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This highly scenic highway provides access from Red Lodge, Montana, to the northeast entrance of Yellowstone National Park. The highway is maintained by the National Park Service.

From Crazy Creek Campground, views to Pilot and Index Peak are offered. Pilot Peak is the spire-pointed peak. A short walk up Crazy Creek trail leads the traveler to an exceptional view of Crazy Creek Falls. Continuing along the highway towards Red Lodge, Lake Creek Falls and bridge are passed. This is another beautiful fall and the bridge is truly an impressive structure! Clay Butte Lookout is encountered 23 miles from Cooke City, Montana. The lookout itself is three miles from the highway and offers spectacular views of the Beartooth and Absaroka Mountain Range. Beartooth Lake and Island Lake campgrounds are located just beyond Clay Butte Lookout. These are just two of the many Beartooth High Lakes. A forest map will assist visitors in placing proper names on these lakes. A general store, Top of the World, is encountered between Beartooth Lake Campground and Island Lake Campground. This is a resort authorized by special use permit from the Forest Service offering limited supplies and curios to travelers.

At the west summit is a scenic overlook providing views of the Absaroka to the south and west; the Beartooth to the north; and the Bighorn Basin area to the east. In June and July, skiers may be seen on the headwall above Twin Lakes. This is the site of the Red Lodge International Race Camp. This is a special use operation aimed at attracting Olympic class skiers for a summer training opportunity. At the Wyoming/Montana state line, you leave the Shoshone National Forest and enter the Custer National Forest. Many National Forest recreation sites are located between this point and Red Lodge. They are operated by the Custer National Forest.

Directions: From Cody, Travel 16.5 miles northwest on WY 120 to the Sunlight Road/Clarks Fork highway signed as Sunlight Basin Road. Follow road for 51 miles to US 212 Beartooth highway junction.

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Shoshone National Forest

Visitor Information

Telephone Number: 307-527-6241
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.

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