Paradise Valley, Montana, is a true gem of the American West. Set in the high mountain plains along the banks of the Yellowstone River, this picturesque destination is your gateway to North Yellowstone. Here, the adventures are seemingly endless, from horseback riding through the mountains and plains, floating on the Yellowstone River, and blue-ribbon fly fishing to unmatched wildlife sightings in Yellowstone National Park. If you are seeking adventure, relaxation, and connection with nature, Paradise Valley should be at the top of your list. Here’s how to plan an unforgettable trip.
Things to See Around Paradise Valley
Visit Mammoth Hot Springs
Yellowstone National Park’s geothermal past and present set it apart from anywhere else. Just north of the Yellowstone Caldera lies the famous Mammoth Hot Springs. Created over thousands of years, the terraces of Mammoth Hot Springs form an impressive display of cascading orange and white flows frozen in time. The best ways to see Mammoth Hot Springs are by walking the boardwalk of the Lower Terraces and driving through the Upper Terraces.
Look for Wildlife in Lamar Valley
Lamar Valley is among the best places to see wildlife in Yellowstone National Park and the U.S. Known as “America’s Serengeti,” the vast valley is home to Yellowstone’s “Big Five” animals — moose, elk, wolves, bison, and bears. Watch for majestic elk grazing in the grassy meadows, mighty bison roaming the plains, and, if you’re lucky, wolf pups playing in the tall grasses. We recommend driving the scenic 29-mile route in the late afternoon or early evening to spot these incredible creatures. Whether you’re a seasoned wildlife watcher or a first-time visitor to Yellowstone, a trip to Lamar Valley is an experience you’ll never forget.
Marvel at Grand Prismatic Spring
One of the most awe-inspiring sights in Yellowstone National Park is undoubtedly the Grand Prismatic Spring, with its stunning rainbow-colored rings. This natural wonder is the largest hot spring in the U.S. and is found in the Midway Geyser Basin. The best way to truly appreciate the beauty of this remarkable attraction is to take a hike on the nearby trails, which offer breathtaking views from above. As you hike, you’ll be struck by the vibrant blues, greens, and oranges of the spring and the steam rising from its surface.
Go Wolf Watching with a Wildlife Expert
See abundant wildlife like never before with a private wildlife tour of Yellowstone’s Northeast corner. Expert guides will take you on the adventure of a lifetime in search of Yellowstone’s most famous residents, like wolves, bears, and bison. Yellowstone is one of the best places in the U.S. to spot wolves in the wild. The native canines move between Lamar Valley, Hayden Valley, and Blacktail Deer Plateau, and an expert guide will know where to see them. After booking a stay at Under Canvas, our Adventure Concierge can help you secure the perfect adventure.
Come Face to Face with a T-Rex
The Museum of the Rockies is home to one of the world’s largest collections of dinosaur fossils, including a complete Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton. Visitors can view these impressive fossils up close and learn about the prehistoric creatures that roamed Montana’s vast landscapes. The museum also boasts a planetarium and exhibits on the history and culture of the American West that is sure to captivate the imaginations of all ages.
Things to Do Around Paradise Valley
Cast Your Line into the Yellowstone River
Fly fishing in Montana is an experience every angler should have on their bucket list. With an abundance of trout and incredible Rocky Mountain scenery, it’s no mystery as to why. Guests of Under Canvas North Yellowstone – Paradise Valley can cast their lines into the Yellowstone River for world-class fly fishing just steps from our luxury tents. Make sure to pick up a fishing license online or from one of the many outfitters nearby, where you can find all the gear you’ll need, including fly rods and reels, and choose from a selection of fishing flies.
Ride the White Water Rapids
Let the Yellowstone River’s rushing waters take you on a thrilling rafting trip through stunning Paradise Valley. The crystal-clear water reflects the surrounding mountain scenery, while the white foam and spray of water on your face create an unforgettable adrenaline rush as you navigate the rocky rapids. You’ll talk about this activity around the campfire that evening and for years to come! Under Canvas North Yellowstone – Paradise Valley offers whitewater rafting trips right outside the lobby tent, making it easy to experience the best Yellowstone River activities.
Cruise the Yellowstone River in a Private Boat
Sit back, relax, and soak up the serene ambiance of the Yellowstone River. Taking a dory boat ride is an experience that can be likened to a romantic movie scene. The river’s tranquility, the boat’s gentle swaying, and the stunning scenery create a picture-perfect moment. Imagine spending the morning or evening in a custom wooden river dory that meets you right outside the Under Canvas Lobby Tent and paddling along the picturesque shoreline. As you float down the river, keep your eyes peeled for wildlife sipping from the river’s shores. This dory boat ride is an experience that will leave you with memories that will last a lifetime.
Horseback Ride in Big Sky Country
Horseback riding is a quintessential experience that should not be missed when visiting Big Sky Country. As you saddle up and set off into Montana’s high mountain plans, you’ll feel a sense of freedom and adventure that can only come from being on horseback in nature. Your guide will share their knowledge and expertise of the area, pointing out things to see along the way. As you ride, you’ll feel a deep connection with the surrounding nature, and the bond between horse and rider will make this experience even more special.
Soak in Mineral-Rich Waters at Yellowstone Natural Hot Springs
Discover pure tranquility at the spring-fed pools in Gardiner, just 10 minutes from Yellowstone National Park. Surrounded by the mesmerizing natural beauty of Montana, you can experience ultimate relaxation while enjoying numerous health benefits. Natural hot springs are known for their incredible stress-reducing, muscle tension-relieving, and circulation-improving benefits, making them the perfect place to unwind and rejuvenate after hiking or horseback riding. Create your own revitalizing hydrotherapy circuit, moving between the hot pool, cold plunge, and tepid waters while basking in the stunning scenery of Big Sky Country.
Where to Eat & Drink Around Paradise Valley
Restaurants in Yellowstone National Park
Embark on a culinary adventure through Yellowstone National Park. You’ll find something to satisfy every craving, from grab-and-go delights to quick service bites and even upscale dining. And if you need some supplies or snacks during your adventure, several general stores are scattered throughout the park. Many of the restaurants are located near the lodge areas. Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel, Old Faithful Inn, and Canyon Lodge are just a few parkgoer favorites for delicious eats and incredible views.
Restaurants in Paradise Valley
Under Canvas North Yellowstone – Paradise Valley
Dine al fresco surrounded by scenic mountain vistas. Our ever-changing menu embraces seasonality and locally sourced ingredients from morning until night and has something for everyone to enjoy. Start your day with a hot breakfast and bottomless coffee to fuel your adventures. Later on, experience the flavors of Montana with a specialty menu featuring meats smoked to perfection. You can always cook up your own camp recipes at our community grilling area. Satisfy your sweet tooth with nightly fireside s’mores beneath the stars.
Yellowstone Valley Grill
Enjoy a laid-back local meal in Livingston, where the farm-to-table fare is as diverse as its beautiful surroundings.
Visit a local favorite watering hole in Pray, known for beer, wine, great food, and karaoke some evenings.
Treat your taste buds to breakfast options created with local flare in Livingston. Be sure to try the huckleberry bacon and biscuit and gravy burrito!
Livingston Farmers Market
Shop for fresh produce, delicious food truck fare, and handmade arts and crafts here from May-September.
Where to Stay in Paradise Valley
Make Under Canvas North Yellowstone – Paradise Valley your base camp for discovering Big Sky Country and all its treasures. Ideally located near the North Entrance of Yellowstone National Park and just 20 minutes from the charming town of Livingston and 45 minutes from Bozeman, Montana, our newest camp provides unprecedented access to Greater Yellowstone. Our Guest Experience Coordinators are here to help you plan the perfect getaway to Paradise Valley.