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The Scenic Beartooth Highway in the Sky!

 

Image: Yellowstone NPS

The Beartooth Highway, officially named US Route 212, is recognized as a National Scenic Byway! It meanders for almost 70 miles through Montana and Wyoming, starting in Red Lodge, Montana, and stopping at #Yellowstone’s Northeast Entrance.

Arguably the best spot along the route is Beartooth Pass in our great state at nearly 11,000 feet! Due to weather, the Pass is usually open only mid-May through mid-October.

The road opened in 1936, basically following the 1872 route of Civil War General Philip Sheridan and his 120 men after returning from an inspection of Yellowstone National Park and wanting an easier route through the Beartooth Mountains back to Billings. An old hunter named Shuki Greer gave the directions (take a left at the 3rd snow-capped mountain kinda thing?), so thank you Mr. Greer!

Have you traveled on and taken in the beauty of the famous Beartooth Highway?

The Great Yellowstone Arch!

Image: @yellowstonenps on IG

The Roosevelt Arch is located on Route 89 in Gardiner, Montana, at the north entrance of Yellowstone National Park. Its cornerstone was laid in 1903 by President Theodore Roosevelt, hence its name. There is a quote along its upper portion, “For the Benefit and Enjoyment of the People”, the inscription being from the 1872 Organic Act, the legislation from which came Yellowstone Park.

Construction began February 19, 1903, and was completed August 15 of the same year. It cost roughly $10,000 to construct. The archway’s north entrance was the first major entrance into the national park. Folks would take the train to Gardiner and then ride horse-drawn carriages into the park. Several thousand attended its dedication.

There’s a time capsule in it, containing a Bible, a picture of the president, newspapers, and other miscellany.

Have you seen it?!

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