The town of Fishtail, Montana, population 78, is just eight miles up the road from Bench Ranch. Here, at the General Store you can step back in time and buy supplies, get beer and wine, have a sandwich or a burrito at the deli or, in winter, warm yourself by the wood burning stove.
Just 45 minutes away, the charming mountain town of Red Lodge, Montana features art galleries and tourist shops for hours of exploration and reportedly more restaurants per capita than any other Montana town to eat, drink, and relax.
For more local dining,The Grizzly Bar in Roscoe is famed for their mouthwatering steaks and Montana Jacks in Dean offers gourmet locally sourced fare with views to die for.
A trip to our neighborhood would be incomplete without a drive to the top of the world via the Beartooth Highway, said by CBS correspondent Charles Kuralt to be: “The most beautiful roadway in America.” The highway, U.S. 212, leaves Red Lodge, Montana, climbs 11,000 feet to Beartooth Pass, and plummets down to the northeast entrance to Yellowstone National Park. For those that prefer two wheels, a descent by bicycle will provide a thrill to tell those back home about.
Taking place throughout the year all over Montana, nearby rodeos include the Pros at Red Lodge in July and multiple dates in Billings. For a full immersion course in this tremendous sport try the Miles City Bucking Horse sale in May. If you love rodeo come see the best; if you’ve never been before, take home the iconic image of the West.
Native American Culture
Dig into the area’s Native American roots with a visit to The Crow Fair in Hardin, Montana or Plenty Coups State Park in Pryor, Montana. In what was once Crow Country, home to the Crow Indians, an exploration of their history and culture will bring a greater understanding of this place.
Yellowstone National Park
Just a three hour drive from Bench Ranch, Yellowstone Park holds a lifetime of wonders with one of the most complete ecosystems left on the planet. Here you can see abundant wildlife, from wolves and grizzlies to herds of wild buffalo and soaring eagles. Combine your stay at the Torgrimson Place with a few days in the Park, for a truly unique adventure.