SCENIC BYWAYS AND
DAY TRIPS

SCENIC BYWAYS AND DAY TRIPS

The Lodges of East Yellowstone will make the perfect homebase
for the many breathtaking scenic drives Northwestern Wyoming and Southern Montana has to offer!

Yellowstone Scenic Drives

SCENIC BYWAYS

 

SCENIC LOOPS

All drive times are approximate. Allow more time for sightseeing, wildlife, and weather. Check with the lodge you're staying with to confirm road openings and Yellowstone Park gate opening dates. Gas stations are posted on each map. However, not all stations may be open all year long.

Buffalo Bill Cody Scenic Byway

Mileage: 27.5 miles / 44.3 km
Drive Time: 45 minutes
Details: The Buffalo Bill Scenic Byway begins at the East entrance of Yellowstone National Park. From there, it follows the North Fork of the Shoshone River through the Shoshone National Forest and ends at the forest boundary. However, the beauty of this drive doesn’t stop there. Enjoy the view all the way from the East entrance of the Park to the Buffalo Bill Reservoir and dam right outside of Cody. Teddy Roosevelt referred to this drive from the Park entrance to Cody as “the most scenic 50 miles in America.”

All Lodges of East Yellowstone are located along this route, US Highway 14-16-20.

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Chief Joseph Scenic Byway

Mileage: 47 miles / 75.6 km
Drive Time: 1 hour
Details: The view of Sunlight Basin and Dead Indian Summit (elevation 8,060 ft) from the Dead Indian Overlook in the Shoshone National Forest will astound you. Visit the location of the flight of Chief Joseph and his band of Nez Perce. Learn more about the history of Chief Joseph along the way. This is certainly a ride to remember!

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Beartooth Highway Scenic Byway

Mileage: 68.7 miles / 110.5 km
Drive Time: 2 hours
Details: From Cooke City, MT to Red Lodge, MT

Experience the Beartooth Mountain Range in Wyoming and Montana. The Beartooth Highway is the highest-elevation highway in the Northern Rockies, providing fantastic wide-open views. Many locals refer to the byway as “The Top of the World Highway.” One visit and you’ll see why.

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Beartooth Highway Loop

Mileage: 195 miles / 313.8 km
Route is a loop from Cody to Red Lodge, MT and back.
You'll See: Cody, Heart Mountain, Chief Joseph Scenic Byway, Beartooth Highway Scenic Byway, Red Lodge. Views of the mountains the entire drive.

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Yellowstone Lower Loop

Mileage: 150 miles / 241.4 km
Route takes you from Yellowstone’s East gate, through the lower loop, and back.
You’ll See: Sylvan Pass (elevation 8,530 ft), Avalanche Peak (10,566 ft), Yellowstone Lake, Fishing Bridge, Lake Village, Bridge Bay, West Thumb, Continental Divide, Geyser Basin, Old Faithful, Upper Geyser Basin, Lower Geyser Basin, Madison, Norris, Canyon Village, Artist Point, Lower Falls, Upper Falls, Yellowstone River, bison, wildlife, and so much more!

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Yellowstone Upper Loop

Mileage: 156 miles / 251 km
Route takes you from Yellowstone’s east gate through the upper loop and back.
You’ll See: Sylvan Pass (elevation 8,530 ft), Avalanche Peak (10,566 ft), Yellowstone Lake, Fishing Bridge, Mud Volcano, Hayden Valley, Yellowstone River, Upper Falls, Lower Falls, Artist Point, Canyon Village, Dunraven Pass (elevation 8,859 ft), Mount Washburn (elevation 10,243 ft), Tower Fall, Tower-Roosevelt, Blacktail Deer Plateau, Mammoth Hot Springs, Sheepeater Cliff, Roaring Mountain, Norris, Geyser Basin, bison, wildlife, lakes, and more!

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Yellowstone Outer Loop

Mileage: 196 miles / 315.4 km
Route takes you from Yellowstone’s east gate around the outside loop and back.
You’ll See: Sylvan Pass (elevation 8,530 ft), Avalanche Peak (10,566 ft), Yellowstone Lake, Fishing Bridge, Lake Village, Bridge Bay, West Thumb, Continental Divide, Geyser Basin, Old Faithful, Upper Geyser Basin, Lower Geyser Basin, Madison, Norris, Dunraven Pass (elevation 8,859 ft), Mount Washburn (elevation 10,243 ft), Tower Fall, Tower-Roosevelt, Blacktail Deer Plateau, Mammoth Hot Springs, Sheepeater Cliff, Roaring Mountain, Canyon Village, Artist Point, Lower Falls, Upper Falls, Yellowstone River, bison, wildlife, and so much more!

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Buffalo Bill / YNP / Chief Joseph – Loop 1

Mileage: 225 miles / 362 km
You’ll See: Buffalo Bill Cody Scenic Byway, Shoshone National Forest, Sylvan Pass (elevation 8,530 ft), Avalanche Peak (10,566 ft), Yellowstone Lake, Fishing Bridge, Mud Volcano, Hayden Valley, Yellowstone River, Upper Falls, Lower Falls, Artist Point, Canyon Village, Dunraven Pass (elevation 8,859 ft), Mount Washburn (elevation 10,243 ft), Tower Fall, Tower-Roosevelt, Lamar Valley, Silver Gate, Cooke City, Pilot Peak (elevation 11,699 ft), Chief Joseph Scenic Byway, Dead Indian Overlook, Heart Mountain, Cody, Buffalo Bill State Park and Reservoir, bison, wildlife, high mountain peaks, and more!

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Buffalo Bill / YNP / Chief Joseph – Loop 2

Mileage: 297 miles / 478 km
You’ll See: Buffalo Bill Cody Scenic Byway, Shoshone National Forest, Sylvan Pass (elevation 8,530 ft), Avalanche Peak (10,566 ft), Yellowstone Lake, Fishing Bridge, Lake Village, Bridge Bay, West Thumb, Continental Divide, Geyser Basin, Old Faithful, Upper Geyser Basin, Lower Geyser Basin, Madison, Norris, Roaring Mountain, Sheepeater Cliff, Mammoth Hot Springs, Tower-Roosevelt, Lamar Valley, Silver Gate, Cooke City, Pilot Peak (elevation 11,699 ft), Chief Joseph Scenic Byway, Dead Indian Overlook, Heart Mountain, Cody, Buffalo Bill State Park and Reservoir, bison, wildlife, high mountain peaks, and more!

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Buffalo Bill / YNP / Chief Joseph – Loop 3

Mileage: 289 miles / 465 km
You’ll See: Buffalo Bill Cody Scenic Byway, Shoshone National Forest, Sylvan Pass (elevation 8,530 ft), Avalanche Peak (10,566 ft), Yellowstone Lake, Fishing Bridge, Lake Village, Bridge Bay, West Thumb, Continental Divide, Geyser Basin, Old Faithful, Upper Geyser Basin, Lower Geyser Basin, Madison, Norris, Canyon Village, Dunraven Pass (elevation 8,859 ft), Mount Washburn (elevation 10,243 ft), Tower Fall, Tower-Roosevelt, Lamar Valley, Silver Gate, Cooke City, Pilot Peak (elevation 11,699 ft), Chief Joseph Scenic Byway, Dead Indian Overlook, Heart Mountain, Cody, Buffalo Bill State Park and Reservoir, bison, wildlife, high mountain peaks, and more!

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Buffalo Bill / YNP / Chief Joseph – Loop 4

Mileage: 257 miles / 413.6 km
You’ll See: Buffalo Bill Cody Scenic Byway, Shoshone National Forest, Sylvan Pass (elevation 8530 ft), Avalanche Peak (10566 ft), Yellowstone Lake, Fishing Bridge, Mud Volcano, Hayden Valley, Yellowstone River, Upper Falls, Lower Falls, Artist Point, Canyon Village, Norris, Geyser Basin, Roaring Mountain, Sheepeater Cliff, Mammoth Hot Springs, Tower-Roosevelt, Lamar Valley, Silver Gate, Cooke City, Pilot Peak (elevation 11699 ft), Chief Joseph Scenic Byway, Dead Indian Overlook, Heart Mountain, Cody, Buffalo Bill State Park and Reservoir, bison, wildlife, high mountain peaks and more!

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