“As one half of a couple known to travel the West on motorcycle, I certainly agree with AMA’s members and wish the highway a happy 75th birthday,” said Claudia Wade, director of the Park County Travel Council. “We are blessed with several beautiful rides in this region.”
Located on either side of the Wyoming/Montana border just east of Yellowstone National Park’s Silver Gate, the highway has been recognized for its spectacular mountain views as it winds through multiple national forests. The 68-mile road covers most of the ground between Cooke City and Red Lodge, Mont., and 54 of those miles have been named by National Scenic Byways as “All American Road.”
The road is often used by park visitors as well as travelers on their way to or from the towns of Cody, Meeteetse and Powell who also typically use the Chief Joseph Scenic Byway which connects to the Beartooth Highway.
According to AMA, editors of its American Motorcyclist magazine surveyed the association’s 230,000-members via its web site on their favorite roads. The magazine published the top 15 roads in the April issue along with a list of roads receiving honorable mentions. Images of the roads nominated by AMA members can be viewed online at Gallery.AmericanMotorcyclist.com.
Yellowstone Country is comprised of the towns of Cody, Powell and Meeteetse as well as the valley east of Yellowstone National Park.
The area of Park County is called “Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country” because it was the playground of Buffalo Bill Cody himself. Buffalo Bill founded the town of Cody in 1896, and the entire region was driven and is still heavily influenced by the vision of the Colonel. Today its broad streets, world-class museum Buffalo Bill Historical Center and thriving western culture host more than 1 million visitors annually.
The Park County Travel Council website (www.yellowstonecountry.org) lists information about vacation packages, special events, guide services, weather and more. Travelers wishing to arrange vacations can also call the Park County Travel Council at 1-800-393-2639.