KOA Red Lodge is a journey park in the KOA rating system. It’s located about 40 miles south of Interstate 90 at exit 408 in Red Lodge Montana. That is actually a little strange for a journey park as they are usually much closer to interstates. The cool thing about this campground is that it’s located on US-212. The beginning of Beartooth Highway is located only a few miles from this campground which is exactly the reason we chose to stay here!!!
Pressed For Time
Since we were working at the KOA in Missoula at the time, we only had a few days to head out to Red Lodge and tackle the Beartooth Highway & Chief Joseph Scenic byway (articles on both will be coming soon). For that reason, we chose to book a cabin.
For the purpose of describing the layout of this campground, we will split it into 2 parts. The front and back which is divided by a seasonal stream. Pulling in off US-212 as you enter the campground, there is a fenced dog park on your left side. As you bear to the right of the dump station you will pull up in front of the office. It will be on your left side. On your right side will be about 6 water/electric pull-through sites
We had a reservation made already so check-in was a breeze. They have a decent-sized store with some grocery items and RV supplies. After being assigned cabin 6 and provided a map we were on our way. An escort was not really needed as we could see the cabin from the office. As we headed to our cabin there was a triangular area on our left that housed the pool and playground.
The Cabin Section
So far we have pulled into the campground, checked in, and gone to our cabin. The area that our cabin was in is the last section in the “front” of the park. By that, I mean the front side of the seasonal stream. In this section, there are 7 basic cabins, 8 back-in water/electric sites, 4 full hook-up pull-throughs, and 3 back-in full hook-up sites.
Our cabin was a typical KOA basic cabin and we had no complaints. One thing it did not have (none of them had) was an a/c. By using the ceiling fan and keeping the window open we were able to stay cool. We were not there during the middle of the afternoon (typically the hottest) as we were out riding!!! The bathrooms/showers were located on the side of the office and were clean. There were actually a much nicer set of bathrooms/showers in the rear of the campground. These were “all-in-one” bathroom/showers and there were 2 of them. They were also very clean.
The Other Side Of The Seasonal Stream
Directly on the other side of the stream is a row of tent sites that extend the width of the park. As you enter the back part of the park on your right side making up the perimeter are a couple of more basic cabins and a small building that houses those awesome all-in-one bathrooms. The back perimeter of the park consists of 2 more cabins and more tent sites.
The Middle 3 Rows
Between the back row of tents and the seasonal stream are three small rows of RV sites. All 3 rows are pull-throughs. One row is full hook-ups, one is water/electric, and one is deluxe patio full hook-up sites. As you circle around the park towards the exit the outside perimeter on your right side leaving the park houses about 8 back-in primitive sites. As you continue towards the exit of the park you will also pass the only dumpster in the park.
One More Thing
Since we did not have our RV during this stay the only way we could check on the RV sites was through conversation and observation. If you know anything about me at all you would know a conversation is never an issue…lol. After speaking with multiple people in RV sites there were no reported issues. No electrical issues, water, or sewer (were applicable) issues. When we are checking out RV sites we always look to see how many levelers are needed to level the unit. A lot of levelers mean the sites are not level. This was not the case here. All sites seemed fairly level.
Date Of Stay: 9/7/21- 9/9/21
Site#: Cabin 6
Cost: $155.32 (With 10% KOA Value Card Discount)
Our Review Summary
KOA Red Lodge
This park sits near the beginning of the Beartooth Highway. It is clean, the staff super friendly, and fairly quiet. I say fairly because at night you can hear when vehicles hit the rumble strips on the road. You are only minutes from town that has gas stations, a supermarket, and a nice little breakfast diner. If we ever find ourselves back in this area we would definitely return.
- 30 & 50 Amp Sites Available
- Pull Through Sites Available
- Cabins (Basic) Available
- Tent Sites Available
- Pool (In-Season)
- Good Verizon Signal
- Laundry Facilities
- Banana Bike Rentals
- Fenced K-9 Park
- No Deluxe Cabins
- WiFi Weak
- Dirt Roads Can Be Dusty In Periods That Lack Rain
- Some RV Sites Were Tight
- Some Road Noise/Rumble Strips
- No A/C In The Cabin
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