What to Pack for A Weekend in Paradise Valley, Montana

Nestled between two mountain ranges, Paradise Valley is an enchanting place that offers a blend of outdoor adventures and serene tranquillity. Located just north of Yellowstone National Park, this picturesque valley is surrounded by snow-capped peaks, crystal-clear waters, and vibrant wildlife. Whether you’re an outdoors enthusiast or a nature lover seeking a peaceful retreat, Paradise Valley is the perfect place to escape and immerse yourself in the wonders of nature. Our Montana packing list will help you prepare for adventures big and small.

What to Pack for Spring in Paradise Valley

Spring is a magical time to visit Paradise Valley as the snow starts to melt, and the flowers begin to bloom. It’s the best time of year to spot playful babies like bison calves, bear cubs, and wolf pups in their natural habitat. The weather can vary, so it’s essential to pack layers.

Hiking Shoes and Wool Socks

A sturdy pair of hiking shoes or boots will go a long way when exploring the many trails in the valley. Pair your footwear with wool socks for ultimate comfort, warmth, and moisture protection when the ground can be wet this time of year.

Puffer Jacket 

Warm outer layers are key for outdoor adventures this time of year and can double as protection against scattered rain showers.

Long Sleeve Shirts

Long sleeve t-shirts or flannels are essential for chillier days and perfect for early morning hiking or huddling around the campfire in the evening.

Long Pants

Bring sweats, leggings, or comfortable jeans to wear while you hike the trails or imbibe in a microbrew in nearby Bozeman.

Beanie and Gloves

Keep warm and toasty while roasting marshmallows around the campfire or enjoying complimentary camp activities.

What to Pack for Summer in Paradise Valley

Summer in Paradise Valley is a dream come true for lovers of the great outdoors. The sun is shining, and the temperatures are warm, making it the perfect season for hiking, fly fishing, and exploring nearby Yellowstone National Park.

T-shirts and Shorts

Montana sees temperatures in the 80s and 90s during the summer, so t-shirts and shorts combinations are a perfect way to keep cool and comfortable in the heat.

Lightweight Pants

With varying temperatures, lightweight or zip-off pants are perfect for hiking in Paradise Valley or simply grabbing a bite to eat during the early morning or evening.

Hiking Shoes or Sandals

Hiking shoes or Chaco-like sandals are essential for exploring the many trails.

Fleece Jacket 

Stay warm and cozy during morning adventures or late-night talks around the campfire with a fleece jacket or sweatshirt you can layer on.


Montana sees plenty of sunshine during the summer, so a sun hat or baseball cap is essential to shield your face from the sun’s rays while fly fishing on the Yellowstone River or horseback riding on the plains.


Soak in the natural hot springs while enjoying stunning views of the surrounding landscape at Yellowstone Hot Springs in Gardiner or enjoy a river float experience just steps from the lobby tent.

What to Pack for Fall in Paradise Valley

Fall in Paradise Valley is spectacular as the trees turn golden, the air is crisp, and the crowds dwindle, making it the perfect season for a quiet weekend getaway.

Long Sleeve Shirts

Pack a couple of long sleeve t-shirts or flannel shirts and a vest to go over them for added warmth when the temperature dips.

Sweatpants or Warm Athletic Pants

Warm sweatpants or comfortable jeans are essential for most outdoor fall activities. Try adding a base layer or pair of leggings underneath for extra warmth.

Hat and Gloves

Stay warm while taking in stunning fall foliage on a scenic hike or while dining al fresco with a view at Under Canvas.

Lightweight Jacket

Fully enjoy all that Montana has to offer by having a lightweight jacket on hand morning and night.

What to Pack for Paradise Valley (Non-Clothing Essentials)

Experience more comfort and ease when you pack these few essentials for your weekend in Paradise Valley.


Keep your extra layers on hand for when you need them along with water, snacks, bug spray, and sun protection, to make the most of your time exploring.

Reusable Water Bottle

Refill your water bottle at Under Canvas to fuel your adventures and avoid single-use plastics.

Sun Protection

Montana offers endless opportunities for outdoor recreation, but all of that time spent under the sun isn’t so great for your skin. Pack sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses to avoid the dreaded sunburn. If you forget your lotion at home, you can purchase SunBum products from our store tent.


Immerse yourself in the beauty of Paradise Valley and capture the scene. Tag @UnderCanvasOfficial on Instagram so we can see your photos and for a chance to be featured!

Experience paradise at Under Canvas North Yellowstone – Paradise Valley, located just 20 minutes from the charming town of Livingston and 45 minutes from Bozeman, providing unmatched access to Greater Yellowstone. Our upscale canvas tents offer a luxurious retreat into the heart of nature with the comforts of home. Come and enjoy the best of both worlds only a stone’s throw away from all the adventure and beauty of Yellowstone.

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