The very first gateway town into our nation’s first national park, Yellowstone National Park, was Livingston, Montana. As of the 2010 census, the city of Livingston has a total area of approximately 6 beautiful square miles with a population just over 7,000 residents. Many quaint galleries, museums and shopping opportunities line the streets of downtown Livingston and are waiting for you to visit. Its rich history, spanning back to the early 1800’s when the Lewis & Clark Expedition camped in preparation for its decent down the Yellowstone River, is apparent as you travel through the iconic downtown area. Multiple museums such as The Livingston Depot, built in 1902, along with the Yellowstone Gateway Museum, proudly display the tremendous amount of history for this famed city. Aside from the history, Livingston has been the ideal location for movies to share the experience with the world. A few films to mention are “A River Runs Through It”, “The Horse Whisperer”, “Rancho Deluxe”.
If you’re a fly-fisherman (or fly-fisherwoman), or are interested in learning to fly fish, you’ve hit the jackpot in Livingston. The Federation of Fly Fishers’ museum, the Fly Fishing Discovery Center, also calls Livingston home. In the late 1930’s a fly-fisherman, Dan Bailey, opened a mail order fly tying business and fly shop on Park Street. Dan Bailey’s Fly Shop is still open to this day and is the place to go for everything fly fishing related.
Grab your waders, your rod and a box of flies! Let’s explore the fantastic real estate opportunities in and around the Yellowstone River in Livingston, Montana and the surrounding Paradise Valley!
Fun Fact: Calamity Jane inhabited Livingston, Montana for over two decades.
Parks, Trails, Forests! Oh my!
Livingston shares recreation with Bozeman, Big Sky and Yellowstone National Park. Literally anything you can think of doing in the snow, you can do it here. Snowmobiling, dog sledding, ice skating…even a “Polar Plunge“…you name it, we’ve got it! Check out Livingston’s Recreation Department!
Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit. ~ Edward Abbey
Livingston’s commute is more like a leisurely stroll, not gridlock. If you’re idea of 5 o’clock traffic is hours of sitting in your car waiting to move a few inches, you’re in for a real treat. It takes only a few minutes to get from one end of town to the other and at 5 o’clock, you might get stuck in a short line of maybe 5 cars…hardly an inconvenience. However, it is a railroad town and you may occasionally run into a brief wait at the railroad crossing. If you’re not able to drive, Bozeman has a fantastic free public transportation system, Streamline that services Livingston as well.
The Bozeman Streamline has been operating since 2006 and is a great way to get around town. From Bozeman Deaconess Hospital to the Gallatin Valley Mall and from MSU to Belgrade, and even Livingston, the routes are perfect for commuting for work or simply exploring the Valley. You can even ride to Bridger Bowl and Bohart Ranch for a day of skiing. They also offer door-to-door transportation for seniors and persons with disabilities. We highly encourage you to jump on and see where it takes you, you might be surprised. And, don’t forget the best part…it’s free!
Want to get to Big Sky but don’t want to drive yourself or need a ride? Well guess what, we’ve got a bus for that too! The Skyline Bus offers routes from Bozeman all the way up to Moonlight Basin and Big Sky Resort, Town Center, with multiple stops along the way for you to explore all Big Sky has to offer.
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