Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary / Beartooth Nature Center

Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary


Providing refuge for animals unable to return to the wild, the Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary, formerly the Beartooth Nature Center, offers an intimate environment for viewing and learning about animals and their habitats, keeping the focus on conservation, education and preservation.

  • Formerly the Beartooth Nature Center.
  • Located near the north entrance of Red Lodge, Montana.
  • Open 10-5 in the summer, 10-2 in the winter.
  • Entry Fee $10 for non-resident adults and $7 for Montana residents.

Located in Red Lodge, Montana, the Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary has deep roots in the community that extend back to the 1920’s as a fur trading business that evolved into a zoo and ultimately into a nature center.

Dedicated to education, conservation, and preservation of Montana’s wildlife and its habitats, the Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary is the only public refuge in Montana to house and care for animals unable to be returned to the wild. With an impressive array of reptiles, birds and mammals, a visit to the nature center provides its guests with interactive displays as well as opportunities to learn about wolves, bobcats, owls, bears and others at close range.

An education program caters to toddlers, youth, and other groups with a focus on making learning fun with hands-on, interactive activities. Programs can be designed to accommodate any type of group and private guided tours are also available.

Location / Directions

The Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary is located near the north entrance to Red Lodge Montana at 615 2nd Street E. Contact them directly at 406-446-1133 or by mail at PO Box 675 Red Lodge, MT 59068.

Hours / Seasons

The nature center is open daily – weather permitting. Summer hours are 10am – 5pm and run May through September. Winter hours from 10am -2pm run from October through April.

Fees / Costs

  • Non-Resident Adults - $10
  • Montana Resident Adults - $7
  • Non-Resident Seniors - $9
  • Resident Seniors 55 - $6
  • Children 3-12 - $3

Memberships are available and are also honored at Zoo Montana.


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