2023 Public Camping in Paradise Valley near Livingston & Gardiner, MT


From Yellowstone Park in the south to Livingston, MT in the north, Montana’s Paradise Valley and Upper Yellowstone region are among the finest outdoor recreation destinations in the country. Yellowstone National Park, the Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness, and the Yellowstone River are world-class treasures waiting to be explored. Visitors will find excellent camping opportunities at a variety of public campgrounds between Livingston and Gardiner, MT. This guide to public campgrounds will help you choose the one that’s best for you.

Table Of Contents

  1. Upper Yellowstone Public Campgrounds

  2. Campground Fees and Reservations

  3. Dispersed Camping in the Custer Gallatin Forest

  4. Be Bear Aware!

  5. Fishing & Boating at the Paradise Valley Campgrounds

  6. Enjoy the Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness

Yankee Jim Canyon Whitewater and History


Yankee Jim Canyon is a short, narrow canyon on the Yellowstone River about 13 miles north of Yellowstone Park. The canyon has the largest rapids on the Yellowstone River outside of the Park (boating on the Yellowstone River is banned in Yellowstone Park). Yankee Jim Canyon is less than five miles long and the whitewater rapids are confined to the first couple of miles. Rafting and kayaking are popular and there are a number of whitewater rafting companies located nearby.

Table Of Contents

  1. The Upper Yellowstone

  2. The Yellowstone is a Wild River

  3. The Rapids of Yankee Jim

  4. History of Yankee Jim Canyon

  5. Yankee Jim Meets the Railroad

  6. Yankee Jim Meets the President

Yellowstone Area Hikes and Attractions


The natural wonders of Yellowstone Park don’t stop at the park’s boundary and we want to help you enjoy the Yellowstone area beyond the park. These articles feature opportunities for hiking, camping, backpacking, fishing and whitewater. For a quieter trip, there are suggestions for driving explorations.

There are great attractions on every side of Yellowstone Park but we are focused on the area to the north. Mostly in Montana, this includes the Bozeman, Livingston and Big Timber areas. It includes the Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness, and the Lee Metcalf Wilderness as well as hundreds of thousands of acres of National Forest.