Livingston Planning Guide

Come attend a MWA Livingston event for the outstanding aikido training.  Stay for the adventures that lie at our doorstep.

YNP Winter Bison

Whether you are traveling from a Montana location or visiting from out of state, there are so many things to do in the greater Livingston area you’ll likely want to come back time and again!

Livingston Railroad Depot

Yellowstone River

We are a four season locale, with plenty of recreational activities all year around.  Float or paddle the famed Yellowstone River from Spring to Fall. The river flows right through our idelyic town.   Nordic ski (& XC) trails abound in Winter; as well as, being a snowmobilers gateway to Cooke City’s powdery heaven.  The northern entrance to YNP is open year around and a winter time visit to the Lamar Valley provides majestic views and the chance to see some wildlife, including possibly YNP’s famous Grey Wolves.

Livingston is a historic railway town that has served for over 150 years as the northern gateway to Yellowstone National Park (YNP), the Grand Daddy of the U.S. National Park System.  Nature’s beauty and wondrous outdoor recreation that is uniquely Montana abounds.

Roosevelt Arch YNP North Entrance

Located approximately ½ hour drive from Bozeman Gallatin International Airport, the Livingston area offers hiking, world class trout fishing, natural hot springs, down home hospitality and breathtaking vistas of the historic American West.

We are an hour away from the northern entrance to the first National Park which draws nearly 1/2 million guests annually to YNP.

YNP BisonYou will find accommodations from smaller motel chains, Bed and Breakfasts in town or stay at one of the many guest ranches or privately owned short term home rentals.There’s the nearby Grizzly Bear Sanctuary and Habitat – Howler’s Inn Wolf Sanctuary (B&B) – and plenty of wildlife viewing from all types of locations.

Whether you are traveling solo or bringing along the family, attending a MWA Livingston aikido event places you right in the middle of Montana’s wonders. Enjoy our western style hospitality.  Whether your tastes range from fine dinning to home style cooking, Livingston’s boutique breweries and eateries offering award winning cuisine. Travel south of town into the gorgeous Paradise Valley towards YNP and you’ll find nature galore. You’ll be traveling through cattle country, along with majestic mountain views.  Changes are good you’ll also see bison, deer, elk and the occasional bear or moose sighting.

If you get hungry for pizza & beer, locally raised beef for a true Montana cut, BBQ or award winning cuisine you’ll find it in the valley or back in the town of Livingston. Be prepared to plan ahead by making reservations any time of year as some of the most popular establishments can get pretty busy.

For more detailed information on all things Livingston check out and Yellowstone National Park at

Here’s a starter list of motels, guest resorts and unique bed n’ breakfasts, along with some day trip ideas:



Yellowstone River Lodge | Peaceful, Secluded Lodging On The Yellowstone River

Fairfield Suites (Marriott Bonvoy)
Yellowstone River Inn & Suites



Things to do for a family

Trip Advisor

Snowmobile aerial Cooke City MT