Guest post from TBEX North America 2019 Sponsor, Red Lodge, Montana
Nestled at the base of The Beartooth Mountains and surrounded by Custer Gallatin National Forest, Red Lodge, MT, is a quaint, picturesque gateway village to Yellowstone Park via the scenic Beartooth Highway. Red Lodge delivers world-class outdoor recreation and access to Yellowstone National Park via the world-renowned Beartooth Highway. You’ll find unlimited hiking, biking, and backpacking forest trails showcasing breathtaking mountains, clear blue lakes, and vibrant wildflowers.
Red Lodge is a bucket-list stop for anyone visiting Montana. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this quiet hub of barely 2,000 residents has become a destination all its own—a quiet getaway from the more well-known attractions in the state.
Drive (or Bike) the Beartooth Highway
Rising nearly 11,000 feet above sea level, the Beartooth Highway is a National Scenic Byway and one of the highest-elevation highways in the U.S. Pull over at one of many awe-inspiring viewpoints and look for mountain goats grazing on the hills. Cyclists can ride the Beartooth Highway, but be vigilant of cars on this challenging, winding ride. The highway is 68 miles long and leads all the way to Yellowstone National Park’s Northeast Entrance.
Explore the Northeast Side of Yellowstone National Park
Since you’re here already after driving the Beartooth Highway, don’t miss a day exploring the northeast side of Yellowstone National Park. You’ll enter the park via one of the most iconic entrances. Be sure to stop in Lamar Valley and look for wolves. This side of the park is truly incredible and houses a diverse array of animals.
Raft the Stillwater River
Get ready for some whitewater excitement. An assortment of local outfitters will regale boaters with tales of the region while providing a guided rafting trip through the region. The Stillwater River is a tributary of the Yellowstone, flowing between the Absaroka Range and the Beartooth Mountains. It is prime for fishing and rafting, and there are many options for tour duration and difficulty.
Hike the Beaten Path through the Beartooth Mountains
If you’re looking for one of the most incredible multi-day hikes in the country, look no further than the 26-mile Beaten Path. The trailhead for this incredible trek is located just 25 minutes from downtown Red Lodge, starting a path that traces across the Absaroka Wilderness all the way to Cooke City. Shuttle logistics and backpacking gear are all you need to spend 1-3 nights camped in this incredible country. The trail is easy to follow, and there are so many lakes you’ll lose count along the way.
Land a Trout on Rock Creek
Rock Creek begins in the mountains of the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness before flowing more than 55 miles to the confluence with the Clarks Fork of the Yellowstone River. This scenic body of water passes right by Red Lodge, packed with brook and cutthroat trout above town, and full of rainbow and brown trout downstream. This river is ideal for fishermen without drift boats, as it is accessible, makes for easy wading, and can be crossed in multiple shallow areas depending on runoff and season.
Stroll the Historic Downtown Shopping Area
Park your car and stroll from one end of Broadway Avenue—Red Lodge’s historic main street—to the other. Grab a fresh-brewed coffee, a bite to eat, and check out the unique local shops, some of which still have their original facades. Whether you’re looking to browse fine art, poke through antique collections, or gear up for your next wilderness adventure, you’ll find it here.
Grab a Pint at the Red Lodge Ales Brewery
Thanks to a dry climate, soft water, and high-quality Montana-grown malting barley, Red Lodge is an optimal place to brew beer. Stop by the Red Lodge Ales Brewing Company after a day on the river or trails and enjoy locally brewed beer, laid-back vibes, and enough food to help you recover from your day of activities. Beer drinkers of all tastes will find something here, whether you’re in the mood for an IPA, a porter, or one of its seasonal specialties. Plus, all Red Lodge beers are brewed with energy-efficient practices, which means you can feel even better about your pint.
For more on Red Lodge for your next adventure, please visit their website
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