Beartooth Highway

All-American RoadMontana, Wyoming

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  • Grizzly bears

    Although seldom seen by the travelling public, bears are very common along the corridor.

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  • Rock Creek Vista Point Overlook, Montana

    Visitors to the Beartooth All-American Road will experience the vastness of the Beartooth-Absaroka Wilderness before proceeding to the "top of the world" at Beartooth Pass.

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  • Kettle lakes

    There are hundreds of kettle lakes on the Beartooth Plateau.

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  • Colorful Pools at Yellowstone

    Heat-loving bacteria create amazing colors in these heated pools at Yellowstone National Park.

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  • Lone Dog on a Cross-Country Ski Trail

    A dog peers over a snowy landscape from a cross-country ski trail running parallel to the Beartooth Highway.

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  • Highway Winding Through the Trees

    The Beartooth Highway meanders through a frosty alpine scene.

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  • Down into Clark's Fork Valley

    Impressive peaks rise in the distance, while evergreens populate the slopes down into Clark's Fork Valley.

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  • Rocky Mountain goats

    Goats are seen during the summer at various locations along the Byway

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  • Runoff

    Runoff near the Top of the World Store

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  • Cliff Lake

    Verdant foliage ornaments the still waters of Cliff Lake, located in Shoshone National Forest.

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  • View from Clarks Fork Overlook

    Wildflowers thrive in unexpected places by the roadside in this view of mountains and the road from Clarks Fork Overlook. From this overlook you can see the Clarks Fork River Valley and the aftermath of the Clover Mist Fire (1988). Salvage logging beneath Pilot and Index Peaks after the fire were designed to mimic natural openings to blend in with the surrounding landscapes.

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  • Old CCC Bridge Across Lake Creek

    The old CCC bridge across Lake Creek is a favorite spot to view Lake Creek Falls.

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  • Lake Creek Falls

    Lake Creek has cut down through this granite over time and made a very narrow, spectacular noisy sight.

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  • Lake Creek Bridge

    The modern Lake Creek Bridge on the Beartooth Highway crosses over Lake Creek. Pilot and Index peaks are in the background.

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  • Snowy View from West Summit

    This view looks south from West Summit on the Beartooth Highway. The highway winds down toward Long Lake.

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  • Fisherman in Clarks Fork  of Yellowstone River

    A fisherman casts in the river near Pilot Creek.

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  • Snow-Covered Mountains in Summer

    Travelers visiting early in the summer season will find snow at the highest elevations of the Beartooth All-American Road.

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  • Fly Fishing on Cliff Lake, Beartooth Mountains

    Cliff Lake is a pristine alpine lake just a short hike upstream from the inlet of Fantan Lake, Beartooth Mountains.

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  • Yellow-Bellied Marmot

    The yellow-bellied marmot lives its life within the alpine tundra at the highest elevations of Beartooth Highway.

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  • The Bears Tooth Spire

    Fluffy white clouds cap all three peaks in this photo of the Bears Tooth Spire.

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  • View from Clay Butte Lookout

    From this old fire lookout tower you can see in all directions for miles. This view is downward toward Beartooth Lake which lies at the base of Beartooth Butte and directly adjacent to the highway.

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  • Waterfall on Beartooth Lake

    A rush of water pours out of the Beartooth Lake.

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  • Alpine Wildflowers in the Mountains

    Alpine wildflowers add a touch of color.

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  • Just Getting Started

    Old Faithful just begins to spout as an audience waits in anticipation.

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  • Pilot and Index Peaks

    These twin peaks reach staggering heights of over 11,000 feet.

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  • Silex Spring

    Bacteria thrives in the heated water overflowing from the spring, creating the rich rust colors seen here.

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  • A Bear in Wildflowers

    A young bear wanders through a field of wildflowers near the road in Yellowstone National Park.

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  • Looking for Buffalo in Yellowstone

    Although sometimes difficult to see, close observers will spot buffalo out in the valley. Can you see the buffalo here?

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  • Buffalo by the Road

    A distant buffalo grazes on the grasses alongside the road in Yellowstone National Park.

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  • Door of Old Faithful Inn

    Renowned for its architecture, the Old Faithful Inn makes visitors feel right at home.

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  • Elk in Yellowstone

    These three elk graze right by the road as many onlookers take pictures.

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  • Erupting Geyser

    Though not as famous as Old Faithful, this nearby geyser erupts only once a day, making sightings rare.

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  • Small Geyser in Yellowstone

    This small geyser emits steam and fountains almost constantly.

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  • Interior of Old Faithful Inn

    Four stories of balconies rise to create a sense of openness and bring the outdoors in.

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  • Lily Pads on a Lake

    Surprising discoveries like this lake covered in lily pads greet visitors traveling in Yellowstone.

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  • Enjoying Yellowstone Lake

    A visitor enjoys the wide expanse of Yellowstone Lake.

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  • Minerva Terrace

    Terraces formed by hot springs continue to charm and delight visitors to Yellowstone today.

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  • Minerva Terrace

    Terraces formed by hot springs continue to charm and delight visitors to Yellowstone today.

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  • Mudpots in Yellowstone

    Boiling mudpots may not seem like the most inviting sight, but you'll find yourself fascinated by this natural phenomenon.

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  • Old Faithful

    Waiting for Old Faithrul to erupt is worth the stay. Not only is this geyser a natural wonder, but it is also a cultural icon.

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  • Old Faithful Erupting

    Spouting heated water up to 184 feet, Old Faithful continually amazes visitors to Yellowstone National Park.

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  • Overlook at Minerva Terrace

    An overlook allows visitors to Mammoth Hot Springs a closer look at Minerva Terrace.

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  • Hot Water Pools

    Yellowstone is famous for its hot water pools characterized by deep blues.

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  • Amazing Landscapes

    You won't see anything like this anywhere other than Yellowstone.

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  • Ranger Led Tours

    A ranger tells all about the scum that has provided so much good to science during this ranger led tour by West Thumb.

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  • Riparian Valley

    Entering Yellowstone from the west, you will pass by riparian valleys.

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  • River Running Through Yellowstone

    This river runs through a white basin in Yellowstone.

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  • Getting a Closer Look

    A visitor to Yellowstone kneels on the boardwalk to get a closer look at the amazing formations created by thermal activity.

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  • Thermal Pools at Yellowstone

    Boardwalks allow visitors to view the depth of thermal pools from a safe vantage point.

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  • Thermal Pool by West Thumb

    The warm turquoise of thermal pools contrasts against the cool blue of Yellowstone Lake.

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  • Bacteria Around the Pool

    The rust-colored bacteria surrounding this thermal pool near West Thumb makes for a beautiful contrast of colors.

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  • Tower Falls

    Visitors can see Tower Falls from an overlook or they can hike to the bottom and view it from below.

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  • Upper Geyser Basin

    You'll tour the Upper Geyser Basin via a system of boardwalks installed for safety.

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  • Visitor Information Center

    This visitor information center is located just inside the west entrance of Yellowstone Park. Here, you can find books, maps, and even view wildlife from a telescope.

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  • Waiting for Old Faithful

    A crowd gathers to wait for the eruption of Old Faithful.

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  • Dusk at Yellowstone Lake

    You might want to relax at the end of the day at the shores of Yellowstone Lake.

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  • Pilot and Index Peaks

    These landmarks of the Beartooth Highway are immediately recognizable and dominate the scenery.

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  • Cooke City

    Cooke City provides plenty of places to eat, lodge, or buy some souvenirs.

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  • Clarks Fork

    The Clarks Fork, a perfect venue for fly-fishing, runs along the Beartooth Highway.

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  • Clarks Fork

    The Clarks Fork, a perfect venue for fly-fishing, runs along the Beartooth Highway.

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  • Camping at Soda Butte

    Campers at Soda Butte on the Beartooth Highway are surrounded by trees and wildflowers.

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  • Picnic Area at Soda Butte

    This picnic table is surrounded by wildflowers and peacefully removed from the road.

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  • Picnic Area at Soda Butte

    This picnic table is surrounded by wildflowers and peacefully removed from the road.

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  • Grizzly Bears In Their Element

    Although not often seen from the highway, grizzlies live and roam the areas adjacent to the highway. They are part of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem population and are Threatened Species.

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  • Pilot and Index Peaks

    The Highway passes through geologically diverse environments. Shown here, Pilot and Index Peaks in the Absaroka Range are examples of mountains formed by volcanic processes, while the Beartooth Range is of granitic origin and represents some of the oldest rocks in the world.

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  • Rock Creek Canyon

    Beartooth Highway snakes through Rock Creek Canyon on a perfect summer day as it begins the ascent to Beartooth Plateau.

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  • RV'ing on the Beartooth All-American Road

    RV enthusiasts travel close to the Beartooth Plateau at an elevation of 10,450 ft.

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  • Fly Fishing the Beartooth Mountains

    A fly fisherman enjoys a relaxing day on Island Lake in Shoshone National Forest.

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  • Distant View of Pilot Peak

    Pilot and Index Peaks were used many years ago by the Crow Indians, trappers and other travelers to keep their bearings, hence their names.

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  • Pilot Peak

    Pilot Peak rises in the distance above Cooke City, Montana.

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  • Beartooth Butte Reflection

    Beartooth Butte is reflected in a mirror-still lake on a bright summer's day.

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  • Rock Creek Valley

    This view shows the glaciated valley that drains some of the Beartooth Plateau to the north. Further to the north there are a number of campgrounds closer to Red Lodge in this scenic drainage.

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  • Glacial Deposits

    Great gray rocks were deposited by glaciers long ago near Long Lake.

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  • Crazy Creek Cascade

    Crysal clear water spills out of the high country from hundreds of lakes in the Beartooths. This cascade flows into the Clarks Fork of the Yellowstone just a short distance away and eventually into the Yellowstone River near Billings, Montana.

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  • An Angled View of the Top of the World Store

    A group of men cluster behind their vehicles at the Top of the World Store.

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  • View From Clarks Fork Observation Turnout

    The stunning beauty of the Rockies is apparent in the majestic Pilot and Index Peaks, which dominate the horizon.

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  • A Small Gathering at the Top of the World

    People gather just outside the Top of the World Store on the Beartooth Highway.

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  • Parked at the Top of the World Store

    Emptied of passengers, a van parks before a sign for the Top of the World Store.

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  • The West Summit of Beartooth Pass

    The Beartooth Highway winds through the snow-draped West Summit of Beartooth Pass.

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  • Scenic Pilot and Index Peaks

    Lush green grass lines the byway, while snow covers Pilot and Index peaks.

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  • Alpine Tundra on Top of Beartooth Pass

    A few lonely stones lie on a barren stretch of land along the Beartooth Highway, while the snow-covered Rockies project their presence even from a distance.

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  • Rock Creek Vista Point Rest Area Exit

    The Beartooth Highway rides the rim of a steep loose-rock slope as a truck rolls past the stop sign at the Rock Creek Vista Point Rest Area.

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  • Heading Down the Beartooth Pass into Montana

    A construction vehicle and a van park in a railing-enclosed turnout along the Beartooth Highway as it stretches into Montana.

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  • A View from Clark's Fork Overlook

    Looking down into Clark's Fork Valley from the Clark's Fork Overlook, one can see distant snow-peaked mountains and miles of evergreen tree tops.

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  • Stunning View from Rock Creek Vista Point

    Steep tree-covered mountain slopes hugged by the Beartooth Highway drop into Rock Creek Canyon visible from the Rock Creek Vista Point rest Area and Interpretive Site.

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  • Hairpin Curve on the West Summit of Beartooth Pass

    Snow drapes the mountain slopes along the Beartooth Highway, which loops into a hairpin curve.

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  • Beartooth Mountains and Custer National Forest

    From the Rock Creek Vista Point, a sweeping mountain landscape fills the horizon.

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  • Presenting Designation Plaque to Montana's Beartooth All-American Road

    Montana's Beartooth All-American Road receives their designation plaque at the Designation 2002 event at Union Station in Washington DC.

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