2011 Southwestern USA travel blog

Livingston, MT - Rock Canyon RV Park - Site 6

Livingston, MT - Rock Canyon RV Park - Site 6, another view

West Yellowstone to Livingston, MT 0 - our route - 114 miles

West Yellowstone to Livingston, MT 1 - we were still in Yellowstone...

West Yellowstone to Livingston, MT 2 - we followed the Gallatin River...

West Yellowstone to Livingston, MT 3

West Yellowstone to Livingston, MT 4

West Yellowstone to Livingston, MT 5

West Yellowstone to Livingston, MT 6

West Yellowstone to Livingston, MT 7 - another Montana Starbucks!

West Yellowstone to Livingston, MT 8 - downtown Bozeman, MT

West Yellowstone to Livingston, MT 9

West Yellowstone to Livingston, MT 10

West Yellowstone to Livingston, MT 11 - Bozeman had beautiful flower pots...

West Yellowstone to Livingston, MT 12

West Yellowstone to Livingston, MT 13

West Yellowstone to Livingston, MT 14 - we have left Bozeman and...

West Yellowstone to Livingston, MT 15

West Yellowstone to Livingston, MT 16

West Yellowstone to Livingston, MT 17

West Yellowstone to Livingston, MT 18

West Yellowstone to Livingston, MT 19 - downtown Livingston, MT

West Yellowstone to Livingston, MT 20

West Yellowstone to Livingston, MT 21

West Yellowstone to Livingston, MT 22

West Yellowstone to Livingston, MT 23

West Yellowstone to Livingston, MT 24

West Yellowstone to Livingston, MT 25

Gardiner, MT Trip 0 - our route - 117 miles

Gardiner, MT Trip 1

Gardiner, MT Trip 2

Gardiner, MT Trip 3

Gardiner, MT Trip 4 - the Yellowstone River between Livingston and Gardiner

Gardiner, MT Trip 5

Gardiner, MT Trip 6

Gardiner, MT Trip 7

Gardiner, MT Trip 8 - we found a few Big Horn Sheep...

Gardiner, MT Trip 9

Gardiner, MT Trip 10

Gardiner, MT Trip 11

Gardiner, MT Trip 12 - the elk were out again at Mammoth...

Gardiner, MT Trip 13

Gardiner, MT Trip 14

Gardiner, MT Trip 15 - a young stag

Gardiner, MT Trip 16 - a fawn

Gardiner, MT Trip 17 - there were 42 elk in total near...

Gardiner, MT Trip 18

Gardiner, MT Trip 19 - the Gardiner River on its way to...

Gardiner, MT Trip 20 - the Roosevelt Arch dedicated by T. Roosevelt...

Gardiner, MT Trip 21 - downtown Gardiner

Gardiner, MT Trip 22

Gardiner, MT Trip 23 - as we leave Gardiner headed back home,...

A couple of ground squirrels as we go through the Mickey D...

Another shot of the squirrels - we were in the drive though...


It was a nice 117 mile drive from West Yellowstone to Livingston except for the slow drizzle all the way up and over. Bozeman was especially pretty as we drove through with lots of flowers lining the street.

We are staying at the Rock Canyon RV Park about three miles South of Livingston. It is a very nice small park and we have a 50 amp full hookups drive through site with free WiFi and Cable. Verizon and satellite coverage are also good.

After getting set up we headed into town to see what was available and try to find somewhere for Doris' birthday dinner. It is a quaint little town with way too much traffic. There is about 21 square blocks of downtown which is made up of very old buildings and it doesn't look like it has changed much in the last 100 hundred years. We stopped for dinner at the Montana's Rib and Chop House where Doris had a rack of baby back ribs she thought were excellent and I had a cedar plank salmon which was also very good.

About 5:30 we headed for the North entrance of Yellowstone NP just outside Gardiner, MT. It was a pleasant drive with great scenery and we even managed to see a small group of big horn sheep near the road. Gardiner is where the Gardiner River merges with the Yellowstone River. Gardiner River is one of the many rivers that flow out of Yellowstone NP, some on the West side of the Continental Divide and some on the East side. So some of the snow in the Yellowstone mountains wind up in the Pacific Ocean and some in the Atlantic Ocean. After passing through Gardiner we passed through the Roosevelt Arch and into the park. It was just a short ride up to Mammoth Hot Springs where we found the large herd of Elk had congregated again. We have been here four time is the last week. Twice the Elk were here and twice they were not.

We had no more than started back when a big thunderstorm popped up for the entire ride home. Lots of wind but only a steady rain, nothing like the frog stranglers we get in Florida but the winds were really high. We did make it back safely but had to put the bedroom slide in so we could sleep without the awning flapping.

Tuesday and Wednesday we didn't do much but putter around the Mothership and do few things we needed to do as well as get a few movies from RedBox we wanted to see. It has been a relaxing stay and we head for three nights at Billings tomorrow.

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