Chief Joseph Scenic Byway

Afternoon view up the Canyon of the Clarks Fork of the Yellowstone River taken from near Dead Indian Hill along the Chief Joseph Scenic Byway.

Chief Joseph Scenic Byway, also known as Wyoming 296, is a 46-mile scenic highway in northern Wyoming. It stretches from just north of Cody Wyoming to the junction with the Beartooth Highway near Cooke City, Montana. Named for the Nez Perce Chief Joseph, the highway roughly follows a portion of the route taken by Chief Joseph and his followers fleeing the US Calvary in 1877. Along the route there are views of the Absaroka Mountains, the Beartooth Mountains and Plateau, plus the canyon of the Clarks Fork of the Yellowstone River.

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The Beartooth Highway

The  Beartooth Highway, also known as US-212, is a scenic mountain highway in Montana and Wyoming. It stretches from Red Lodge, Montana to the junction with Wyoming Highway 296. Designated as an All-American Road, it is ranked as one of America’s most striking highways. Charles Kuralt once called it “one of the most beautiful drives in America.” For us, the Beartooth Highway is very reminiscent of Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado.

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