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Mark Your Calendars

News, Updates, & Moreon March 1st, 2018Comments Off on Mark Your Calendars

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 Roundup Parade – every July 2nd at 3pm, Second St. to Park St. to Main Street, Livingston

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. NOTE: This event will NOT be held in 2018, please see website: LivingstonHoot


Livingston Christmas Stroll – Annual event celebrating the upcoming holidays with downtown Livingston stores and galleries open much later than normal.  There are also hay rides, carolers, 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.

More information on any of these events may be found at  Livingston Chamber of Commerce website or with a call at 406.222.0850.

Murray Hotel named one of Top-10 Best Hotels…

News, Updates, & Moreon January 19th, 2018Comments Off on Murray Hotel named one of Top-10 Best Hotels…

Anthony Bourdain, a chef, bestselling author and winner of multiple Emmy awards, travels the world and spends about 200 nights a year in hotels. So finding a good one is important….”Here are some of my favorites.”

His list included the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles, Le Continental in Saigon, Vietnam, the Park Hyatt in Tokyo, and, of course, the Murray Hotel in Livingston, Montana.  See articles to read more…

Bozeman Daily Chronicle

Bozeman Daily Chronicle – Daily Features, Feb. 17, 2016

Travel Channel

Local Business Featured: Yellowstone Guidelines

News, Updates, & Moreon December 8th, 2017Comments Off on Local Business Featured: Yellowstone Guidelines

Yellowstone Guidelines, located in Livingston, is one of the original activity permit holders in Yellowstone National Park. The company has been in business for over 20 years and local resident, Chris Hondorf has been at the helm for the past 5 years. Guided tours are private, custom, and designed to maximize the clients’ Yellowstone experience. Tours include wildlife sightseeing, hiking, X-C skiing, snowshoeing, and backpacking. Yellowstone Guidelines covers all areas of Yellowstone National Park.

Currently, the rates are $475 per day for a party of 1 to 4, $99 per additional person. All the trips include transportation, knowledgeable guide, lunch, and use of viewing scopes and binoculars. Please visit the website: or contact via phone (406.599.2960) or email (tours@yellowstoneguidelines. com).

GREAT Holiday Gift Ideas…At The Murray Hotel!

News, Updates, & Moreon December 5th, 2017Comments Off on GREAT Holiday Gift Ideas…At The Murray Hotel!

Click on this image for better viewing. Check out the special Room rates too.
Come in and find great gifts for your family and friends, and make a reservation for you!

2017 Christmas Stroll – come join us at The Murray Hotel!

News, Updates, & Moreon November 25th, 2017Comments Off on 2017 Christmas Stroll – come join us at The Murray Hotel!

Come one, come all! Make the Murray Hotel a part of your family’s Christmas Tradition and join us in the lobby on Friday, December 1st during the Livingston Christmas Stroll.

We will have the holiday choirs and a reading of the classic “Polar Express” story. Then there will be a special gift to a lucky child who has the special bell.

Enjoy these pictures from the past strolls, it’s a fun and wonderful tradition we are happy to have here at the Murray Hotel.

Anthony Bourdain visited us for an episode of Travel Channel’s “No Reservations.”

News, Updates, & Moreon December 29th, 2016Comments Off on Anthony Bourdain visited us for an episode of Travel Channel’s “No Reservations.”

Tony explores the snow-capped mountains, majestic big skies, winding rivers and roaming cattle of Livingston, Montana, once was an inspiration for adventurous Americans and locals alike. He says Livingston’s Murray Hotel one of world’s best along with ones in London and Los Angeles. Tune in to The Travel Channel’s No Reservations on February 18th at 8am Central/7am Mountain to catch this episode. Also view the articles featuring this visit:
Travel Channel

Bozeman Daily Chronicle

A History of the Murray and Livingston [VIDEO]

News, Updates, & Moreon September 28th, 2011Comments Off on A History of the Murray and Livingston [VIDEO]

Actress Margot Kidder narrates a fascinating history of the Murray Hotel and the town of Livingston, Montana.

Livingston History

News, Updates, & Moreon April 25th, 2011Comments Off on Livingston History

Downtown Livingston - Photo property of Yellowstone Gateway Museum

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.

Sunset at DePuy’s Spring Creek

News, Updates, & Moreon April 4th, 2011Comments Off on Sunset at DePuy’s Spring Creek

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.

10 great vacation planning resources

News, Updates, & Moreon January 28th, 2011Comments Off on 10 great vacation planning resources

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.