ABOUT RED LODGE, MONTANA
With approximately 2,300 residents, western hospitality greets you here. Red Lodge, Montana, a gateway to Yellowstone Park via the beautiful Beartooth Highway, is a quaint historic western town with unspoiled beauty and activities for every season.
Set against some of Montana’s highest mountain peaks, Red Lodge is one Montana’s best kept secrets. Red Lodge Ski Resort and outstanding fly fishing, hunting, and hiking, keep you active year round with some of the wildest and rugged scenery in the nation.
We have busy summers with a bustling main street and many events. Check out the beautiful shops and galleries downtown, take a short hike right from town or just relax at a local microbrewery. Want more adventure? Rafting, camping, fishing, 18-holes of golf courses, tennis are all within minutes! The Beartooth Highway is a famous ride for motorcycle enthusiasts, but you also explore the area on horseback, grab a bike or take it all in on an ATV.
Enjoy downhill and cross-country skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling in the winter. At an elevation of 9,416 feet and over 60 runs, Red Lodge Mountain Ski Resort has some of the best skiing around.
Nearby forests are full of wildlife including elk, moose, mountain goats, big horn sheep, black and grizzly bears mountain lions and wolves. Birdwatchers will love the area with golden and bald eagles, as well as sandhill cranes and blue herons visiting the area.
RED LODGE AREA – FACTS
POPULATION – According to the most recent census, the population of Red Lodge is 2,300. Including the surrounding area, the population approaches 2,500.
ECONOMY – Carbon County was named for the vast coal deposits underlying the county. Coal mining was the major industry for many years. Agriculture, recreation and tourism are major contributors to the present day economy. Over 240 businesses are located in Red Lodge, including many professional offices. A first class post office and health facilities add vital services to the business community. The largest employers are Red Lodge Mountain Ski Area, health facilities, schools and the county.
ALTITUDE AND WEATHER – The elevation of Red Lodge is 5,555 feet. The annual rainfall in the area is 22 inches. Red Lodge, in a sample 30 year period, averaged only 3 days per year with maximum of 90 degrees or warmer and 26 days a year of temperatures of zero or colder. Red Lodge snowfall averages 52 inches per year, and there is an average of 105 frost-free days between June and September.
TRANSPORTATION – Red Lodge is situated 60 miles south of Billings. Car rentals are available in Billings at Logan International Airport or through your travel agency. Car rentals are available at Clark’s Transportation and at Anderson Chevrolet, Pontiac and Oldsmobile.
AIRPORT – 4,000 feet of paved runway; lighted VASI; NDR 2 miles north; Unicom- 122.8; tie down facilities; 80 and 100 octane. The Red Lodge Airport is five minutes from the town of Red Lodge.
PUBLIC INFORMATION AND REST ROOMS – The Red Lodge Area Chamber of Commerce Visitor’s Center is located on the north side of Red Lodge where one will find information, rest rooms and public telephones. Beartooth IGA also offers public restrooms and a public telephone. Red Lodge True Value also offers public restrooms.
ACCOMMODATIONS – A variety of accommodations include seven motels, four condominiums, a historic hotel, bed and breakfast lodgings, and furnished guest homes available by the day or week. There are two private campgrounds with water, electricity, pumping station and showers. More than 700 units are available at nearby National Forest campgrounds.
DINING – Red Lodge has more restaurants per capita than any other community in Montana. It offers everything from fast food service to the most elegant dining at several exceptional restaurants. Red Lodge is appreciated by patrons in northern Wyoming, Billings and other surrounding areas for its fine dining.
RECREATION – Red Lodge Mountain Ski Area, six miles from Red Lodge, is 9,416 ft. elevation with over 60 trails; 15 percent are beginner, 55 percent are intermediate and 30 percent are advanced; a vertical drop of 2,400 feet, two high-speed detachable quad chairlifts, a triple chairlift, four double chairlifts, three chalets, ski equipment rentals, sales and child care center. Other attractions include snowmobiling, cross country skiing, fishing, hunting, hiking and camping in the Beartooth Mountains, horse-drawn wagon rides in summer and sled rides in winter, swimming pool, Beartooth Nature Center, which includes a children’s petting zoo. There is a 9- and 18-hole golf course, public and private tennis courts, museum, Arts Guild, art galleries and the public library.
Content provided by: Red Lodge Montana Chamber of Commerce