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Best path to Yellowstone

After seeing some reviews I had to take a detour and take this route to Yellowstone. Happy to say I... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Jaitiv
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Mississauga, Canada
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Charles Kuralt was right.

A year can't go by without finding a reason to spend a day on this pass. Early summer you are... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Nancy C
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Bozeman, Montana, United States
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

After seeing some reviews I had to take a detour and take this route to Yellowstone. Happy to say I was not disappointed. One of the beast drives I have done. There was overnight snow fall, so had snow in the higher elevations. We also...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A year can't go by without finding a reason to spend a day on this pass. Early summer you are treated to walls of snow 20 feet high. Late summer welcomes fields of flowers, scrambling for a brief moment of glory before the snows return....More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Nancy C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

On our west trip this pass had the best views of anything we experienced on the trip. this includes independence pass and Mt Etna. This area reminded us of winter wonderland, it was awesome.

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed December 12, 2018

We had breakfast in the amazing ski town of Red Lodge on our way to Yellowstone. A flashing sign at the end of town said that the Pass was closed, but some people in the diner said that it should open by 11, so we...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Jim K
Reviewed November 12, 2018

We drove over the Beartooth Pass this past fall. The views were spectacular and the fall colors made it even better. We'll definitely return again.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Jeff D
Reviewed November 6, 2018

I highly recommend visiting this area. Plan for plenty of time, as it takes longer than you may think, with the roads that wind around.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed October 30, 2018

Back in the early sixties, I worked on the top of the beartooth mt. installing the present guardrails. I had to dynamite every hole for the posts. Spent over a month on the job, wore a coat untill noon left the end of july before...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Dr D
Reviewed October 24, 2018

The Beartooth Pass is scary, like the Wild Mouse amusement park ride (but thousands of feet higher) and is even scarier if you have a fear of heights (as we did). But, it does have guardrails in many of the scariest places and if you...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed October 12, 2018

Nothing grows here due to the 11,000 foot altitude but the view from here is fantastic! On a clear day you can see for miles!

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank harryatkck
Reviewed October 11, 2018

At 11,000 feet (almost) I don't think I have been higher without a flying vehicle. The drive is scary if you have any nerves and if you dont like switchbacks don't even bother. There are plenty places to catch you very thinned breath. But the...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Amy N
August 26, 2018|
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Response from Paul P | Reviewed this property |
It closed 10/05/18 in the morning due to a pending major weekend snow storm. So, this season is now over.
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pablol257
May 26, 2018|
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Response from Reagan10 | Reviewed this property |
There on June 14. All clear, but lots of snow on the sides of the roads. No chains were needed.
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Pam B
March 31, 2018|
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Response from Erin M | Reviewed this property |
The Beartooth Pass rarely opens before May 31st or Memorial Day weekend.
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Midwest1
Rockford, IL
Driving help from Cooke City to Cody (1 Replies)
My husband and I will be driving our son's truck from Seattle, WA to Rockford, IL in early April. We would like to take a drive thru the northern trek of Yellowstone from Mammoth to Cooke City. I thought we could take 212 out of Cooke City, but learned that the Beartooth Pass doesn't open until the end of May. Is it possible to take 296 out of Cooke City to 120 to Cody? If we have time, we'd like to stop at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center. Thanks for your help!
March 18, 2007|
TeessideTraveler
Teesside, England
Route from Cody to Yellowstone (13 Replies)
I intend driving from Cody to Yellowstone NP but I'm not sure which route to take. Should I take the 296 over Dead Indian Pass or the longer route over the Beartooth Pass?
December 29, 2010|
Response fromTetonBill|
The most direct route, of course, is to go west out of Cody and enter YNP at the east entrance. The question you've posed, however, assumes that you'll enter the park at the entrance near Cooke City on the northeast. Unless you want to do a lot of backtracking, you can either 1. take the Chief Joseph Hwy (route 296 over Dead Indian Pass) or 2. route 120/72/308 into Red Lodge, and then take the Beartooth Hwy (route 212) into Cooke City. The Beartooth (option 2) is a beautiful...More
cantwate
Pittsburgh
Scheduling Trip to include crossing Beartooth Pass in Autumn (5 Replies)
I am in the early stages of scheduling a trip to Yellowstone for a combination hiking / fishing trip for early October (10/2 or 10/3 arrival). Somehow I've never driven the Beartooth Highway, although I worked in the Park for 2 summers in the '70's and have visited twice since. Wanted to fly to Billings and then drive over the pass to enter the park. Is early October beyond their normal closing of the highway? If so, I can change the itinerary to fly to Bozeman or even Jackson, Wy for that...More
March 01, 2010|
Response fromDeb1741|
The closing of the pass is dependant upon snow. There have been years when I've gone over it the 2nd weekend in October and there have been years when its been closed before that. One year I went over mid October. It was raining in Red Lodge and started snowing at the top. I have a 4wheel drive and it was pretty "dicy" in some spots. We made it over the top and got to the Top of the World Store. They were kinda surprised we had just come over because they had just gotten the call that it was...More