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The Beartooth Highway (U.S. 212) lies southwest of Billings, Montana (Fig. 1). The section of highway discussed here extends from Red Lodge, Montana, to Cooke City, Montana. The road is paved and well maintained, but it may be temporarily closed by snow as early as Labor Day. It closes for the season by middle to late September, and remains closed until mid-May. The stops discussed here (Fig. 1) are pullouts (4 to 6 cars) on the highway and are accessible by two-wheel drive cars. Other than pullouts the road is narrow, with little possibility of overflow parking. Land ownership is largely National Forest (Gallatin and Custer in Montana, Shoshone in Wyoming) with the exception of private holdings along Rock Creek below the switchbacks.

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