The Beartooth Highway is truly one of the most scenic roads in America. This 68 mile road climbs up into the Beartooth Mountains and traverses out of the Northern parts of Yellowstone National Park, alone the Montana/Wyoming border, exiting near the town of Red Lodge in Montana. These are quite a few National Forest Service campgrounds along the route including my personal favorite, Island Lake. Camping fees are $15 per night, all primitive camping. It’s a very small window of opportunity to enjoy this place as the road opens in mid to late June and closes with the first snows after Labor Day. The campgrounds normally open the first week in July and close on Labor Day. Ascending the mountains is best from the West, out of Yellowstone. This is a nice gentle climb up several sets switch-backs, almost to the point of not noticing the fact that you are approaching 11,000 feet at the pass. Coming up from the East, out of Red Lodge, you’ll climb up over 3,400 feet in one set of switch-backs to Rock Creek Vista Point at 9,000 feet and then on up to the pass. Another approach, coming up from Cody Wyoming, will bring you up and onto the Beartooth Highway at just about the middle of its 68 mile length. If you ever plan on taking the epic cross country trip to Yellowstone, make sure you make time to stay up in the Beartooth Mountains. Your only regret will be not making the journey.