Starting from Bozeman, MT grab breakfast at one of the local favorites like Cateye Cafe, The Nova Cafe or the Western Cafe. From there head south towards Big Sky for a day of world-class skiing or snowboarding on the mountain. Stop for a bite of lunch at one of the resort’s many options. After skiing head over to Lone Mountain Guest Ranch for a sleigh ride dinner and a stay in a comfy cabin.
(West Yellowstone through the park loop over to Gardiner)
Starting from West Yellowstone head into Yellowstone National Park through the west entrance. The Two Ribbons Trail is one of the first hiking trails you will come across, and a great place to spot birds, and enjoy the view of the Madison River. Head south after Madison Junction Campground. See the Firehole Falls before heading into the Geyser Basin to see the many Prismatic Springs, Geysers, and trails that Yellowstone National Park is known for. There are After visiting Old Faithful heading east travel of the Continental Divide twice before coming to the West Thumb of Yellowstone Lake. Stop at Yellowstone lake for fishing, and many things to do. Lake Village and Fishing Bridge are right next to the Museum and Visitor Center. From there, follow the Yellowstone River north to Sulphur Caldron and Mud Volcano. Proceed to Canyon Village and stop at the education center. The views from here are one of a kind. Continuing north to the Tower-Roosevelt area of the park. At the Roosevelt Lodge and Cabins area there are Stagecoach Adventures, horseback riding, and an Old West Dinner Cookout which is fun for the whole family. After an evening of fun, be sure to not miss the Mammoth Hot Springs Terraces as you exit the park through the North Entrance and take the opportunity to stop at the Roosevelt Arch for an unforgettable family photo before heading to Dreamcatcher Tipi Hotel for an overnight stay you will not forget.
(Cooke City to Red Lodge on the Beartooth Highway - summer only)
In Cooke City, MT stop and grab a snack, some water and a full tank of gas for the next adventure. The scenic Beartooth Highway is one of the most scenic routes in America and known for some unbelievable views. We suggest setting aside 3-4 hours for this 62 mile drive. Head east out of Cooke City towards Red Lodge, Montana.
Learn about the Beartooth Mountains, early mining history, and the Beartooth Highway.
Just before passing over into Wyoming this stop is a great place to enjoy horseback riding, camping and a Nez Perce’ Interpretive Site.
A powerful waterfall that flows under the Beartooth Highway. A short hike takes visitors to the pedestrian bridge to get a better view of the falls.
One of the most photographed views along the Beartooth Highway.
Beartooth Lake flows under a historic bridge built in the 30s, turning into a stunning waterfall. A short walk here will get visitors to the Beartooth Lake which offers fishing, canoeing, and a view of Beartooth Butte.
At almost halfway through the Beartooth Highway, the Top of the World Store offers travelers, food, fuel and even a place to stay overnight. It is roughly 25 miles east of Cooke City on the Beartooth Highway.
This is highest point along the Beartooth Highway, at 10,947 feet above sea level. Even in the summer, this stop can be chilly, so bring a jacket.
Stop here for the Beartooth Loop National Recreation Trail. Also a great place to view the rock formation, Bear’s Tooth, that the highway is named after.
Experience incredible views of Rock Creek Canyon and Hell Roaring Plateau. This point offers a short trail that is wheelchair accessible.
(Three Forks, Livingston, Big Timber, Columbus and Red Lodge)
Stop in to the Three Forks Café for breakfast before exploring this Small-Town Driving Tour through Yellowstone Country. Take in a bit of small-town history at the Three Forks Historical Museum. There are also two beautiful state parks to explore just outside of Three Forks. From Three Forks, head east on I-90 to the great town of Livingston, MT. Head to Bearpaw Outfitters for horseback riding or a fly-fishing lesson. Continue down I-90 to the town of Big Timber and take in a workshop at Two Rivers Gallery or tour the quilts at Little Timbers Quilts. Head down the road to Columbus, Montana and step back in time at the Museum of the Beartooths. From Columbus, use Montana Highway 421 and Highway 212 for a scenic drive to Red Lodge. After a long day of exploring, put your feet up at the historic Pollard Hotel in downtown Red Lodge.
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