Beartooth Highway

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Beartooth Highway
Man can’t compete with Mother Nature in awesome-ness, but the Beartooth Highway, improbably winding up to nearly 11,000 feet between Cooke City and Red Lodge, Montana outside the park’s northeast entrance, is proof that we certainly try. The 64-mile route, which was constructed over five years in the 1930s, should not exist. Almost half of its length is in the treeless tundra above 10,000 feet. The mountain range it crosses—the Beartooths—gets more than 30 feet of snow annually and is plagued by avalanches. In its short season—annually open the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend through the Tuesday after Columbus Day—it’s one of the most thrilling drives (whether by car or motorcycle) or bike rides in the country. When the National Scenic Byway program was created in 1991, the Beartooth Highway was one of the first ten roads designated as an All-American Road. (Even today, there are only 31 All-American Roads, the label given to the most scenic Scenic Byways.)
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Cooke City-Silver Gate, MT, USA