Beartooth Highway Silver Gate to Red Lodge

Cooke City, Montana

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This 70-mile drive passes through alpine meadows and glacial lakes at the top of the world, providing access to the highest terrain in Montana. Unless you are an avid backpacker, you will probably never experience such incredible alpine scenery and habitat as that found on the Beartooth Plateau. Like Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park, this route is probably one of Montana’s most stunning. The Beartooth Highway takes travelers to the edge of an alpine wilderness, a rare treat for those who do not travel high mountains on foot. To truly experience the world you are about to enter, however, you must get out of the car as often as possible. Be warned about the weather: It can snow any time of year here, and during bad storms, portions of the road may be closed. Special attractions: Silver Gate, Cooke City, Red Lodge; alpine lakes and tundra; canoeing, fishing, camping, hiking, backpacking, wildlife viewing. 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.
Scenic Driving Montana

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Scenic Driving Montana

by S. A. Snyder (Falcon Guides)

This 70-mile drive passes through alpine meadows and glacial lakes at the top of the world, providing access to the highest terrain in Montana. Unless you are an avid backpacker, you will probably never experience such incredible alpine scenery and habitat as that found on the Beartooth Plateau. Like Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park, this route is probably one of Montana’s most stunning. The Beartooth Highway takes travelers to the edge of an alpine wilderness, a rare treat for those who do not travel high mountains on foot. To truly experience the world you are about to enter, however, you must get out of the car as often as possible. Be warned about the weather: It can snow any time of year here, and during bad storms, portions of the road may be closed.

Special attractions: Silver Gate, Cooke City, Red Lodge; alpine lakes and tundra; canoeing, fishing, camping, hiking, backpacking, wildlife viewing. 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.

©  S. A. Snyder/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Scenic Drives
Nearby City: Cooke City
Distance: 70
Season: Late spring to fall
Local Contacts: Gallatin National Forest; Custer National Forest, Beartooth Ranger District; Shoshone National Forest, Clarks Fork Ranger District
Driving Directions: Directions to Beartooth Highway: Silver Gate to Red Lodge

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