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Going down and Cooke City, the end of the Byway

Beartooth Byway, MT Photo, Billings, Montana

After driving pretty much on a plateau, quite desolate and filled with glacial lakes, the road starts to go down. The main feature on the other side of the pass is the odd Pilot and Index Peak, a mountain with two peaks that you just cannot miss. At 11,000 feet, those peaks are the remnant of a volcano. The scenic overlook will offer a great view of these spectacular peaks, as well as the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness and the Clarck Fork Valley. After the Shoshone National Forest, the road loops back into Montana and finally reaches its first sign of civilization - Cooke City.
Cooke City is an old mining town and the end of the highway. Dominated by the towering Soda Butte, this sleepy little town offers a rest for the traveller and is one of the access points to Yellowstone National Park. Coffee can be drunk, bikes can be rented, and a few miles further, you will reach Silver Gates and the entrance of Yellowstone National Park.

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