Top Water Springs is located along the Yellowstone River near Springdale, MT, approximately 21 miles east of Livingston. The town of Big Timber lies approximately 15 miles to the east. The Yellowstone River flows from Yellowstone National Park near the park’s north entrance at Gardiner, MT, which is approximately 75 miles from the ranch.
The thriving cultural, retail, and service center of Bozeman, MT is located approximately 47 miles to the west. Bozeman-Yellowstone International Airport, which is Montana’s busiest airport, is approximately 60 miles from the ranch. Livingston offers a paved 5,701-foot airstrip at 4,659 feet in elevation that accommodates most jets with instrument approaches, as well as fuel and hangar rentals.
The tiny community of Springdale was a railroad station and stopping place for passengers traveling to Hunter’s Hot Springs. Its population was 42 as of the 2010 census.
Livingston has a population of approximately 7,800 residents and is a 15 to 20-minute drive from the ranch. Livingston offers a full complement of services including galleries, restaurants, specialty shops, bookstores, and of course world-renowned fly-fishing shops such as Dan Bailey’s, George Anderson’s, Yellowstone Angler, and Sweetwater. Over the years Livingston has attracted artists, actors, and wealthy individuals from the worlds of business and finance. This trend has given the town a more sophisticated ambiance which combines nicely with the many strong Montana ranching families that live a more traditional, agriculturally-based lifestyle.
Big Timber is a little under a 15-minute drive from the ranch and is located at the confluence of the Boulder and Yellowstone rivers. Big Timber is a full-service agricultural community of under 2,000 residents. The Grand Hotel & Restaurant is a central attraction for locals and visitors who enjoy the fine dining.
The town of Bozeman is the cultural, economic, retail, and transportation hub of southwest Montana. The Bozeman area has built a reputation as one of the most desirable communities in which to live in the U.S. It combines a vibrant downtown with a strong business community, an agricultural center, and Montana State University all set in a beautiful expansive mountain valley that offers virtually every recreational amenity that one could ask for in an inland location. It has attracted residents from all over the world creating a diverse population. Bozeman is a jumping-off point for skiers (both alpine and Nordic), anglers, hikers, climbers, explorers, big game hunters, floaters, kayakers, and Yellowstone National Park visitors to name just a few. It has all the benefits of a resort community and university town.
The Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport became the busiest airport in Montana in 2013. The airport continues to grow and provides residence nonstop access to many of the major airports in the U.S. including New York, Chicago, Atlanta, Houston, Minneapolis, Salt Lake City, and Denver, as well as Seattle and other west coast airports.