I just spent the weekend in Yellowstone National Park. The drive to Yellowstone from the Boothill Inn over the Beartooth Pass is beyond a doubt, the most beautiful drive I have ever been on. From Billings it is an easy 1-hour drive to Red Lodge, Montana where you will begin your climb over the Beartooth Pass. I always allow plenty of time to cross over the Beartooth Pass as there are so many breathtaking views you will want to stop and soak it all in. Before we had even crossed into the Park’s boundaries we saw two grizzly bears and a mama moose with her baby.
The Beartooth Pass is strictly a summertime opportunity. We an elevation of 11,000 feet, the roads are cleared of snow from roughly Memorial Day through Labor Day. In fact, while we were enjoying a balmy 85 degrees in Billings, it was 52 degrees at the top of the Beartooth Pass. Good thing we brought sweatshirts!
Entering Yellowstone National Park via Red Lodge and the Beartooth Pass puts you right into Lamar Valley. Lamar Valley is one of the better areas to spot animals. We quickly saw four black bears and more buffalo then we could count. At the end of Lamar Valley is Roosevelt Lodge – a great place for lunch.
Are you planning a trip to Yellowstone National Park? Then be sure and pass through Montana’s trailhead city, Billings, and stay at the Boothill Inn. You will wake up refreshed and ready to tackle the Beartooth Pass on your way into Yellowstone National Park, a drive that should be on everyone’s bucket list.
Here is wishing you a great summer and we hope to see you soon at the Boothill Inn & Suites.