Driving south from Red Lodge along the 68-mile Beartooth Highway (U.S. 212) will take you over the precipitous 11,000-foot Beartooth Pass as the road winds its way through lush alpine country to the "back door" of Yellowstone National Park. With multiple steep climbs and switchbacks, this officially designated Scenic Byway and All American Road was a feat of 1930s engineering. The highway is usually open from mid-May to mid-October, but snow can close it at any time of
the year. Several hiking trails lead off the highway; for hiking maps and more information, contact the Beartooth Ranger District (406/446–2103) in Red Lodge.
Red Lodge, Montana, United States
Sep 17, 2010
An interesting drive--the more dramatic switchbacks lead up from the east. Great views of the valleys and the alpine plateau. Expect cold temperatures and howling wind on top even in summer. Drive slowly and use the many pullouts--only major views are signposted. A hiking book for the area gives descriptions of the many trails that lead off the highway. Obtain in advance. No information along the highway or at trailheads.