Packing Must Haves
How do you want to enjoy the legendary Yellowstone River? Rafting, fishing, paddle board, kayak, or scenic river boat? Between Gardiner and Livingston you can book a trip or rent the gear for any one of these adventures - plus enjoy hot springs and lakes!
In Livingston check out river rentals and trips and river conditions at Dan Bailey’s Outdoor Co or any of the great other fly shops on your way to the river. Make sure to grab a charcuterie tray, sandwiches, or fare of your choice and bring plenty of water, sunscreen, a hat, and rain gear for those unexpected storms and hot sun. Remember to recreate responsibly, wear a life vest on the water, and make safe choices. After a full day on the river, enjoy one of Livingston’s ever-changing event options, or linger over a great meal and take an evening walk to catch the sunset and famed vintage neon signs in Downtown Livingston before relaxing at the local lodging of your choice.
Whether your group is seeking the thrill of rapids or looking for a peaceful float, checkout one of Gardiner’s rafting companies where there is something for every skill level. On your trip you’re sure to see stunning mountain views and abundant wildlife like elk, bald eagles, pronghorns, otters and more!
Does experiencing the world-class fishing of the Yellowstone River sound more up your stream? Gardiner based Park’s Fly Shop and these other area outfitters have you covered. Inquire with them on what’s biting or better yet, book a guided trip. A trip this action-packed requires great food and a relaxing stay. Treat yourself at one of Gardiner’s many delicious eateries and experience local flavors, like bison and elk, or an area favorite like Wilcoxson’s ice cream, before settling into your choice of accommodation for the night.
Finish up your trip with a leisurely swim or soak in one or both of our two area hot springs. First stop at Yellowstone Hot Springs outside of Gardiner, with three mineral-rich pools located on the banks of the mighty Yellowstone River with sweeping views of two mountain ranges. Then take the scenic route (head north on US HWY 89 North to East River Road) to local treasure, Chico Hot Springs Resort & Day Spa, where you'll find two open-air mineral-rich pools, exceptional hospitality, a spa, diverse activities, and a variety of dining options among stunning views. If you prefer lakes, visit Dailey Lake near Emigrant for fishing, swimming and other water sports or plan a more challenging hike to the pristine lakes in the area that will take much of the day. Refresh yourself in beautiful lakes, mineral-rich hot springs, and the legendary Yellowstone River; the longest free flowing river in the lower 48 states.
River adventure day one on the Yellowstone through Livingston and Paradise Valley; choose paddle boarding, kayaking (rentals in Livingston), or a guided fishing expedition or scenic boat tour. Evening live event, dining and lodging in Livingston.
River adventure day two on the Yellowstone from Gardiner; choose whitewater rafting or scenic floats (based out of Gardiner). Lodging, dining, and shopping in Gardiner.
Soaking or swimming in Paradise Valley hot springs, rock collecting on Yellowstone River fishing accesses and sand bars (search for petrified wood, agate, garnets, and jasper on these public land access sites). Or visit Daily Lake near Emigrant in Paradise Valley for fishing, swimming, and water sports. Lodging and dining in Paradise Valley.