Cooke City to Red Lodge Montana Scenic Drive

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Cooke City to Red Lodge Montana Scenic Drive is a 63.9 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Gardiner, Montana that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for scenic driving and is best used from June until October.

DISTANCE
63.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
5659 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

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lake

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scenic driving
4 months ago

This is definitely a 5 star drive. Another one of the many incredibly scenic drives this country has to offer. It has been a long time since I have been on this road, but remember it well even though I was barely a teenager. Starting in Cooke City, we drove from there to Red Lodge in late June. There was still a ton of snow at Beartooth pass, which sits at 10,947'. Lots of switchbacks going up, and then down the other side. We stayed in Red Lodge that night and were told the next morning that it had snowed at the pass the previous night!! The views are what you would expect when climbing that high. So the drive starts in Montana from either direction, crosses into Wyoming and then back into Montana. Coming from Red Lodge, this would be the NE entrance to Yellowstone. This drive is just outside the park. It's known as the Beartooth Scenic Byway. Put it on the list if you haven't been to this part of the country!!