Battle Pass: Baggs to Encampment Professional Review and Guide
"A 57-mile paved highway over the crest of the little-visited Sierra Madre Mountains of the Medicine Bow National Forest. This drive is a beautiful route that climbs high over the Sierra Madre of southeastern Wyoming. Do not confuse this Sierra Madre, which means mother mountains in Spanish, with the large range in northern Mexico made famous by Humphrey Bogart’s movie Treasure of the Sierra Madre. The Wyoming Sierra Madre is a relatively small range, but it still reaches an elevation of more than 11,000 feet. The mountains extend to the south deep into Colorado. Wyoming Highway 70 was paved recently over the crest of the Sierra Madre Mountains, making travel much easier.
However, the mountains are still only lightly visited and offer a good escape from the more crowded Snowy Range to the east or the Colorado Rockies to the south. The uncrowded highway, most of it with broad shoulders, makes an excellent bicycle route. Special attractions: Medicine Bow National Forest, ghost town site of Battle, lush forest, aspens in fall, historical museums, hiking, fishing, scenic views. 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."