I would agree - with one major caveat!

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Posted by Granite Head ( on 07:09:24 08/11/13

In Reply to: I would look into..... posted by Jim

What time of year are you going? Plain rain at Red Lodge or Lamar Valley is snow over the Beartooths any time after mid-September. If the sky is blue and beautiful the Beartooths can't be beat (but allow 2-1/2 to 3 hours just from Red Lodge) but if it turns out the weather isn't good, it's not worth it. If that happens, speed west along the interstate to Livingston, then down to North Entrance, then east-southeast to Roosevelt Lodge/Tower Junction. If you have time, for a chance at seeing some great wildlife and some lovely scenery, you can turn left (east) at Tower Junction and drive through in the area called Little America, from the junction to Lamar Canyon, the narrow area just east of the turnoff to Slough Creek campground. On a good day, you can see bison, pronghorns, bighorn sheep, badgers, bears of both kinds - though much more likely black bears - coyotes, foxes, major bird life, and if the stars are really aligned, wolves, just within those few miles. From there back to Tower Junction, and south to Canyon, Lake, and East Entrance and on to Greybull.
Note that if you enter the park from the Beartooth Highway (northeast entrance) you will be driving from east to west through Little America - the last few miles before you get to Tower Junction where you turn south to make your way to Fishing Bridge, the turn off to East Entrance.
Either way this is going to be a lot of driving!

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