- The byways listed here for Montana include the Beartooth Scenic Byway, four National Forest byways and three Bureau of Land Management (BLM) backcountry byways. The Beartooth Highway, found in both Montana and Wyoming, is one of the most spectacular National Forest routes on this continent. To many, it is known as "the most beautiful highway in America."
Big Sheep Creek is one of the backcountry byways. The road is mostly two-lane gravel with a few side roads that lead to the foot of the Rocky Mountains that provide many opportunities for solitude and exploration. Passing through the Lewis and Clark National Forest and Little Belt Mountains, the Kings Hill Scenic Byway allows travelers to leisurely savor the rugged beauty and invigorating fresh air that are part of the Montana experience. These are just two examples of the byways listed here which travel through remote and beautiful areas in the spectacular state of Montana.
Recreation - Byways provide access to numerous cultural, historical, natural, recreational and scenic sites. Some of the most popular activities along the byways include hiking, camping, picnicking, biking, fishing, photographing scenery, viewing historic sites and of course scenic driving.
Climate - The climate in Montana varies with the terrain. The western region of the state receives storm systems from the Pacific Ocean, which tend to be temperate. Because of its mountainous topography the region receives significant snowfall amounts, with winter temperatures usually below freezing.
Summer in this region is mild with high temperatures reaching 85 degrees F. Nights are cool in the mountains during the summer. Bring warm layers, hats and gloves if camping. High country roads usually do not open until mid to late June, due to snow accumulation. Thunderstorms are a daily occurrence in June, July and August, so be prepared for rain in the mountains.
The eastern plains of Montana generally experience more dramatic weather patterns than the west. Summer temperatures reach 100 degrees F in many areas. May and June are normally the rainy months of the year, but summer brings thunderstorms almost daily. Winter weather is also extreme in this region. Cold winds blow from the north creating a severe wind-chill factor. Snow usually doesn't accumulate much on the prairies because most of the moisture is absorbed by the western mountains.
Byways travel through scenic and historic areas throughout the state.