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Beartooth Highway

A trip across the breath-taking Beartooth Scenic Highway allows the visitor to marvel at natural features including waterfalls, granite peaks and alpine lakes whilst observing the abundant wildlife in the area.

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  • One of America's most breathtaking drives and an incredible feat of engineering.
  • View areas of natural beauty including features such as granite peaks, plateaus, lakes and waterfalls.
  • Opportunities to stop at camp-sites and take one of the many trails.
  • Cross some of the highest elevations in the area accessible to motor vehicles.


The Beartooth Scenic highway stretches for 65 miles crossing some of the highest elevations in the area and providing opportunities to see breathtaking scenery and a range of wildlife. If you would like to explore the area there are many campsite along the way from which you can take spectacular hikes.

Driving Directions

The Scenic Highway is a section of US Hwy 212 and starts from Red Lodge, Montana through to Cooke City, Montana. It is accessible to motor vehicles but large motor-homes etc may find the driving difficult.


The drive is 65 miles and takes 2-3 hours. It is best taken slowly to appreciate the surrounding natural beauty.


The highway is an incredible feat of engineering which has opened this area of beauty up to visitors. Along the drive you will pass Granite Peak, the highest elevation in Montana, and enjoy views of the vast Beartooth Plateau and the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness. You may also spot bighorn sheep, deer and elk as you travel through the area. The many camp-sites along the route are often sited at trailheads so you could take a day hike and see more of the stunning beauty.

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