The seat of Carbon County
, Red Lodge is located 50 miles souyhwest of Billings
on US 212 near the Wyoming state line in south central Montana.
This historic mining town has roots that reach back to the European homes of its diverse founders. Situated at the base of the Beartooth Mountains, Red Lodge is one of Montana's premier ski destinations in winter; in summer, it draws hikers, anglers,campers, sightseers and Yellowtone Park visitors via the nearby Beartooth Highway.
The population estimate for July 1, 1998 was 2,238, an increase of 280 since 1990.