The Beartooth Highway is one of the highest roads in the lower 48 states, traveling through pristine mountain landscapes, 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 pass through 20 peaks that rise above 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 seatbelt and we’ll show you how much this area has to offer pet passengers!
Explore the Beartooth Highway with pets
Time is of the essence when planning a trip on the Beartooth Highway. Given its high altitude and uneven location, the area can experience severe weather almost every month of the year and winter comes immediately.
Usually the whole route is open from Saturday on Remembrance Day Weekend until mid-October. But the dates really depend on mother nature.
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 low and the weather was ideal for investigation, especially at lower altitudes. But even in the scorching sun, the strong winds on the high passages smelled of Cool Whip’s ears and needed 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 an emergency. 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.
Paths on the Beartooth Highway
Picnic areas, arrows, and walkways appear at regular intervals along the Beartooth Highway, so finding a place to stretch your legs is no problem.
Pet leashes are welcome on all arrows, 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 tethered. 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!
Acceptable places to stay pets
There are several pet-friendly hotels, campsites and eateries in Cody, giving you excellent access to the Beartooth Highway.
You will also find less choice of accommodation in Cooke City and Red Lodge. Primitive camping in the national forests is another option suitable for pets.
More things that can be done in the area
From Beartooth Highway, you’re just hop, jump and jump to Yellowstone National Park. Although his pet policy is quite restrictive, with a little planning you and your pet can enjoy it together!