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 testament to the Old West and give Livingston its extra-special turn-of-the-century charm.

Over the decades, Livingston has become an arts mecca, with many artists, writers, and movie stars 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 should stop at the Livingston Depot Center, where kids can 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. Birding, hunting, fishing, golfing, Nordic skiing, rock climbing and camping are big around Livingston as well.

Ranked as one of the nation's top rodeos, the Livingston Roundup is held every July and draws competitors and visitors from all over the United States and Canada. For your own western-life experience, there are working ranches in the area that offer up a warm Montana welcome.  

True Story

With the expansion of the railroad, and the division of land with homesteaders, long cattle drives were no longer needed and cowboys had to find alternative ways to make a living. Many began competing in professional rodeos. The Livingston Roundup Rodeo was started in 1926 by a group of local businessmen as a way to keep travelers in the area. Now it touts one of the biggest prize purses in the country. Professional cowboys and cowgirls come from across the nation to compete.

Trip tip

If You haven’t been to the Murray Hotel, you haven’t been to Livingston. The late Anthony Bourdain called it his favorite hotel on the planet. Located off the hotel’s lobby, the Second Street Bistro is one of Montana's premiere restaurants, with an impressive wine list and exceptional cuisine. With live music and local vibes the Murray Bar is the perfect place to experience Livingston’s nightlife.

Live Like a Local

Soak up a Montana summer at Livingston’s Summerfest. This two-day, outdoor music festival is held in mid-July at Sacajawea Park along the Yellowstone River. Kick up your heels to live music and food and drink vendors from around the state. Kids can enjoy a variety of activities, as well. Stroll the Livingston Farmers Market at the Livingston Food Resource Center any Wednesday from 4:30 ¬to 7:30 p.m. June through September.

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