The Beartooth Highway and Yellowstone

September 17, 2010  •  Leave a Comment

After visiting Glacier National Park, we trekked on down to Yellowstone via the Beartooth Highway.  Before traveling the Beartooth - which is an All-American Scenic Byway that runs through southwestern Montana and northwestern Wyoming up to an elevation of near 11,000 feet - we stayed in a great little town of Red Lodge.  Near Red Lodge we pulled off at a roadside stop called Grey Cliff Prairie Dog Town to see these cute little guys and all their antics.  Here are a few photos of at the dog town, along the highway, and from a short and frigid hike in the frozen tundra!

Rock Creek near Red Lodge, MontanaRock Creek near Red Lodge, Montana Prairie DogPrairie Dog The tundra of the Beartooth MountainsThe tundra of the Beartooth Mountains The Bear's ToothThe Bear's Tooth Dead Indian Summit along the Beartooth HighwayDead Indian Summit along the Beartooth Highway

Then it was on the grand daddy of all parks, Yellowstone.  It was my second visit there and the scenery, wildlife, and hiking opportunities are amazing in late September.  I've written before about "bearanoia"...  that feeling of absolute silence that you don't encounter very often.  When you do, your sense of hearing is heightened and you start to think about bear encounters!  Well I felt it again several times during this trip along the many remote trail miles we logged.  One morning, we got up very early to head out to the Lamar Valley in hopes of seeing the wolves or other wildlife.  Instead we found cold and dense fog.  What was so cool is that the morning sun burned off some of the fog and I ended up catching a beautiful shot of the fog bank against the sunrise near Trout Lake.  I also captured the lake itself in the morning stillness.  I love the early morning!!  Here are a few of the magnificent shots the park granted my camera lens...

Morning fog on the Lamar ValleyMorning fog on the Lamar Valley Trout Lake in the Lamar ValleyTrout Lake in the Lamar Valley Antelope in Lamar ValleyAntelope in Lamar Valley One of the many geysers near Old FaithfulOne of the many geysers near Old Faithful Grand Canyon of the YellowstoneGrand Canyon of the Yellowstone One of the many geyser basins in YellowstoneOne of the many geyser basins in Yellowstone Mammoth Hot SpringsMammoth Hot Springs

I hope to get back to Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks soon.  Along with all the parks, they are always memorable experiences and you can hardly take a bad picture.  Thank you for reading.


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