• Beartooth Highway

    I had the privilege to drive this most scenic road in a 1974 Porsche 911 in the company of a 1969 Porsche 912 (both have been sold on to new owners) in 2009. I recommend this highway as a bucket list must. Below is a quote from the information website.
    Heralded as one of the most scenic drives in the United States, the Beartooth Highway, a National Scenic Byways All-American Road, features breathtaking views of the Absaroka and Beartooth Mountains, and open high alpine plateaus dotted with countless glacial lakes, forested valleys, waterfalls and wildlife.
    The Beartooth All-American Road passes through what is known today as the Beartooth Corridor. Surrounded by the Custer, Gallatin, and Shoshone National Forests, traveling parallel to the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness, and abutting Yellowstone National Park, the Highway sits in a million-plus acre wilderness. Visitors have the rare opportunity to experience and explore pristine, untouched alpine and montane landscapes, lush forests, and alpine tundra in the space of a few miles. It is one of the highest and most rugged areas in the lower 48 states, with 20 peaks reaching over 12,000 feet in elevation. In the surrounding mountains, glaciers are found on the north flank of nearly every mountain peak over 11,500 feet high. The Road itself is the highest elevation highway in Wyoming (10,947 feet) and Montana (10,350 feet), and is the highest elevation highway in the Northern Rockies.
    Recreational opportunities abound in the Beartooth Corridor. Visitors can cross-country or downhill ski in June and July, hike across broad plateaus, and view and photograph wildlife including mountain goats, moose, elk, marmot, mule deer, black bear, grizzly bear, and wolf. Visitors also can take a guided horseback trip, fish for trout in the streams and lakes adjacent to the highway, and camp in the area's 13 National Forest campgrounds. When the highway is formally closed to automobiles during the winter months, snowmobilers travel roughly the same route and enjoy a spectacular winter wonderland.
    The Beartooth Highway provides easy access to Yellowstone National Park at its northeast entrance. Three gateway communities - Cooke City and Red Lodge, Montana and Cody, Wyoming put you in the heart of today's wild wild west. All three communities retain their western heritage then mix it with modern amenities to provide an unparalleled family western vacation.
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    1. Johnny's Avatar
      Johnny -
      Sounds super, how about posting some photos???

    1. croz's Avatar
      croz -
      Quote Originally Posted by Johnny View Post
      Sounds super, how about posting some photos???

      Sorry about the delay.
      I'll see if I can post some images.
      See the next entry.
    1. croz's Avatar
      croz -
      Images below from near the summit of the Beartooth highway. Sorry about the Porsches... Someday I will make this trip in the TR3A. It is spectacular.
      Cheers,
      Steve

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    1. TRMark's Avatar
      TRMark -
      We (lovely wife and I) have a cabin south of Red Lodge. We drive the Beartooth Highway at least once a year in our TR4. Sometimes we drive over the pass through Yellowstone Park to West Yellowstone, overnight and return through the park the next day. Couple of years ago we made the trip and had to return through Cody Wyoming, it snowed and the pass was closed. The pass is closed in winter, they try to get it open by Memorial Day. This past summer a small group of us from our vintage foreign car club made the drive. This is a spectacular drive.



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    1. uptheorg's Avatar
      uptheorg -
      Please don't apologize for the Porsche's! They are great cars for this drive . . .
    1. vvega958's Avatar
      vvega958 -
      It is a beautiful drive, I'd do it everyday if I could!
    1. DART's Avatar
      DART -
      Because it was closed when we did our road trip to Portland in May of '12, we've decided to drive to a July wedding in Missoula just so we can see/drive the Beartooth.
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