Photo: Beartooth Mountain Highway, Montana

 

Beartooth Highway, Montana

Sunset and fall colours on the Beartooth Highway, Montana

 

This high mountain highway that passes through the heart of Montana and Wyoming’s wild west is often labelled as the “most beautiful drive in America”. Also known as the Beartooth All-American Road, the 68 miles of dangerous curves and switchbacks is wild, rugged and well…rather high: all of which promise fabulous views!

The stunning Beartooth Pass in Wyoming marks the highest point at 10, 947 feet and at this elevation the temperature drops accordingly. Even when I drove the highway in early fall there was snow on the mountains and quite a refreshing chill in the air.

The Beartooth mountain highway begins near the town of Red Lodge, Montana and ends near the northeast entry to Yellowstone National Park at Cooke City, Montana. It is open to travellers from May to October and if you plan to drive the full 68km I would suggest allowing at least 2.5 hours – the mountain road means slow driving speeds, unpredictable weather…and loads of photo stops!

Be sure to take some extra layers to keep you warm during all those high altitude photo stops you will be making along the way.

 

http://www.beartoothhighway.com/wildRoad/index.html

 

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