Riverwatch is located in the heart of the Paradise Valley with the Absaroka mountain range to the east and the Gallatin mountain range to the west. Livingston is 32 miles to the north, Yellowstone National Park is 20 miles to the south, and 54 miles to the west is
Bozeman. Although there are other airports in the area, Bozeman’s Gallatin Field is the most convenient arrival/departure point for visiting the Paradise Valley. Reservations for the airline and rental cars should be made well in advance of your planned visit.
One of the highlights of any visit to Riverwatch is exploring the wonders of Yellowstone National Park (YNP). In the spring, summer and fall seasons, hiking, camping, horseback riding, photography, wildlife viewing, boating and fishing are all great outdoor activities. In the winter months, Yellowstone is an entirely different world. Access to the Parks interior at the northern entrance is via snow coach, snowmobile or cross-country skiing. Weather permitting, guided daily trips are available to Old Faithful and Canyon Village. Cross country ski equipment is available for rent at the Mammoth Hotel. The road to Cooke City is open to four wheel drive vehicle traffic and offers access to many trails inside the Park.
The Yellowstone Institute has many wonderful courses that run year-round and are very modestly priced. These courses are run by experienced naturalists and scientists who are experts in Yellowstone’s natural and cultural history. Courses do require advanced reservations. Also, contact YNP and the Livingston Chamber of Commerce to receive updated visitor packages. The Paradise Valley offers National Forest access from many different locations. Hiking, camping, horseback riding, photography, wildlife viewing, boating and fishing are also available here. In addition, because you are not in YNP, there are numerous companies that offer guided rafting services on the Yellowstone River. If you like to fish, the Yellowstone River is 100' from your door at Riverwatch. You can bring your own gear or rent it from one of the many local fishing stores in the area.
There are also a number of professional guides that offer fishing trips down the river. Montana fishing permits are available at the Emigrant Store which is located 7 miles north of Riverwatch on highway 89. While visiting Livingston, you might take the time to
visit the International Fly Fishing Museum. If you like to soak in hot springs, there are two choices within easy reach of Riverwatch. The 'Boiling River' is just inside the parks northern entrance. It is very near the sign that marks the 45th Parallel and parking is available for access. In addition to this area, CHICO Hot Springs Resort is just 7 miles north of Riverwatch. CHICO has 2 spring-fed, partially enclosed pools and is a great spot for both adults and children. They are also open for breakfast, lunch and dinner so you can do both while you are there. Dinner reservations are normally required. Livingston and Bozeman are within reasonable driving distance of Riverwatch. Activities such as museums, rodeos, shopping and skiing are all well within your reach. Bridger Bowl and Big Sky are two first class skiing areas that offer both cross country and downhill trails in the winter. The train museum in Livingston and the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman are well worth the trip and enjoyable for all age groups.