Three miles outside of White Sulphur Springs, MT on the Jackson Ranches will be the Annual Red Ants Pants Music Festival. July 23 to July 26th, 2015. The not all-inclusive lineup includes: Keb’ ‘Mo, Lee Ann Womack, The Lil’ Smokies, Ryan Bingham, Bruce Robinson & Kelly Willis and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. Please see Festival website for more details and information on the Red Ants Pants Foundation.
The Park County Annual County Fair will celebrate it’s 67th year on July 29, 30, 31 and August 1 2015 at the Park County Fairgrounds. The theme this year is “Take Time For A Great Time” and admission is Free!
There are many things to do for kids and adults of all ages. There are inflatables, petting zoo, comedians, rodeos, and contests for just about anything, from “Tallest Sunflower” to “Tweetie’s Birdhouse” to even a “Brew Competition,” new for this year! Face painting, Reptile Rescue, Sundown Showdown and Ultimate Desert judging are just a few more happenings.
As usual, entries are accepted for open classes from any resident of Park County and there’s hundreds of subjects to consider. The Park County 4-H will have their own judging categories and we cannot forget another big hit is the 4H/FFA Livestock Sale.
Consider attending the 8th Annual Ranch Rodeo on Thursday July 30th at 7 pm. Or there’s the Demolition Derby on Sunday, August 2nd at 1 pm where various car classes and heats will be featured. Concessions will be available during the fair as well as this Derby.
Livingston’s Annual Summerfest is generally on the third weekend of July each year. Located in the Miles park with the Miles Bandshell, the Summerfest has something for everyone, music, kid zone, art and craft vendors and food. Check out website: Summerfest
Actress Margot Kidder narrates a fascinating history of the Murray Hotel and the town of Livingston, Montana.
This is NOT a complete list of our events, please check with the front desk for current events. Here’s a sample listing of what Livingston and the surrounding area offers:
Livingston Holiday Stroll – Annual event celebrating the upcoming holidays with downtown Livingston stores and galleries open much later than normal. There are also hay rides, carolors, live music, pictures with Santa and more.
Western Sustainability Exchange Holiday Farmers’ Market – Annual market setup with unique gifts for the upcoming holidays. At the Civic Center on River Drive in Livingston. Call 406.222.8155 for more information.
Annual Old Fashioned Christmas Fair – Annual event with vendors from local and surrounding areas offering various services or goods for great shopping in preparation for the upcoming holidays. Come bring the family and enjoy pictures with Santa, homemade food and goodies and much more. Contact Park County Fairgrounds at 406.222.4185.
Livingston Roundup Parade – every July 2nd at 3pm, Second St. to Park St. to Main Street, Livinston
Livingston Roundup Rodeo – every July 2, 3, and 4th at 8pm, Park County Fairgrounds
Depot Center Festival of the Arts – July 2, 3, and 4th every year at the Rotary Park, next to the Depot
Yellowstone River Boat Float – from Livingston to Columbus, generally on the 2nd weekend of July
Summerfest – third weekend in July each year at the Miles Park and Bandshell next to the Yellowstone River
Livingston Classic PBR – Park County Fairgrounds, last weekend in July
Livingston Art Walk – Last Fridays in June, July, August and September. Downtown Livingston and some other private galleries/studios have open hours later than normal to entertain and accommodate visitors.
Park County Fair – Annual Park County Fair at fairgrounds. Generally days surrounding the first Weekend in August. See recent posting: Annual Park County Fair
Livingston HOOT – New Annual event in late summer with guest concert bands on Main Street, Livingston. Website: LivingstonHoot
More information on any of these events may be found at Livingston Chamber of Commerce website or with a call at 406.222.0850.
As an old railroad town, Livingston has a rich history and the Murray Hotel, being situated right downtown, has been lucky enough to be a part of much of it. Originally known as the Elite Hotel in the early 1900’s, the hotel was later purchased by Josephine Kline who renamed it the Kline Hotel. She bought the adjacent building with money borrowed from James A. Murray and expanded the hotel. When Murray died his heirs used legal manipulations to gain possession of the hotel. Josephine Kline was evicted and the Murray Hotel got the name that it still has to this day.
One of the best things about downtown Livingston is that people have worked hard to preserve our history, especially in regards to the old buildings and houses. We are also lucky to have access to an enormous collection of wonderful photographs documenting the history of our small town. These photos can be found at the Yellowstone Gateway Museum’s website in the Bill and Doris Whithorn Online Database. The Friends of Yellowstone Gateway Museum have also just come out with a book called Photo History of Livingston. It is a great book with amazing photos. As you walk through downtown you can still find many of the buildings shown in photographs in the book.
Anyone interested in history should go take a look at the Whithorn Collection online and consider buying the book before you come out to visit. We also have a few copies available at the hotel.
This is the view at sunset last week from the pond at DePuy’s Spring Creek. The Spring Creeks just outside of Livingston (Armstrong’s, Nelson’s and DePuy’s) are world famous for their fly fishing and can be a nice option for fishing in the spring. They also have gorgeous views, great scenery and tons of wildlife. For more information you can go directly to their individual websites or contact any of the local fly shops here in town.
Many of us here is Montana take pride in choosing to remain somewhat unplugged. But that doesn’t mean we don’t like to use technology to our advantage (when we feel like it). And hopefully if you are planning a vacation out here you too will take some time to enjoy the natural beauty all around and tune out the rest of the world for a little while. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t utilize the many great tools available to you to plan your trip and make your trip easier once here. There are some mobile apps that can be very useful for just that and we have rounded up a few interesting ones. These apps range in price from free to $8.99.
Yellowstone Tour GeoRoamer App: Starting with the most expensive app, but also possibly most relevant to a Livingston, Montana vacation. This app provides you with a GPS guided audio tour of all of the major sites in Yellowstone. It has some great features including telling you exactly where the best viewing locations are, giving you directions from one site to another and recorded audio tours from park experts that start as you approach a site of interest.
TripAdvisor: If you use TripAdvisor to help you plan your trip, you can take it along with you in the form of an app. The app includes all of the same great features as the website.
GateGuru: For those of you who don’t like to (or don’t have time to) wander the airports looking for a place to eat or get coffee or buy your favorite magazine, download GateGuru and you will know exactly which stores and restaurants are closest to your gate and you can even read reviews from other people using the app.
Urbanspoon: Looking for a place to eat is no longer a problem if you have Urbanspoon. You can search by location, type of food, popularity or see what your friends have said about restaurants. Leave your own reviews and help others with their planning.
Google Sky Map (for Android phones only): Since you will be in place where you can see an unbelievable amount of stars, this app can be a lot of fun. Point your phone at the sky and the app will tell you what stars and constellations you are looking at. Pocket Universe would be an alternative for iPhone users.
Cheap Gas: Gas prices keep going up and can be a real consideration when planning a road trip. If you want to try and save a little money on gas check out this free app that tells you which gas stations have the lowest gas prices.
Pocket First Aid and CPR: This app from the American Heart Association gives concise, clear instructions for CPR and first aid that can be useful in a variety of situations. A great app for anyone planning on going camping or backpacking but really could save a life anywhere.
We hope that these tools help with your travel planning and make your vacation easier. Just don’t forget to put that phone away and relax once you get here!
This is the time of year when people start planning (or at least dreaming about) their summer vacations. Here is a list of websites and blogs that can help you in this endeavor. Whether you are just looking for some ideas and inspiration or are already starting your planning these are all useful resources.
Lonely Planet – The publishers of the Lonely Planet travel books have a great website with lots of information on traveling all over the world.
National Geographic Travel Blog – Beautiful photos and interesting trip ideas.
Official Government Travel Information:
The TSA Blog (did you know they had one?) – Stay up to date on all of the latest news from the Transportation Security Administration.
Fast Lane – The official blog of the U.S. Secretary of Transportation.
General Travel Information:
Bing Travel Farecast – Searches other sites for best fares and also predicts when fares will go up or down.
Consumer Traveler – All around travel news and tips written for the consumer.
Weather Underground – It’s always a good idea to check the weather when heading to a different part of the country (especially Montana where it is very unpredictable). Take a look at the extended forecast when deciding what to pack and keep in mind that it can go from sunny and warm to snowing in no time at all around here!
Montana and Livingston Information:
Montana’s Official State Travel Site – This website is a great resource for anyone traveling to Montana and has beautiful photos of our state.
Go Livingston – Offers some nice ideas for those planning a vacation in Livingston.
Livingston Chamber of Commerce – Check out their visitor guide for all of the information you need on what to see, what to do, where to go in Livingston.
A couple of weeks ago we wrote about downhill skiing and snowboarding in this part of Montana. For those of you who prefer skiing on relatively flat terrain, there are a multitude of options around Livingston. There is such a variety of trails in this area that you are sure to find something to suit any level skier.
For the complete beginner, we recommend Bohart Ranch, which is located in the Bridger Mountains about 30 miles from Livingston. They have everything that you need right there, from ski rentals, to lessons, to groomed trails. They teach both classic and skate skiing techniques. Their day pass rates and rental rates are very reasonable but according to their website they do not take credit cards so be sure to bring cash or check with you!
If you already know how to cross country ski and would like to get out and see some beautiful scenery you can choose to stick close to Livingston and ski one of the many trails in Paradise Valley or head into Yellowstone National Park for the day. Either way you will need equipment so make sure to bring your own if you have it, or if you do not, stop in and see the friendly folks at Timber Trails for some rentals. They are located at 309 West Park Street and you can call them for more info at 406.222.9550.
From Suce Creek to Mill Creek to Bear Creek, there are ski trails throughout Paradise Valley. GoLivingston.com has a great write up of many of these trails with directions on getting there and levels of difficulty. You can read it here. As an added bonus, at the very end of Mill Creek (about 11 miles up Mill Creek Rd.) there is a sledding hill right next to the parking area! So, if you have children and decide to head in that direction for your skiing you may want to bring a sled along as well.
For more information on cross country skiing in Yellowstone visit the National Park Service website where you will find maps of trails with a key telling you the difficulty level of each trail.
This has been a great year for skiing so far with all of the snow that has fallen in Livingston. Cross country skiing is an excellent way to take advantage of that and a great activity for the whole family! Just make sure to do your research ahead of time and dress for the ever changing Livingston weather.