Paradise Valley KOA
Near Livingston Montana
After two days at Thermopolis where our grandson was able to go on a dinosaur dig for a day, we drove on to our next stop Paradise Valley outside of Livingston, Montana.
Reviews of the KOA can be found here.
The Drive to Paradise
From Thermopolis it is a 276 mile drive through western Wyoming and into southwest Montana. We took US 310 to I-90 then US 89 at Livingston to the Paradise Valley KOA. From Christine’s research the easiest entry into Yellowstone with a big-rig is through West Yellowstone, so we basically drove around Yellowstone from the southeast (Thermopolis) to West Yellowstone stopping at Livingston mid-way.
The roads in rural Wyoming and Montana are amazing. We were expecting rough roads, instead we had miles and miles of smooth mostly straight and for the most part 2 lane highways along this stretch. There was very little traffic, so while the speed limit is 70 to 80 we cruised along at 60 to 63 with a few cars passing us. There were few turn-outs but with the roads clear it was easy for other travelers to pass. This is the way exploring America should be.
Paradise Valley KOA
Paradise Valley KOA is nestled in an alpine valley with Black Mountain and Mt. Cowen to the west and Canyon Mountain to the north offering spectacular views along the Yellowstone River that flows right next to the park. We think we understand the term “Journey” and “Destination” on the KOA signs. “Journey” KOAs are next to highways where “Destination” KOAs are farther from major roads and seem to offer more resort type activities. This KOA is the nicest KOA we have stopped at and look forward to spending a few days here sometime in the future.
In addition, we had breakfast , which was served in a pavilion area offering pancakes, eggs, hash-browns, bacon, ham etc. at a very reasonable price. Good food and mountain air; we were sorry to go, but ready to explore Yellowstone.