Saturday, July 22, 2006
Beartooth Scenic Byway, MT/WY 07/06/06
Route 212 beginning at the town of Red Lodge, MT to Cooke City, MT, called the Beartooth Scenic Byway, has been heralded as the most beautiful road in America by the late Charles Kuralt. And on our road trip I made a point of including this stretch of byway. We were not disappointed. Expansive views and a feeling of being on top of the world are very accurate descriptions. A series of switchbacks took us to the top where each bend in the road revealed alpine lakes.On the Beartooth Plateaus we saw the glacier-carved cirques, alpine lakes in the hanging valleys and we pulled over many times to see what we could see out on the tundra. And what we found were patches of hard snow giving way to crystal clear, icy cold streams cutting through the meadows of rock and wild flowers. Beartooth Scenic Byway and gateway to the northeast entrance to Yellowstone National Park.