What to Do Outside of Yellowstone National Park

Immerse yourself in the world’s first national park, Yellowstone, renowned for its iconic natural wonders. Beyond the Yellowstone North Entrance must-sees, including Mammoth Hot Springs, Lamar Valley, and the historic Roosevelt Arch, there’s more to explore in Big Sky Country. Discover nearby Paradise Valley, offering world-class fly fishing, river floats, brewery exploration, and live music. Under Canvas North Yellowstone – Paradise Valley is your gateway to Montana’s outdoor adventures and cultural experiences. Here’s our guide to making the most of your North Yellowstone adventure.

Things to Do in North Yellowstone and Paradise Valley

North Yellowstone and Paradise Valley warrant a trip all of their own. With tranquil rivers, snow-capped peaks, and beautiful ranchland, these areas are often visited together and serve as a perfect escape into nature with proximity to popular towns like Livingston, Gardiner, and Bozeman.

Float on the Yellowstone River

Spend a relaxing morning or evening on a private Yellowstone River Float Trip in a custom wooden dory just steps from Under Canvas. Glide gently down the Yellowstone River, surrounded by the soothing sounds of nature. Take in the spectacular views and get a unique perspective on the area’s beauty. And when the sun starts to set, consider adding snacks and beverages for a river picnic, an experience that will make your stay truly magical.

Master the Art of Yellowstone Fly Fishing

For fishing enthusiasts, this region is a dream come true. Two of the world’s finest rivers, the Madison and Yellowstone, offer prime fly fishing opportunities. Book a guided fly fishing experience to discover the secrets of these pristine waters, where you can reel in magnificent trout amidst stunning natural landscapes.

Enjoy Live Music at Pine Creek Lodge

Just a short walk from Under Canvas, Pine Creek Lodge in Livingston is your destination for live music performances under the stars, beneath the pines, at this unique outdoor venue. This cozy spot provides the perfect ambiance to unwind and enjoy talented local musicians. It’s the ideal place to savor a cold beverage and the melodies of Montana.

Explore Downtown Livingston

Experience Livingston, a charming town where you can visit art museums, shop for unique souvenirs at the local market, and explore the craft breweries. It’s a historic gateway to Yellowstone and welcomes the likes of cowboys and ranchers, movie stars and musicians, writers and artists. There’s a rich variety of eateries, from farm-to-table restaurants and markets, fine dining, rustic steakhouses, burger joints, and European-style bakeries. Don’t miss the Livingston Farmers Market for a taste of local culture.

Spend the Day Discovering Bozeman

Bozeman, a lively and vibrant town just a short drive away, promises many delightful experiences. Start your day with a hearty Montana breakfast at one of the many welcoming spots in town. To make the most of your day, consider tackling the “M” Trail, a 2-mile loop trail and popular hike that offers stunning views and a burst of wildflowers during the summer. If you’ve worked up an appetite on the trail, head to nearby MAP Brewing, where you can enjoy a brew while overlooking the scenic Bozeman Beach. Stroll through the eclectic downtown area along Main Street to savor delectable cuisine and immerse yourself in the cultural vibrancy of this bustling college town. Many of Bozeman’s bars come alive with live music and dancing, making for a memorable night out. Remember to visit the Museum of the Rockies, renowned as one of the world’s best places to view dinosaur fossils. Here, you can marvel at the largest T-Rex skull ever discovered, adding a touch of prehistoric wonder to your Bozeman adventure.

Relax and Rejuvenate at Chico Hot Springs

Escape to the heart of Paradise Valley at Chico Hot Springs, where you can soak in two natural mineral hot springs in the open air. These tranquil, geothermally heated pools offer a serene connection with Montana’s natural beauty, allowing you to rejuvenate and unwind. You can spend your day in relaxation, enjoying luxurious spa treatments, or simply lounging by the pool. Day passes can be purchased on-property.

Hike to Pine Creek Falls

Set out on an adventurous hike to Pine Creek Falls, a 2.5-mile out-and-back trail near Livingston. This moderately challenging trail typically takes around 1 hour to complete, making it an ideal day excursion. Located within the Custer Gallatin National Forest, this path is a beloved choice for hikers and nature enthusiasts, so expect to share the experience with fellow adventurers. Additionally, it’s a dog-friendly trail, perfect for bringing along your four-legged companion. As you traverse this scenic route, be prepared to be awed by Pine Creek Falls, a breathtaking natural wonder surrounded by towering pines and evergreen trees.

Where to Stay Near the Yellowstone North Entrance

Discover your perfect stay near the Yellowstone North Entrance at Under Canvas North Yellowstone – Paradise Valley, conveniently located just 20 minutes from Livingston and 45 minutes from Bozeman, MT. This Under Canvas camp is beautifully set against the majestic Yellowstone River, boasting over a mile of pristine riverfront access, making it a haven for world-class fly fishing and unforgettable river float experiences. The upscale safari-inspired tents have ensuite bathrooms, king-size beds, hot running water, wood-burning stoves, and more, ensuring a comfortable and memorable stay. Guests enjoy quintessential Montana cuisine and cocktails under the starry night skies and camp programming like guided yoga, nightly s’mores, live music, and more. Paradise awaits you at this exceptional North Yellowstone property.

Experience more of Yellowstone National Park with a stay at both our Yellowstone locations: Under Canvas North Yellowstone – Paradise Valley and Under Canvas West Yellowstone.


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