A pleasant 51-mile drive north to south which follows the course of the Yellowstone River through Paradise Valley. Flanked on the east by the high Absaroka (Ab-SOR-kee) Mountains and on the west by the Gallatin Range, the drive continues through a short canyon to Gardiner, Montana, and the North Entrance of Yellowstone National Park.
Begin the drive in the small, very Western town of Livingston—home of artists, movie stars, and a jumble of other people who love the Montana outback. For turn-of-the-century architecture, art, history, saloons, and good eating, Livingston is a treasure trove. Backed on the north by the CrazyMountains, Livingston is a picturesque place where it is easy to trace history by walking through town. Special attractions: Historic Livingston, fishing access to the Yellowstone River, hiking trails in the Gallatin National Forest, Yankee Jim Canyon, Mount Cowen (11,206 feet), Emigrant Peak (10,960 feet). Nearby points of interest: Chico Hot Springs, windsurfing and fishing on Dailey Lake, the ghost town of Jardine, and the remnants of a petrified forest.
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