The Beartooth Highway is an All-American Road on a section of U.S. Route 212 in Montana and Wyoming between Red Lodge and the Northeast entrance of Yellowstone National Park, passing over the Beartooth Pass at 10,947ft above sea level. It has been called "the most beautiful drive in America," by late CBS correspondent Charles Kuralt. Because of heavy snowfall at the top, the pass is usually open each year only from mid May through mid October, weather conditions permitting.By using our Montana tour website , you can arrange your visit to Beartooth Hwy and other attractions in Montana.
The Beartooth Highway is the section of U.S. Route 212 between Red Lodge, Montana and Cooke City, Montana. It traces a series of steep zigzags and switchbacks, along the Montana-Wyoming border to the 10947ft high Beartooth Pass. The approximate elevation rise is from 5200ft to 8000ft in 12mi in the most daring landscapes.
When driving from the east to the west, the highest parts of the Beartooth Highway level off into a wide plateau near the top of the pass, and then descend to where the Beartooth Highway connects to the Wyoming Highway 296 (Chief Joseph Scenic Byway) near Cooke City, which forms the northeast gateway to Yellowstone National Park. En route, one passes numerous lakes typical of the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness Area which borders the highway along much of its route.
Create an itinerary including Beartooth Hwy
Beartooth Hwy Reviews
We made the drive the first part of June, Great sunny day, very few cars on the road. People were being told the pass was closed. Two nights later it snowed and it was closed. The snow was piled highe... more »
I drove this with my adult daughter on a father-daughter road trip. It was SPECTACULAR. I have driven much of the country, and the only thing that compares is a stretch of driving from Anchorage to Ke... more »
Plan your trip to Cooke City
Get a personalized planA complete day-by-day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your plan. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
Popular things to do in Cooke City
Plans to Beartooth Hwy by other users
10 days in Yellowstone National Park, Jackson Hole & Cody BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, teens, kids, popular sights PREFERENCES: June, teens, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 39 days in Montana BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA November, popular sights PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 60 days in United States BY A USER FROM INDIA April, teens, kids, extra fast, hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, teens, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Extra fast 60 days in United States BY A USER FROM AUSTRIA July, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 15 days in Montana BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, popular sights PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 41 days in Yellowstone National Park BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, popular sights PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium