Search and Rescue

Search and Rescue members planning a mission

With the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness at our back door and public lands in every direction, Red Lodge draws adventurers from across the globe. Despite the best laid plans, even the most experienced outdoors-person can get into trouble in the backcountry. That’s why Red Lodge Search and Rescue is ready at a moment’s notice. 

Because the Red Lodge area draws day-hikers, backpackers, climbers, skiers, hunters, and many other recreationists, our rescue team has to have a broad skill-set and be ready for any type of weather. Team members are trained in backcountry navigation, wilderness first aid, technical high-angle rope rescues, helicopter evacuation and many other skills needed to assist in rescue operations

Our team members love the outdoors and have a familiarity with the wilderness trail system. They receive specialized orienteering training and work with maps, compass and GPS technology.  

Training is an ongoing process, and our team meets at least twice a month to prepare for any emergency. Mountain Rescue Incident