Five campgrounds cluster around the foot of the mountains at 6800’ elevation along the Main Fork of Rock Creek and are typically open in mid-May. The boundary for the Absarokee-Beartooth Wilderness area is 3-4 miles to the southwest. ATVers can take the Hell-Roaring Road (FS Rd 2004) to the Hell-Roaring Plateau (10,000’), a seven-mile tortuous dirt road to the edge of the Wilderness. Hiking trails start at Parkside Campground and several nearby trail heads.
Two campgrounds hug the banks of the West Fork of Rock Creek located 7 miles west of Red Lodge. More remote and quieter than the Main Fork campgrounds, these spacious camps offer numerous trails into the Absarokee-Beartooth Wilderness to high alpine lakes and streams. Fishing is generous on the West Fork of Rock Creek and the handicapped accessible Wild Bill Lake. All camps provide pit toilets, garbage service, large tables, fire rings with firewood available for purchase, and drinking water from hand pumps.
There are a lot of summertime events & celebrations in the area:
Red Lodge Music Festival in June for Jr. & Sr. High music students
4th of July Pro Rodeo in early July
Iron Horse Rodeo (motor bike rodeo) in mid-July including a golf tournament and poker ride over two scenic byways
Mountain Man Rendezvous with hatchet throwing and campfire cookery in late July
Festival of the Nations - a week-long event in early August
There are also several bike and foot races throughout the summer
Check with the Red Lodge Chamber of Commerce for more events and specific dates and times.
Gateway to Yellowstone Park via the beautiful 10,947 foot high Beartooth Highway. Come and experience true western hospitality in this quaint, historic, mountain town.
Nestled against Montana’s highest mountain peaks, Red Lodge is a place of extraordinary beauty and, wherever you turn, real smiles, genuine warmth and a welcoming, Western-style hospitality.
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