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Chief Joseph Scenic Byway

By coolsen - Posted on 12 January 2018

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  • Site # 22
  • GPS Coordinates: N44.75356 W109.39951
  • Elevation: 6880 feet
  • Benchmark Page: 34
  • Benchmark Coordinates: D3 Wyoming
  • Ride Difficulty: 1


The Chief Joseph Scenic Byway of Wyoming runs between Cody Wyoming and the Northeast Entrance to Yellowstone National Park, and is an incredibly scenic drive.  Also known as the "Sunlight Basin Highway,” the 47 mile long Chief Joseph Scenic Byway is officially Wyoming Highway 296 and is an extremely popular scenic route for visitors coming from Cody Wyoming and heading for Yellowstone Park.  The Chief Joseph Scenic Byway crosses the Shoshone National Forest via the Clarks Fork Valley, and then connects with U.S. 212, which is the legendary Beartooth Scenic Byway.  As you drive through the Clarks Fork Valley, the mighty Beartooth Mountains tower above you to the North, and the incredible Absaroka Mountains tower above you to the South.  This entire area is in the heart of grizzly bear country, and runs along the North Absaroka Wilderness to the South and the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness further to the North.  And through the Clarks Fork Valley, the gorgeous Clark's Fork of the Yellowstone River runs along the highway to further enhance the already spectacular scenery.


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Posted by silverspurs on 2018-06-12 22:56

Photo taken August 12.  Have ridden this highway several times, and never get tired of it.

Posted by coolsen on 2018-08-21 11:45

 Always a great ride!

Posted by shutterman on 2018-08-22 20:05

 Beautiful Site.  Great leader.

Posted by AGHill on 2018-11-27 12:45

 Love this ride.

Posted by AGHill on 2018-11-27 12:47

 Fun Ride - picture is from a pullout looking east

Posted by CBMMA1969 on 2018-12-21 13:10