Plan on a two hour drive from the ranch to get to Red Rock Lakes. Take I-15 south to exit 0 – Monida, Montana. Drive east 28 miles on a good, improved dirt road. Stop by Refuge Headquarters and pick up a map. Staff are always eager to share ideas on places to see.
To plan your day, leave the ranch after breakfast, it will take two hours to reach the Refuge. Bring a camera – it is amazing here. Many of the photos in this article were taken by the eastern edge of the refuge.
The Continental Divide and the Idaho border lies to the east of the Refuge. The road can be rough near the Divide. It makes for a great place to stop for a photo and turn back for the ranch.
If you didn’t bring a lunch, drive up to Elk Lake Lodge in the northeast corner of the valley for a bite to eat.
Be sure to fill up with gas in Dillon or Lima before heading into this remote area.