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Designation: All-American Road
Designation: National Park Approach Road
Designation: USFS Scenic Byway
Designation: Wyoming State Scenic Byway
Fees: There are no fees for public sites. However, some
Length, One-Way: 68 Miles (113.33 Kilometers)
Time: Allow at least 3 hours driving time.

General Information

Description - The Beartooth Highway is one of the most spectacular National Forest routes on this continent. To many, it is known as "the most beautiful highway in America." From its beginning at the border of the Custer National Forest to its terminus near the northeast entrance to Yellowstone National Park, the Beartooth Highway (U.S. 212) offers travelers the ultimate high-country experience as it travels through the Custer, Shoshone, and Gallatin National Forests.

Since its completion in 1936, the Highway has provided millions of visitors a rare opportunity to see the transition from a lush forest ecosystem to alpine tundra in the space of just a few miles. The Beartooth area is one of the highest and most rugged areas in the lower 48 states, with 20 peaks reaching over 12,000 feet in elevation. Glaciers are found on the north flank of nearly every mountain peak that is over 11,500 feet high in these mountains.

The first recorded travel across the Beartooth Pass area occurred in 1882, when General Sheridan pioneered and marked a route across the mountains from Cooke City to Billings.

Recreational opportunities are abundant in the area traversed by the byway. Visitors can cross-country ski in June and July, hike across broad plateaus, and view and photograph wildlife like Rocky Mountain goats, moose, black bears, grizzly bears, marmots, and mule deer. Visitors can also take a guided horseback trip, fish for trout in the streams and lakes adjacent to the byway, and camp in the 12 National Forest campgrounds in the area. Even when the Highway is formally closed to automobiles, snowmobilers can travel the route and enjoy a spectacular winter wonderland.

Attractions - The Beartooth Scenic Byway - Wyoming is known for it's Historical, Natural, Recreational and Scenic Attractions.

Location -

Directions from : The entire Beartooth Scenic Byway travels along U.S. Highway 212 through three National Forests between Red Lodge and Gardiner, just north of Yellowstone National Park.

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Filed By: Jerry Rork
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: This byway is a drive you won't soon forget. It's a slow drive because of the constant curving of the road. Take your camera and allow 3-4 hours minimum. I drove it in September when the tourist season was basically over for the year. I recommend this time of year. The traffic is light and finding a pullout was no problem. Take your time and don't rush this drive,you won't be sorry.

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Additional Information:
Montana Scenic Byways - The byways listed here for Montana include four National Forest byways and three Bureau of Land Management (BLM) backcountry byways. Several of these byways are not paved and inaccessible during adverse driving conditions.
Wyoming Scenic Byways - This beautiful state currently offers one All-American Road, the Beartooth Scenic Byway, and a multitude of state, National Forest and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) designated byways.

Scenic Byways Homepage - National Scenic Byways official web site with detailed info on all national and state byways.


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