The Beartooth Highway is one of the highest roads in the lower 48 states, traveling through pristine mountain scenes, lush forests and alpine tundra. And this is a spectacular place to explore with your pets!
For 68 miles, between Cooke City and Red Lodge, Montana, the Beartooth Highway winds through some of the most inspiring terrain in the United States. Travelers cross 20 peaks that rise more than 12,000 feet, along with breathtaking views and unique landscapes. But is it a good idea to explore the Beartooth Highway with your pets? Fasten your seat belt and we’ll show you how much this area has to offer travelers with pets!
Explore Beartooth Highway with pets
Time is of the essence when planning a trip on the Beartooth Highway. Given its high altitude and rugged location, the area can experience severe weather almost every month of the year, and winter comes immediately.
The entire route is usually open from Saturday on Remembrance Day weekend until mid-October. But the dates really depend on mother nature.
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Plan your visit
Autumn days in Montana are fresh and clear, making it a great time to visit. But avoiding summer traffic comes with its trade-offs. It can be a spectacular, sunny day when you start, but the weather can change quickly as you climb to higher altitudes.
When Cool Whip and Hercules visited in mid-September 2021, traffic was light and the weather was ideal for viewing, especially at lower altitudes. But even when the sun was shining, the strong winds of the high passages slapped the ears of Cool Whip and required an extra layer of warmth.
It is important to note that there is little cell phone coverage in this area, so visitors need to be prepared for emergencies. Although daily temperatures can reach 70 degrees when the sun sets, mercury can quickly fall below zero.
Warm clothes, suitable shoes, plenty of gas in the car, water and a healthy dose of common sense are recommended.
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Paths on the Beartooth Highway
Picnic areas, walkways, and walkways appear at regular intervals along the Beartooth Highway, so finding a place to stretch your legs is no problem.
Pets with leashes are welcome in all picnic areas and walkways, as long as they are cleaned afterwards. Keep in mind that grizzlies and wolves inhabit this area, and the land is also used for cattle grazing. So, for the safety of your pet, it is important to follow the law of the leash.
Rules for pets on the Beartooth Highway
Pets must be on a leash. Pet waste must be collected and disposed of properly
If you are hoping to take a longer walk or hike, you are also in luck. The Beartooth Highway runs through the Custer, Gallatin and Shoshone National Forests and runs parallel to the Absaroka-Beartooth Desert. The route gives you access to more than a million acres of desert!
Watch out for Beartrack Trailhead, Crazy Creek Falls and more.
Places suitable for pets
There are several pet-friendly hotels, campsites and eateries in Cody, giving you excellent access to the Beartooth Highway.
You’ll also find less choice of accommodation in Cooke City and Red Lodge. Primitive camping and first come, first served campsites in the national forests are another option suitable for pets. Some campsites even have access to a trail!
More things suitable for pets in the area
From Beartooth Highway, you are just jumping, skipping and jumping to Yellowstone National Park. Although his pet policy is quite restrictive, with a little planning you and your pet can enjoy it together!
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Have you spent time on the Beartooth Highway? Share your tips in the comments below!
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