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Hiking in Paradise Valley

News, Updates, & Moreon August 15th, 2010Comments Off on Hiking in Paradise Valley

Yellowstone National Park is an amazing natural wonder and is always worth seeing for anyone visiting Montana.  However, it can get pretty crowded in spots at this time of year.  Luckily, Livingston is completely surrounded by natural beauty and much of the wildlife that you see in the park can be found outside of it as well.  So if you are looking to escape the crowds we have a suggestion.  Our friends at Timber Trails (right down the street from The Murray Hotel at 309 West Park St) have a series of favorite hikes that they print out and they have been kind enough to share some of them with us.  Timber Trails is the place to go in Livingston if you are looking for advice on hiking, biking or cross-country skiing in the area and if you are looking to buy or rent gear.

The hike we are highlighting today takes you right into the heart of Paradise Valley to Emigrant Peak:

Round Trip:  6 Miles
Duration: 6-8 Hours
USGS Maps: Dailey Lake & Emigrant
Trailhead Distance From Livingston: 35 Miles

Emigrant is a distinctive peak that stands well out of the main body of the Absaroka Range, with its summit providing exceptional views not only of the crest of the Absarokas, but of Lone Peak to the west, and the Tetons to the south.

The trailhead is accessed from Livingston via East River Road to Sixmile Creek.  Follow the Sixmile Creek Road for 3.7 miles, turning left at the junction with the road to Dailey Lake.  After another 1.5 miles, a signed left turn leads up a short stretch of road to the Gold Prize Creek trailhead.  Walk past the road closure along the closed road, which leads through a portion of the 1,200 acres that burned int the Sixmile drainage in July, ’99.

The road becomes a trail at a small campsite and begins to steepen.  After approximately 50 yards, turn left at a trail junction and follow the sidehill trail (a short portion of which reverts back to two-track), climbing steeply through sage and scattered stands of pine and fir toward a ridgetop meadow with good views of Paradise Valley below.  Continue to follow the obvious ridgeline along a hit-and-miss trail through a combination of boulders, scree and alpine tundra to the summit.  Remember to tread lightly and leave no trace.

If you have any questions about this hike or other hikes around Livingston be sure to stop in at Timber Trails or give them a call at 406-222-9550.  Be on the lookout for the next Timber Trails hike on our blog and send us photos if you head out to Emigrant Peak yourself.  Happy hiking!

Livingston Buy Local

News, Updates, & Moreon August 8th, 2010Comments Off on Livingston Buy Local

Livingston Buy Local

We love our small town and do what we can to help it keep its originality and vitality.  Part of that means supporting other local businesses.  There is a new buy local effort starting up here in Livingston that we at the Murray are proud to be a part of.  It consists of a FREE online directory, a door-to-door campaign to get businesses signed up on the directory, tons and tons of social media marketing on the Livingston Buy Local blog, Facebook page and Twitter, stickers and information packets, and a billboard coming soon!  We hope that you will take a minute to check out this great project and support it, by shopping locally in Livingston and also by becoming a member if you are a local business.  It costs you absolutely nothing and the benefits are immeasurable!  One of the great aspects of this campaign is the ability for anyone to contribute a blog entry to the website.  You can go directly to the Livingston Buy Local site and post photos and stories.   Do any of you have something wonderful to share about a business in Livingston that you would like to tell the rest of the world?  Or maybe just a beautiful photo of our town?  Or even a story from your last vacation here?  Join in the effort and let people know what a wonderful town we have!


News, Updates, & Moreon June 28th, 2010Comments Off on Paradise

Paradise Valley Montana

At this time of year it is no mystery where Paradise Valley got its name!  Every season has its own unique beauty but late June/early July really is an extraordinary time to be here.  And while the photos are pretty, they never quite compare to the real deal.  So, if you have never been to Paradise Valley, Montana, put it on your bucket list and get out here one of these days.

What is it about this place anyway?

News, Updates, & Moreon May 22nd, 2010Comments Off on What is it about this place anyway?

Ask just about anyone who lives in Livingston, Montana and they will tell you that there is no other place on Earth where they would rather live. Of course, not everyone can handle the cold and snow and wind, but once you have been here just one time (especially if it is during the summer months!) you just can’t help but come back.

Livingston Sign

A lot of what makes Livingston and surrounding areas so wonderful is the amazing beauty everywhere you look. It is there the minute you walk out the door in the form of expansive blue skies, snow capped mountains and quaint streets lined with beautiful old trees and houses built a hundred or more years ago. People around here take pride in their homes and as soon as the sun comes out in May you start to see pots fill up with colorful flowers lining fronts of houses, along walkways and hanging from porches. For local photographer, Lindsay Wells, the landscape is a photographers dream come true.  She says, “I love the mountains. Period. But Livingston has so much more to offer. I love it’s originality/ uniqueness, the people, the abundance of art and the multitude of outdoor activities.”  As Lindsay points out, along with the natural beauty comes a variety of activities for the outdoor enthusiast to enjoy, including skiing, hiking, rafting, fishing, horseback riding, cycling, and the list goes on and on. Local fly fishing guide, Eric Paramore says, “I appreciate the slower pace of life here and how friendly everyone is but mostly for me what I love about Livingston is the fishing. It really is some of the best fly fishing in the world and I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else.”

With all of that being said, what is it that really sets Livingston apart from every other beautiful location?  For some it is the people – the “eclectic mix of visitors and residents in our fair community” is exactly what local contractor Mark Murphy loves about this town. Livingston is one of those places most people these days think only exists in movies from the fifties. Walk down any of the residential streets on a nice day and you will see children playing and parents conversing and you are guaranteed a “hello” even if you are a total stranger. Kelley Myer, elementary teacher at Montessori Island School remembers initially being struck by all of the people who would stop their cars in the middle of the street to chat with someone riding their bike or driving in the other direction.  And this is so commonplace that no one honks their horn or shouts angrily at the stopped cars; they just drive around them or sometimes even join the conversation.  This is the kind of place where people really do help each other out and look after one another.

Downtown Livingston

Sure we have our share of problems just like anywhere else, but overall we are a community of warm, friendly people who live here because we like to move at a slightly slower pace than the rest of the world.  The Murray Hotel’s own Dan Kaul summed Livingston up perfectly with this quote: “For me, the thing about Livingston that stands out above all is that it is still real…….and that is a rare and great thing.”

Photo Credit:  Lynn Weaver

A Different Way to See Yellowstone Park

News, Updates, & Moreon May 14th, 2010Comments Off on A Different Way to See Yellowstone Park

Photo via Rockin HK Outfitters

Yellowstone National Park is a popular attraction for tourists and locals alike in the summer time here in Montana.  If you haven’t been it is definitely a must-see.  Plus it is only about an hour drive from Livingston to the North Entrance of the park in Gardiner and the drive takes you through our gorgeous Paradise Valley which is also a must-see.  Here are some interesting facts about Yellowstone courtesy of

* World’s First National Park
* 2,219,789 acres (Larger than Rhode Island and Delaware combined)
* Wildlife – 7 species of ungulates (bison, moose, elk, pronghorn), 2 species of bear and 67 other mammals, 322 species of birds, 16 species of fish and of course the gray wolf.
* Plants – There are over 1,100 species of native plants, more than 200 species of exotic plants and over 400 species of thermopholes.
* Geology – The park is home to one of the world’s largest calderas with over 10,000 thermal features and more than 300 geysers. It has one of the world’s largest petrifiied forests. It has over 290 waterfalls with the 308′ Lower Falls of the Yellowstone River as it’s showpiece.
* Yellowstone Lake is the largest (132 sq. mi.) high altitude (7,732′) lake in north america.
* 9 visitor centers
* 12 campgrounds (over 2,000 campsites)

If you are up for an adventure, and want to see the park in a whole new way, then consider doing it on horseback.  There is no doubt that you will see so much more riding a horse than you would in a car or on foot.  You can access areas you would not be able to otherwise and with experienced guides you are sure to have a wonderful time while staying safe.  Rockin HK Outfitters is one company that offers a variety of pack trips in the park ranging from day trips to overnights with an emphasis on different activities including fly fishing, wildlife viewing and photography.  They provide almost everything you need, including gourmet meals.  All you have to do is be ready to be amazed by the natural beauty!  If you do take one of their trips be sure to send us some photos and tell us about it.

Livingston Montana Vacation Activities: Spotlight on Fly Fishing

News, Updates, & Moreon May 2nd, 2010Comments Off on Livingston Montana Vacation Activities: Spotlight on Fly Fishing

Fly Fishing Livingston Montana

There are many reasons to visit the state of Montana and countless outdoor activities to do once you are here.  One of the most popular seems to be fly fishing and with good reason.  Right here in Livingston you are within easy driving distance of multiple rivers offering some of the best fishing in the world.  There is the Yellowstone River running through Paradise Valley and through the town of Livingston itself, the Boulder and West Boulder, the Madison and the Spring Creeks.  You can also spend a day fly fishing in the natural beauty of Yellowstone National Park.  If you are planning a trip and would like to do some fly fishing you have several options.  For those of you who are already expert anglers just stop in at one of the local fly shops once you get here and you will be able to purchase your fishing license, pick up regulations and directions to fishing accesses and get an update on river conditions. You can also get licenses and fishing regulations online at the official state website for Montana.  For anyone wanting to fish with a local guide it is best to call or email the fly shops before your trip.  Many guides book up well in advance during the height of the fishing season from July through September.

Here is a list of area Fly Shops:

Dan Bailey’s

Angler’s West


George Anderson’s Yellowstone Angler