I've made this route a dozen times over the past 40 years, and it's absolutely breathtaking every visit. Keep an eye open for mountain sheep near the pass (I recently photographed a herd of 24). The eastern slope is exhilarating to drive with steep cliffs and precipitous drops to the canyon below. The top includes scattered glacial lakes with arctic ground-cover and flowers. There is a store and several campgrounds on the higher altitudes as well, all great places to pitch a tent or camper. The western slope is faster driving with incredible mountain range vistas and creeks with water falls, culminating in Beartooth mountain at Cooke City.
In June of 2013, there is road construction at the peak, with expected delays upwards of 20 minutes. But who cares, enjoy the incredible scenery while you wait!
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