Beartooth Highway Scenic Byway Red Lodge, MT to Tower Junction, Yellowstone NP

Tower Junction, Wyoming

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A 94-mile paved route over the Beartooth Mountains on the highest highway in Wyoming, past alpine lakes and lush forest, and through the Absaroka Mountains into Yellowstone National Park. The drive from Red Lodge, Montana to Yellowstone is one of the most scenic in the United States. Because part of the drive over the spectacular Beartooth Mountains lies in Montana, this description includes it and starts in Red Lodge. The route begins in the historic mining town, crosses endless miles of high alpine country, past lakes, tundra, and thick forest, and ends in Yellowstone National Park. Special attractions: Beartooth Pass, Shoshone National Forest, Custer National Forest, Gallatin National Forest, Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness, North Absaroka Wilderness, Yellowstone National Park, Twin Lakes, Beartooth Lake, Clay Butte Fire Lookout, tundra, hiking, fishing, scenic views, wildlife. 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.

Beartooth Highway Scenic Byway: Red Lodge, MT to Tower Junction, Yellowstone NP Professional Review and Guide

"A 94-mile paved route over the Beartooth Mountains on the highest highway in Wyoming, past alpine lakes and lush forest, and through the Absaroka Mountains into Yellowstone National Park. The drive from Red Lodge, Montana to Yellowstone is one of the most scenic in the United States. Because part of the drive over the spectacular Beartooth Mountains lies in Montana, this description includes it and starts in Red Lodge. The route begins in the historic mining town, crosses endless miles of high alpine country, past lakes, tundra, and thick forest, and ends in Yellowstone National Park.

Special attractions: Beartooth Pass, Shoshone National Forest, Custer National Forest, Gallatin National Forest, Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness, North Absaroka Wilderness, Yellowstone National Park, Twin Lakes, Beartooth Lake, Clay Butte Fire Lookout, tundra, hiking, fishing, scenic views, wildlife. 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."

Activity Type: Scenic Drives
Nearby City: Tower Junction
Distance: 94
Season: Memorial Day Weekend through early to mid-October. Winter snows Close much of the route during the rest of the year.
Local Contacts: Custer National Forest, Gallatin National Forest, Shoshone National Forest, Yellowstone National Park
Driving Directions: Directions to Beartooth Highway Scenic Byway: Red Lodge, MT to Tower Junction, Yellowstone NP

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7/4/1999
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I live in Kalispell Montana, located in the far NW part of the state. We had tickets for a Garth Brooks concert in Billings, about 550 miles away. He did 4 concerts on the 2,3,4 and 5th of July 1998 or 99. I had made all the reservations for myself, two kids and another girl who was like a daughter and close friends with my daughter. So we drove over on the 3rd to the motel, then went to the concert, WHICH WAS OUTSTANDING! We spent the night and just my son and daughter continued on to Red Lodge together. The other daughter went with her mom back to Bozeman. We had rooms at Yellowstone lake on the night of the 4th. I decided to take the Beartooth into the Northeast entrance of Yellowstone for the Yellowstone trip. I have driven scenic drives, like Going to the Sun in Glacier, but the Beartooth is a completely different design due to the difference in terrain! Charles Curault hadn't yet driven the Going to the Sun when he wrote the article, but would later do a story on the Sun road and call them a draw, due to different styles. There are switchbacks after switchbacks on the Beartooth and when you get up to the top, you can look back down and see just how far and high you have come. I CANNOT DESCRIBE THE BEAUTY OF THE WHOLE DRIVE!! I have pictures on one of my PC's but have to look for them....but words and pictures are just not enough for the EXPERIENCE! It needs to be on everyone's bucket list! Make sure that it is open (closes for winter due to snow) before you plan a drive or trip, and tie the drive into a vacation in Yellowstone! Happy Trails!!



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