Beartooth Challenge Points of Interest and Trivia
Note that each day the route traveled is in parts of both Wyoming and Montana, illustrating that The Beartooth Challenge follows the confines of the great Rocky Mountains and not the boundaries of man.
The first day of the ride will be the easiest day since the ride from Red Lodge, MT to Cody, WY does not have any big climbs and is fairly flat. At approximately 68 miles, it should not take more than 5 hours of ride time to make the trip. At about mile 26 the group will cross the state line into Wyoming. There will be a rest stop at the halfway point so that riders can refill with hydration and eat some food. The first night is at the historic Irma Hotel and Restaurant in downtown Cody, Wyoming (named after Buffalo Bill’s daughter). There are many things to do in Cody such as visiting the Buffalo Bill Center of the West museum. The group will likely dine at the Irma Hotel Restaurant followed by a few beverages in the saloon.
The second day of the ride includes having a hearty breakfast in Cody before departing into the mountains. This day includes the first big climb up Dead Indian Pass, which is a 13 mile climb, with an elevation increase of 3,200 feet, at an average grade of 4.7%. There will be a rest stop at the Dead Indian Pass Overlook for riders to re-hydrate. The ride continues into beautiful Sunlight Basin near the Clarksfork of the Yellowstone River Canyon. The group will stop at Hunter Peak Ranch for lunch before making the final stretch up to Cooke City, MT. At about mile 72.5 the group will cross the state line again, back into Montana. There is a final 4 mile climb with an elevation gain of over 1,000 feet into Cooke City (into the wind). The group will bed down in Cooke City and enjoy a few beverages at one of the local watering holes.