlife may come close. Remember they are wild and can react badly to people. Keep your distance and enjoy watching.

Even though the streams look crystal clear, giardia parasites can be present. Do not drink from the stream (unless you boil the water) or you could be very sick.


Go next[edit]

  • Bridger Bowl Ski Area (29 miles northwest) is a highly popular ski area with 2,000 acres of skiable terrain.
Routes through Livingston
ButteBozeman  W  E  Big TimberBillings
Great FallsWhite Sulphur Springs  N  S  GardinerYellowstone N.P.
Yellowstone N.P.Bozeman  S  N  Big TimberLewistown

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