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Beartooth Scenic Byway, All-American Road, Montana

The Beartooth Highway is the section of U.S. Highway 212 between Red Lodge, Montana and Cooke City, Montana. It traces a series of steep zigzags and switchbacks, along the Montana-Wyoming border to the 10,947 ft (3,337 m) high Beartooth Pass. The approximate elevation rise is from 5,200 ft (1,600 m) to 8,000 ft (2,400 m) in 12 mi (19 km) in the most daring landscapes.

When driving from the east to the west, the highest parts of the Beartooth Highway level off into a wide plateau near the top of the pass, and then descend to where the Beartooth Highway connects to the Chief Joseph Scenic Byway near Cooke City, which forms the northeast gateway to Yellowstone National Park. En route, one passes numerous lakes typical of the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness Area which borders the highway along much of its route.

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Bear Tooth Highway, Montana - Absoraka Range
Bear Tooth Highway, Montana - Absoraka Range
Bear Tooth Highway, Montana - Gardiner Lake
Bear Tooth Highway, Montana - Gardiner Lake
Bear Tooth Highway, Montana - Absoraka Range
Bear Tooth Highway, Montana - Absoraka Range
Bear Tooth Highway, Montana - Paradise Valley
Bear Tooth Highway, Montana - Paradise Valley
Bear Tooth Highway, Montana - Long Lake
Bear Tooth Highway, Montana - Long Lake
Bear Tooth Highway, Montana
Bear Tooth Highway, Montana
Bear Tooth Highway, Montana - biking in the mountains
Bear Tooth Highway, Montana - biking in the mountains
Bear Tooth Highway, Montana - Absoraka Range from the Paradise Valley
Bear Tooth Highway, Montana - Absoraka Range from the Paradise Valley
Bear Tooth Highway, Montana - Beartooth Lake
Bear Tooth Highway, Montana - Beartooth Lake
Bear Tooth Highway, Montana - Shoshone National Forest
Bear Tooth Highway, Montana - Shoshone National Forest
Bear Tooth Highway, Montana - Absoraka Range
Bear Tooth Highway, Montana - Absoraka Range
Bear Tooth Highway, Montana - Pilot and Index peaks
Bear Tooth Highway, Montana - Pilot and Index peaks
Bear Tooth Highway, Montana - Bear tooth
Bear Tooth Highway, Montana - Bear tooth
Bear Tooth Highway, Montana - ranch in the mountains
Bear Tooth Highway, Montana - ranch in the mountains
Bear Tooth Highway, Montana - Shoshone River
Bear Tooth Highway, Montana - Shoshone River
Bear Tooth Highway, Montana - Squirrel pops out
Bear Tooth Highway, Montana - Squirrel pops out
Bear Tooth Highway, Montana - Absoraka Range
Bear Tooth Highway, Montana - Absoraka Range
Bear Tooth Highway, Montana - Absoraka Range
Bear Tooth Highway, Montana - Absoraka Range
Bear Tooth Highway, Montana - Absoraka Range
Bear Tooth Highway, Montana - Absoraka Range
Bear Tooth Highway, Montana - Cooke City
Bear Tooth Highway, Montana - Cooke City