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Red Lodge Montana

Beartooth Mountains

Absaroka Lake, Beartooth Highway, Red Lodge Montana
Absaroka Lake, Beartooth Highway south of Red Lodge Montana

Red Lodge, Montana is one of several gateways to Yellowstone Park however, it is the only gateway that has the beautiful Beartooth Highway as the gate. Come and experience true western hospitality in this quaint, historic, mountain town. Today, Red Lodge is still a working agricultural town. Thanks in no small part to the town’s preservation of and appreciation for its colorful past, it’s also a fascinating destination where history is not so much a thing of the past as it is a vibrant part of the present.

Red Lodge features beautiful ranch lands, flowing rivers, spring creeks, and abundant wildlife. Mule deer enjoy the open range and grasslands available to them in outside Red Lodge, Yellowstone elk come down from the mountain tops to spend the winters, grizzly bears often visit to provide a thrill or a scare, moose are also abundant and wolves wander in and out of the valley.

Outdoor recreation Red Lodge is well known for many outdoor recreation opportunities: skiing, mountain biking, and backpacking are nearby. In April, it is host to the popular Peaks to Prairie triathlon.

fishing littel bear lake, beartooth mountains
Scott Hunter releasing Brook Trout back into Little Bear Lake in the Beartooth Mountains.

Downhill skiing is the main attraction in winter; Red Lodge Mountain Resort has a long history dating back to 1960 when the ski area first opened. Originally started by a local enthusiastic ski club, they have spent the last 50 years growing into a resort that attracts visitors and families from all over the country. For those who seek an uncrowded, authentic ski experience where one can truly relax and have fun.

When the snow melts, the action moves to Red Lodge Mountain Resort’s 18-hole golf course that’s at the base of the Beartooth Mountains with miles of views that will make it hard to keep your eye on the ball!

The close proximity to Yellowstone Park, the Beartooth Highway and many other natural wonders make Red Lodge the perfect place to vacation or live. Besides having the legendary fly-fishing Yellowstone River not far away World class big game hunting, whitewater rafting, kayaking, wildlife viewing and photography, hiking, camping and horseback riding are just a few of the unlimited recreational opportunities available here in Red Lodge. Many fine bed and breakfasts; cabins and guest ranches provide lots of options for fine lodging.

Climbing is popular in Red Lodges Absaroka/Beartooth Mountains, Montana's highest peak, Granite Peak at 12,799 is a popular climb for many and there are many challenging climbing routes in rugged, remote wilderness locales on many classic routes in the Beartooth District.

Red Lodge’s creeks, rivers, and alpine lakes are treats to experience, fishing is popular because it is so good on the Yellowstone, Stillwater, Rock Creek, and the many lakes the dot the Beartooth Highway.

Whitewater river trips and kayaking on the Stillwater River near Absarokee, Montana, approximately 40 minutes from Red Lodge are a popular activity.

There is plenty to do and see in Red Lodge and is a dang good stop on your way to Yellowstone.

Yellowstone News

Bighorn Sheep taking a better look at on old photographer in a car
A bighorn comes a bit closer to get a close look at 89 year old Grover Ratlif

The National Elk Refuge’s best-kept secret.

It is common knowledge to most Jackson Hole winter travelers that the sleigh ride though the National Elk Refuge at $18.00 is the best deal in town  - except!

Shhhh- there is a back road which is free. The free back road accesses not only the elk herd; but also much of the West Crystal Drainage Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep herd.

In November and December is the breeding season, and the patient wildlife viewer can sometimes photograph bighorn rams butting heads proving their “Ram Tough” reputation. When lucky, later in winter you can still catch them butting heads; however, they are no longer fighting in earnest for the girls. .................  rest of story

Joe Medicine Crow
Joe Medicine Crow

"Warrior and living legend, Joe Medicine Crow, wants President Obama to protect the Crow's "Brother Grizzly".

CROW AGENCY—As the Crow Nation prepares for the 97th Annual Crow Fair Celebration, the tribe's centenarian and "living history," Dr. Joseph Medicine Crow, wants those about to transform Crow Agency into the "Teepee Capital of the World" to remember a brother of the Crow people who is in need.

"Grizzly bears, we call them our brothers," says Dr. Medicine Crow. "They play an important part in our culture and we'd like to keep it that way."

Dr. Medicine Crow's comments are in response to the Obama Administration's US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) that is expected to announce a new rule this fall to delist the Yellowstone grizzly bear from the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Delisting the grizzly will enable the states of Montana, Wyoming and Idaho to open trophy-hunting seasons on the bear, a being many tribes consider sacred..... Rest of Article

Death of a Man. . . Death of a Bear
By Keith Crowley

Trying to make sense of last week's fatal Grizzly bear attack on a hiker in Yellowstone National Park and it's aftermath is a fool's errand. But this fool is going to try anyway.

This kind of story wrenches it's way deep into the psyche of all who spend time in the wilds. And it certainly wrenched its way deep into my soul since I spend months each year in Yellowstone and the surrounding Grizzly Country. To make it even more personal, ... rest of article

Blaze, grizzly that ate man
Blaze the grizzly and her 2011 cub Hobo

Yellowstone roadside grizzlies worth rangers' hassle???

Yellowstone visitors would pay an additional $41 to ensure seeing roadside grizzlies, a study shows, and the attraction creates 155 jobs and more than $10 million a year for the regional economy. The $41 visitors would pay is on top of the $25-per-vehicle entrance fee. If Yellowstone no longer allowed grizzly bears to use roadside habitat — and instead chased, moved or killed them — the regional economy would lose more than $10 million a year and 155 jobs according to the paper "The economics of roadside bear viewing."............................Rest of story

A Case for CollarsBy Keith Crowley

As a wildlife photographer I have a real love/hate relationship with radio telemetry collars.  All photographers live in a world of aesthetics, and most wildlife photographers try capture natural animal behavior in natural settings with as little apparent human influence as possible. Even something as ephemeral as a jet's vapor trail in the sky can destroy a wild image. The permanence of collars (and ear tags, too) placed by human hands on wild animals is impossible to ignore.......................For my part, I think are few truly valid reasons not to collar wolves in Yellowstone. But there is also one really good one, and in the interest of open discussion, some points are worth exploring:..............rest of story

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Helpful ebook for photographers

The Grand Teton Photo and Field Guide is an encapsulation of the flora, fauna, and photography of Jackson Hole Wyoming and Grand Teton National Park. Also included are thumbnails of the history and geology of the valley. This book is for all visitors with a desire to seek out wildlife, photograph the landscape, or merely learn about the history, geology, and lay of the land of Grand Teton National Park. The author provides general overviews including hot links with more in-depth descriptions of subjects of individual interest.

In the “Lay of the Land” section, includes the obvious highlights along the loop through Grand Teton Park. Hot links to side roads will give you more in-depth description of side roads and feeder roads and their highlights. Also included are descriptions of all two-rut roads that are legal to travel on in Grand Teton Park. GPS links to Google Maps are provided throughout.

As a field guide, profiles of most of animals and birds in the area are described. Jackson Hole is full of wildlife but there are places where animals are, and there are places where they are not. It is a waste of time to scrutinize a landscape devoid of what you are looking for, so this guide narrows options down to the hot spots. I provide maps of the likeliest places to find the popular critters of Grand Teton National Park. I also touch on trees, shrubs, and wildflowers with minimal explanations.  

The grandeur of Grand Teton Park has made it one of the most photographed places in the world. The opportunity to harness multiple juxtapositional elements has drawn photographers for over a century since William Henry Jackson took the first photos here in 1878. Grand Teton Park’s plethora of famous vistas are profiled as well as many which are less clichéd that can bring new perspectives of a well-documented landscape. Grand Tetons’ iconic landscape photo opportunities are described in detail; however, they barely scratch the surface of opportunities as it takes a photographer with an artist’s eye to unveil as they follow their own intuition and vision.  The author who shies away from clichéd landscapes provides a chapter of his favorite places that aren’t landscape clichés.

In the photography section the author includes chapters on composition, exposure basics, when to shoot and why. Daryl has summarized what he teaches in his, half day, Grand Teton workshops in a simple concise way.

If you are only in Grand Teton Park for a day there is a chapter called the “Portfolio Packer Morning Trip,” that does just that, all the icons and several favorite places in a five our blitz.  But it is better to spend more time and dig deep into the embarrassment of riches of Grand Teton National Park................. More Info


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