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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 between Red Lodge and the Wyoming state line at Beartooth Pass, located 10,947ft above sea level near Yellowstone National Park. 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.
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  • August 8, 2017
    I will never offer a recommendation to anyone that does not include this drive. It is the most beautiful thing I have ever seen! Do beware that you must check the weather because this road will close.  more »
  • August 8, 2017
    The highway is between Red Lodge and Cook City Montana, while most of the drive is in Wyoming. It is 2 lanes and not suitable for trailers or RVs. We parked our travel trailer in Red Lodge for 5 night...  more »
  • August 8, 2017
    Drove east from Yellowstone to Red Lodge. Beautiful drive with plenty of opportunities for pictures with numerous pull-offs. Having drove the Million Dollar Highway in Colorado a couple of years ago, ...  more »

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