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.”


6 thoughts on “Beartooth Pass”

  1. Absolutely beautiful. It reminded me so much of a journey we made through the Rockies some years ago when we crossed something I think was called The Great Divide. It is so long ago I can’t remember where it was but I do remember the breath-taking views. That early start paid off in terms of the beautiful skies Loren.

    1. I’ve crossed the “Great Divide” somewhere, too, Pat. Both places are where you cross the Rockies; so I imagine they must have similar views. Either way, they’re quite magnificent.

  2. We crossed last year after some friends in Bozeman recommended it. We were after Labor Day, still because of good weather its closing was delayed. Great pictures to rekindle the memories, thanks. kjm

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