Explore the most popular scenic driving trails in Montana with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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!!

Road was horrible. Poorly maintained. No wildlife. God damned church camps around every corner!

So many trails, mind blowing sights, definitely try to spend a weekend or long weekend camping to make the most of it.

5 months ago

Easy n fun

Take the yellow bus tour & enjoy the views without having to concentrate on driving! You get several stops along the way & the driver had a lot of facts (& stories) to tell us.

Two year ago my friends and I rode motorcycles up through Yellowstone then up over the Beartooth Highway. I had a black bear run against the road in front of me. Pretty exciting time. I look forward to the end of August when I'll be doing it again, but in a car this time. Sharing this beautiful scenery with my wife.

If you have a chance to bike it, do it. It's strenuous but gives you the best views and is exhilarating coming down.

Plan your entire day around it.

Beautiful scenery. Lots of traffic. Super crowded parking lot at Logan Pass.

I walked seven miles (14 mi RT) of a closed-to-vehicles GTTSR in late April (shoulder-season) after discovering the only hiking trail open near the west entrance was socked in with clouds. I parked at McDonald Lodge (worth snooping around, even if off-season -- I felt like I was in the Shining!) and started at the road gates there. This walk was one of the most surreal experiences of my life. I essentially had Glacier NP all to myself, outside of two hikers I saw in the first five minutes, two cyclists (awesome idea when the road is closed to vehicles and temps are mild!), and a handful of Rangers patrolling the road in their trucks. SO peaceful; just a brilliant day. I know I didn't get to experience the true Glacier (and I will return during summertime one year to do that), but I feel incredibly lucky to have seen the park like this. I recommend a day visit during late-spring if you're anywhere near Glacier for this unique experience.

This is good for seeing a variety of birds. My family and I saw snow geese, a prairie falcon, and plenty of loons.

Drive this road at different times of day, drive from both directions, and stop often to take pictures! This is one of the best drives in the country!

Amazing place! One of the prettiest places I've been. Lots of nice hiking trails as well. Saw lots of animals and snow! Will definitely go back someday.

Quite possibly the most beautiful drive in America. Breathtaking views, lots of wildlife. There are multiple camp sites and trails along the way. Most of the drive is in bear country, so make sure you come prepared if you decide to go off on foot.

Stunning views! We were even lucky enough to see a mamma bear with her cub by St Mary's lake.

Tons of wildlife. Nice walk, little bit swampy like during spring/summer though (bring the bug spray!)

This is a dramatic and breathtaking route but don't carry on in to Yellowstone. Instead take the beautiful Chief Joseph highway to Cody to complete a perfect day's driving

Breathtaking experience. The magnificent views and fresh mountain air are unforgettable. Frequent scenic lookout stops available, where you can take great panoramic pictures and read interesting information. The road is narrow, and there are many bikers, so caution is advised while driving, because it is easy to get mesmerized by the views.

Drove opening day on Memorial day Weekend. Did skiing in top

The views come early and often and are worth every step. the concrete is hard on the knees, but the lack of vehicles is nice.

Incredible drive. Go early in the morning before the traffic becomes heavy.

We drove the entire stretch almost every day of a two week stay, and were amazed by something every time. The colors of the aspen in fall were spectacular. And the amount and diversity of the wildlife was phenomenal - Grizzly, black bear, bighorns, mountain goats, mule deer, elk, and even moose...many visible from the vehicle!

off road driving
Monday, March 06, 2017

A little too easy for my Wrangler, but challenging in a Subaru. Love going to the Ringing Rocks though, spend almost every weekend there!

Drive slow don't miss the scenery!

scenic driving
Tuesday, December 27, 2016

the most beautiful drive in North America

off road driving
Saturday, December 03, 2016

Didn't hike just drove through. saw an owl and coyote.

One of best drives you will ever take, great views of Lake McDonald, breath taking views of park as you climb. This road can be used for hiking, and biking, just check in with the park to see what days to use.

This is our 2nd time on this road, 1st time was in '09. I didn't get any video footage the 1st time, so I had to come back, it was just as busy as it was the 1st time. But we still enjoyed the experience. Being a Stephen King fan, and driving the road to the opening scene on "The Shining", I felt like a King.

It's the best park by far with spectacular trails and breathtaking views! Depending on the time of year you can see all types of wildlife such as grizzly and black bears. deer, elk, moose to name a few. Highly recommend!

Amazing ride from begging till finnish

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