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Red Lodge, Montana
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There is no glitz and glamour in Red Lodge, Montana. The allure of this former coal mining community with a population of roughly 2,100 is its stunning scenery, access to nature and Western atmosphere. Red Lodge is nestled in the foothills of the Beartooth Mountains. It lays on the edge of Custer National Forest. It sits at the northern end of the Beartooth Highway, a national scenic byway. It’s colorful history is preserved in classic brick buildings, many of which are listed on the National Register for Historic Places. The Red Lodge region has some of Montana’s best fly fishing. It boasts more than a 100 marked hiking trails. Cycling options range in length and difficulty. Climbers of all abilities can tackle the terrain. Red Lodge Mountain ski area is compact, uncrowded and affordable.
Getting There
Red Lodge is located 62 miles southwest of Billings, Montana and 67 miles north of Cody, Wyoming. It takes 2-3 hours to drive the Beartooth Highway, the 68-mile All-American Road that connects Red Lodge with the Northeast Entrance of Yellowstone National Park. Billings’ Logan International Airport has more daily flights than Yellowstone Regional Airport in Cody, Wyoming. Car rentals are available at both. There is no bus or train service to Red Lodge, Montana.
When to Travel
Summers are short and cool. Winters are long, cold and snowy. Fall and spring are fleeting. The average daytime temperature varies from 34°F (1°C) in January to 79°F (26°C) in July. Red Lodge sits at 5,555 feet thus temperatures cool off rapidly. The wettest months are March to June. Snowfall is possible almost any day of the year. Snow showers are likely from October to May. Snow covers the ground from mid-December to mid-April. The heaviest snowfalls occur in March and April. The Aspens put on a spectacular display of golden leaves for about two weeks in autumn. Family Travel Tips: Hike early in the day to avoid summer thunderstorms. Dress for the cold in winter. Be prepared for all kinds of weather in summer; dress in layers, pack jackets or fleece and bring raingear.
Things to Keep in Mind
Red Lodge Mountain Resort caters to intermediate skiers and snowboarders. Red Lodge is a long drive from Yellowstone thus it is not an ideal base for day trips to the park.
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