For one of the most scenic road trips in the country take a drive from Billings, Montana to Yellowstone National Park down the Beartooth Highway. The barren, mountainous terrain is like life on the top of the world, and the scenery, along with the high altitude, could leave you breathless!
Stop and enjoy the mountainous views from any of the frequent scenic turnoffs, picnic spots and campgrounds. There are 12 National Forest campgrounds along the Beartooth Highway, so you have the option for stopping here a night for camping or just parking the RV while you hike. You’ll be able to see mountain peaks, glaciers, forests, tundra, and postcard-perfect lakes allowing a unique and exciting wilderness opportunity at every turn. The Highway even passes through portions of the Custer National Forest and the Shoshone National Forest.
While driving your RV along the Beartooth Highway, make sure to be prepared for possible bad weather. Even if you’re traveling in the middle of summer the weather can be unpredictable and you’re likely to see patches of white on the hills and mountains – yes it is snow! While the rest of the state is heating up the cooler temperatures on the Beartooth Highway often provide a welcome relief.
During the winters the road can be completely impassable, so better safe than sorry, the highway is only open to traffic between Memorial Day (May) and Labor Day (September).
At the end of your Beartooth Highway drive, you’ll find plenty to do in Yellowstone Park or the Grand Teton National Park. After you’ve hiked through the park, relax with a soak in the hot springs or go on a scenic boating trip. We can arrange for tour guides and boat rentals to make it easy for you.
- The highway reaches an elevation of almost 11,000 ft (3,345 meters) at Beartooth Pass.
- Beartooth Highway is only 69 miles long, but can take as long as 2 hours to drive due to the steep inclines and switch-back curves.