North and south of Livingston are the Shields and Paradise Valleys, respectively. Both valleys are an easy half-day or day trip from Livingston and are filled with cultural history, soaring mountains, gorgeous rivers, local cafés, and plenty of recreational opportunities.
The 50-mile Shields River and the Shields Valley are named for John Shields, a member of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. The Shields River is born in the Crazy Mountains on the east side of the valley, and ends at the Yellowstone River.
The three small towns of Clyde Park, Wilsall, and Ringling offer cafés, taverns, photogenic main streets, and antique shops — not to mention stunning views of both the Crazy Mountains and the Bridger Range.
South of Livingston, Paradise Valley forms an alluring corridor to Yellowstone National Park. The Yellowstone River bisects the valley, and the Absaroka Range rises to the east, while the Gallatin Range climbs to the west.
In summer, anglers and floaters take advantage of the many fishing access sites to launch their boats, or fish from shore. Winter brings cross-country skiing to Forest Service trails and roads.
Pray, Pine Creek, and Emigrant dot the valley and provide restaurants, saloons, art galleries and music venues. Nestled below Emigrant Peak, the pools at Chico Hot Springs Resort and Day Spa add a bit of rustic luxury.