On September 19, we drove from Great Falls, Montana to Red Lodge, Montana, positioning ourselves for entering Yellowstone National Park the next day by way of the Beartooth Scenic Byway.
We drove part of the way on Interstate 15, which passed through the Belt Mountains. There was a scenic overlook that we had visited on a previous trip, but the weather was much nicer this time.
There were 72 steps leading to the scenic overlook (not that I was counting).
This is the view from the overlook (you know...the one with a climb of 72 steps).
The view from above the canyon was so pretty that we decided to drive through the canyon for a closer look.
A view of the river and railroad tracks from down in the canyon
A panoramic view from down in the canyon
It was late afternoon when we reached the small western town of Red Lodge.
Red Lodge, Montana
After supper at the Red Lodge Cafe, we walked around town a bit, then took a little drive through the town and out into the countryside.
This deer was in a residential area, apparently focused on those berries on a Mountain Ash tree.
We were rewarded by this lovely sunset as we enjoyed our evening drive in the country.
Our lodging in Red Lodge was at the Yodeler Motel. We'd never stayed in one quite like it. It was sort of a bi-level. Guests had to go up seven or eight steps to reach the rooms on the upper level and down seven or eight steps to reach the rooms on the lower level. There were no rooms at ground level.
A front view of the Yodeler Motel
A rear view of the Yodeler Motel
We were staying in Room 4 on the lower level.
Our accommodations were quite comfortable. There was no air conditioning, but none was needed. A window fan was available, but the room was plenty cool enough without it.