Clyde Park, Montana

Elevation: 4865 FT

Population: 295

County: Park

Clyde Park—population just over 300—lies north of Livingston, nestled in the Shields Valley between the Crazy Mountains and the Bridger Range. That means the scenery is totally breathtaking. This little town is a popular destination for those who want a real Montana experience not far from an airport.

The verdict is still out on how Clyde Park got its name (it was originally called Sunnyside). It was either for local rancher Clyde Durand or for the Clydesdale horses at John Harvey’s ranch. Either way, there’s a horse theme at play, which is often the way of these small Montana towns where ranch life prevails.

Clyde Park offers a true taste of the Old West, including what life is like on a working cattle ranch. Branding calves, sorting cattle, summer pasturing trailing, harvesting hay for the winter. Pull on your cowboy boots and saddle up for an unforgettable guest ranch experience at the 3,200-acre G Bar M Ranch, a family-owned, working cattle ranch where you can experience authentic ranch life in the Bridger Mountains. Their programs are flexible, so if you’d rather sleep in than rope cattle, you’ve got options.

When you’re ready to get crazy (about outdoor rec, of course) head for the Crazy Mountains. The area is excellent for hiking, snowmobiling, and cross-country skiing. And when you’re done playing, stop in at the Clyde Park Tavern for a Clyde Burger and some onion rings, or head over to rub elbows with the locals at The Antlers Bar, touted as “The best little bar in Montana.”

And while people are scouring Bozeman for the best pizza around, Sunnyside Pizza in Clyde Park is quietly serving up some of the best pizza in Yellowstone Country. 

True Story

A guy named Jack found a free drink token for the Clyde Park Tavern on the floor of a bar bathroom in Fort Myers, Florida. We don’t know what he did with it, but we know that right then and there Jack realized he was in the presence of something legendary—Montana’s bars reach far and wide.

Trip tip

Stroll the Shields Valley Farmers Market in Holiday Park June – August on Mondays 4:30 – 7:30 pm. You’ll find local produce and food, flowers, herbs, and arts & crafts.

Live Like a Local

Hit up Clyde Park at the end of August for a true taste of small-town Americana. That’s when the community gets together for Old Settlers Days, an annual celebration of pioneer history. Enjoy arts & craft vendors, a parade, family fun, live music and more.

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