Beartooth Highway 78 1/1 by Tripoto
Mike
No trip to Red Lodge would be complete without taking a drive through the Beartooth highway. Designated an All-American Road in 2002, the Beartooth Highway has been described by Charles Kuralt (former CBS newsman) as “the most beautiful drive in America.” Reaching heights of nearly 11,000 feet, the 50-mile drive offers awe-inspiring views of snow capped peaks, glaciers, alpine lakes and plateaus (note: Hwy 212 is only open seasonally). Recreation opportunities are abundant in the area. Visitors can cross-country ski in; hike across the broad plateaus; view and photograph wildlife (Rocky Mountain goat, moose, black bear, grizzly bear, marmots, mule deer); take a guided horseback trip; fish for trout in the streams and lakes and camp in the thirteen National Forest campgrounds. Even when the Highway is formally closed to cars, snowmobilers may travel the route and enjoy a spectacular winter wonderland.