Red Lodge is a resort and ranching community with a colorful coal mining past that sits in the shadow of 28 different 12,000-foot peaks. This charming alpine town is nestled in the foothills of the magnificent Beartooth Mountains and is surrounded by Custer National Forest. The 69-mile Beartooth Scenic Drive has dramatic switchbacks overlooking snow-capped peaks, glaciers, alpine lakes and plateaus.
Area attractions include historic downtown Red Lodge, the Carbon County Museum, which invites all those who are interested in the spirit of Montana’s pioneer heritage to view its exhibits; nearby Yellowstone National Park and Cooney State Park; and, of course, Red Lodge Mountain Ski Resort, one of the most famous Montana ski areas. At the Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary, visitors can view native Montana wildlife who are housed at the sanctuary because they can’t be returned to the wild.
Population: 2,483 | Elevation: 5,568ft. | County: Carbon | www.redlodge.com