Guests Driving: Plan to stay in Gardiner the night before your overnight fly-fishing pack trip begins. We recommend staying at the North Yellowstone Bed & Breakfast (www.northyellowstone.com) (406-848-7651). Bill and Peggy Hoppe run a great B&B. However, they have many return clients and are limited in space so make your reservations early. The Gardiner headquarters for Absaroka-Beartooth Outfitters is on the property of North Yellowstone B&B. Another beautiful place to stay up Jardine Road above Gardiner is Crevice Mountain Lodge (www.crevicemountainlodge.com) (406-223-0148) Cheryl, the owner, cooks for the guests. The view from her place up the mountain is gorgeous. You are looking down on Yellowstone National Park. Other places to stay in Gardiner are the Cowboy's Lodge 406-848-9175, Absaroka Lodge 406-848-7414 or 1-800-755-7414, Yellowstone Village Inn 406-848-7417 or 800-228-8158, Comfort Inn 1-800-4-CHOICE or 406-848-7536 (The Antler Bar at the Comfort Inn is a good place to eat in Gardiner), or the Best Western by Mammoth Hot Springs 406-848-7311 or 800-828-9080.
Please check in with ABO upon arrival (406) 931-0102 for confirmation of the morning departure time.
Directions: From Bozeman or Billings, take Interstate 90 to Livingston. At Livingston, head south on Highway 89 to Gardiner. When you arrive in Gardiner stay on Hwy 89/Scott Street. You will turn left onto Fourth Street just before the Yellowstone River bridge. A good land mark on the right will be a convenience store and Cenex Station called Kremer’s. After you turn onto Fourth Street take an immediate right onto Jardine Road. You will see a wooden sign that says North Yellowstone B&B. You will also see a sign that says Jardine 5 miles. Continue up the mountain on Jardine Road 2.5 miles. Turn right at the sign that says North Yellowstone Outfitters, Horse Rides and Absaroka Beartooth Outfitters. You will see our logo with the mountain goat. Follow the road till you see a house and cabins. The drive from Bozeman to Gardiner is about 1 hour and 30 minutes; from Billings to Gardiner about 3 hours.
If you have time, plan to spend a night in the very authentic western town of Big Timber, Montana at The Grand Hotel (www.thegrand-hotel.com) (406-932-4459). The Grand Hotel was an oasis for the sheep herders and cattlemen which sustained the town of Big Timber for many years. The Grand Hotel Bed and Breakfast is a charming and beautifully renovated historical hotel in downtown Big Timber. The hotel provides a wonderful full breakfast but not before 8:00 am. It has a well-stocked vintage bar which serves lunch and dinner. But for those with a “grander” palette it sports a fabulous restaurant that serves delicious gourmet dinners. The dining room is very popular so be sure to make a reservation. Dining room closes at nine.
The drive from Gardiner to Big Timber takes 1 ½ hours.