The Beartooth Wilderness Scenic Highway is only opened 4 1/2 months of the year, from the end of May until mid-October. The Northeast Entrance to Yellowstone National Park is the least traveled park’s entrance, just a few hundred cars enter it every year. It’s one of the most beautiful alpine drives I have ever taken or can even imagine in the the lower 48 states. The road from Red Lodge, Montana (underneath the clouds) takes you from the canyon floor and climbs almost 4,000 feet in elevation, taking you past rock slides with red, yellow rock outcroppings. Expect hairpin curves, U-curves, and sinuous S-curves in the road as you climb to the canyon rim past forests, rugged cliffs, pristine lakes, mountain peaks, alpine tundra, and snow banks even in August. You will cross the highest point in the Beartooth Scenic Highway at 10,947 leaving Montana and enter Wyoming. Hundreds of alpine lakes, deep lush forests, and an eclectic array of wildlife such as grizzly bears, elk, bison, mountain goats, marmots, pikes, hawks, and mule deer can be found in the 900,000 acres that make up the Absaroka-Beartooth wilderness.
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