We’re on the top of the world! Driving the Beartooth Highway is something everyone should experience. It’s adventure, wilderness, and awe-inspiring views along a windy mountain road. Signs of grizzly bear use abound, such as, well, signs that literally warn of their presence, bear boxes, and sometimes even tracks or sitings.
Yellowstone is crowded, but once you drive out of the northeast entrance to Cooke City – Don’t Stop! Its amazing how many people you dont see on Beartooth Highway, compared to the crowds in Yellowstone. Just keep going past Cooke City, Montana on Highway 112 and you will find a peaceful wilderness. One cant help but dream of an off-grid lifestyle here.
We drove around and took a few side roads off the highway to look for camping spots. On this night, we camped in a campground next to a lake. We’re not much for staying at campgrounds, as you know, but this night it was late and the lake looked beautiful. We set up shop, popped the tent up, and made a fire. Its amazing how good a campfire feels and smells after a long day.
In the morning, we drove back to one of our spots off-road, climbed a bumpy rocky “road” to a high spot to watch the sunrise. Ramsey was a bit reluctant, but I was like someone hyped up on caffeine (yet, I had none. Funny how wilderness works on me that way) to see this Beartooth sunrise! Okay, so it was pretty cold and pretty early, but this place puts on a good show with meadows of flowers back-dropped by snow-capped mountains in mid summer, all lit up by an orange glowing sun – ya, I wasnt missing that view or that shot! It was already a fantastic day and it was still early!