Nestled at the foot of the Beartooth Mountain range, Red Lodge is a charming, unpretentious mountain resort town, far from the glitz of its Rocky Mountains sisters of Vail, Colorado Spring,s or even Big Sky.
Famous for being "Billings' ski resort" (it's only 60 to 70 miles away), the town is ruled by skiers and snowboarders during the winter. In the summer, Red Lodge is the starting point of the Beartooth Scenic Byway.
If you need a coffee or drinks or anything, it's a recommended stop, as you won't find anything (except a few rest stops on the way up on the highway) until Cooke City.
From Red Lodge, the road takes us south on US 212 along Rock Creek until you reach the Custer National Forest. Soon, the road starts going up and up. From this point on, it might take you a couple of hours, especially if you stop a lot on the way to admire the views, and it is awesome at this point, as a mountain circus is displayed in front of you.