About an hour southwest of Billings, Montana is the small resort town of Red Lodge. This former mining town is the gateway to the Beartooth Highway. My Google map did not show very much between Red Lodge and Cooke City, the city next to the north east entrance to Yellowstone National Park. Just a road.
When I was planning this part of the trip from the hotel in Medora, I didn’t have much time to research the route but it looked pretty straightforward. So I topped off the gas tank in Red Lodge, and kept driving. So now the mountains looked a lot closer and soon I was climbing. And climbing. And climbing.
The Beartooth Highway goes through the Beartooth pass and it tops out at 10,947 feet! I did not see that coming! But it was a spectacular drive and although maybe a little tough on the Prius battery, the scenery was stunning.
For more about Beartooth, check out this video. I wish I had before I drove through it. I would have enjoyed it that much more.