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The Stillwater River, a popular fly-fishing destination for those staying around Red Lodge
The Stillwater River, a popular fly-fishing destination for those staying around Red Lodge
Mountain Goats atop the Beartooth Highway
Mountain Goats atop the Beartooth Highway

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.

East Rosebud River, Beartooth Mountains
The Beartooth Mountains spawn trout streams and rivers from every canyon.

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.

Prairie sunset
Prairie sunset north of Red Lodge, Granit peaks to the south and prairies to the north, Red Lodge hosts quite the variety of terrain.

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.

 

East Rosebud Lake
Red Lodge is a land of Lakes, it's glacial past have left these alpine likes strewn about alike a broken necklass.
Greater Yellowstone News
All Yellowstone gates open for season
Grizzly 399 and Quadruplets, the parting shot
Parting shot of Grizzly 399

Parting shot of Grizzly 399 and her four cubs, shortly before the Queen of the Tetons weaned the famous brood. They certainly appear ready to go their separate way.

It was quite an event when the most famous grizzly in the world showed up with quadruplets in 2020, only the eleventh set of grizzly quadruplets in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem since biologists stated keeping track around 50 years ago.

On May 12 the Queen of the Tetons was seen with a male friend frolicking in the sage possibly working on the next chapter.

Yellowstone National Park sets visitation record in 2021

Yellowstone National Park recorded 4,860,537 recreation visits in 2021, up 28% from the 3,806,306 visits in 2020 and making it the busiest year on record...............read more

Old faithful and friends

Is social media ruining our nature excursions?

Social media, the curse and blessing of the twenty-first century. A focus on the evolution of the problem inflicted on nature, ways of to mitigate how it affects our beautiful places, our wildlife, our experience. Dichotomies and conundrums to ponder.  Since the advent of the digital photography and its ease of use and economy after initial investment, America and the world have hit the road and the road comes back to us on our social media. .................... rest of article Addendum, this is getting worse than ever.

 

Charging Mountain Lion
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Study: More elk killed by cougars than by wolves in Idaho: More elk are being killed by cougars than by wolves in Idaho, a study by the state Department of Fish and Game has found.The study found that wolves accounted for 32% of adult female elk deaths and 28% of elk calf deaths, while cougars accounted for 35% of adult female elk deaths and 45% of elk calf deaths. The study also found ............ rest of story

Return of the Yellowstone cutthroat trout by Kelsey Dayton

The water in Atlantic Creek in the remote Thorofare region of Yellowstone National Park was clear. So clear that Dave Sweet could see the fish before he even cast. They were everywhere: dozens of beautiful trout with distinctive red slashes under their jaws. Sweet had journeyed for two days on horseback to the major spawning tributaries of Yellowstone Lake for those fish. Over the next few days he and his daughter would see thousands of Yellowstone cutthroat trout and catch some as long as 25 inches. But just as exciting were the younger, smaller fish. They, Sweet realized, mark a turning point in a battle to save a species..................... Rest Of Story

Huge Yellowstone Cutthroat trout
Huge Yellowstone Cutthroat trout

 

Livingston Montana

The Resort Town Curse
by Daryl L. Hunter

In 1962 as a child my family went through Carmel California, and after my exclaimation how beautiful the place was, my mother explained to me that it was against the law to cut down a tree in the town and it was so beautiful. I wondered why every town didn't do that. A few years later my hometown, San Luis Obispo, did enact all kinds of restricted zoning like Carmel's as a part of an urban renewal plan, and now I couldn't afford to move back there if I wanted to. This town is now populated with what they call "Grey Gold", rich retired people that ran up the property values so high that native born could no longer afford to live there. I have lived in many resort towns since, and I have noticed a trend. I am attracted to them when they are still little, quaint and undiscovered, but it usually isn't long before word spreads about the next great place. ..............   Rest of story

A Protective Firewall For Grizzlies
By Daryl L. Hunter

The delisting of the Yellowstone Grizzly Bear is imminent and this we should celebrate (''''dancing''''). Now that our happy dance is complete, we must ensure the grizzlies' recovery is permanent. To ensure "continuity of achievement," the grizzlies need a firewall to protect the success of this achievement from human foible.

The Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee was formed in 1983 to help ensure recovery of viable grizzly bear populations and their habitat in the lower 48 states through interagency coordination of policy, planning, management, and research. Many people have been working on this recovery for decades, for some; it has been most of their career. I can understand why the delisting of the grizzly before their retirement is their goal. A metaphorical gold watch if you will.

Many will argue differently,................. Rest of Article

Blondie the Grizzly Sow and her three cubs, where these four bears roam in the Teton Wilderness is likely to open to hunting someday soon, this must not happen.

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.  

flying Gees and grizzly cub

Grizzlies and geese, click to see larger

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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