The Beartooth Mountains offer incomparable hiking opportunities for all levels. The beautiful East Rosebud Canyon connects a series of pristine mountain lakes. Known as "The Beaten Path," this trail is for hikers who want to explore up to 25 miles of unparalleled wilderness landscape connecting Cooke City [near the northeast gate to Yellowstone Park] to the East Rosebud. Also nearby, you can hike the West Rosebud to Mystic Lake or explore the Stillwater Canyon with its raging waterfall [a very different experience depending whether you are on foot or on horseback].
In Absarokee, MT, just 15 miles away, you can whitewater raft along the Stillwater and Yellowstone Rivers - guided by Adventure Whitewater - complete with cliff jumping and frequent Bald Eagle and Osprey sightings.
Red Lodge, MT, 20 miles from the ranch, is the quintessential old western town, with an historic main street and many seasonal attractions, none the least of which is the 4th of July parade and the three-day Home of Champions Rodeo [Note: during the summer months, nightly rodeos are staged in Cody, WY].
The history of the west is also at your fingertips - the Buffalo Bill Center of the West [Exhibits: plains indians, natural history, firearms, western art] is an hour and a quarter to the south in Cody, Wyoming. The Museum of the Rockies [dinosaur hall, planetarium, etc.] is two and a quarter hours to the west in Bozeman and the Mackay Collection, featuring many of Charlie Russell's most famous paintings, is located three hours away at the Montana Historical Society in Helena. In addition, the Little Bighorn Battlefield, site of Custer's last stand, is less than two hours to the east in Crow Agency, MT.
For an unforgettable experience of a lifetime, drive from the ranch to Yellowstone Park by way of the Beartooth Scenic Highway, stopping at the 11,000 foot summit for a summer snowball fight or a hike in the lake region of the Beartooth plateau. Enjoy spectacular views of Granite Peak, Montana's tallest mountain, or explore the red-clay landscapes of Sunlight Basin.
To top it all off, there are great dining options in the immediate area. Roscoe [4 miles from the ranch] is home to the Grizzly Bar, famous for its steaks and burgers. Red Lodge, just 25 minutes to the southeast, features some terrific cuisine with choices ranging from the upscale Bridge Creek Backcountry Kitchen and Wine Bar to local favorites including Cafe Regis [vegetarian specialties] and the Red Lodge Pizza Co. Just past Red Lodge in Bearcreek is the Bearcreek Saloon, home to delicious steaks and renowned "Pig Races."
Whether you are just looking for a little downtime or wanting to 'take-on' the great outdoors, there is no place quite like the Lazy E-L Ranch. You can spend your whole visit discovering all the ranch has to offer, or use it as a base to explore Yellowstone Park and the surrounding Beartooth-Absaroka Wilderness.