Looking for a summer ride with a little bite? The wealth of switchbacks and hairpin turns on Beartooth Highway should do the trick for both experienced and novice bikers looking to soak up the sun, ride a challenging route and take in some one-of-a-kind scenery on this beautiful roadway.
Starting out in Red Lodge, Montana, bikers will travel a rambling route which is both challenging and stunningly beautiful, with an iconic roadway and a treasure trove of breathtaking views which are perfect for thrill-seekers and sun-seekers alike. This ruggedly beautiful road takes you along the National Scenic Byway through Wyoming’s Beartooth Pass, as well as the Custer and Shoshone National Forests, culminating in an abundance of above-tree line tundra found only in remote areas of Montana and Wyoming.
This roller-coaster-like ride features a huge range of stunning views on both sides of the long and rolling road. Featuring vast mountain ranges crowned with snow, even in the warmer months, bright green foliage from thick, lush forests on both sides of the route, and clear Alpine lakes reflecting a brilliantly blue sky, this route is the epitome of rugged wilderness beauty.
Adding to the appeal of this pristine stretch of countryside is its remoteness and sheer inaccessibility. Unlike other famously scenic biking routes, which can be clogged year-round with an overabundance of tourists in every kind of vehicle, this pass is often closed between October and May, which make it a hidden gem only available to visit during the warmest months of the year. Added to the reality of the pass being closed most of the year, getting a chance to ride this route becomes even more of a rarity when you consider that the weather is uncertain in general the whole year ‘round. Bikers are advised to check weather reports and plan for eventualities with precautions such as wearing extra layers of clothing, taking emergency supplies and survival gear, and beefing up your communications options before undertaking a trek to this worthwhile, yet tricky, stretch of highway. No matter the preparations needed, this challenging and fulfilling ride is sure to feed the soul of any nature-loving biker and fill that yearning for wild places that all adventurers know.
Whether you choose to ride this route for the sheer peaceful isolation of the rugged terrain, the challenging roadway that can test any biker’s mettle, or the jaw-dropping sites only available in this majestic part of the country, Beartooth Highway won’t disappoint. Plan your first – or next – trip here and make some memories that will last a lifetime.
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