Cast a line into paradise

Truly an angler’s paradise, Yellowstone Valley Lodge offers miles and miles of Blue Ribbon waters, as well as some amazing deals to help you take advantage of this unmatched location. We are proud to have partnered with Montana Fly Fishing Guides #10184, providing you with professionally guided fly-fishing trips and all-inclusive packages. Visit Montana Fly Fishing Guides’ official website to learn more or view our list of packages and pricing below.

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Soar Above Montana's Wilderness on A Ziplining Adventure

First on your list should be the Big Sky Resort, located a scenic drive away. This renowned adventure hub offers ziplines that span across stunning valleys and tree-lined canopies. Choose from two routes to suit your desired level of excitement: the Nature Zipline, which offers a gentle, scenic journey, and the Adventure Zipline, perfect for those seeking a more thrilling experience. And be sure to reserve a photographer to capture this picturesque outing.

If you're looking for something closer, consider Yellowstone Zipline in Gardiner. Just minutes from the northern entrance of Yellowstone National Park, this guided zipline tour offers an unforgettable journey through the historic Stermitz Ranch property. As you zip from platform to platform, keep an eye out for glimpses of wildlife and enjoy the scenic views.

Renew & Rejuvenate: Wellness Offerings at Yellowstone Valley Lodge

Treat yourself to a massage or facial, and restore your skin's natural radiance. With the convenience of therapeutic in-room massages and facials, you can relax and unwind.

Designed to replenish your energy and enhance your well-being, our yoga classes cater to all levels of experience. You can book a group yoga class by the river or schedule a private session. Our tranquil and picturesque surroundings evoke a sense of calmness and harmony.

Please reach out to the Lodge directly to avail yourself of our exceptional wellness offerings. Depart feeling refreshed, rejuvenated, and ready to resume your outdoor adventures with newfound vigor.

Make us the Home Base for your Stunning Destination Wedding

Nestled in Paradise Valley on the banks of the Yellowstone River, our Lodge provides a range of accommodation options, including a choice of deluxe cabins. Each room has a porch, allowing you and your guests to take in incredible views of the Absaroka Mountains.

Our team includes an event planner ready to help you work out all the details- rentals, entertainment booking, gourmet fare, and more. Thanks to our experienced in-house chef, catering can be taken care of onsite. We specialize in farm-to-table cuisine and happily tailor the menu to suit taste and budget.

Begin your journey together amidst majestic peaks, riverbanks, and fresh mountain air. Contact us today to start planning the wedding of your dreams.

Searching for the Perfect Angler’s Gift? You’re off the Hook.

With its panoramic views of the Absaroka Mountain Range and backyard fly-fishing access on the Yellowstone River, the Lodge is a straight-up paradise for fly anglers- in fact, it’s the only riverfront property in a 100-plus mile stretch. This area of Montana is home to hundreds of miles of blue ribbon trout streams, private spring creeks and is considered the mecca of trout fishing in the western United States.
While it’s amazing to cast a line from our own backyard, we’ve also partnered with Montana Fly Fishing Guides to offer professionally guided fly-fishing trips and all-inclusive packages. Not an angler yourself? Montana Fly Fishing Guides is the first company to operate scenic river trips on the Yellowstone in their own handmade, wood drift boats.
In his article 6 Tips for Planning a Memorable Fly Fishing Trip, author Steve Mathewson suggests: “Hire a guide for a day. Go ahead and splurge… My podcast partner, Dave, and I split the cost to make it more affordable. The benefits really outweigh the costs. You’ll sharpen your fly fishing skills, but you’ll also gain ‘intel.’ We’ve often returned a couple days later to wade stretches we’ve floated or waded with a guide.
Besides, unless you have access to a drift boat (and have the skills needed to row one), it’s the only way to float some of the notable stretches of the blue ribbon waters in the western states.”

Imagine the look on your favorite angler’s face when they tell the tale of the epic fish netted with skills honed at Yellowstone Valley Lodge— they’ll thank you graciously, and often.
Contact our team at the Lodge today, and start planning a fly fishing gift of adventure!

Take the Plunge at Chico Hot Springs

We especially love historic Chico Hot Springs this time of year, just nine miles south of the Lodge. The mineral water at Chico springs from the ground at 113°F at 37 gallons per minute, cooling to fill three open-air, concrete-walled pools—a large, 98°F pool and two smaller, hotter pools (they’re about 104°F and 106°F). Enthusiasts claim the waters have healing powers: melting stress, softening skin and inducing bliss (those panoramic views of the Absaroka Mountains can't hurt, either). Day passes are available for just $10 year-round, with towel and locker rental for just a few dollars more.
As for the spooky aspect: Chico is reportedly the site of a “White Lady” haunting. You can get the skinny right here.

Gateway to Yellowstone

That’s right, Yellowstone, with its sweeping vistas, steaming geysers and remarkable diversity of wildlife, is America’s first national park. Overwhelmed? Well, Yellowstone Valley Lodge has teamed up with Yellowstone Guidelines to help you explore this vast wonderland!
Yellowstone Guidelines offers guided wildlife viewing tours, day hiking trips, geology and sightseeing tours. Contact the Lodge for rates and availability.

A Few of Yellowstone Guidelines’ Top Offerings:
Yellowstone In A Day
This tour focuses on a combination of wildlife observation in the Hayden Valley, sightseeing through the Canyon area, and exploring the thermal basins of Mammoth and the Norris Geyser Basin. The tour itinerary provides plenty of opportunities to stretch your legs with short hikes throughout the day.
Areas visited can include Mammoth Hot Springs, the Back Basin of Norris Geyser Basin including Steamboat Geyser, Hayden Valley, the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and Lower Falls, Mud Volcano, and overlooks of Yellowstone Lake.

Yellowstone Day Hiking
Did you know that less than 4% of visitors to Yellowstone leave the main roads? Hiking in Yellowstone is the best chance to ditch the crowds, explore the park, and a great way to experience the peace and solitude of Yellowstone’s 2.2 million acres of wilderness. All the hikes are designed around the customer’s fitness level and athletic ability*. During the hike we’ll look for animals, identify flora/fauna, and engage in conversation about the park’s history, wildlife, geology, and all things Yellowstone! All of our guides carry bear spray and we’ll have extra cans available for guests during the hike. We suggest focusing on hikes in the north of Yellowstone to reduce the drive time in the park. IMP: A pre-trip conversation with the clients is recommended to secure details and specific routes. Popular routes include the Beaver Pond Trail, Bunsen Peak, Garnett Hill Loop, Lamar Valley Trail, and Slough Creek.
* A combination of ½ day wildlife and ½ day hiking is also available.

Yellowstone Geology and Geyser Tour
Geology is the essence of Yellowstone! The park is home to 2/3 of the world’s geysers, over 10,000 geothermal features, and a spectacle of hot springs, mud pots, geysers and fumaroles. The diversity of geothermal activity is amazing! The Yellowstone Geology and Geyser Tour will explore the geologically active areas on the southwest portion of Yellowstone. The Geyser and Geology Tour itinerary will cover the geological highlights like Old Faithful, Lower Geyser Basin, Grand Prismatic Springs, and many more. To maximize the experience, we recommend a short hike of about 1.5 miles to the overlook of Grand Prismatic Spring, the largest hot spring in Yellowstone.

What’s Provided:
Yellowstone Guidelines provides transportation, a deli-style lunch (vegan and gluten-free lunch options available), snacks and water. They’ll have spotting scopes and binoculars to view the
What to Bring:
Be prepared for a day of adventure! Keep in mind that evenings can get chilly, so bring extra layers. Also: Good shoes, phone, camera, hat, sunglasses, water bottle, a snack or two, and a small daypack.

A River of Stories Runs Through It.

The Elk River Arts & Lectures explains, "Plenty of writers have passed through this corner of the country, and some stuck. Tom McGuane arrived in 1968 looking for the right combination of great fishing, cheap property, and colorful watering holes. He found his sweet spot in the mountains and streams of Park County, where the trout were plentiful, and 24-hour saloons served whiskey ditches to ranch women and long neck beers to cowboys, railroad workers, and hippies, touching off some epic brawls in the streets of Livingston."

Publishers Weekly conducted a survey in 2012 and found that though California and Texas had the most bookstores, Montana had the most bookstores per capita. And there are no less than four in downtown Livingston. Two, Wheatgrass Books and Elk River Books, host regular book signings and other events, well-attended by local authors. The readings are free, open to the public and a great way to experience the local literary life.

Don’t worry, we’ll hook you up:

Elk River Books at 122 South 2nd Street, specializes in rare and collectible outdoor literature, including Native American and Western history. They host regular events with authors like Terry Tempest Williams and Carl Hiaasen- check in and see what's on the calendar!

Wheatgrass Books at 120 North Main Street, offers a full slate of author and artist events, as well as a large inventory of maps, art supplies, puzzles, candles, jewelry, chocolates and more.

Conleys' Books and Music at 415 East Lewis Street Conley’s specialty is Montana authors- but their real love is music- they’re a full-on music store offering lessons, guitars and ukuleles (new and gently used), plus a huge inventory of music books.

Sax & Fryer Company at 109 W Callender Street, has a rep as being an “awesome historic bookstore, with lots of Yellowstone books.” In business since 1883.

Livingston is for Art Lovers

Reece's work has been described by the New York Times as "Montana-style surrealism." Recent works include “Live Bait,” in which a huge trout threatens to eat a fisherman, and “Adam and Eve Tour Yellowstone,” a lithograph depicting two nude figures riding in a trout’s mouth. Robert Redford, Waylon Jennings and Whoopi Goldberg are among Reece’s celebrity collectors. "Think Van Gogh meets 'The Far Side' and you might begin to understand artist Parks Reece" says Montana Living Magazine.
The Livingston Center for Art and Culture is run by a local nonprofit with a mission to provide a location for classes, meetings and an exhibition gallery.
This summer, in celebration of the 30th year of the release of locally-shot A River Runs Through It, "Art on the Fly" will feature art inspired by the culture of fly fishing and its history in Southwestern Montana. The week-long "Plein Air Painting on the Yellowstone" class draws students from all over the country, culminating with a month-long exhibit in August.
The best travel is inspiring. Spark your own creativity and broaden your horizons in the land of Lewis and Clark.

Kayak Through the World’s First National Park

Yellowstone Geyser Kayaking Tours is ready to help you enjoy the clear, calm waters and mountain views away from the populated trails and tourists. Offering everything from day and sunset paddles to custom tours, Yellowstone's tour guides will gather the group and kayak through the world’s first national park. Get a unique view of wildlife from the water, spotting the occasional grizzly bear or wolf pack as you paddle along the scenic Yellowstone River.

Book a trip now for an unforgettable experience through the breathtaking waters of Yellowstone.

A Mother’s Day Mountainside Sanctuary

Our perfect Mother’s Day itinerary starts with a complimentary breakfast that will fuel the family for a day of activities. Head to the river for some yoga with a view, or make sure to book your reservations ahead of time for Painting in Paradise; a unique, guided, 2-hour experience led by a professional artist as you bring to life your own Plein Air Painting. All materials and instructions are provided to create the perfect Mother’s Day souvenir. Surprise mom with one last treat before dinner and head back to your room where our team will be waiting for a massage and facial. If she’s up for it, you can also book a yoga session by the river! After getting ready for a night of locally sourced cuisine at Yellowstone Valley Grill, head outdoors to meet your professional photographer for your 1-hour Mother’s Day family photoshoot. Contact the lodge directly for availability and rates so you don’t miss out on the opportunity to take home 40-50 edits of unforgettable memories.

There’s no denying that a Livingston getaway is necessary, and when it’s for mom. Locals looking to spoil their matriarch for a quick weekend, or even looking to get away for any long weekend like Memorial Day, can book with us directly and save up to 20% off.

Blissful Barnyard “I Do’s”

Inspired by our Fort Worth location, rustic elegance now meets mid-western chic here in the Valley. After sealing the vows, your wedding guests can make their way back to the Barn for cocktail hour, as the wedding party captures unforgettable photo-album moments amongst the captivating scenery. Enter the reception with a grand introduction down the centered staircase, perfectly showcasing your newlywed glow. To ensure a stress-free experience, our professional team wants to assist you with rentals, booking your entertainment vendors, and selecting a gourmet menu. Aside from weddings, the Yellowstone Valley Event Barn also welcomes corporate events! Register now for your big day.

Endless Fly Fishing Opportunities Await in Yellowstone, Montana

Our rivers span 140 miles of Blue Ribbon waters, and if you prefer seclusion, there are plenty of uncrowded spring creeks and lakes in our network of fisheries to choose from. Yellowstone River, the longest un-dammed trout stream in the world, spans over 300 miles of abundant waters. From hatches and cutthroat fishing to rainbow fishing, there is truly no end to memorable experiences.

Located in Paradise Valley, The Spring Creeks offer nymphing and dry fly fishing for selective anglers. Slough Creek, Lamar, and Soda Butte are all accessible from Yellowstone Valley Ranch and offer anglers the unique opportunity to cast alongside grazing bison. Firehole, upper Madison, and the Gibbon are amazing locations as well.

To provide you with the best fly fishing opportunities on the iconic Yellowstone River, we've partnered with Montana Fly Fishing Guides. With professional fly-fishing guides and all-inclusive packages, you're sure to have the fishing experience of a lifetime.

Chico Hot Springs

The natural beauty of the Chico Hot Springs in Pray, Montana has withstood the test of time. Discovered by Native Indian tribes, the hot springs have long been used as a communal gathering place, and to this day, is popular with both locals and visitors. Its soothing, warm waters present a relaxing and welcoming atmosphere for all and are an ideal family escape. Make no mistake, these natural hot springs truly feel like a world away from your everyday norm.

When all you desire is peace and seclusion, escape to The Plunge. A popular swimming pool, famed for its therapeutic treatments of various ailments, The Plunge ranges in temperature from 104 degrees Fahrenheit to 96 degrees Fahrenheit. With fishing, hiking, and an array of outdoor activities, it is the ideal place to relax after a day of adventure. Plan your trip to Montana with Yellowstone Valley Lodge & Grill in mind, we’re a 12-minute drive from the hot springs and place you within striking distance from all the must-experiences.

Summertime at Yellowstone Valley

Families of all ages can experience and learn about local wildlife at the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center or test their wild side by taking on the zipline at Yellowstone Aerial Adventures. Thrill-seekers can raft through the canyons, mountains, and valleys of Yellowstone National Park with one of the many available whitewater rafting trips. Summer is also the best time to get out and explore one of the beautiful hiking trails in and around Yellowstone—you will have no trouble finding the perfect path with over 900 miles of trails ranging from easy to difficult.

Alternatively, if you are looking for something more laid-back to do on a hot day, you can always sit back, relax, and enjoy the views on a Summer Bus Tour. With all of the possibilities that Yellowstone has to offer, you may want to stay a little longer.

A Montana Summer Spent Outside

With a number of hiking trails and forest roads throughout the area, adventurers can take in picturesque Montana views in many different ways. Whether on foot, bike, or horseback, choose one of the many exciting ways to see breathtaking flora and fauna nearby. At one of the Blue Ribbon rivers and streams, guests can enjoy some of the best fly fishing in the country. Or, soak your feet in the natural hot spring swimming pool at Chico Hot Springs Lodge. For a truly exhilarating day, go for white water rafting through Yellowstone and Yankee Jim Canyon. Floating through on a guided trip is a great way to cool down and take in the scenery.

Plan Your Day The Bozeman Way

Start the day at the Bozeman Winter Farmer’s Market, where you can sip on some ethically sourced coffee while enjoying live music. Indulge in fresh baked goods and get a taste of what Bozeman’s local vendors have to offer. Walk off those extra calories touring the Museum Of The Rockies. Examine Montana’s finest paleontological specimens as they take you on a journey millions of years into the past. Current exhibits include Reptiles: The Beautiful And The Deadly and Siebel Dinosaur Complex. Finish your adventure getting lost in the Cannery District, a stretch of lively shops and breweries where you can settle down and sip the end-of-vacation blues away. However you chose to spend your day in Bozeman, there’s a little something for everyone. 

Rekindle Your Love For Montana

Yellowstone Valley Lodge wants to help you figure out your Spring Break plans, even if it’s just for a night or two. A quick getaway is always helpful when seeking a mind, body, and soul recharge. Show us your Montana ID and enjoy 20% off your stay. Relax at the Chico Hot Springs or learn a new skill with Montana Fly Fishing Guides. If you’re taking a road trip from Wyoming or Idaho, we love our neighbors and want you to enjoy a 15% discount. Want to treat your special someone for working so hard and getting that promotion? Please enjoy our Celebration Package, including a $100 dining certificate at Yellowstone Valley Grill, a bottle of red or white wine, and some chocolate! Getting away for the weekend may be more important to you than you think, so treat yourself! 

Baetis, Midges and Brown's, Oh My!

With the hustle and bustle of the holidays, you might have forgotten about that spring fishing trip you planned with the family months ago. Here at Yellowstone Valley Lodge, we want you to come prepared for all water activities. You can check out a simplified guide here, including specific lingo, how to tie proper knots, and knowing the proper gear to bring. However, if you want everything taken care of for you, to accommodate for shorter days and early season conditions, Montana Fly Fishing Guides will be offering $75 off early season rates from January 1st to May 31st. Found on their website, you can choose between a couple of packages, including various excursions on the Yellowstone River, Missouri River, and Madison River. Coming prepared or booking reservations in advance is the way to go for our angler-enthusiasts to catch some trout!

Snowball Fights and Puppy Nights

Veterinarians suggest a max of 30 minutes when it comes to playtime in the snow, and we recommend packing a pup sweater along with paw booties. Bring along a heating pad to store under blankets and make sure your pup isn’t freshly groomed before your trip to ensure maximum warmth. Did we mention we would love to give you the best deal for you and your pup? Our Furry Friends package includes a house-made treat courtesy of Yellowstone Valley Lodge, a surprise upon arrival, and extra essentials including beds, dishes, and toys. 

Celebrating Love in the Mounatins

Whether you’re planning a wedding of your own or planning to attend someone else's special celebration in the coming months, Yellowstone Valley Lodge wants to be the home base for your mountain stay. Just 40 minutes from Yellowstone National Park, you can find yourself lost amongst the geysers for the perfect wedding photoshoot. High or low, options are endless for the perfect backdrop to your dazzling dress. You can explore Montana’s Absaroka Mountain Range or the various fish-filled creeks throughout the area. Assuming you've already explored your way through Livingston, be sure to check out the rest of the cozy town of Bozeman for last-minute wedding essentials such as a warm after-party outfit. Need a pre-party pick-me-up? Make sure to stop at any of the locally-owned coffee shops before returning to the lodge for festivities. The wedding might be in spring, but we’re booking guests now through mid-October. Trust us, you don’t want to miss out on these perfect photo ops!

Yellowstone Valleys Vibrant Fall

When spring starts to melt the winter frost—with highs ranging in the 60s by May—and the large crowds have yet to arrive, nature is finding new life with its bold seasonal colors, and the wild inhabitants are waking from their winter slumbers. Outfitters such as Yellowstone Guidelines offer private wildlife viewing trips, taking you deep into the backcountry to catch a glimpse of elk, bear, deer, moose, and bighorn sheep. Between local elk herds with newborn calves to bears shedding their winter coats, Yellowstone’s animal kingdom is buzzing come springtime. With your professional guide to lead the way, you’ll learn more about these animal's habits, how to spot them, and maybe even snap the perfect picture!

A Yellowstone Getaway the Right Way

At Yellowstone Valley Lodge, we know how planning vacations can go—so we’re taking the meaning of a relaxing getaway to the next level. With sweeping views of Montana’s Absaroka Mountain Range just outside your window and some of the best Yellowstone River fly-fishing right outside your door, all you have to do is unpack your suitcase and settle in. At the end of the day, find a table at the on-site Yellowstone Valley Grill, where the farm-to-table fare and cool drinks will have you and your taste buds feeling refreshed. As the only riverfront property in a 100-mile stretch, catch the sunset from the comfort of your own cabin, wine glass in hand, with nothing but nature to distract you.

Fly Fishing the Yellowstone Valley's Famous Waters

For fly-fishers of any skill level, Montana Fly Fishing Guides has the expertise to lead you to fulfill your dreams of fishing the Yellowstone Valley. But their access extends even further, to the famous waters of Yellowstone National Park. The thrill of casting your line in the pristine waters of our country’s first national park is hard to beat. From Slough Creek’s meadows and large Cutthroat—take a horseback ride to the creek’s 3rd meadow for a more remote experience—to the surrounding mountains and free-ranging bison of Soda Butte Creek, it’s a well-rounded day in the great outdoors. Guided fishing trips into Yellowstone National Park include fishing rods, reels, flies, lunch, and park admission.

Rafting Yellowstone's Rapids

Strap on your helmet, life jacket, and water shoes and prepare to get wet as your raft and guide lead you through the Yellowstone River’s white water rapids. Paradise Adventure Company's 8 and 18-mile rides are matched by the scenery as your raft courses through the canyons, mountains, and valleys of America’s longest free-flowing river. If the adrenaline is still pumping, take in the full spectrum of nature and keep the adventures going with a horseback ride after your rafting trip. If you want to enjoy the river’s views with fewer rapids, follow your guide on a flat-water float followed by a 5-star dinner at Yellowstone Valley Grill. With a table overlooking Paradise Valley’s natural playground and a glass of wine in hand, watch the sun set on a summer day well spent.

Custom Excursions into Big Sky Country

Yellowstone Guidelines, one of the first outfitters permitted to lead tours in the park more than 20 years ago, has adventured, explored, and truly experienced the 28,000 square miles that make up the Yellowstone area from Jackson and Cody to Bozeman and Big Sky. With binoculars and viewing scopes provided, you’ll be able to catch a clear sight of the 10,000-plus thermal features, 300 geysers, bears, bison, coyotes, and wolves that all call the area home. If you want to see the flora and the fauna, opt for a multi-day deep dive into our nation’s first national park. From backpacking Black Canyon and the Bechler River to a day hike trail guide and whitewater ride, there’s enough nature here to keep you coming back again and again.

Guided Fly Fishing Tours

With more than 300 miles of river shore along more than 12 rivers and 3 spring creeks, all resting in the picturesque valley of Yellowstone’s mountains, the options for fly-fishing in the area are endless. It’s true that it’s hard to go wrong here, but cast your line to the limit and make the most of the area’s experts. Montana Fly Fishing Guides have taken the guessing out of the game with carefully designed tours for the fly-fisher of any skill level. From tours like a Walk & Wade day trip for the more experienced angler, to a Float & Drift Boat Trip for all angler abilities, and scenic foodie trips like the Breakfast in Big Sky, for those simply looking to catch sight of wildlife and birds, every adventurer and explorer will find their fill of fun and fish.

Yellowstone's Spring Catch

With 140 miles of fresh Yellowstone River rippling in our backyard, Yellowstone Valley Lodge has a unique perspective and advantage to access the region’s fly-fishing at its finest. With miles of blue ribbon trout waters and nearby private spring creeks, this picturesque area of Paradise Valley is considered the premier trout fishing spot in the western U.S. From the banks in our backyard to the exclusive water of Yellowstone National Park, local outfitter Montana Fly Fishing Guides brings its 20 years of experience to round out your ideal day on the water. Trips include a guide, transportation, lunch and all the flies you’ll need. For the best experience be sure to bring a fishing license, rod and reel, wading gear, rain gear, extra layers, and sun protection. When it’s all said and done, savor the fresh flavors of your catch.

Montana's Wineries with a View

Savor some of the finest vintages west of the Mississippi at Yellowstone Valley Grill where you can simply relax without having to worry about the drive home. Vintners like Secret Squirrel and Buty Vineyards from Washington’s Walla Walla Valley have perfected their craft. Those looking for something closer to home and on the hoppier side should try the Bent Nail IPA out of Red Lodge, Montana. The farm-to-table inspired menu — think 100% grass-fed Icelandic lamb out of Paradise Valley, locally grown produce from DND West Greenhouses, and Huckleberry ice cream from Livingston’s Wilcoxsins Ice Cream — provides a fresh perspective of Big Sky Country while the vast views remind you why you came here to begin with.

Start Planning Your Visit Now – Spring Is Just Around the Corner

One of the area’s best draws are the easily accessible stretches of the Yellowstone River—an excellent fly-fishing spot year round. But while you can cast your bait any time of year, one of the top times, is spring. The temperatures are mild, the trout are uneducated, and chances are good that you’ll have your own private stretch of the river all to yourself. If you need to take a break and explore more on dry land, head up the road that Charles Kuralt dubbed “America’s Most Beautiful Drive.” Beartooth Pass is a truly wild trip into Montana’s mountains. Test your legs on a bike or sit back to enjoy the scenery in a car as you head up to heights over 10,000 feet. Take breaks to truly take in the vistas, flowers, and wildlife along the way!

Plan Your Wedding at YVL

If you’re one of the lucky lovebirds that decided this December to start laying out your “I Do’s,” let us at Yellowstone Valley Lodge be the first to say congratulations! Well, we know we may not be the first, but we’d like to be one of the first when your big day comes. The majestic Montana mountains make one of the best backdrops to begin a new life with the one you love. From the fabulous food to the entertainment, your day should be one that is filled with ease and enjoyment. As you flip through photos of that perfect day, may the memories be those of the magical moments you share with the one who has your heart.

Specials for the Holidays

For outdoorsmen and women, an adventurous fishing getaway might be just what they've been wishing for all year, and Yellowstone Valley Lodge offers unique fishing packages for everyone on your list. You and your loved ones can spend a relaxing day on the Yellowstone River with a fly-fishing guide, unwind at a 5-star farm-to-table fine restaurant, and relax in your own private haven with vibrant views of the Montana landscape. As prime fishing season fills up quickly, planning a trip in advance is the best way to go. While it’s generally safe to book 3-4 months out, making sure your trip is taken care of a year in advance isn’t unusual. This month, take advantage of Yellowstone Valley Lodge’s special December pricing to set up your stress-free vacation!

A Look Back at the 2018 Season

As always, our scenic spot on the banks of the river brought in visitors and stole their hearts. From Instagram posts of people fly-fishing in our backyard to reviews from guests—“The Yellowstone River was roaring behind our unit and the snow-covered mountains in the distance was a sight to behold.”—it’s clear to see that our location captures senses and sentiment.

But the river isn’t the only thing worth remembering. Good food is worth going far for and our Yellowstone Valley Grill is geared toward greatness. Our farm-to-table tastings had our guests satisfied from the complimentary breakfast to the sophisticated wine list. We’re honored when we hear guests say this is the place for people looking who “want a quiet cabin right on the Yellowstone River that has a restaurant with a fantastic chef.” Thanks for another outstanding year!

Getting the Most out of Your Trip This Fall

It’s a prime time to practice your marksmanship skills—game such as bighorn sheep, black bears, and bison are up for grabs. Make sure to obtain the appropriate license or permit, or, go with a guide like Black Mountain Outfitters. To simply enjoy the scenery, stroll through the crisp air and calming trees. Nature lovers will enjoy the opportunity to capture stunning wildlife photography. With Lamar Valley a day trip away, there are plenty of easy to challenging trails to choose from. Plus, it’s the best place to see Yellowstone’s bison, wolves and bears. Improve your chances of wildlife spotting with a guide like Yellowstone Guidelines. Remember, with changing weather it’s smart to stay safe, plan ahead and keep an eye on road conditions. Count the day a success by wrapping it up at Yellowstone Valley Grill with a locally sourced dinner and a glass of wine in hand.

Why Plan Your Next Adventure at Yellowstone Valley Lodge

There aren’t too many places that combine sweeping views of the Absaroka Mountain Range with backyard fly-fishing access on the Yellowstone River and diverse farm-to-table dining at our onsite Yellowstone Valley Grill. And, as the only riverfront property in a 100-plus mile stretch, distractions are sure to be limited so you can focus on the natural beauty that surrounds you. As one of our guests said, “The Yellowstone River was roaring behind our unit and the snow-covered mountains in the distance was a sight to behold. We didn’t want to leave.” We wouldn’t want Fido to miss out on the fun, so bring the whole family and settle in for a vacation you’ll never forget!

From the Great Tyrannosaurus to the Starry Night Sky

Current exhibits include Guitar: The Instrument that Rocked the World where you can see more than 60 guitars and play the world’s largest guitar; sneak a peek at the people who made this area what it is at the Welcome to Yellowstone Country exhibit; or experience the past yourself at the Living History Farm. Catch one of the museum’s shows, such as SEEING: A Photon’s Journey Across Space and Mind and Faster than Light, at the Taylor Planetarium. If you want to explore even further, take in an educational event, like Hops & History or the MOR Family Days.

Make the Most of Summer at Montana's Music Fests

Start things off right at the annual Summerfest held in the scenic Sacajawea Park. Take the family, fuel up at the food trucks, and get down by the flowing rushes of the Yellowstone River. Once you’re warmed up, head to the Red Ants Pants Music Festival—named Montana’s 2018 Event of the Year. The non-profit festival, with big-name headliners such as Shovels & Rope and Ruby Boots, is dedicated to supporting women in leadership, working farms and rural communities. Round out the weekend music at the Beer Garden, take a hayride or enjoy breakfast served by the Meagher County CattleWomen. Wrap up the month of music at the Montana Old Time Fiddler’s Picnic. For more than 35 years musicians have joined together for the 3-day, all spontaneous jam session in celebration of bluegrass, swing, country, and folk!

Catch Cowboys and Queens at the Livingston Roundup Rodeo

For nearly 100 years, the Livingston Roundup has represented the best rodeo action this side of the Mississippi. From July 2–4, the three days commonly called “Cowboy Christmas,” make your way to the corral to catch the Cowboys in action. Cheer on contestants as they put their cattle ranching skills to the test or try to outlast the 8-second mark at events like Bareback Riding, Bull Riding, Steer Wrestling and Tie Down Roping.

If you want more, revel in the presence of royalty at the Miss Livingston Roundup crowning and Rodeo Queen autograph signing, get up close and personal at the Chamber of Commerce Parade and keep the kids entertained at the Kiddie Rodeo. Best of all, take in the Fourth of July fireworks shows each night after the events.

Find Nature's Finest in the Lamar Valley

The Lamar Valley, just a couple hours from Livingston, is the best year-round destination to spot herds of buffalo, elk, coyotes, grizzlies and even wolves. We understand the idea of going after wolves and grizzly bears may be a bit intimidating. Don’t worry, though. That’s why there are tour companies who will plan the excursion for you and give you the best tips to make spotting the wildlife more likely. Yellowstone Tours offer a variety of options to fit your adventure and dare level, from a single day in Lamar Valley to multi-day adventures. The tour includes a naturalist guide, transportation, a viewing scope, binoculars and a lunch to keep you fueled up as you keep a lookout. So embrace your wild side and hit the valley hunting!

Head for the Hills this Spring for Spectacular Hikes

With the days getting steadily warmer and longer, there's no better time than the present to take in the scenery before the summer crowds come. There's a plethora of options here for everyone from casual strollers to serious climbers. Head to Pine Creek Falls for a family-friendly day out. The easy 2.5-mile round-trip hike follows a creek that runs high in springs and leads to a cascading waterfall. If you want more of a challenge, push on to Pine Creek Lake.

For impressive views, head up to Hogback Ridge. April is the absolute best time for this hike as windflowers are in full bloom. For the daring sorts, jump off at the top for some hang gliding. Keep an eye out on the way back though for the best views. The Montana Wilderness Association has an interactive map to explore all the trails in the area. Wherever you end up, remember to take layers and whatever you pack in, pack out.

Take a Hike Through the History of Yellowstone

What better way to honor the heritage of preserving our nation’s natural wonders than with a tour through the history of our landmark park. The Yellowstone Gateway Museum was founded in 1977 and since that time has accumulated a collection of over 50,000 pieces, including photographs, books, maps, art and oral histories. Some items even date as far back as 12,000 years.

The museum is hosting a 4-part program—Speaker Series: A Moving History. The series runs every other Wednesday and covers the railroads that brought people west, the ancient trail system that has become the foundation of modern-day highways, convicts on the early transcontinental highway that led all the way to the Puget Sound, and the journey of Lewis and Clark who set up camp nearby in July of 1806. This is certainly a glimpse into the past you won’t want to miss!

Yellowstone Zipline & Canopy Tours: Soar Above the Scenery

There you can experience up to 6,000 feet of zip lines, rope bridges, and challenge courses during an unforgettable aerial adventure. Soar through Montana’s scenic landscapes and over the Gallatin River on the Gatlin Canyon course, located between Bozeman and Big Sky. And if you want even more of an adrenaline rush, try a “Zip and Dip” package to combine your zip line tour with an exhilarating rafting trip on some of the most pristine waters that run through the park. The rafting tours range from technical Class IV rapids, to relaxing Class 1 waters on the Gallatin, Yellowstone, and Madison Rivers. Regardless of which adventure you choose, each tour offers a closer look at the area’s diverse geography and a unique way to connect with the local ecosystem. Whether you’re seeking thrills with friends or bonding with family, Yellowstone ZipLine & Canopy Tours is an eco-friendly way to experience the beauty and majesty of the Greater Yellowstone Area that everyone will enjoy.

Package Pricing Breakdown

Montana bed tax, guide gratuity, and beer/wine are not included in the package prices. Package prices are listed per person. Contact us today for detailed pricing and availability.

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Bridger King Fishing Package

Enjoy lodging in one of our Bridger King Cabins, featuring a plush king-size bed, a full bath, kitchenette, satellite TV, Wi-Fi, and a living area with a queen-size sofa sleeper. These cabins also feature a private patio with breath taking river and mountain views. This fishing package also includes breakfast, boxed lunches while you're on the water, and casual farm-to-table dining that is unequaled from our very own Yellowstone Valley Grill. This package would not be complete without expert fly-fishing guide services provided by Montana Fly Fishing Guides, LLC.

Two twin beds with a reclaimed wood headboard, nightstand with a lamp, ceiling fan and a large window.

Deluxe Absaroka Fishing Package

The Deluxe Absaroka Fishing Package includes deluxe accommodations in our loft style, riverside cabins which feature 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, living area, kitchenette, flat screen TV, WiFi, central heat & air conditioning and a large private deck overlooking the Yellowstone River. It also includes breakfast, boxed lunch while you’re on the water, and casual farm-to-table dining that is unsurpassed from our very own Yellowstone Valley Grill. This package would not be complete without the expert guide services provided by Montana Fly Fishing Guides, LLC. This is truly a VIP experience.

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Standard Cozy Fishing Package

Our Standard Cozy Fishing Package offers the same great fishing and dining opportunities, but with accommodations in our cozy riverside cabins. These cozy cabins feature 2 queen beds, full bath, sitting area, mini-fridge, personal coffee brewers, heat and A/C. Enjoy the views from your semi-private deck overlooking the pristine Yellowstone River. Also includes breakfast, boxed lunches while you're on the water, and casual farm-to-table dining that is unsurpassed from our Yellowstone Valley Grill. This package would not be complete without the expert fishing guide service from Montana Fly Fishing Guides, LLC. 

Deluxe Absaroka Fishing Package

Length of Stay

    • 7 nights / 6 Days
    • 6 nights / 5 days
    • 5 nights / 4 days Best Seller!
    • 4 nights / 3 days
    • 3 nights / 2 days
    • 2 nights / 1 day

Double Occupancy (Per Person)

  • $5,250
  • $4,450
  • $3,650
  • $2,850
  • $2,050
  • $1,250

Quadruple Occupancy (Per Person)

  • $4,200
  • $3,550
  • $2,900
  • $2,250
  • $1,600
  • $950

Bridger King Fishing Package

Length of Stay

    • 7 nights / 6 Days
    • 6 nights / 5 days
    • 5 nights / 4 days
    • 4 nights / 3 days Best Seller!
    • 3 nights / 2 days
    • 2 nights / 1 day

Double Occupancy (Per Person)

  • $4,725
  • $4,000
  • $3,275
  • $2,550
  • $1,825
  • $1,100

Single Occupancy (Per Person)

  • $8,400
  • $7,100
  • $5,800
  • $4,500
  • $3,200
  • $1,900

Standard Cozy Fishing Package

Length of Stay

    • 7 nights / 6 Days
    • 6 nights / 5 days
    • 5 nights / 4 days
    • 4 nights / 3 days
    • 3 nights / 2 days Best Seller!
    • 2 nights / 1 day

Double Occupancy (Per Person)

  • $4,375
  • $3,700
  • $3,025
  • $2,350
  • $1,675
  • $1,000

Single Occupancy (Per Person)

  • $7,700
  • $6,500
  • $5,300
  • $4,100
  • $2,900
  • $1,700

Private Spring Creek Fishing: $120/person/day. All Packages Include: Lodging, all meals** and terminal tackle (flies, tippet, leaders etc…). Packages Exclude: Montana
fishing licenses, other activities, guide gratuities, ground transfers, alcoholic beverages, and Montana State 8% bed tax. YVL Staff gratuities are included in the
package, guide gratuities are not included and commonly range from $120 to $150 per day. If possible, please plan to make tips in cash. **Meals are provided by Yellowstone
Valley Grill which is on YVL property, on occasions when YVG is closed, dinners will be arranged at local area restaurants.

Montana Sampler Option

This option can be added to any of our fishing packages

Want even more fishing opportunities? Then our Montana Sampler™ Option is THE best way to experience the full wealth of fishing variety we have to offer in our area. The Montana Sampler option is a tried and true fishing vacation that features a new destination each day, including world-class private waters. It has earned its place on every fly fisher’s life list. This option can be added on to any of our Fishing Packages. The Montana Sampler Option will give you access to Armstrong Spring Creek, DePuy Spring Creek, several trophy
lakes and the waters of Yellowstone National Park.

We pride ourselves on providing our guests the fishing freedom simply not found at other destinations. The Montana Sampler Option has limited availability so advanced reservations are required.

Length of Stay

    • 7 nights / 6 Days
    • 6 nights / 5 days
    • 5 nights / 4 days
    • 4 nights / 3 days
    • 3 nights / 2 days
    • 2 nights / 1 day

Private Water/YNP

  • 3 Days
  • 3 Days
  • 2 Days
  • 1 Day
  • 1 Day
  • 1 Day

Price Per Person*

  • $360
  • $360
  • $240
  • $120
  • $120
  • $120