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Beartooth Highway, Montana

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The Beartooth Highway is an All-American Road on a section of U.S. Route 212 in Montana and Wyoming between Red Lodge and the Northeast entrance of Yellowstone National Park, passing over the Beartooth Pass at 10,947ft above sea level. It has been called "the most beautiful drive in America," by late CBS correspondent Charles Kuralt. Because of heavy snowfall at the top, the pass is usually open each year only from mid May through mid October, weather conditions permitting.Route descriptionThe Beartooth Highway is the section of U.S. Route 212 between Red Lodge, Montana and Cooke City, Montana. It traces a series of steep zigzags and switchbacks, along the Montana-Wyoming border to the 10947ft high Beartooth Pass. The approximate elevation rise is from 5200ft to 8000ft in 12mi in the most daring landscapes.When driving from the east to the west, the highest parts of the Beartooth Highway level off into a wide plateau near the top of the pass, and then descend to where the Beartooth Highway connects to the Wyoming Highway 296 (Chief Joseph Scenic Byway) near Cooke City, which forms the northeast gateway to Yellowstone National Park. En route, one passes numerous lakes typical of the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness Area which borders the highway along much of its route.
By using our Cooke City tour website , you can arrange your visit to Beartooth Highway and other attractions in Cooke City.
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  • Drove over the Beartooth Pass in late August from Red Lodge to Yellowstone. Loved every minute and almost turned around to drive back over! My sis and I were a little hesitant since we're from Florida...  more »
  • A well worth while day trip out the northeast gate from Yellowstone National Park headed up into Montana. This was a beautiful pass with lakes and overlooks and varying scenery. We would definitely re...  more »
  • I have family in the area (near Cody, WY) and so they took us on a drive along the Chief Joseph Scenic Highway and from there, the Beartooth Highway. We then took this back to Red Lodge MT, and took H...  more »
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