Beartooth Highway: Silver Gate to Red Lodge is a 67.3 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Silver Gate, MT that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from June until October.
Unquestionably within the top 10 most beautiful drives in the country! Take my word! You will not be disappointed! August 27th in 2014 is when I did it, and it was snowing at the top! It made national news! Pretty incredible!
The most amazing scenic drives I ever experienced
This is one of my top scenic drives. Many places there were switchbacks so if you need it, take some motion sickness pills before you start. The road just kept going up and when you thought you were at the top it went up more. Fantastic views at several pull off points. Allow extra time to take it all in.
Excellent scenic drive. Lots of switchbacks with recommended speeds of 25 MPH and sometimes less. Views hard to describe, just plain beautiful. Grand Canyon has been somewhat of a standard in my mind as to natural beautiful scenery... This drive is as close to the Grand Canyon as anything we have experienced in the U.S. The road is a 2 way paved road, climbing to almost 11,000 ft in about 65 miles. The road shoulder is narrow and sometimes non existent. Guard rails are located in places, however if your the driver you need to be alert to on coming traffic and driving while competing with the epic majestic scenery. Remember the oncoming traffic is doing the same thing you are doing... The road is limited to max length vehicles of 40 ft. This is a very scenic drive at the same time an adventure drive too. Lots of look out points to stop and gaze or snap a pic or two.
Un-Freaking Believably Gorgeous! Most beautiful winding, diverse, majestic, magnificent drive of my life.
Loved the variety of terrain. The winding roads hold a lot of pull-offs for viewing and photography. The views are stunning. Skiers were out today as well as families with toboggans. There were wildflowers throughout the lower sections, fabulous waterfalls to see as well as the frozen lakes up above.
Starting at the NE Entrance to Cooke City, we decided to drive the Beartooth Hwy, the most beautiful highway in America per Charles Kuralt. We'd left the Snow Lodge and heard it had snowed up north... snow or no snow, we were going to try it at least as far as we could go. Cooke City was not much of a city, more like a trail stop (lots of character though). We also saw Pilot and Index Mountains, and Beartooth Butte and Lake. Our timing couldnt have been better, as at the Top of the World Store, the ranger was coming in (11AM) telling the shopkeeper that they had just finished clearing snow from the Beartooth. It was a beautiful drive all the way, even starting in the lower elevations, the road made you feel on top of the world with mountains all around. After the Top of the World on sort of a plateau, we turned the corner at Island Lake and saw ahead a winding switchback road through the snow (not scary at all). We passed several gates that are closed in the event snow blocks the hwy. At the top-most point or what is called the West Summit, at mile 44 and 10,947 ft (Wyoming), we came to a chairlift and ski slope (in summer!) with skiers going up and down the mountain. We also could look at Twin Lakes (frozen) 1,000 feet below. Mile 45 10,350 ft is the highest road elevation in Montana (state border). We went past the Wyoming/Montana border to Rock Creek Vista Point at mile 49 and 9,190 feet, which had a beautiful vista from an outcropping at the end of an easy path. We retraced our route back to the top of the Beartooth, where we threw snowballs, and got out and walked across the packed snow, which had drifted 8-10 feet in places just off the road. Im We saw Bears Tooth Peak and Granite Mountain, which at 12,799 ft., is the highest mountain in Montana. We missed the Clay Butte Lookout road due to closure and repairs, a 2 mi. spur with close-ups of Granite Peak and Pilot Index Overlook. Highly recommended!
Stunning views for many miles and several hours of driving. If you ever plan to go into Yellowstone, the NE entrance is, in my opinion, the best possible way as a result of this scenic byway.
I got the privilege of repairing the Beartooth Highway in 2005. It has to be the most beautiful place I've ever been. The people of Red Lodge are the greatest. It is our most favorite place to vacation and we would like to retire there. Everyone should drive it at least once. You won't regret it.
We traveled this highway in 2007, going to Yellowstone's northeast entrance, the least used entrance, I believe. It was the day after the highway opened for the season, around mid June, and the highway was clear, but the snow on the side of the road was twice as high as our car, in places. This is a spectacular drive.
This road is amazing, IF you are in Yellowstone you start this drive in Cooke city, an old mining town, Then you start climbing the beartooth. On the way there is an old Fire lookout by beartooth lake that you can visit. It is ran by volunteers so there may be times in early and late season it is not open. The road itself goes up to 10,000 ft or so so it opens in mid May.
This highway cuts through some of the oldest exposed rocks on the planet: 3.2 to 3.8 billion years. The scenery is outstanding with prolific wildflowers and dramatic vistas. We saw black bears, pikas, and soaring birds.