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Bear Tooth Pass Hwy, Wyoming

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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.
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.
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  • An amazing view with sharp curves, icy mountains and wildlife. By car or motorcycle this highway is a destination to visit. I recommend by motorcycle to feel the atmosphere. Enjoy  more »
  • It is known as the "most beautiful road in the United States", but because of its high altitude, the snow is piled up for a long time, and you can run from late May to September. When I went to the beartooth highway site in mid-September, the top of the mountain was already snowing and it was freezing in the cold and strong winds. Although it was a series of curves, the road width was wide and the traffic was small, and there was no snow or freezing on the road surface, and it was easy to run. It was free, not a toll road.
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