|POPULATION - According to the most recent census,
the population of Red Lodge is 1,875. Including the surrounding area, the
population approaches 2,500.
ECONOMY - Carbon County was named for the vast coal deposits
underlying the county. Coal mining was the major industry for many years.
Agriculture, recreation and tourism are major contributors to the present
day economy. Over 240 businesses are located in Red Lodge, including many
professional offices. A first class post office and health facilities add
vital services to the business community. The largest employers are Red
Lodge Mountain Ski Area, health facilities, schools and the county.
ALTITUDE AND WEATHER - The elevation of Red Lodge is 5,555 feet.
The annual rainfall in the area is 22 inches. Red Lodge, in a sample 30
year period, averaged only 3 days per year with maximum of 90 degrees or
warmer and 26 days a year of temperatures of zero or colder. Red Lodge
snowfall averages 52 inches per year, and there is an average of 105
frost-free days between June and September.
TRANSPORTATION - Car rentals are available at Red Lodge
Chevrolet. Red Lodge is situated 60 miles south of Billings. Car rentals
are available in Billings at Logan International Airport or through your
AIRPORT - 4,000 feet of paved runway; lighted VASI; NDR 2 miles
north; Unicom- 122.8; tie down facilities; 80 and 100 octane. Courtesy car
available. The nearest major commercial airport, Logan International
Airport, is located in Billings, Montana only 60 miles from Red Lodge.
PUBLIC INFORMATION AND REST ROOMS - The Red Lodge Area Chamber
of Commerce Visitor's Center is located on the north side of Red Lodge
where one will find information, rest rooms and public telephones.
ACCOMMODATIONS - A variety of accommodations include seven
motels, four condominiums, a historic hotel, bed and breakfast lodgings,
and furnished guest homes available by the day or week. There are two
private campgrounds with water, electricity, pumping station and showers.
More than 700 units are available at nearby National Forest campgrounds.
DINING - Red Lodge has more restaurants per capita than any
other community in Montana. It offers everything from fast food service to
the most elegant dining at several exceptional restaurants. Red Lodge is
appreciated by patrons in northern Wyoming, Billings and other surrounding
areas for its fine dining.
RECREATION - Red Lodge Mountain Ski Area, six miles from Red
Lodge, is 9,416 ft. elevation with over 60 trails; 15 percent are
beginner, 55 percent are intermediate and 30 percent are advanced; a
vertical drop of 2,400 feet, two high-speed detachable quad chairlifts, a
triple chairlift, four double chairlifts, three chalets, ski equipment
rentals, sales and child care center.
Activities/attractions include snowmobiling, cross country skiing, fishing, hunting, hiking and
camping in the Beartooth Mountains, horse-drawn wagon rides in summer and
sled rides in winter, swimming pool, Beartooth Nature Center, which
includes a children's petting zoo, saunas, racquetball court, 9- and
18-hole golf courses, public and private tennis courts, museum, Arts
Guild, art galleries and the public library.