For one of the most scenic RV vacations ever, take the Beartooth Highway through Montana and Wyoming. This byway rates high on the list of top scenic drives in America. Breathtaking views, gorgeous valleys, waterfalls and glacial lakes await you. You will travel sixty-seven miles from Yellowstone to Red Lodge, Montana, through a number of National Forests and National Wilderness lands.
Make your home base in Cooke City and stay at Colter Campground, a spot high in elevation with RV sites available. You will be close to Yellowstone National Park, which is where you will start your adventure. If you haven’t visited Yellowstone before, now is the time! You can’t miss Old Faithful, and there are numerous geysers, mud pots, hot springs and other amazing sights. Wildlife is abundant as well as plenty of places to hike or bike.
As you move northeast out of Yellowstone and begin your drive in your RV on the Beartooth Highway, stop in Cooke City, Montana and visit the F.J. Williams Gallery. This is the oldest house in town, built more than 140 years ago. You will see fascinating antiques and primitive art and learn some interesting history. You should also stop at the historic mining community of Silver Gate. This is filled with history of the Old West.
Side trips are always fun, and at the junction of US Highway 212 and WY 296, you can take the Chief Joseph Scenic Highway for more spectacular scenery. You will head south to Cody, Wyoming and enjoy miles of breathtaking beauty. Head back then to the Beartooth Highway to continue on your journey.
Just a bit further west when you get back on the Beartooth scenic route, you will find Crazy Creek Falls. It is worth a stop to see this incredible waterfall and learn some of the history connected. This unique waterfall comes from Crazy Creek, named because of its wild, erratic pattern of flowing. Take the walking trail and reach the viewing area for some lovely vistas.
The Beartooth-Absaroka Wilderness in Central Montana offers great wildlife watching with wildlife such as elk, mountain goats, black and grizzly bear and moose on the prowl. You can even ski here in June and July. Granite Peak stands high over the plateau, and is the king of all the rugged peaks in the Absarokas. Dare you try to climb this mountain? Many do. It is usually best as an overnight endeavor.
As you drive over the Beartooth Plateau, you will marvel at the inspiring views of alpine tundra, glaciers, mountain peaks and of course, the wildlife spotted at a distance. This plateau is at an elevation of 10,970 feet. You are really up there in the atmosphere! You will finally come to Red Lodge, Montana, a quaint town with a lot of history.
You have completed your RV journey and it is time to head home. You have the satisfaction of knowing you have visited a beautiful corner of the world, the Old West coming alive in all directions. It is something that you will never forget.