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GArdiner ! MT to Red Lodge

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GArdiner ! MT to Red Lodge

Information on e Highway from The North Entrance of Yellowstone to Red Lodge Mt, how long of drive and any should see or do

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1. Re: GArdiner ! MT to Red Lodge

OK, are you wanting to drive thru Yellowstone from the North entrance, exit at the NE entrance and then drive Beartooth? Where do you want to end up for the night or do you want to make it a day trip?

Here are some time frames:

Gardiner to Mammoth: 5 miles/15-30 minutes depending on traffic at the North entrance gate

Mammoth to NE entrance: 47 miles/ 94 minutes with no stops. Realistically plan for 2 hours

NE entrance over Beartooth to Red Lodge: 2.5 hours with no stops. If you are just doing an out and back you can turn around at Rock Creek Vista, but go at least this far as this gets you thru the scenic high Alpine Meadow part. You will want to stop and enjoy the scenery along the way. There are also a number of waterfalls you can drive off the road to.

You can make this a day trip from Gardiner and go down in to Red Lodge for lunch. I would count on it being at least a 10 hour drive day.

Here is map link showing highlights:

beartoothhighway.com/beartooth-highway-maps/

When are you planning to travel? I see your other post regarding Steamboat that you may be in that area in late September. If that is your time frame for Beartooth as well, you do need to check weather carefully. If you are in Gardiner, I would stop the day before at the Albright Visitor Center at Mammoth and ask the Rangers about weather forecasts for the next day. Beartooth can close for snowy conditions in September.

I see you also asked about the KOA in Jackson. Beartooth is not suitable for an RV but don't know what kind of rig you will be driving.

Edited: 06 June 2017, 00:10
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2. Re: GArdiner ! MT to Red Lodge

We are flying into Denver, spending 2 nihghs in Steamboat. Then on to Jackson Hole, for 3 nights driving thru Yellowstone and on to the North entrance. Then planning to travel to Beartooth and spend a night in Red Lodge. Kinda looking for pace to go after Red Lodge have. A couple of days to get back to Denver, thanks for,your inputs

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3. Re: GArdiner ! MT to Red Lodge

Well, I would add a night to Yellowstone and perhaps a night in Cody. In general on the Yellowstone forum we recommend 4 nights in Yellowstone to give you 3 full days.

You are going to need to be very cautious weather-wise this time of year. Here is a thread showing last year's closures. Do take a look at September and October.

https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g60999…

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