Emigrant, Montana

Elevation: 4868 FT

Population: 836

County: Park

Emigrant sits at the base of Emigrant Peak in the aptly named Paradise Valley, almost halfway between Livingston and Gardiner. 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 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.

Emigrant sits on the same road that leads to the northern entrance to Yellowstone National Park. Make it a point to stop by Emigrant's Old Saloon, "serving outlaws & cowgirls since 1902" and offering live music all summer long to visitors and curious travelers.

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