Livingston, Montana, is situated in a spectacular mountain setting just north of Yellowstone National Park. This small mountain community rests on the bank of the majestic Yellowstone River at the eastern slope of the Rocky Mountains. To the south of Livingston, the Absaroka and Beartooth Mountain Ranges paint a dramatic backdrop to Paradise Valley; to the west, the Gallatin and Bridger Mountains rise gracefully; to the north the mighty Crazy Mountains jut up abruptly for dramatic effect. Literally surrounded by mountains, rivers, streams and the world’s first national park, Livingston, Montana is nirvana for the outdoor enthusiast and adventure traveler alike.
Originally a trading post on the Yellowstone River, the town of Livingston, Montana, originated in 1882 when the arrival of the Northern Pacific Railway transformed the frontier outpost into a full-fledged railroad town. With a spur line running south through Paradise Valley to the Gardiner area, Livingston became the first gateway to Yellowstone National Park. In 1902 a grandiose train depot was constructed to accommodate the many travelers as they journeyed to the Park. Over the years Livingston, MT has embraced its early railroad heritage, although the train heyday ended years ago.
Livingston eventually evolved into a fly fishing mecca. Today it is known the world over as a fisherman’s paradise. The Yellowstone River and its many tributaries offer ideal habitat for several species of trout. Along with fly fishermen, Livingston, Montana has attracted its share of artists, actors and writers over the years.
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Summer in Livingston, Montana, is brief and intense. Between June and September the town bustles with annual events and celebrations such as the monthly Art Walks, Summer Fest in Sacajawea Park, the Livingston Roundup Rodeo, and many more. Historic downtown Livingston offers a refreshing array of local stores — and don’t miss Livingston’s museums, both cultural treasures. See Livingston summer vacation Ideas >
There’s noting quite like September in Montana. As summer winds down, the hills turn golden and the fly fishing gets really good. View Livingston fall visitor info >
From cross country skiing to wolf watching safaris in Yellowstone National Park, the Livingston area offers some of the best winter activities in Montana. See winter adventures in Livingston, Montana >
Spring is the perfect time of year to experience the quieter side of Livingston. Plan a trip to Yellowstone National Park or check into Chico Hot Springs for a weekend getaway. Livingston spring travel ideas >