I moved to Red Lodge in October of 2000 after doing a thorough search for the best mountain town in the Rocky Mountains to move myself and my fledgling company, Zephyr Adventures.
Red Lodge earned the distinction of becoming Zephyr’s “world headquarters” for many reasons:
- Its population of 2,300 is much more diverse and interesting than you might expect, with a combination of local ranchers and farmers as well as those (like me) who moved from out of town.
- Red Lodge is quaint, with a wonderful main street filled with unique shops and art galleries, good restaurants, and fun watering holes. There are no stop lights in the county!
- The adjacent Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness Area of nearly a million acres is an outdoors mecca with incredible alpine scenery and some of the best hiking anywhere in the world (and without the crowds).
- The small city is only one hour from Billings, the largest airport in the state.
We know there are more famous locations in Montana. Big Sky attracts skiers, Glacier National Park attracts hikers, and West Yellowstone is the gateway to our nation’s number one national park. But what Red Lodge and the Beartooth Mountains offer is a true Montana experience, with a wonderful small town and hiking trails that are practically deserted.
We are thrilled to offer our first-ever Beartooth Hiking Adventure in our adopted home town so we can show you why it continually gets awarded one of “best small mountain towns” in the country!