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Posted by Beej ( on 19:37:04 05/21/13

In Reply to: drive to livingston posted by wildcat

1. Hit the Forest Service office in Gardiner and get whatever maps they have available. They are fairly friendly, and can tip you off to stuff north of the park. You can ask them about access to the OTO...someone might be going that way, or there may be volunteer opportunities.

2. Pick up a copy of Marc Hendrix's Geology Underfoot in Yellowstone Country, at the YA bookstore in Gardiner. It's got good descriptions of how to find places, color pictures and great graphics.

3. Travel north from Gardiner about 20 miles, and take the East River Road...brings you into Chico from the southwest. Great hot spring, great food even in the snack bar, but if you want dinner, yer gotta have reservations. There are forest accesses all along the East River Road, and a state park at Dailey's Lake, which takes some serious backtrailing in the car to get to...you need that FS map! (Or a Recreation Road Atlas for Montana, several bookstores in Livingston, may also have them at the YA bookstore.)

4. Follow the old railroad grade along the Yellowstone south from Tom Miner. It's on Forest Service most of the way, rejoins the regular road system near Corwin Springs, is easiest to start from the north end, then you don't wind up in somebody's yard.

5. After Memorial Day, the museums will be open: the Livingston RR Depot, the Livingston Gateway Museum (we just hosted a prehistoric knap-in and atl-atl throwing school), Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman for those who like dinos.

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