Sheridan Campground

Red Lodge, Montana

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Red Lodge is the gateway to one of the most scenic drives in the United States. The 70-milelong Beartooth Highway ascends out of Red Lodge through Rock Creek Canyon, serving up spectacular views as it winds to Cooke City and then into Yellowstone National Park. Built between 1931 and 1936 at a cost of $2.5 million, this spectacular highway allows anyone with the nerve to experience what was once only visible to those on foot or horseback: profuse wildflower carpets and a high alpine environment at elevations above 10,000 feet. The sharp switchbacks, unpredictable weather, and remarkable views make each trip on the Beartooth an adventure. With dramatic, forested peaks surrounding you, it’s hard to believe this was once a hotbed of mining activity. The mines survived the Depression but were devastated in 1943 when 74 miners died in an explosion at the Smith Mine. This was the state’s worst mining disaster and the beginning of the end for large-scale mining in the area.
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by Jan and Christina Nesset (Menasha Ridge Press)

Red Lodge is the gateway to one of the most scenic drives in the United States. The 70-milelong Beartooth Highway ascends out of Red Lodge through Rock Creek Canyon, serving up spectacular views as it winds to Cooke City and then into Yellowstone National Park. Built between 1931 and 1936 at a cost of $2.5 million, this spectacular highway allows anyone with the nerve to experience what was once only visible to those on foot or horseback: profuse wildflower carpets and a high alpine environment at elevations above 10,000 feet.

The sharp switchbacks, unpredictable weather, and remarkable views make each trip on the Beartooth an adventure. With dramatic, forested peaks surrounding you, it’s hard to believe this was once a hotbed of mining activity. The mines survived the Depression but were devastated in 1943 when 74 miners died in an explosion at the Smith Mine. This was the state’s worst mining disaster and the beginning of the end for large-scale mining in the area.

© 2017 Jan and Christina Nesset/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Campgrounds
Nearby City: Red Lodge
Campsites: 9 Sites
Season: Year-round; full services Memorial Day-Labor Day.
Additional Use: Hiking, Camping
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Custer National Forest. 406-446-2103, www.fs.usda.gov/custergallatin; reservations: 877-4446777, recreation.gov
Fees per Night: $16, $9/additional vehicle
Facilities: Hand-pump water, vault toilets.
Driving Directions: Directions to Sheridan Campground

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