Paradise Valley thunderstorm, rainbow, fall colors and the Yellowstone River
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A Paradise Valley Farm

This gem on the northern border of Yellowstone received It's named “Paradise Valley” for good reason, this premier Montana vacation spot has perfect summers and mild winters with spectacular views of th Absaroka and Gallatin mountain ranges under the famed Montana "big sky." The close proximity to Yellowstone Park; the Beartooth Highway and many other natural wonders make Paradise Valley the perfect place to vacation. Besides having the legendary fly-fishing river “The Yellowstone” flowing through its center, world class spring creeks; private lakes and other fishing streams draw anglers from around the world. World class big game hunting, whitewater rafting, kayaking, wildlife viewing and photography, hiking, camping and horseback riding are just a few of the unlimited recreational opportunities available here in Paradise Valley. Many fine Bed and Breakfasts, cabins and guest ranches provide lots of options for fine lodging.

Fall colors and the Yellowstone River in Paradise Valley Montana
The Yellowstone River is the center piece of Paradise Valley.

Emigrant peak casts a broad shadow over the valley. The scene of such recent movies as “A River Runs Through It” and “The Horse Whisperer”, Paradise Valley has its unique share of both trophy homes and deep rooted ranches and farms. Much like Pikes Peak on the front range of Colorado, Emigrant Peak is often framed in the large living room windows of the homes belonging to those lucky enough to live or visit such a wonderful place. Climbers find a world of wonder in the neighboring peaks in the Northern Absaroka Mountains including Mount Cowen, Black Mountain, the Pyramid, Crow Mountain, Chico Peak, Marten Peak and Mount Wallace.

Paradise Valley is situated in southwestern Montana. It is located just north of Yellowstone National Park in Park County, Montana, which lends its name to the county. Mule deer enjoy the open range and grasslands available to them in Paradise Valley. Paradise Valley extends from the Yellowstone gateway community of Gardiner at the south end, to historic Livingston on the north. Appropriately named, this region is a "paradise" to Montana and to the Rocky Mountains. Providing a unique backdrop of snowcapped peaks, the valley features beautiful ranchlands, flowing rivers, spring creeks and abundant wildlife.

The Bozeman Pass separates Paradise Valley from the Gallatin Valley and Bozeman; MT. Interstate 90 passes through both communities. The valley lies predominantly along a north-south axis, and is anchored to the north by Livingston, Montana, and to the south by Yankee Jim Canyon, approximately fifteen miles north of Gardiner, Montana and the north entrance of Yellowstone Park. US Highway 89 passes through the valley and into Yellowstone National Park. The Paradise Valley was the original entrance to Yellowstone.

Big Ranibow Trout fly-fishermen floating down Yellowstone River in drift boat as they fish for trout
Fish like this one make fly-fishermen return to Paradise Valley's Yellowstone River and famous spring creeksyear after year.
fly-fishermen floating down Yellowstone River in drift boat as they fish for trout

The Yellowstone River is noted for world-class fly-fishing in the river and nearby spring creeks such as DePuy Spring Creek. The valley hosts other natural wonders such as several natural hot springs, including Chico Hot Springs near Emigrant, Montana, La Duke Hot Springs near Gardiner, and Hunter's Hot Springs near Livingston.

whitewater rafters, Yankee Jim Canyon
Whitewater Rafting in Yankee Jim Canyon can be a lot of fun if you don't mind getting wet.

An eclectic blend awaits you as you travel through the shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants. From cowboys to culture, from railroads to whitewater, from the historic to the contemporary…

Paradise Valley is the heart of Montana’s fly-fishing and North American big game world. Our creeks, rivers, and alpine lakes are experiences unto itself and our Outfitters and Guides have a history comparable to the glorious land where they work and give you an experience that will last a lifetime.

Take your may choose to explore the winding scenic trails of Paradise Valley by horseback, or on foot, to soar with eagles as you rise above the Montana horizon and find the spot where Heaven and Paradise On Earth meet.


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Buckrail Fence, Yellowstone River
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Ranch, Mill Creek, Paradise Valley, Montana,
Whitetail deer doe, Paradise Valley montana
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Bald eagle, perched above yellowstone river
Mill Creek Snowstorm, Paradise Valley, MT
Bald Eagle watchin for fish in the Yellowstone River
Paradise Valley Fall
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The Yellowstone River, fall
Herd of whitetail deer in Paradise Valley Montana

Yellowstone News

Bighorn Sheep taking a better look at on old photographer in a car
A bighorn comes a bit closer to get a close look at 89 year old Grover Ratlif

The National Elk Refuge’s best-kept secret.

It is common knowledge to most Jackson Hole winter travelers that the sleigh ride though the National Elk Refuge at $18.00 is the best deal in town  - except!

Shhhh- there is a back road which is free. The free back road accesses not only the elk herd; but also much of the West Crystal Drainage Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep herd.

In November and December is the breeding season, and the patient wildlife viewer can sometimes photograph bighorn rams butting heads proving their “Ram Tough” reputation. When lucky, later in winter you can still catch them butting heads; however, they are no longer fighting in earnest for the girls. .................  rest of story

Joe Medicine Crow
Joe Medicine Crow

"Warrior and living legend, Joe Medicine Crow, wants President Obama to protect the Crow's "Brother Grizzly".

CROW AGENCY—As the Crow Nation prepares for the 97th Annual Crow Fair Celebration, the tribe's centenarian and "living history," Dr. Joseph Medicine Crow, wants those about to transform Crow Agency into the "Teepee Capital of the World" to remember a brother of the Crow people who is in need.

"Grizzly bears, we call them our brothers," says Dr. Medicine Crow. "They play an important part in our culture and we'd like to keep it that way."

Dr. Medicine Crow's comments are in response to the Obama Administration's US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) that is expected to announce a new rule this fall to delist the Yellowstone grizzly bear from the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Delisting the grizzly will enable the states of Montana, Wyoming and Idaho to open trophy-hunting seasons on the bear, a being many tribes consider sacred..... Rest of Article

Death of a Man. . . Death of a Bear
By Keith Crowley

Trying to make sense of last week's fatal Grizzly bear attack on a hiker in Yellowstone National Park and it's aftermath is a fool's errand. But this fool is going to try anyway.

This kind of story wrenches it's way deep into the psyche of all who spend time in the wilds. And it certainly wrenched its way deep into my soul since I spend months each year in Yellowstone and the surrounding Grizzly Country. To make it even more personal, ... rest of article

Blaze, grizzly that ate man
Blaze the grizzly and her 2011 cub Hobo

Yellowstone roadside grizzlies worth rangers' hassle???

Yellowstone visitors would pay an additional $41 to ensure seeing roadside grizzlies, a study shows, and the attraction creates 155 jobs and more than $10 million a year for the regional economy. The $41 visitors would pay is on top of the $25-per-vehicle entrance fee. If Yellowstone no longer allowed grizzly bears to use roadside habitat — and instead chased, moved or killed them — the regional economy would lose more than $10 million a year and 155 jobs according to the paper "The economics of roadside bear viewing."............................Rest of story

A Case for CollarsBy Keith Crowley

As a wildlife photographer I have a real love/hate relationship with radio telemetry collars.  All photographers live in a world of aesthetics, and most wildlife photographers try capture natural animal behavior in natural settings with as little apparent human influence as possible. Even something as ephemeral as a jet's vapor trail in the sky can destroy a wild image. The permanence of collars (and ear tags, too) placed by human hands on wild animals is impossible to ignore.......................For my part, I think are few truly valid reasons not to collar wolves in Yellowstone. But there is also one really good one, and in the interest of open discussion, some points are worth of story

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Helpful ebook for photographers

The Grand Teton Photo and Field Guide is an encapsulation of the flora, fauna, and photography of Jackson Hole Wyoming and Grand Teton National Park. Also included are thumbnails of the history and geology of the valley. This book is for all visitors with a desire to seek out wildlife, photograph the landscape, or merely learn about the history, geology, and lay of the land of Grand Teton National Park. The author provides general overviews including hot links with more in-depth descriptions of subjects of individual interest.

In the “Lay of the Land” section, includes the obvious highlights along the loop through Grand Teton Park. Hot links to side roads will give you more in-depth description of side roads and feeder roads and their highlights. Also included are descriptions of all two-rut roads that are legal to travel on in Grand Teton Park. GPS links to Google Maps are provided throughout.

As a field guide, profiles of most of animals and birds in the area are described. Jackson Hole is full of wildlife but there are places where animals are, and there are places where they are not. It is a waste of time to scrutinize a landscape devoid of what you are looking for, so this guide narrows options down to the hot spots. I provide maps of the likeliest places to find the popular critters of Grand Teton National Park. I also touch on trees, shrubs, and wildflowers with minimal explanations.  

The grandeur of Grand Teton Park has made it one of the most photographed places in the world. The opportunity to harness multiple juxtapositional elements has drawn photographers for over a century since William Henry Jackson took the first photos here in 1878. Grand Teton Park’s plethora of famous vistas are profiled as well as many which are less clichéd that can bring new perspectives of a well-documented landscape. Grand Tetons’ iconic landscape photo opportunities are described in detail; however, they barely scratch the surface of opportunities as it takes a photographer with an artist’s eye to unveil as they follow their own intuition and vision.  The author who shies away from clichéd landscapes provides a chapter of his favorite places that aren’t landscape clichés.

In the photography section the author includes chapters on composition, exposure basics, when to shoot and why. Daryl has summarized what he teaches in his, half day, Grand Teton workshops in a simple concise way.

If you are only in Grand Teton Park for a day there is a chapter called the “Portfolio Packer Morning Trip,” that does just that, all the icons and several favorite places in a five our blitz.  But it is better to spend more time and dig deep into the embarrassment of riches of Grand Teton National Park................. More Info


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