Highway 89 Route

This Highway 89 route starts or ends in Yellowstone National Park. In addition to stunning mountain vistas, you will experience abundant wildlife, networks of streams all feeding the Yellowstone River, and authentic foods, crafts, and recreational opportunities as you travel Paradise Valley and visit the western towns of Gardiner, Livingston, and White Sulfur Springs. This route's distance between Yellowstone National Park and White Sulfur Hot Springs is 130 miles.

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Yellowstone National Park
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Yellowstone National Park
Natural Area | National Park

Just yesterday, in geological time, the area that is now Yellowstone National Park exploded, creating a caldera 35 miles wide and 45 miles long. A mere 640,000 years later, geysers, mud pots, and fumeroles remind visitors that this precious…

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Mammoth Hot Springs
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Mammoth Hot Springs
Natural Area | National Park

Several key ingredients combine to make the Mammoth Hot Springs Terraces: heat, water, limestone, and a rock fracture system through which hot water can reach the earth's surface.

Today's geothermal activity is a link to past volcanism. A…

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Albright Visitor Center
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Albright Visitor Center
Museum, Theater, Interpretive Center | Visitor or Interpretive Center

Situated in the the middle of the Mammoth Historical District, in the northwest corner of Yellowstone National Park near the North Entrance. The buildings of Albright Visitor Center were originally built for officer housing when the U.S. calvary…

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Park Service Centennial Celebration at the Roosevelt Arch
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A celebration commemorating the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. 

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Gardiner, Montana
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Gardiner, Montana
Community | Village or Town

Gardiner is located in the heart of Yellowstone's Northern Range, at the junction of the Gardner and Yellowstone Rivers. We are surrounded by the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness to the east, the Gallatin Wilderness to the north and west, and the world'…

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Gardiner Visitor Information Center / Chamber of Commerce
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Gardiner Visitor Information Center / Chamber of Commerce
Museum, Theater, Interpretive Center | Visitor or Interpretive Center

Centrally located on Gardiner's Park Street, the Visitor Information Center offers free wifi and public restrooms.  They provide a plethora of maps and information about Yellowstone National Park, surrounding areas, Montana, and surrounding states.…

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Yellowstone River
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Yellowstone River
Natural Area | Lake, River, or Waterfall

The longest free-flowing river in the lower 48 states, the 670-mile (1,080-kilometer) long Yellowstone drains the national park into the Missouri River system. Originating in the Absaroka Mountain Range the river flows north through the park,…

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Fishing the Yellowstone River
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Fishing the Yellowstone River
Recreation and Touring | Fishing Area

Yellowstone River Fly Fishing can be intimidating…

Unless you get a little guidance.  This is a classic western river and should be on every anglers “life list”. Our Yellowstone River fly fishing trips include over 120 miles of blue ribbon…

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Yellowstone River Whitewater in Gardiner MT
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Yellowstone River Whitewater in Gardiner MT
Recreation and Touring | Whitewater Recreation Area

The first place to access the Yellowstone River's whitewater is in Gardiner, MT, right where the river flows out of Yellowstone Park (it is illegal to float on the Yellowstone River inside of Yellowstone Park). The Yellowstone River's best…

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River Source Outfitters, Yellowstone River  Emigrant, Montana
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River Source Outfitters, Yellowstone River Emigrant, Montana
Recreation and Touring | Guide or Outfitter
River Source provides custom, small group river experiences by raft, canoe and kayak.
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Chico Hot Springs
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Chico Hot Springs
Accommodation | Hotel or Motel
Historic pool and lodge capture a natural hot spring and rustic ambiance. The springs sustain a large garden and greenhouse which provide fresh produce for fine dining. The lodge welcomes families, pets, and also caters to groups. Chico Hot…
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Montana Bunkhouse Working Ranch Vacations
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Whoa, dudes! These are real, working cattle ranches where you might have to fix fences or ride herd to earn your campfire beans. Mosey on over to www.montanaworkingranches.com Montana Bunkhouses Working Ranch Vacations LLC offers guests hands-on…
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Paradise Valley
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Paradise Valley
Natural Area | National Forest

Paradise Valley is a major river valley of the Yellowstone River in southwesternMontana just north of Yellowstone National Park in Park County, Montana. The valley is flanked by the Absaroka Range on the east and the Gallatin Range on the west.

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Historic Downtown Livingston Montana
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Historic Downtown Livingston Montana
Historic or Pre-historic Place | Historic Site or District

Livingston Montana the "Original Gateway City to the Yellowstone National Park" 

We have been a strong, beautiful, friendly and eclectic small town with year round fun since 1883. We are settled along the banks of the mighty Yellowstone River.…

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Late 1800s History is Alive in Livingston Montana
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Late 1800s History is Alive in Livingston Montana
Museum, Theater, Interpretive Center | Museum

Travel back in time when you walk through the colonnade to see the track side vista at the Livingston Depot Museum built in 1902 bringing thousands of travelers on their way to see Yellowstone National Park.  Imagine how these early travelers…

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Sacajawea Park Livingston MT
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Sacajawea Park Livingston MT
Local Point of Interest | Statue or Public Art Display

In 1806, Captain Clark and his party along with Sacajawea came through what is Livingston Montana today and rested on the bank of the Yellowstone River.  They had a meal in this beautiful setting before heading east to set up camp.  Located in…

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White Sulphur Hot Springs, Montana
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White Sulphur Hot Springs, Montana
Community | Village or Town

White Sulphur Springs is the county seat and was one of the original counties in Montana. White Sulphur springs was the headquarters for a county that included most of central Montana. The town was named because of the white deposits around the…

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In This Trip Plan

1 Yellowstone National Park
2 Mammoth Hot Springs
3 Albright Visitor Center
4 Park Service Centennial Celebration at the Roosevelt Arch
5 Gardiner, Montana
6 Gardiner Visitor Information Center / Chamber of Commerce
7 Yellowstone River
8 Fishing the Yellowstone River
9 Yellowstone River Whitewater in Gardiner MT
10 River Source Outfitters, Yellowstone River Emigrant, Montana
11 Chico Hot Springs
12 Montana Bunkhouse Working Ranch Vacations
13 Paradise Valley
14 Historic Downtown Livingston Montana
15 Late 1800s History is Alive in Livingston Montana
16 Sacajawea Park Livingston MT
17 White Sulphur Hot Springs, Montana