Welcome to Red Lodge, Montana. Up in the Rocky Mountains, Red Lodge hosts the beautiful Beartooth Highway and scenic routes to Cody Wyoming, Cook City and Yellowstone National Park. With the ski resort, ranching and tourist attractions, Red Lodge provides many opportunities for the visitor. Enjoy horseback riding, covered wagon rides and outdoor entertainment near and around Rock Creek. The Beartooth Highway in Montana is one of the most spectacular alpine highways in North America. It offers sweeping vistas of the snow-covered mountains, unlimited outdoor recreational opportunities, unparalleled wildlife viewing, and panoramic views of hundreds of high alpine lakes in and near Gallatin National Forest.
POPULATION - The population of Red Lodge is 1,900. Including the surrounding area, the population approaches 2,600.
RECREATION - Red Lodge Mountain Ski Area is six miles from Red Lodge. It has a 9,416 ft. elevation with over 60 trails; 15 percent are for beginners, 55 percent are for intermediate skiers and 30 percent are directed for those who are advanced; include 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 are all available. Snowmobiling, cross country skiing, fishing, hunting, hiking and camping in the Beartooth Mountains, horse-drawn wagon rides in summer and sled rides in winter, Horseback Riding, swimming pool, Beartooth Nature Center, which includes a children's petting zoo, saunas, racquetball court, 9- and 18-hole golf courses, public and private tennis courts, museum, art galleries and the public library are all centrally located.
TRANSPORTATION - Car rentals and transportation is available as well at Anderson Chevrolet, Pontiac and Oldsmobile. Bus transportation to and around the park area or mountain ranges are an option, too. Red Lodge is situated 60 miles south of Billings, Montana's Largest City. Car rentals are available in Billings at the Logan International Airport or through your travel agency.
AIRPORT - The Red Lodge airport has 4,000 feet of paved runway; For guest and visitors, the airport is a byway to enter the Beartooth Mountain range while storing personal aircrafts in the hangers and neighboring areas. A courtesy car or shuttle occasionally is available.
PUBLIC INFORMATION - 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.
ACCOMMODATIONS - Accommodations in Red Lodge include motels, condominiums, a historic hotel, bed and breakfast lodgings and rentals, and furnished guest homes available by the day or week depending on the time season. 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.
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.