The 9 Best Things to Do in Red Lodge, United States

July 31, 2017 Rebbecca Marino

Red Lodge is a city in and the county seat of Carbon County, Montana, United States. It is part of the Billings Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 2,125 at the United States Census, 2010.
Restaurants in Red Lodge

1. Red Lodge Mountain

305 Ski Run Rd, Red Lodge, MT 59068-9189 +1 800-444-8977
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4.5 based on 236 reviews

Red Lodge Mountain

With more than 70 runs spread across 2 summits that include gentle beginner slopes, long groomers, chutes, glades, and steeps, Red Lodge Mountain appeals to skiers and snowboarders of all abilities. On-mountain amenities include a rental and repair shop, retail, lessons, and numerous dining options.

Reviewed By Susie M - Sheridan, Wyoming

After 18 years, it was time to get back into skiing and have my 12 year old take lessons. Glad we went! Miami Beach was a wonderful beginner run (a little steep on part) but not crowded. Would definitely do the 2 hour private lesson again.

2. Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary

615 E 2nd St, Red Lodge, MT 59068-9281 +1 406-446-1133
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4 based on 93 reviews

Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary

Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary provides lifelong sanctuary to non-releasable native Montana wildlife while sharing a message of conservation and education. We care for over 40 animals and birds including mountain lion, black bears, bison, elk, bobcat, fox, coyote, porcupines, hawks, owls and many more. The sanctuary offers visitors an unparalleled chance to learn about native Montana wildlife by observing them at close range, educational tours, and through interpretive displays. Come experience wild Montana!

Reviewed By Lisamarie1138 - Madison, Wisconsin

We visited here with my children during a trip to Red Lodge. They care for animals that are unable to be released in to the wild (either due to injury, or misguided people attempting to keep them as pets). My children really enjoyed the coyote...MoreThank you so much for the review, we hope you and your family will visit again!

3. Wild Bill Lake

Red Lodge, MT
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4.5 based on 56 reviews

Wild Bill Lake

Reviewed By Kenneth M - Kenosha, Wisconsin

Wild Bill Lake is a beautiful and easy stop, just outside of downtown Red Lodge.

Greater and more secluded spaces abound, however, and are just found just a short drive further down West Fork Road. I'd recommend those looking for adventure explore other nearby access points to Rock Creek, and the Custer National Forest.

4. Lake Fork Trail

South of Red Lodge, Red Lodge, MT
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5 based on 27 reviews

Lake Fork Trail

Reviewed By 247zoeann - Billings, Montana

I have personally ridden this trail many times. Usually have had encounters with moose but not bears. Hikers are very considerate and get off the trail. Horses have the right of way but some hikers are not familiar with that.

5. Carbon County Historical Society and Museum

224 N Broadway Ave, Red Lodge, MT 59068-9132 +1 406-446-3667
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4.5 based on 25 reviews

Carbon County Historical Society and Museum

Located in Red Lodge's historic Labor Temple Building, the Carbon County Historical Society and Museum is the county's central source for historic, genealogical, and archival information about Carbon County, Montana. The museum was first established in 1959 by Alice Greenough to house the collection of her world-renowned rodeo family. The Carbon County Historical Society was formed in 1974, and incorporated as a 501(c)3 nonprofit in 1975. In 1990, the three-story Labor Temple building was gifted to the Carbon County Historical Society by an anonymous donor. In 1909 the Labor Temple was completed in Red Lodge on the corner of 8th and Billings Ave (now Broadway). This four-story, 20,000 sq. ft. Labor Temple Building was constructed by the Red Lodge Miners Local No. 1771 for $36,000, using a quarter of a million bricks from the Fromberg brick yard. It once served more than 1,000 union miners in Carbon County. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1983. The historical society received money through grants, and private donations to restore the main floor and basement. In June 1999, the Labor Temple once again opened its doors to the community as the county's museum. The historical society is in the process of raising funds to restore and renovate the top two floors, with a completion date goal of 2017.

Reviewed By jnobz - Sioux City, Iowa

This isn't a very big place but it has a nice bit of local history and replica coal mine. The staff was very helpful and friendly. I especially enjoyed learning about 'Liver eating" Johnson.

11 W 8th St, Red Lodge, MT 59068-9052 +1 406-446-1370
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5 based on 34 reviews

Carbon County Art Guild & Depot Gallery

Experience our area's vibrant arts culture! Enjoy original art from over 200 Western and contemporary artists in the historic 1889 Rocky Fork and Cooke City Railway Depot. See new exhibits each month featuring the best artists in the region and visit the renovated Northern Pacific Caboose. Join us for workshops given by local artists, art appreciation lectures, educational exhibits, children's programs, Montana Shakespeare in the Parks, Missoula Children's Theatre, and the annual Labor Day Arts Fair.

Reviewed By larry m - Kalispell, Montana

Museum quality artwork reasonably priced. The young lady who was on duty was charming and knowledgeable about the area as well as the artists represented. It's located in the historic train depot at the north end of town with plenty of parking and very clean rest room facility at the far end of the lot.

7. Babcock & Miles

105 W 12th St, Red Lodge, MT 59068-9039 +1 406-446-1796
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5 based on 7 reviews

Babcock & Miles

Reviewed By 2Montanans - Billings, Montana

While in Red Lodge, we visited this beautiful wine and goumet food shop. Wine prices really ranged from $15-$$$, and they had a great variety of US and foreign wines. If you wanted a special pucnic lunch or dinner to take with you, this would be the place. Nice assortment of pastas and tapas. Friendly staff. We will definitely visit again!

8. Silver Run Trails

West Fork Road, Red Lodge, MT 59068
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5 based on 7 reviews

Silver Run Trails

Reviewed By Tricia J - Red Lodge, Montana

Great trails for biking, hiking, running or nature/site seeing. Three loops of varied difficulty. Take your bear bell & enjoy the wild flowers, rushing Rock Creek, tricky mountain biking obstacles (can really challenge you!) & gorgeous scenery.

9. Basin Creek Lakes Trail

Red Lodge, MT
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4.5 based on 11 reviews

Basin Creek Lakes Trail

Reviewed By Lauren S - Iowa, United States

Beautiful hike to and along waterfall/creek, but trail disappeared. We thought we could maybe go a little farther and trail would be better, but no such luck - totally disappeared. We continued on following the creek to hopefully Make it to the first lake and finally came across a big meadow. at that point we were running into even more bear poop, and thought We better turn around and find our way back out for lunch. Disappointed we didn't reach either of the lakes, but still fun and enjoyable. Beautiful views.

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