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Heralded as one of the most scenic drives in the United States, the Beartooth Highway, a National Scenic Byways All-American Road, features breathtaking views of the Absaroka and Beartooth Mountains, and open high alpine plateaus dotted with countless glacial lakes, forested valleys, waterfalls and wildlife. The Beartooth All-American Road passes through what is known today as the Beartooth Corridor. Surrounded by the Custer, Gallatin, and Shoshone National Forests, traveling parallel to the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness, and abutting Yellowstone National Park, the Highway sits in a million-plus acre wilderness. Visitors have the rare opportunity to experience and explore pristine, untouched alpine and montane landscapes, lush forests, and alpine tundra in the space of a few miles. It is one of the highest and most rugged areas in the lower 48 states, with 20 peaks reaching over 12,000 feet in elevation. In the surrounding mountains, glaciers are found on the north flank of nearly every mountain peak over 11,500 feet high. The Road itself is the highest elevation highway in Wyoming (10,947 feet) and Montana (10,350 feet), and is the highest elevation highway in the Northern Rockies. Recreational opportunities abound in the Beartooth Corridor. Visitors can cross-country or downhill ski in June and July, hike across broad plateaus, and view and photograph wildlife including mountain goats, moose, elk, marmot, mule deer, black bear, grizzly bear, and wolf. Visitors also can take a guided horseback trip, fish for trout in the streams and lakes adjacent to the highway, and camp in the area’s 13 National Forest campgrounds. When the highway is formally closed to automobiles during the winter months, snowmobilers travel roughly the same route and enjoy a spectacular winter wonderland. The Beartooth Highway provides easy access to Yellowstone National Park at its northeast entrance. Three gateway communities – Cooke City and Red Lodge, Montana and Cody, Wyoming put you in the heart of today’s wild wild west. All three communities retain their western heritage then mix it with modern amenities to provide an unparalleled family western vacation.
Breath-taking and heart-stopping beauty. Very beautiful drive but be aware, it is an intense drive. Many parts of the road without any guard rails. No shoulders. Several pull-outs which is helpful. There is a restroom facility at Rock Creek Vista Point. I wouldn't advise this route if you are in a hurry. It's not a good way to get from Point A to Point B. You need time to pull over and view the scenery as well as you can't go high rates of speed due to the many turns, inclines, declines, etc. But so worth it!
Amazing! We came from South Dakota so we traveled from the bottom to the top. It was a slightly scary but exhilarating, and beautiful drive. There are several pullouts for pictures. There is only one bathroom pretty close to the top so if anyone has to go, use that one!! The next one is pretty far away. We were headed to Yellowstone and decided to take this route. SOOOO glad we did. You won't regret it!
It was breathtaking, like everyone else says. It was also terrifying. If you are as afraid of heights as I am, this entrance is not for you. I spent most of the time being in a constant state of panic attack. Makes for great pictures though... so worth it, even in my anxiety- ridden state. Yet, I'll never do it twice... not without some Xanax or something.
I originally didn't plan to enter Yellowstone VIA the NE entrance but we were so glad we did! The ride over Beartooth pass was incredible, the scenery was breathtaking and we even had the chance to take pictures in the snow in August. We crossed over the mountain in a 38' RV but would love to try it in a car.
It is a long drive, but so worth it. The views are absolutely stunning. It is insanely beautiful! Don't go in winter though, because there are a lot of winding roads high in the mountains that wouldn't mix well with ice and snow.
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