Beginners and experienced snowmobilers alike love winter in the outdoor wonderland that is Red Lodge, Montana. Snowmobile season usually starts in December and ends in April. Conditions vary each winter with temperatures from 20°F-30°F to below zero. Snow depths average a few feet to 15 feet at higher elevations on nearly 4,000 miles of groomed trails.
Where to go Snowmobiling
- Within Yellowstone National Park: Snowmobiling is only permitted via commercially guided tours in Yellowstone National Park. A limited number of snowmobiles are allowed in the park daily, and trips fill up quickly during holiday periods, so make early reservations. Most snowmobiling tours leave from the north (3 hours from Red Lodge) and west entrances (4 hours from Red Lodge) of the park.
- From Red Lodge to Cooke City: Vehicle access to Cooke City and Silver Gate, MT is closed on US Hwy 212, east of Cooke City in winter. But you can snowmobile this closed road from Chief Joseph Scenic Highway (WY 296), at the Pilot Creek parking lot. It is approximately nine miles into Cooke City.
Rentals and Permits
There are NO snowmobile rentals available within or near Red Lodge. Snowmobile enthusiasts MUST bring their own snowmobile.
Snowmobilers from other states are required to purchase a $25 temporary use permit. Permits are available December 1 at some hotels and through Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks (406-444-2535).