Luther, Montana

Elevation: 5197 FT

Population:

County: Carbon

Luther is in the mountains northwest of Red Lodge. The town was named for the Luther family; Grace Luther kept the post office in one corner of her husband's general store. At one time there was also a blacksmith shop, a lumberyard and a saloon. Linley and Luther were sometimes called the "twin cities." (from Cheney's Names on the Face of Montana, Mountain Press Publishing Company) Luther is near the beautiful Beartooth Mountain Range. Designated a National Scenic Byway, the Beartooth Highway is one of the most beautiful drives in America. Reaching heights of nearly 11,000 feet, this 53.7-mile, three-hour drive offers views of snowcapped peaks, glaciers, alpine lakes and plateaus. Not far from Luther is Cooney State Park, an irrigation reservoir and a popular recreation area serving south-central Montana offering boating, swimming, camping and fishing. Attractions include good walleye and rainbow trout fishing. Boating opportunities are abundant and 75 camping spots are available on this large 317.6-acre site at 4,307 feet in elevation. Red Lodge Mountain Resort, which offers a ski area also near Luther. It is best known for its friendly people and great spring skiing. The mountain receives over 250 inches of snow during the season, yet 5 of every 7 days are sunny. Over 70 trails, for all levels of skiers and 2,400 feet of vertical will keep you busy for days.

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