Elevation: 4868 FT
Emigrant sits between the Absaroka and Gallatin ranges at the base of Emigrant Peak in the gorgeous Paradise Valley, midway between Livingston and Gardiner. This little mountain town has roots in the railroad but today is big on ranch life.
In 1862, gold was discovered in Emigrant Gulch and the nearby hot springs provided trappers and prospectors with bathing facilities. A century and a half later, Chico Hot Springs—a world-renowned bed-and-breakfast and hot springs resort that may be even better regarded for its exceptional dinners and Sunday brunch—remains a major draw for hikers, fishermen and lovers of untamed wilderness, and is just a few miles down the road from town. Emigrant also sits on the same road that leads to the north entrance to Yellowstone National Park.
The Old Saloon, "serving outlaws & cowgirls since 1902," was built on great stories and has live music all summer long, good food, stiff drinks, wild stories and great service. You can’t go wrong with an Old Saloon Burger, but noshing the house-made elk meatloaf should probably be on your bucket list as well. Folks from all corners of the world make it a point to stop in for an authentic Montana experience at this iconic fixture.
Emigrant's proximity the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness, the Gallatin National Forest, Yellowstone National Park and the Yellowstone River make it an ideal spot for outdoor lovers and recreation seekers.
You know those films A River Runs Through It and The Horse Whisperer? (Of course you do.) Much of the scenes from both were filmed in Emigrant. That’s gotta tell you something about the raw, wild beauty of this place.
Pack your bear spray and set out for Paradise Valley’s Tom Miner Basin. There’s the petrified forest containing 50-million-year-old trees frozen in time, plus Ramshorn Peak at 10,289 feet. There’s wildlife: grizzlies, wolves, elk, moose, and dozens of other species roaming free beyond the official confines of Yellowstone National Park. There’s camping, hiking, and climbing. And there’s 50-mile views and real working ranches.
Live Like a Local
Stop by that Emigrant People’s Market at St. Paul’s Church Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. June through September.