Springtime in Paradise

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Springtime in Paradise

Slepian, Maggie
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Outdoor options along the Yellowstone River

Pull on your climbing shoes, buckle your life jacket, and saddle your horse: Paradise Valley has all of the activities you need to satisfy your outdoor-adventure cravings this spring. With so much to do, you won’t even miss the snow.

Climbing
Reliable sunlight makes Allenspur an ideal crag to kick off your outdoor climbing season. Located ten minutes south of Livingston off US 89. Park at Carter’s Bridge and hike a short series of switchbacks for accurately graded sport climbs ranging from 5.6 to 5.13a.

Eat, Drink & Dance
Check out the live music at Chico Saloon after a relaxing soak in the hot springs. Different bands play almost every weekend, and a variety of rooms make staying over an option as well. Visit chicohotsprings.com, click on Activities, then Events Calendar. 333-4933.

For more dining and entertainment in a unique setting, Pine Creek Lodge awaits. This place narrowly escaped the Pine Creek fire a couple of years back, and we’re very grateful that it’s still standing. Call 222-3628, or visit pinecreeklodgemontana.com for more info and a calendar of events.

Fly-Fishing Instruction
No matter your skill level, pull on some waders and get over to Angler’s West Fly Fishing, right in the heart of Paradise Valley at the Emigrant traffic light. The shop runs driftboat trips and walk/wade day trips throughout the spring, and can personalize excursions for anglers of varying skill levels. Call 333-4401 to schedule.

Horseback Riding
Starting June 1, Absaroka-Beartooth Outfitters offers trail rides out of Gardiner. Whether you’re looking to get out for an afternoon ride or a five-day pack trip, this old-school outfitter offers both… and everything in between. absarokabeartooth.com.

Rafting
Take advantage of the snowmelt while enjoying epic scenery in Paradise Valley. Raft companies out of Gardiner typically open for business in early May. Our favorites are Yellowstone Raft Company (800-858-7781), Montana Whitewater (800-799-4465), and River Source Rafting (888-406-2214).

Paddle, Bike, Run
Show off your athletic prowess with the Park to Paradise Triathlon on May 10. This race starts north of Yankee Jim Canyon and ends in Gardiner right under the Roosevelt Arch (yes, it should technically be called Paradise to Park, but that doesn’t have quite the same ring to it). You’ll be so enthralled with the epic Paradise Valley scenery you won’t even notice the burn from the 8-mile paddle, 18-mile bike ride, and 5-mile run. For updates, visit business.gardinerchamber.com, and click “Events.” The race is loosely organized and famously laid-back; check for a Facebook event page about a month before the race.

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