Camp and Ride the Beartooth Highway

Camp and Ride the Beartooth Highway

Beartooth Highway is a National Scenic Byway that runs through national forests and mountains spanning Montana and Wyoming. The road winds up to a summit of over 10,900 feet and is surrounded by gorgeous vistas with peaks over 12,000 feet in elevation. This road is on the must-ride list of many auto and motorcycle enthusiasts as well as a favorite of hikers, campers and cyclists.

Chief Joseph Scenic Byway, Wyoming 296, intersects Beartooth and is another must-ride road. Smooth sweeping curves and easy switchbacks take you to the lookout at Dead Indian Pass.

We camped near the intersection of these two scenic byways. There are several National Forest campgrounds available. If you are in a tent, check first if they are allowed – some campgrounds are RV only, perhaps due to bear activity. We moto-camped with our tent at free forest campground near Lily Lake that provided a fire ring, picnic table and bear box.

Beartooth Highway is a portion of US 212 which runs from Yellowstone National Park’s northeast entrance through Cooke City. The Beartooth Corridor is just east of Cooke City to just west of the town of Red Lodge.

Beartooth moto ride route
We camped near the intersection of Beartooth Highway and Chief Joseph Scenic Byway. We rode the motorcycles up and back down each road. – Click image for Google Maps

Camping near Beartooth and Chief Joseph

Lily Lake Campground
Bear box a forest service campground
Bear box at forest service campground.

Beartooth Highway – Beartooth Pass

Beartooth Highway
Beartooth Highway from Beartooth Pass Overlook
Beartooth Pass
Do you see the tooth?
Beartooth Lake
Beartooth Lake
On Top of World Store
Make a quick stop On top of the World.
Hang glider on Beartooth Highway
We were lucky to spot a hang glider doing flips through the mountains!

Chief Joseph Scenic Byway

Chief Joseph Scenic Byway
Chief Joseph Scenic Byway Dead Indian Summit Overlook.
Clarks Fork Canyon
View of Clarks Fork Canyon and Dead Indian Hill, this view was surreal.


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