In addition to its role as a retreat center, Grizzly Creek Ranch makes a perfect base camp for fly-fishing, hiking, river and mountain adventures, or for enjoying the small town charm of nearby Gardiner, Livingston, and Bozeman, as well as the famous hot springs at Chico, in nearby Emigrant.
The closest airport is in Bozeman, with air service to major western hubs and vehicle rental through national companies.
“The richness I achieve comes from Nature, the source of my inspiration.” — Claude Monet
For the Big Picture visit one of the following:
- Montana state visitors site: www.visitmt.com
- Yellowstone National Parks main site: www.nps.gov/yell
- Old Faithful Geyser webcam: www.nps.gov/archive/yell/oldfaithfulcam.htm
While small town downtowns are dying all over the country, Bozeman’s Main Street is thriving. Clothing, food, galleries, hardware, P.O., a drug store.. Bozeman’s downtown still provides just about everything you might need.
HomePage Cafe — One of the best cups of joe in town. The African art will inspire your next safari. Free wi-fi, or computer terminals for rent.
242 E. Main St., 406-582-9388.
The Daily Coffee Bar — If youre coming back from skiing at Bridger Bowl, this is your place to stop for a refreshing drink. Free wi-fi.
1203 N. Rouse Ave., at Oak St. 406-585-4574.
La Tinga — This is the best inexpensive lunch in town! Authentic Mexican food in a tiny location. These guys head to Mexico for a few months every year and we eagerly await their return. If Albas Grandmother made chili rellenos the day you stop in you are lucky. When they say the salsa is hot, they mean HOT! Get a fresh lime juice or Jamaica with your meal.
Main St. at Tracy Ave. No phone.
Starkys Deli — This is our authentic NY style deli. Great sandwiches and soups.
229 E. Main St. 406-556-1111.
The Nova Cafe — Bozeman’s favorite hipster breakfast location, this place is lined up out the door on Sundays. Not your standard fair menu here, instead youll find turkey hash with eggs, blueberry cottage cheese pancakes, and crab eggs Benedict.
312 E. Main St. 406-587-3973.
The Cateye Cafe — For a more straightforward breakfast, Cateye Cafe is your stop. Order the Smidge (or if you want to act like a local call it “The Basic”) with a biscuit and youll have plenty of fuel for your Bozeman wanderings.
23 N. Tracy Ave. 406-587-8844.
The Garage — Burgers, soup, and salads.
451 E. Main St. 406-585-8558.
Tarrantinos Pizza — Our best stab at a New York slice.
321 E. Main St. (in the historic Bozeman Hotel building). 406-587-0285
Montana Ale Works — Bozeman’s best brew pub.
611 E. Main St. 406-587-7700.
Country Bookshelf — The worlds best bookstore according to author Richard Leider.
28 W. Main St. 406-587-0166.
Community Food Co-op — The place for local, organic, interesting groceries and deli.
908 W. Main St. 406-587-4039.
Bozeman Public Library — Our new, modern, eco-friendly library is a great spot for anyone, and the kids area is awesome!
626 E. Main St. 406-582-2400
Petes Hill Hiking Trails — Parking is on Church St., 4 blocks south of Main St., or park in the back of the library and go over the bridge to reach the trail. The trail goes up just a bit to give you a perspective over town and surrounding area. Stroll just a little or hike the whole 2 mile “loop”. If you want more of a walk, cross over Church St. and head down the Galligator Trail, part of Bozeman’s Main Street to Mountains trail system.
19th Avenue — You can find most big box stores at the intersection of 19th Ave. and I-90.
Downtown Livingston, in general - They just don’t build them like this anymore.
2nd Street Bistro — A favorite meal after a soak at Chico Hot Springs. Try the mussels and fries and a pineapple-jalapeño margarita.
123 N. 2nd St.. 406-222-9463.
Montana Rib & Chop House — Classic meat and potatoes, with a good beer and wine selection.
305 E. Park St. 406-222-9200.
Livingston Bar & Grill — A fine dining eatery, with excellent meat, fish, and local produce.
130 N. Main St. 406-222-1866.
Coffee Crossing — Good coffee and a paper.
102 N. 2nd St. 406-222-1200.
Chadz — Coffee, pastries and sandwiches. Fun, funky vibe.
104 N. Main St. 406-222-2247.
Highsides Brews & Tunes — Funky brew pub in the heart of downtown.
103 N. Main St. 406-222-5400.
Yellowstone Pizza Company — A great Chicago style pie for the road or eat in.
1106 W. Park St. 406-222-5508
Yellowstone Gateway Museum — Explore the history of early Yellowstone and the people and stories that make this area fascinating.
The northern gateway to Yellowstone National Park.
Tumbleweed Books — Good books, sandwiches, and coffee. Heading south on Hwy. 89, it’s on your right “before the bridge” in Gardiner.
501 W. Scott St. 406-848-2225.
Outlaw’s Pizza — Best pizza in town.
Hwy 89 south, on the north end of Gardiner, near the Best Western. 406-848-7733.
Pedalino’s — Italian home cooking overlooking the Roosevelt Arch and YNP entrance gate. On the corner of Hwy. 89 south and Park St. “after the bridge” in Gardiner.
204 Park St. 406-848-9950.
Roosevelt Arch — The “official” entrance to Yellowstone. Built to honor Teddy’s visit in 1903.
The Figure 8 — The main driving loop in YNP forms a figure 8 through the Park. It is a longggg day, or a great two day. Leave plenty of time to stop and get out of the car. Yellowstone is best experienced up close!
Paint Pots — Yellowstone Park bubbles, spouts, and breathes. The paint pots are a colorful mix of the earths elements.
Grand Prismatic — This huge geyser is in Midway Geyser Basin. It is best viewed from the hillside behind the geyser, a short walk from the picnic ground / trailhead just South of the main Midway turnoff.
Old Faithful — The icon of Yellowstone. Old Faithful is crowded, built up, kitschy, and pretty cool. 1000s of people wait to watch hot water go up and down, and we’re happy to be among them.
People — As much as Yellowstone is a natural wonder, it has also become a cultural wonder. Count the languages you hear, watch families in action, and realize that all these people are here to watch the world work it’s natural wonders
Lake — Lake Yellowstone is huge, cold, and beautiful. There are dozens of small rocky beaches to walk and explore. The Lake Hotel is a wonderful historic Yellowstone spot for a night or an meal. Bring a windbreaker!
History — Yellowstone is a historical site as much as anything else. The old hotels are all worth a look, especially the Old Faithful Inn and Lake Hotel. If you have a night, stay in one of them and “remember” the 1920s.
Chico Hot Springs, in Pray — A short drive from the below mentioned blinking light. Soak with a cocktail before a great western meal. www.chicohotsprings.com
Pine Creek Cafe, in Pine Creek — BWhile Hwy. 89 runs down the middle of the Paradise Valley, the East Side Road is the local’s alternative (and it’s on the East Side of the Valley where the really big mountains are). Pine Creek Cafe is a small, home style cafe, with great trout tacos! Take 89 to the blinking light, right to the T, left to the Cafe (about 18 miles, the Road goes right through the parking lot). Reservations recommended.
Hey! I forgot my... — The Emigrant General Store, in Emigrant (the lone blinking yellow light on Hwy. 89 between Livingston and Gardiner) is the best place to find small sundries, a bag of chips, cold beverages, or refuel. This store continues to amaze, stocking soy milk and Yohoo!, hunting supplies and Sunset magazine, organic beef and tofu, Coke and VitaWater.
Yellowstone’s north entrance is just minutes down the road from Grizzly Creek Ranch. Established in 1872, Yellowstone National Park is the world’s first national park. Located in Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho, it is home to a large variety of wildlife including grizzly bears, wolves, bison, and elk. Preserved within Yellowstone National Park are Old Faithful and a collection of the world's most extraordinary geysers and hot springs