Charles Kuralt, a truly great American road tripper, called the Beartooth Highway in Wyoming “America’s most beautiful highway.” Who are we to argue?

Heading up the Beartooth Pass on the Beartooth Highway in Wyoming.

Driving the Beartooth Highway

The 68 mile (109 km) route between Red Lodge, Montana and Cooke City, Wyoming is exactly the kind of road they had in mind when they made mountains: windy and steep enough to get the heart pumping with views that do the same. It’s been designated an All-American Road and a Scenic Byway and it cuts through Custer, Shoshone, and Gallatin National Forests as it crosses in and out of Montana and Wyoming. It’s on this amazing mountain road that we reached our highest elevation yet on the 10,947 foot (3,336 meter) Beartooth Pass. Once you’ve finished this great drive, beautiful Beartooth Highway delivers you right to the northeast entrance of Yellowstone National Park.

Heading up the Beartooth Pass.

Near the top of the Beartooth Pass.

Eric near the top of the 10,947 foot (3,336 meter) Beartooth Pass.

Near the top of the 10,947 foot (3,336 meter) Beartooth Pass.

Heading down the Beartooth Pass.

Beartooth Highway Wyoming

Us taking a scenic break along the way.

Watch for grizzlies.

Lakes, wildflowers, and perpetually snow-capped peaks make the Beartooth Highway up and over the Beartooth Pass one of the most beautiful drives we’ve done.

11,522 foot (3,511 meter) Pilot Peak in Wyoming’s Absaroka Range as seen from the Beartooth Highway.

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