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15 Best Things To Do in Red Lodge, Montana

Mountain landscape in Beartooth highway at summertime in Montana.

Known for its western hospitality, historic downtown, and impressive mountain range, Red Lodge, Montana is the perfect destination for your next vacation. I’ve spent many holidays here and still consider it one of the most diverse destinations for travelers in Montana.

Whether you want to fish, hike, see wildlife, try unique food, or take in the history and culture, Red Lodge has plenty to offer. This is one of the top places to see in Montana for good reason.

Best Things To Do in Red Lodge, Montana

For two consecutive summers, I’ve spent time exploring Red Lodge and the surrounding area. Each time I visit there seems to be more I discover and even more I want to explore. I’ve experienced more Red Lodge than I’ve listed here, but to make this list more concise, I’ve kept it to the top 15 absolute best things to do in Red Lodge, Montana.

1. Drive the Beartooth Highway

The Beartooth Highway makes for one of the most iconic and scenic drives in the entire United States. Driving this steep and windy road is one of the most fun activities in Red Lodge.

Starting right in the town of Red Lodge, the highway continues for 68.7 miles arriving at the entrance of Yellowstone National Park and reaching nearly 12,000 ft. at its highest point.

Along the way you’ll pass breathtaking alpine lakes, lush mountainsides, and snowcapped peaks. There are countless viewpoints to stop to take in the scenery and snap some memorable pictures.

I often find myself looking back on the pictures from our visits when I’m craving some fresh mountain air.

If you’re feeling ambitious, you can rent a 3-wheeled Polaris Slingshot, (a three-wheeled, open-top motorcycle), up and down the Beartooth Highway for an open and up-close experience.

Between the high elevation and thrilling ride, the views are sure to take your breath away. Renting is made easy through Beartooth Slingshots. This is one of the most fun activities in Red Lodge that you can look forward to.

Remember that the Beartooth Highway is open from late May to October so plan accordingly.

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2. Hike the Beartooth Mountains

A view of the Beartooth Mountains with snowcapped mountains in the background and hiking area in the foreground.

My favorite way to see and experience Red Lodge, Montana is to explore the Beartooth Mountains on foot. The hiking options are endless and are a great activity for summer, spring, or fall. Being some of the tallest mountains in Montana, the Beartooths offer some of the best trail views and…

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