Friday, September 19, 2014

Beartooth Highway

The Beartooth Highway is a 68 mile road which starts in southeast Montana, winding through northwestern Wyoming and ending at Yellowstone National Park. Charles Kuralt called it "the most beautiful road in America" and I might have to agree. If it's not the most beautiful, then it ranks up there in the top 10.

We started our drive in Red Lodge, Montana - a cute little town that I wish we had time to visit - and ended at the NE Entrance to Yellowstone National Park. Be aware that most of the road goes through National Forest lands and National Wilderness areas and there is only one restroom break at the Top of the World store - which is not at the top of the world at all but on the downhill portion if you started in Red Lodge (or almost at the top if you start at Yellowstone). And if you use those restrooms, they are located outside and when we were there the bugs were swarming. So take your bug spray and bring a jacket as it gets cold at the top. And there's snow - even in July.

The pictures don't do it justice. And I apologize for any guardrails or posts in the view. I was going a little snaphappy with the camera. And I believe that a few of my kids were taking pictures with my camera as well. 

We stopped at the top of the road - at the Montana/Wyoming border and took a walk through the meadow there. And played in the snow a little. Flip-flops in the snow. And we ate our packed lunch there at the top of the world on the Montana/Wyoming border.

Yep, that's snow in July

It's a little late this year to start planning a trip on the Beartooth Highway - it's typically open from the end of May through the first or second weekend in October.  But it's not too early to start planning for next summer. Take a ride to the top of the world on the Beartooth Highway, the most beautiful road in America.

Can you spot the mountain goat? The only animal we saw

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  1. What stunning photos. I'm headed to Yellowstone next summer, so I'll have to see if we can work the Beartooth Highway into our roadtrip.

    1. Thanks Michele! And as I said, the photos really don't do the scenery justice. There was a more beautiful view around every curve! Hope you make it there. Have you been to Yellowstone before? It's like no other place I have been.