Beartooth Highway

Unspecified • 60 mi • 0 ft

A 60-mile route across alpine plateaus and past many alpine lakes, with spectacular mountain views. The Beartooth Highway is one of the most spectacular routes on this continent. Charles Kuralt, the traveling CBS journalist, once called it “the most beautiful drive in America.” Opened in 1936, the route roughly follows the old Sheridan Trail, laid out in 1882. Special attractions: Yellowstone National Park, outstanding views, alpine vegetation, Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness, trout fishing, hiking, camping. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.
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Activity Type: Scenic Drives
Nearby City: Cooke City
Length: 60 total miles
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Unspecified
Season: Memorial Day weekend through about mid-October, then closed by winter snows
Local Contacts: Custer, Gallatin, and Shoshone National Forests
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What an amazing drive, through the very heart of what defines the wild west! Solitude,larger than life vistas, and the choice of countless hikes and fishing spots. A great detour out of yellowstone, or even a great intro. The beartooth highway and pass are not to be missed. One of my top five day trips in southwestern Montana.

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