Park County, Montana

About Park County Montana & Livingston, MT

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Park County, MT is Montana’s 12th most populous county with ~16,084 residents. Because of its proximity to Yellowstone National Park and the abundance of outdoor recreation, Park County continues to grow steadily. Park County’s diverse economy includes services, agriculture, recreation, logging, mining, and technology businesses. Park County, Montana has a rich ranching and railroad heritage, and is a hot spot for anglers and floaters of the Yellowstone River, which flows through Park County, Montana.

According to the Montana Almanac, Park County, MT was established in 1887 and named after Yellowstone National Park because of its proximity to the Park. With nearly all of Yellowstone Park residing in Wyoming, and more job opportunities in Bozeman, Montana about one-fifth of Park County’s residents commute out of the county for work.


Park County, MT is named for the “Park” in “Yellowstone National Park,” the United States’ oldest national park. The southern boundary of Park County Montana forms the northern edge of Yellowstone Park. The town of Gardiner is home to the original (and only year-round) entrance to Yellowstone National Park.

Yellowstone Park is a major tourist attraction and, consequently, tourism and recreation are intrinsic to Park County’s economy. Other important industries include logging, healthcare, agriculture, and mining. In 2008, Park County, MT has one hospital, two health clinics, and four airports.

Park County, Montana is the state’s twelfth most populous county, with an estimated 17,000 residents. Livingston, Montana, the county seat, is the state’s thirteenth largest city, with a population estimated at 7,400. Other Park County, Montana cities and towns include Clyde Park, Cooke City, Corwin Springs, Emigrant, Gardiner, Jardine, Pine Creek, Pray, Silver Gate, Springdale, and Wilsall.

Park County, Montana and Yellowstone National Park

Just to the east of Gallatin County, Montana and on the northern border of Yellowstone National Park, Park County, Montana includes the beautiful Paradise Valley, MT and Shields Valley, MT.