Beartooth Highway, the 64-mile stretch of US Highway 212 in Montana and Wyoming, is an absolute must see for this season. This highway passes through three national forests which makes it every camper’s dream destination.
Often referred to as the most beautiful drive in the States, Beartooth Highway takes travelers on an exciting journey to the best campgrounds in the area. The national forests Custer, Gallatin, and Shoshone are three natural reserves every nature loving person should visit.
Custer National Forest
Custer National Forest is located in south-central part of Montana. Beartooth Highway passes through the south part of the park. It’s known for its ecologically diverse landscapes. Established in 1907, this forest welcomes all hiking enthusiasts and adventure seekers to explore the beauty of this region. Camping is very popular here because of the picturesque environment and of course, the road to get here.
The Greenough Lake, Limber Pine, Parkside, and Sheridan campgrounds all offer camping opportunities. Be sure to make an online reservation for these campsites because the weekends can be busy. The animals to be seen here are grizzly bear, black bear, bighorn sheep, mountain goat and bison. The fauna consists mostly of pine, spruce and fir trees.
Gallatin National Forest
The Gallatin National Forest borders with Yellowstone National Park. Spread over 1,819,515 acres, the forest got its name from Alber Gallatin, (1761–1849), U.S. Secretary of the Treasury and scholar of Native American languages and cultures. Granite Peak, within the forest, is the highest in Montana. An earthquake in 1959 caused landslides that formed Quake Lake on the Madison River.
Dominant tree species in Gallatin Forest are spruce, cottonwood, and aspen. While hiking you could see bald eagle, timber wolf, peregrine falcon, moose, mule deer and many other animals. There are more than forty campgrounds where you can spend a weekend enjoying more than 2000 miles of hiking trails that interlink with Yellowstone National Park trails.
Shoshone National Forest
Shoshone National Park was one of the first protected land areas in the United States. This park has the biggest potential to develop camping grounds along the Beartooth Highway. Popo Agie Wilderness is one of the most popular climbing and hiking destinations, offering more than 200 different climbing routes.
With this remarkable number of trails, there is no way you’ll get bored while camping in Shoshone National Forest. And if you were wondering if there are some lakes near, yes there are more than 500 lakes in the forest. Also, 1000 miles of rivers and streams flow through it. It sounds like a paradise, right? Fox Creek, Crazy Creek, Beartooth Lake, and Island Lake are the names of some of the campgrounds that you can check for availability.
If you are a wilderness fan, don’t wait any longer. Invite your best friends and share a great camping adventure with them.
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