The Absaroka Range, stretching across the Montana-Wyoming border, is often overlooked by visitors in a hurry to get to Yellowstone. In fact, most people don’t realize that when entering Yellowstone from the northeast gate, they’re actually zipping through one of the most spectacular parts of the Absarokas. If you were to backtrack a bit to the Paradise Valley or Livingston, Montana, and set a course for the Absaroka wilderness, you could have world-class fishing, hiking, and camping at your fingertips. The Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness is home to more than 700-miles of trails, hundreds of lakes, streams and rivers (pack your fly rod) and big game, including grizzlies, black bears, wolves, lynx, and hundreds of species of rare birds.
Add a bit of Absaroka to your summer schedule – consider a visit to East Rosebud, which offers access to Granite Peak, the highest mountain in Montana (12,799 feet), or Mystic Lake, the deepest in the Absaroka-Beartooth system.