This is one of the best driving routes in America. The views change throughout the drive. There's a waterfall, many many lakes, and you can drive to a higher elevation than you've ever driven before. We've driven the route many times over the summer to get to Yellowstone and it is hands down, the best entrance there is. there are many trails off the highway that you can do day hikes or camp. On one occasion we saw a young grizzly near the road.
We walked about 2 miles after the road closed. The views are amazing but the wind! Hold onto your hat! It was plowed so it was easy. We didn't see any wildlife or tracks. December 13, 2015. It's really nice that you can walk as far as you'd like and still not be at the end.