Beartooth Pass – America’s Most Beautiful Pass Road

Aug 20, 2014 View Comments by

IMG_4217Leaving Red Lodge, MT, the road quickly snakes its way up the 68-mile long Beartooth Pass, the highest elevation highway in Wyoming at 10,947 feet and Montana at 10,350 feet, and the highest elevation highway in the Northern Rockies. Dramatic views back down the valley and the vistas of the Absaroka and Beartooth ranges include 20 peaks that reach over 12,000 feet in elevation. The panorama is so breathtaking that Sarah eventually exclaims, “This is even more beautiful than Switzerland!” I can only agree.

Once we reach the top and start getting a glimpse into Yellowstone National Park, and the high alpine plateaus dotted with glacial lakes and waterfalls that will lead us there, it only cements our feelings about this million-plus acre wildlife scene unfolding in front of us. Beartooth Pass is by far the best way to enter Yellowstone from the northeast. At times there aren’t any guardrails, but for this ride it’s all about going slow and taking in the view and not racing and scraping foot pegs. Motorists have been enjoying this road, a National Scenic Byways All-American Road, since its opening in 1937. I’ve seen lots of U.S. pass roads, but this one is by far the most stunning. What do you think?


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