There is nothing quite as “western” as climbing onto a back of a horse and heading up the trail! The further you get “off-road” the easier it is the relax and enjoy the beautiful mountain surroundings. If back country is really something you’d like to experience consider a pack trip – fully guided with meals and camp set it’s one of the best ways to travel where other don’t! Most dude and guest ranches in the area offer day and overnight riding trips. Visit the chamber of commerce websites for the three Beartooth Highway gateway communities for lodging and riding information.
Looking for adventure? – Check out motorcycle riding on the wild side. The beauty, the wildlife viewing, and the sheer wildness of the ride make the Beartooth Highway one of the premier rides in America today. Two of the Beartooth Highway’s gateway communities host motorcycle rallies each year, and the Highway’s close proximity to Sturgis make it a natural stop for bikers traveling to and from the South Dakota rally.
Each summer the Red Lodge International Ski and Snowboard Camp provides dedicated skiers a chance for a wild ski ride at the Twin Lakes Headwall. Weather dictates the season, and the high country ski area can open as early as April and stay open through July. Visit the Red Lodge International Ski & Snowboard Camp web site for details and contact information.
xtreme skiers can be seen challenging the easily accessible slopes of the Beartooth Highway during the first days that the road is open each year. Because the Highway provides direct access to many high mountain snow fields it have become a popular springtime ski spot. Read more about one skier’s experience on the Highway at: http://www.cowboyhvn.com/spring.htm
Cross country skiing is fast becoming one of the most popular adventures on the Beartooth Highway. If you can access the snow for snowmobiling you can access it on cross country skies and many lodging properties in Cooke City, Montana provide out-the-door ski opportunities. Red Lodge, Montana is home to the world-famous Red Lodge Mountain where down hill skiing and snowboarding rock the winter months.
Looking for a wild mountain biking trail? – it’s on the Beartooth’s. The Morrison Jeep Trail provides experienced mountain bikers an opportunity to challenge the elements at over 10,000 feet. This is a challenging ride and not for beginners, or riders in poor condition, but the trail takes bikers through some amazing mountain terrain. If you’re interested visit local area chamber of commerce sites for detailed information!
It is always a good idea to check with local Forest Service agencies, Chambers of Commerce, and local bike shops before starting off on a trek across Forest Service land. It is not legal to mountain bike on areas designated as “wildness” and you need to know where wilderness boundaries begin and end before getting started!
And today it’s “all downhill” with Beartooth Bike Tours. These guys offer bike rides down the “switchback” section of the Highway and in to Red Lodge, Montana. Check out their website and see if this might be the adventure for you!
Snowmobiling the Beartooths
Snowmobiling enthusiasts find their way to the Beartooth All-American Road from all directions for the best snow and wildest trails. Using the Chief Joseph Highway from the Wyoming side (WY 296) for access – thousands of riders visit the Beartooth Highway each winter. A right-hand turn at the intersection of Wyoming 296 and US 212 will take riders to the “Top of the World” and on to Beartooth Pass. A left-hand turn leads to Cooke City, Montana. The Beartooth corridor leads the west in off-trail riding and offers the most spectacular scenery of any snowmobile destination around. Riders often trail their machines to the Pilot Creek Trailhead parking lot on the Beartooth Highway then ride the final 7 miles in to Cooke City, Montana. This small mountain community boasts 60 miles of groomed trails, fantastic mountain climbing opportunities.
Offering full amenities, Cooke City, Montana makes a great “headquarters” for riding the Beartooth’s. Visit their chamber of commerce web site for a complete list of accommodations and information.