Enjoy the beautiful scenery (as you can see in the photos below) of the Beartooth Highway, as you wind through this most  scenic drive in US. Best way to enjoy the scenery is to stop at as many places as possible and feel the nature around you and inhale the crisp clean mountain air!.

 The Beartooth Highway is awesome driven from either direction. To avoid glare, you may want to drive east to west in the morning but west to east in the afternoon. Driving from east to west entails a long, steep climb, but you avoid riding your brakes down that same stretch of highway.

The road crests at an elevation of 10,946 feet and overlooks hundreds of square miles of alpine lakes and forests, rugged mountain peaks, and prairies on the far horizon. The two-lane highway is paved and has frequent turnouts for scenic and recreational opportunities. Traffic is generally light and travels at a slow pace, both for scenic and safety reasons.

Expect variable high-altitude mountain weather. Summer temperatures range from the 70s on clear sunny days to below freezing during sudden snowstorms. Most common are sunny mornings, cloudy afternoons, and clear evenings. Late August brings regular afternoon thunderstorms.

The Beartooth Mountains boast some of the highest elevations in the lower 48 states, and have 20 peaks over 12,000 feet in elevation. Glaciers are abundant in the Beartooths and can be found on the north face on almost every mountain peak over 11,500 feet. Hundreds of lakes, forests, and an eclectic array of wildlife such as grizzly bears, elk, bison, mountain goats, marmots, and mule deer can be found in the 900,000 acres that make up the Absaroka-Beartooth wilderness.

The first 15 miles out of Red Lodge takes you from the canyon floor and climbs almost 4,000 feet in elevation, taking you past Precambrian rock slides and red and yellow rock outcroppings. Expect hairpin curves, U-curves, and sinuous S-curves in the road as you climb to the canyon rim past forests, rugged cliffs, pristine lakes, mountain peaks, alpine tundra, and snow banks even in August. At 45 miles in length, you will cross the highest point in the Beartooth Highway at 10,974. Here, you leave Montana and enter Wyoming. The descent takes you along switchbacks which meander through rolling hills saturated with lakes, forests, and wildlife.

The route ascends the steep mountain slope via a series of hair-raising switchbacks. Rock Creek Vista provides an opportunity to stop and enjoy the view. Sage-covered fields lead back to Red Lodge, Rock Creek pours out of Glacier Lake high in its cirque, and Hellroaring Creek sparkles and dances down the mountainside. Miners and pack strings once traveled to Cooke City via the Sliderock Trail, which is visible along the south wall of the valley. Mining played an important role in the early settlement of the Beartooth area.

After briefly entering Wyoming, the highway winds back into montana finally reaching Cooke city.
Cooke City is a small mountain resort community with a rich and colorful history. There are three national forest campgrounds nearby, with a total of 50 sites. Good hiking trails lead through the adjacent rolling, forested backcountry, and fishing is excellent at the many nearby lakes.

The byway descends through Silver Gate and terminates at the northeast entrance to Yellowstone National Park.
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One Response to “Beartooth Highway Photos”

  1. Alex Says:

    Great articles & Nice a site.

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