Livingston

Livingston, Montana

Elevation: 4503 FT

Population: 7380

County: Park

Located between the Gallatin and Crazy Mountain ranges and surrounded by the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness Area, the town of Livingston is nestled along the free flowing Yellowstone River. The downtown buildings from the 1880s and 90s stand as a testimony of the old west and give Livingston its special turn-of-the-century charm.

Over the decades, Livingston has become an arts mecca, with many artists and writers living in the area and it's even been celebrated in song by Jimmy Buffett. The downtown area has more than 15 art galleries, and there are over 200 artisans throughout Park County. History lovers can delve into Park County history at the Yellowstone Gateway Museum and railroad enthusiasts must make a stop at the Livingston Depot Center, where kids of all ages are welcome to view the three-room Livingston Model Railroaders display.

Guided rafting is very popular on the Yellowstone River and there are plenty of trails to hike, bike or horseback ride. Birdwatching, hunting, fishing, golfing, nordic skiing, rock climbing and camping are popular activities around Livingston as well.

Ranked as one of the nation's top rodeos, the Livingston Roundup is held every year on July 2-3-4 and draws competitors and visitors from all over the USA and Canada. For your own western-life experience, there are working ranches in the area that are willing to take in a tenderfoot, too.

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