Beartooth Highway

Yellowstone Montana

One of America’s most scenic drives is scheduled to open for the season on Memorial Day.  This winding 68 mile road runs from southeastern Montana, just south of Red Lodge, through Wyoming, and then back into Montana where it leads into Cooke City, Silver Gate and Yellowstone National Park’s northeast entrance.  Get ready for the ride of a lifetime, with scenic views, varied ecosystems, and wildlife viewing.  Plan about 3 hours for the drive and make sure that you are ready for cool as well as warm temperatures.

A National Scenic Byways All-American Road, it is open from late May to October and lays from 6,500 feet in altitude to almost 11,000 feet.  There are spectacular views of the Absaroka and Beartooth Mountains, as well as glacial lakes, waterfalls, and wildlife.

The highway is not just for a quick drive through.  There are opportunities for hiking, fishing, camping, and biking.  Check in Red Lodge with a tour company to see how you can leave the driving to someone else as you enjoy the scenery, set up backcountry trekking, or a fishing trip.

As the Beartooth Highway is located so high in elevation, it is wise to check road conditions before you go.  See their website for up to date information.  You can also check with your B&B hosts in Billings, Gardiner, or Emigrant for tips on when to go, where to stop, and what to look for.

Two Bears Inn Bed & Breakfast

Red Lodge B&B
Average Rate: 
$100 - $199
Distance: 4.9mi

Burnt Out Lodge

Big Timber B&B
Average Rate: 
$100 - $199
Distance: 48.7mi

The Crossings Bed & Breakfast

The Crossings
Average Rate: 
$100 - $199
Distance: 50.8mi

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