2012-07-30 12:06:13+0000 - Montana, United States of America
  • Distance:
  • 103km / 64 mi
  • Duration:
  • 1:14:03

Beartooth Highway is a turn on! This is one of the great motorcycle roads in North America. Lots of ups and downs, small guardrails, mountains, dense forest, rivers, rocks, snow and tundra. There will be as many motorcycles on this road as there are cars. Steep grades, endless hairpin curves, countless switch-backs, good pavement, few trucks or campers dare go up this route! The route will take about an hour to ride 64 miles (103 km).

The Beartooth All-American Road, also known as the Beartooth Highway, officially opened on June 14, 1936. It's often referred to as "the most beautiful drive in America", first coined by Charles Kuralt, On the Road television correspondent. The Highway is a destination in its own right, because of its beautiful scenery. It's the highest elevation paved highway in the Northern Rocky Mountains open to travellers seasonally from May to October. For more information on Beartooth Highway see: http://esr.cc/NkNhnQ. Here's a detailed way- finding PDF map of Beartooth Highway.

Photo via: http://visitmt.com

From Red Lodge to Cooke City

Go South on Beartooth Highway 212. When you have travelled 8 miles (13 km), you'll be at an elevation of 6,562 feet (2,000 metres) this is where the Beartooth Highway officially starts. Ride along the mountain ridge which offers a nice backdrop for the first part of the All- American Road. You'll wind through an exciting set of hairpins and switchbacks at about 15 miles (24 km) into the route, as the road rises in elevation approximately 3,281 feet (1,000 metres). After the first section of exciting hairpins, continue riding South for another 5 miles (8km) to reach another exciting set of hairpins and switchbacks, at an elevation of 10,827 feet (3,300 metres).

Halfway through the route at 37 miles (60 km) start riding West and descend approximately 3,281 feet (1,000 metres) where you'll find sweeping views of mountains and several lakes. Approximately 50 miles (80 km) into the route, you'll reach the intersection of State Highway 296. Continue riding Northwest to reach Cooke City for 12.5 miles (20 km) of curvy road.

You've just conquered the Beartooth! This is one of the great motorcycle roads in North-America. The All-American Road is a spectacular ride full of hairpins, switchbacks, and beautiful scenery. This route is 60 to 90 minutes of pure excitement over 64 miles (103 km), with little to no campers or trucks in sight. Enjoy the ride. EatSleepRIDE.

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I'm headed there in 2 weeks. I've been on it in a cage, can't wait to ride it. Btw, I'm riding LA to northern Michigan (via Upper Peninsula) on this trip June 15th to 25 if anyone knows good side roads to take.

  • 2015-05-22T04:20:44-04:00

Wow…… those pictures just take my breath away

  • marina
  • 2013-04-25T21:40:34-04:00

I'm told this is one of the best motorcycle roads in the United States.