Beartooth Pass

I had a hard time deciding what route I would take from Broomfield to Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons. In the end, a brochure describing Beartooth Pass as the most beautiful pass in the United States made me decide that I should take the Northeast Entrance. I’m glad I did. I’m not sure it is the most beautiful pass in the nation, but it was certainly a very beautiful pass.

As usual when I’m camping I got a very early start, leaving about 5:30 A.M. Though I loved the reddish tints from the sunrise,

Entering Beartooth Pass

it seemed that only the tops of the mountains were highlighted and the trees faded into the shadows, though that’s not the way they looked to me except through the lens.

Beartooth Pass

Sacrificing a few shots was a small price to pay for the views that awaited me as I reached the top of the pass. Standing at the top of the pass at 6:30 in the morning, it seemed appropriate to send Leslie a photo declaring “Top of the Morning to You.”

Top of Beartooth Pass

There were 360 degrees of mountains surrounding you at the top.

Top of Beartooth Pass

Up here you looked down at the Mountain Goats.

Mountain Goats

Even after descending nearly 1,000 feet it was hard to disagree with the little community who went by the name “Top of the World.”