Approximately 68 miles, the Beartooth Highway is the highest paved road in the Northern Rocky Mountains that runs along the border of Montana and Wyoming, connecting the towns of Red Lodge and Cooke City. It is one of the most scenic drives in the USA.

Along the Beartooth Highway you will travel through several national forests, view the tallest peaks and have the option to see numerous alpine lakes and waterfalls. Turnouts are frequent. The elevation reaches 10,947 feet at Beartooth Pass.

Snowstorms can occur even in the middle of the summer, and the pass is also known for strong winds and severe thunderstorms. Drivers should plan on a driving time of at least two hours for the 69-mile trip from Red Lodge to Cooke City, and it is advised to check with the Red Lodge Chamber of Commerce at 406-446-1718 or the Beartooth Ranger District beforehand in case of road closures.

Clay Butte Fire Lookout:
Built in 1942 by the Civilian Conservation Corps, this lookout was used until the 1960s when aircraft surveillance proved a better tool for fire detection. The tower is open to the public and provides beautiful 360-degree views.

Top of the World Resort:
At 9,400 feet, the Top of the World Resort is the only stop along the Beartooth Highway to purchase souvenirs, gas, and supplies. Visitors enjoy numerous recreational activities here, including hiking, hunting, bird watching, and fishing. (Even in the summer months, snowball fights are common).

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