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North Yellowstone to Red Lodge

Boston, MA
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North Yellowstone to Red Lodge

At the end of June, we'll be flying into Bozeman and staying in Livingston our first night in Montana. The next morning we plan on getting an early start and heading down to Yellowstone and exploring the north part of the park. We then plan to take the Beartooth Passway to Red Lodge where we'll have dinner and stay overnight. Is this doable? When do we need to leave the park to make it to Red Lodge comfortably before it gets dark?

Thanks!!

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1. Re: North Yellowstone to Red Lodge

It's only about 200 miles from Livingston to Red Lodge so you can do it easily. The road from Livingston to Gardiner is a nice 70 mph road. Once in the park the speed limit is 45 mph and late June is in the height of the tourist season. It will take a while to get through the park but count on going slow. There is lots to see, but you will be slowed by cars stopping for animals along the road and tourist traffic on the slow twisty roads generally. Don't get impatient. There are seldom places to pass so the best way to do the park is to enjoy the pace and stop often. Doing the Beartooth Pass will also be slow. You can get to Red Lodge easily by dark because at that time of year it isn't dark until 10 pm. Enjoy

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2. Re: North Yellowstone to Red Lodge

Thanks for information! I was hoping that since we weren't going in July or August that we might not hit the crowds. Thanks for the warning!

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