Paradise Valley thunderstorm, rainbow, fall colors and the Yellowstone River
Buckskin horse, red barn, paradise valley montana
A Paradise Valley Farm

This gem on the northern border of Yellowstone received It's named “Paradise Valley” for good reason, this premier Montana vacation spot has perfect summers and mild winters with spectacular views of th Absaroka and Gallatin mountain ranges under the famed Montana "big sky." The close proximity to Yellowstone Park; the Beartooth Highway and many other natural wonders make Paradise Valley the perfect place to vacation. Besides having the legendary fly-fishing river “The Yellowstone” flowing through its center, world class spring creeks; private lakes and other fishing streams draw anglers from around the world. World class big game hunting, whitewater rafting, kayaking, wildlife viewing and photography, hiking, camping and horseback riding are just a few of the unlimited recreational opportunities available here in Paradise Valley. Many fine Bed and Breakfasts, cabins and guest ranches provide lots of options for fine lodging.

Fall colors and the Yellowstone River in Paradise Valley Montana
The Yellowstone River is the center piece of Paradise Valley.

Emigrant peak casts a broad shadow over the valley. The scene of such recent movies as “A River Runs Through It” and “The Horse Whisperer”, Paradise Valley has its unique share of both trophy homes and deep rooted ranches and farms. Much like Pikes Peak on the front range of Colorado, Emigrant Peak is often framed in the large living room windows of the homes belonging to those lucky enough to live or visit such a wonderful place. Climbers find a world of wonder in the neighboring peaks in the Northern Absaroka Mountains including Mount Cowen, Black Mountain, the Pyramid, Crow Mountain, Chico Peak, Marten Peak and Mount Wallace.

Paradise Valley is situated in southwestern Montana. It is located just north of Yellowstone National Park in Park County, Montana, which lends its name to the county. Mule deer enjoy the open range and grasslands available to them in Paradise Valley. Paradise Valley extends from the Yellowstone gateway community of Gardiner at the south end, to historic Livingston on the north. Appropriately named, this region is a "paradise" to Montana and to the Rocky Mountains. Providing a unique backdrop of snowcapped peaks, the valley features beautiful ranchlands, flowing rivers, spring creeks and abundant wildlife.

The Bozeman Pass separates Paradise Valley from the Gallatin Valley and Bozeman; MT. Interstate 90 passes through both communities. The valley lies predominantly along a north-south axis, and is anchored to the north by Livingston, Montana, and to the south by Yankee Jim Canyon, approximately fifteen miles north of Gardiner, Montana and the north entrance of Yellowstone Park. US Highway 89 passes through the valley and into Yellowstone National Park. The Paradise Valley was the original entrance to Yellowstone.

Big Ranibow Trout fly-fishermen floating down Yellowstone River in drift boat as they fish for trout
Fish like this one make fly-fishermen return to Paradise Valley's Yellowstone River and famous spring creeksyear after year.
fly-fishermen floating down Yellowstone River in drift boat as they fish for trout

The Yellowstone River is noted for world-class fly-fishing in the river and nearby spring creeks such as DePuy Spring Creek. The valley hosts other natural wonders such as several natural hot springs, including Chico Hot Springs near Emigrant, Montana, La Duke Hot Springs near Gardiner, and Hunter's Hot Springs near Livingston.

whitewater rafters, Yankee Jim Canyon
Whitewater Rafting in Yankee Jim Canyon can be a lot of fun if you don't mind getting wet.

An eclectic blend awaits you as you travel through the shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants. From cowboys to culture, from railroads to whitewater, from the historic to the contemporary…

Paradise Valley is the heart of Montana’s fly-fishing and North American big game world. Our creeks, rivers, and alpine lakes are experiences unto itself and our Outfitters and Guides have a history comparable to the glorious land where they work and give you an experience that will last a lifetime.

Take your choice...you may choose to explore the winding scenic trails of Paradise Valley by horseback, or on foot, to soar with eagles as you rise above the Montana horizon and find the spot where Heaven and Paradise On Earth meet.

 

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Buckrail Fence, Yellowstone River
Mill Creek, fall, paradise valley, montana
Ranch, Paradise Valley, Montana, mill creek Whitetail deer doe, paradise valley montana
Ranch, Mill Creek, Paradise Valley, Montana,
Whitetail deer doe, Paradise Valley montana
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Bald eagle, perched above yellowstone river
Mill Creek Snowstorm, Paradise Valley, MT
Bald Eagle watchin for fish in the Yellowstone River
Paradise Valley Fall
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The Yellowstone River, fall
Herd of whitetail deer in Paradise Valley Montana

Yellowstone News

New Ebook

The Grand Teton Photo and Field Guide is an encapsulation of the flora, fauna, and photography of Jackson Hole Wyoming and Grand Teton National Park. Also included are thumbnails of the history and geology of the valley. This book is for all visitors with a desire to seek out wildlife, photograph the landscape, or merely learn about the history, geology, and lay of the land of Grand Teton National Park. The author provides general overviews including hot links with more in-depth descriptions of subjects of individual interest.

In the “Lay of the Land” section, includes the obvious highlights along the loop through Grand Teton Park. Hot links to side roads will give you more in-depth description of side roads and feeder roads and their highlights. Also included are descriptions of all two-rut roads that are legal to travel on in Grand Teton Park. GPS links to Google Maps are provided throughout.

As a field guide, profiles of most of animals and birds in the area are described. Jackson Hole is full of wildlife but there are places where animals are, and there are places where they are not. It is a waste of time to scrutinize a landscape devoid of what you are looking for, so this guide narrows options down to the hot spots. I provide maps of the likeliest places to find the popular critters of Grand Teton National Park. I also touch on trees, shrubs, and wildflowers with minimal explanations.  

The grandeur of Grand Teton Park has made it one of the most photographed places in the world. The opportunity to harness multiple juxtapositional elements has drawn photographers for over a century since William Henry Jackson took the first photos here in 1878. Grand Teton Park’s plethora of famous vistas are profiled as well as many which are less clichéd that can bring new perspectives of a well-documented landscape. Grand Tetons’ iconic landscape photo opportunities are described in detail; however, they barely scratch the surface of opportunities as it takes a photographer with an artist’s eye to unveil as they follow their own intuition and vision.  The author who shies away from clichéd landscapes provides a chapter of his favorite places that aren’t landscape clichés.

In the photography section the author includes chapters on composition, exposure basics, when to shoot and why. Daryl has summarized what he teaches in his, half day, Grand Teton workshops in a simple concise way.

If you are only in Grand Teton Park for a day there is a chapter called the “Portfolio Packer Morning Trip,” that does just that, all the icons and several favorite places in a five our blitz.  But it is better to spend more time and dig deep into the embarrassment of riches of Grand Teton National Park................. More Info

Moulton Barn Restoration

The Youth Conservation Program is more than a summer job; it's an action-packed educational opportunity that accomplishes much needed work in one of America's most popular landscapes while helping participants develop a personal conservation ethic. Each summer in Grand Teton National Park, a group of 16 to 19-year-olds works, earns, and learns during this highly successful ten week program. This past week the crew has been working on the John Moulton Barn..................... rest of story

Moulton barn restoration, most photographed barn in the world


Yellowstone roadside grizzlies worth rangers' hassle???

Yellowstone visitors would pay an additional $41 to ensure seeing roadside grizzlies, a study shows, and the attraction creates 155 jobs and more than $10 million a year for the regional economy. The $41 visitors would pay is on top of the $25-per-vehicle entrance fee. If Yellowstone no longer allowed grizzly bears to use roadside habitat — and instead chased, moved or killed them — the regional economy would lose more than $10 million a year and 155 jobs according to the paper "The economics of roadside bear viewing."............................Rest of story

Surfs up

The lineup at Lunch Counter Rapid in the Snake River in Jackson Hole.  Flows on the Snake River have been perfect for river surfing for the past few weeks.   It amazes me how many people in Jackson have surfboards.

Yoga instrustors doing head stands on Paddleboards in Grand Teton National Park
These yoga instructors can't resist a spontaneous workout while enjoying the beauty of
String Lake in Grand Teton National Park. Check out their Yoga app at
http://www.YogaToday.com

Yellowstone National Park: highlights

Locals like to say there's never a bad day in Yellowstone. But some activities are better than others. Near the top of my list is a slow drive along the north shore of Yellowstone Lake. The easy trail to Storm Point is worth a half hour's walk, or more if the wind is calm and the boulders are comfortable for sitting. A few miles east, a side road leads to Lake Butte Overlook which offers views across North America's largest alpine lake to the Teton range 100 miles south. This is a good place to be at sunset........................ rest of story

Yellowstone Volcano Warning?

Yellowstone National Park is fighting viral rumors that the park's bison are fleeing an impending supervolcano eruption. Officials told Reuters that they've been fielding dozens of calls and emails since a video of galloping bison went viral this week in the wake of an earthquake at Yellowstone. They said the video actually shows the animals running down a paved road that leads deeper into the park................. rest of story

McCullough Peak mustangs found in the arid hills east of Cody. The wild horses are a growing attraction for tourists and photographers who are drawn to the iconic image of horses roaming free across the open range.

 

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