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The backdrop for many movies and books, the spectacular setting of Livingston and its neighboring environs is truly worthy of the name “Paradise Valley.” Surrounded by the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness Area and the Gallatin and Crazy Mountains, Livingston inspires artist-residents and vacationers with panoramic views in every direction. The pristine Yellowstone River flows from its headwaters deep within Yellowstone National Park right through town. With the original and only year-round entrance to Yellowstone National Park in its backyard, Livingston is a historic gateway to the nation’s first National Park.

The character of Livingston is still evolving although the past is very present. Early Yellowstone River basin wanderers included the Crow Indians and Lewis and Clark’s expedition. Trappers also inhabited the area actively seeking their fortune in beaver pelts.  In 1863, gold was discovered in Emigrant Gulch. A year later, John Bozeman opened a new road that passed through Livingston which shortened the distance between Fort Laramie and Western Montana gold towns by several hundred miles.

The Northern Pacific Railway influenced Livingston’s inception and location in 1882 when they planned a service stop for trains ascending the Bozeman Pass. Livingston, originally named Clark City, was renamed after a Northern Pacific executive. In 1887, Park County (Livingston is the county seat) was created by Montana’s territorial legislature; the name a reference to Yellowstone National Park. 

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For more information on Livingston Public Schools, please click here.

  • Washington School - K only Contact: 406.222.1231
  • B.A. Winans Elementary - Grades 1-2 Contact: 406.222.0192
  • East Side Intermediate School - Grades 3-5 Contact: 406.222.1773
  • Sleeping Giant Middle School - Grades 6-8 Contact: 406.222.3292
  • Park High School - Grades 9-12 Contact: 406.222.0448
Other area schools: 
  • Pine Creek School - K-8 Contact: 406.222.0059
  • Arrowhead School - K-8 Contact: 406.333.4359
  • St. Mary's Catholic School - K-8 Contact: 406.222.3303
  • Gardiner Public Schools - K-12 Contact: 406.848.7563
  • Shields Valley Public Schools - K-12 Contact: 406.578.2535
  • Spring & Summer: miles of backcountry hiking and bike trails, horseback riding, fly-fishing, rafting/boating, golf, scenic drives: Beartooth Highway, Yellowstone National Park
  • Fall & Winter: 2,000 skiable acres at Bridger Bowl, cross country skiing, snowshoe, ice skating, snowmobile, dog sledding and winter adventures in Yellowstone National Park Seasonally: Big game, turkey, grouse, duck and geese hunting
Community Statistics

Elevation: 4503 feet

Land area: 2.63 square miles

Livingston (zip 59047), MT, gets 15 inches of rain per year. The US average is 37. Snowfall is 44 inches. The average US city gets 25 inches of snow per year. The number of days with any measurable precipitation is 75.

The July high temperature is around 85 degrees. The January low is 16. Our comfort index, which is based on humidity during the hot months, is a 72 out of 100, where higher is more comfortable. The US average on the comfort index is 44.

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