Montana’s Top Pet Friendly Attraction: Beartooth Highway

Montana's Top Pet Friendly Attraction: Beartooth Highway | GoPetFriendly.com

This post is part of a series on the Ultimate Pet Friendly Road Trip, a 10-month, 15,000 mile tour of the top pet friendly attraction in each of the lower 48 states.

Choosing the #1 pet friendly destination in each state was the hard part – now we’re visiting each location and sharing our experiences with you. The purpose of this grand adventure is to celebrate the bonds that grow and the beautiful moments we collect when we travel with our pets. We hope you’ll hop aboard and join us vicariously here on the blog and on social media by following the #pawsomememories hashtag. Waggin’ trails!

Montana’s Top Pet Friendly Attraction: Beartooth Highway
Montana's Top Pet Friendly Attraction: Beartooth Highway | GoPetFriendly.com

For 68 miles, between Cooke City and Red Lodge, Montana, the Beartooth Highway winds through some of the most inspiring terrain in the United States. This road, one of the highest in the lower 48 states, passes 20 peaks that reach over 12,000 feet in height. Travelers are immersed in the pristine alpine landscapes, lush forests, and alpine tundra – all within the space of a few miles.

Given its high elevation and rugged location, the highway can experience severe weather conditions almost every month of the year, and winter arrives on a moment’s notice. Typically, the entire route is open from the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend to mid-October, but that all depends on the weather. We knew when we planned our 48-state road trip that crossing Beartooth in early October was iffy … and Mother Nature got there just as we did.

We were hoping it would look like this:

Montana's Top Pet Friendly Attraction: Beartooth Highway | GoPetFriendly.com

Photo credit: htrnr

Instead, we got this:

Montana's Top Pet Friendly Attraction: Beartooth Highway | GoPetFriendly.com
Montana's Top Pet Friendly Attraction: Beartooth Highway | GoPetFriendly.com
Montana's Top Pet Friendly Attraction: Beartooth Highway | GoPetFriendly.com

Beautiful in its own way, without question … but making it impossible to reach the highest parts of the highway and experience the plateaus dotted with glacial lakes, deep forested valleys, and dancing waterfalls.

Shoulder Season

Though snow prevented us from driving the entire route, we found plenty of scenery to enjoy while the Beartooth Highway transitioned into hibernation. It was a spectacular, sunshiny day as we made our way toward Cooke City, but something was clearly brewing on the horizon. Climbing to the higher elevations, we got an inkling of what awaited us.

Montana's Top Pet Friendly Attraction: Beartooth Highway | GoPetFriendly.com
Montana's Top Pet Friendly Attraction: Beartooth Highway | GoPetFriendly.com
Montana's Top Pet Friendly Attraction: Beartooth Highway | GoPetFriendly.com

It’s important to note that there is little cell phone coverage in this area, so being prepared is a must. Summer days may reach 70 degrees, but temperatures this time of year can quickly fall below freezing. Warm clothes, proper footwear, plenty of gas in the car, water, and a healthy dose of common sense are recommended.

When we finally reached the Beartooth Highway, the snow was starting to stick. After a few more miles, we were driving in a winter wonderland, and noticed some cattle out frolicking in the fresh flakes along the road. From the Cooke City side, 17 miles of the Beartooth was open to vehicle traffic, but the driving conditions were deteriorating quickly. Having no desire to get stuck and put Ty and Buster in harm’s way, we turned around well before reaching the gate.

Montana's Top Pet Friendly Attraction: Beartooth Highway | GoPetFriendly.com
Montana's Top Pet Friendly Attraction: Beartooth Highway | GoPetFriendly.com
Montana's Top Pet Friendly Attraction: Beartooth Highway | GoPetFriendly.com

Back at lower elevations, the sun was still shining and the boys were happy to get out and explore a bit. There are forest roads, trailheads, picnic areas, and turnouts at regular intervals, so finding a place to stretch your legs and have a sniff is no problem.

Montana's Top Pet Friendly Attraction: Beartooth Highway | GoPetFriendly.com
Montana's Top Pet Friendly Attraction: Beartooth Highway | GoPetFriendly.com
Montana's Top Pet Friendly Attraction: Beartooth Highway | GoPetFriendly.com
Montana's Top Pet Friendly Attraction: Beartooth Highway | GoPetFriendly.comPets at Beartooth Highway

The Beartooth Highway is surrounded by the Custer, Gallatin, and Shoshone National Forests, and travels parallel to the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness – putting it squarely inside a million-plus acres of wilderness. Pets are welcome at all the turnouts, picnic areas, and trails as long as they remain on leash and are cleaned up after. Keep in mind that grizzly bears and grey wolves inhabit this area, and the land is also used to graze cattle. For your pet’s safety, it’s important to abide by the leash law.

Pet Rules along the Beartooth Highway

Pets must be leashed
Pet waste must be picked up and disposed of properly

Up the Road to Red Lodge

Since we couldn’t drive across the Beartooth Highway to Red Lodge, we opted for an alternate route to this lovely mountain village. Along the way it was obvious there was a storm raging just to our west, but it was a perfect day for a drive … and made for some dramatic pictures!Montana's Top Pet Friendly Attraction: Beartooth Highway | GoPetFriendly.com

Montana's Top Pet Friendly Attraction: Beartooth Highway | GoPetFriendly.com
Montana's Top Pet Friendly Attraction: Beartooth Highway | GoPetFriendly.com

From Red Lodge, the Beartooth Highway was open for twelve miles, and the roads were in much better shape. We were able to enjoy the drive along the icy creek and past the pine trees tipped with snow, all the way to the barricades.

Montana's Top Pet Friendly Attraction: Beartooth Highway | GoPetFriendly.com
Montana's Top Pet Friendly Attraction: Beartooth Highway | GoPetFriendly.com
Montana's Top Pet Friendly Attraction: Beartooth Highway | GoPetFriendly.com
Montana's Top Pet Friendly Attraction: Beartooth Highway | GoPetFriendly.com
Thank You to Our Sponsors

Visiting these attractions with Ty and Buster is a dream come true. We’ll be blogging about each one as we go along, so fasten your seatbelt and stay tuned!

The Ultimate Pet Friendly Road Trip wouldn’t be possible without the support of our wonderful sponsors: Winnebago, 2 Hounds Design, Alcott, goDog®, PetGuide.com, Red Roof Inns, Sleepypod, The Bark, PetHub, RVPetSafety.com, and The Honest Kitchen. Please be sure to visit their websites and social media pages and thank them for their participation!

Planning a pet friendly trip of your own? We’ll make it easy:
Pet Friendly Hotels | Pet Friendly Destinations | Pet Friendly Activities

The post Montana’s Top Pet Friendly Attraction: Beartooth Highway appeared first on GoPetFriendly.com.

Montana's Top Pet Friendly Attraction: Beartooth Highway | GoPetFriendly.com

This post is part of a series on the Ultimate Pet Friendly Road Trip, a 10-month, 15,000 mile tour of the top pet friendly attraction in each of the lower 48 states.

Choosing the #1 pet friendly destination in each state was the hard part – now we’re visiting each location and sharing our experiences with you. The purpose of this grand adventure is to celebrate the bonds that grow and the beautiful moments we collect when we travel with our pets. We hope you’ll hop aboard and join us vicariously here on the blog and on social media by following the #pawsomememories hashtag. Waggin’ trails!

Montana’s Top Pet Friendly Attraction: Beartooth Highway
Montana's Top Pet Friendly Attraction: Beartooth Highway | GoPetFriendly.com

For 68 miles, between Cooke City and Red Lodge, Montana, the Beartooth Highway winds through some of the most inspiring terrain in the United States. This road, one of the highest in the lower 48 states, passes 20 peaks that reach over 12,000 feet in height. Travelers are immersed in the pristine alpine landscapes, lush forests, and alpine tundra – all within the space of a few miles.

Given its high elevation and rugged location, the highway can experience severe weather conditions almost every month of the year, and winter arrives on a moment’s notice. Typically, the entire route is open from the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend to mid-October, but that all depends on the weather. We knew when we planned our 48-state road trip that crossing Beartooth in early October was iffy … and Mother Nature got there just as we did.

We were hoping it would look like this:

Montana's Top Pet Friendly Attraction: Beartooth Highway | GoPetFriendly.com

Photo credit: htrnr

Instead, we got this:

Montana's Top Pet Friendly Attraction: Beartooth Highway | GoPetFriendly.com
Montana's Top Pet Friendly Attraction: Beartooth Highway | GoPetFriendly.com
Montana's Top Pet Friendly Attraction: Beartooth Highway | GoPetFriendly.com

Beautiful in its own way, without question … but making it impossible to reach the highest parts of the highway and experience the plateaus dotted with glacial lakes, deep forested valleys, and dancing waterfalls.

Shoulder Season

Though snow prevented us from driving the entire route, we found plenty of scenery to enjoy while the Beartooth Highway transitioned into hibernation. It was a spectacular, sunshiny day as we made our way toward Cooke City, but something was clearly brewing on the horizon. Climbing to the higher elevations, we got an inkling of what awaited us.

Montana's Top Pet Friendly Attraction: Beartooth Highway | GoPetFriendly.com
Montana's Top Pet Friendly Attraction: Beartooth Highway | GoPetFriendly.com
Montana's Top Pet Friendly Attraction: Beartooth Highway | GoPetFriendly.com

It’s important to note that there is little cell phone coverage in this area, so being prepared is a must. Summer days may reach 70 degrees, but temperatures this time of year can quickly fall below freezing. Warm clothes, proper footwear, plenty of gas in the car, water, and a healthy dose of common sense are recommended.

When we finally reached the Beartooth Highway, the snow was starting to stick. After a few more miles, we were driving in a winter wonderland, and noticed some cattle out frolicking in the fresh flakes along the road. From the Cooke City side, 17 miles of the Beartooth was open to vehicle traffic, but the driving conditions were deteriorating quickly. Having no desire to get stuck and put Ty and Buster in harm’s way, we turned around well before reaching the gate.

Montana's Top Pet Friendly Attraction: Beartooth Highway | GoPetFriendly.com
Montana's Top Pet Friendly Attraction: Beartooth Highway | GoPetFriendly.com
Montana's Top Pet Friendly Attraction: Beartooth Highway | GoPetFriendly.com

Back at lower elevations, the sun was still shining and the boys were happy to get out and explore a bit. There are forest roads, trailheads, picnic areas, and turnouts at regular intervals, so finding a place to stretch your legs and have a sniff is no problem.

Montana's Top Pet Friendly Attraction: Beartooth Highway | GoPetFriendly.com
Montana's Top Pet Friendly Attraction: Beartooth Highway | GoPetFriendly.com
Montana's Top Pet Friendly Attraction: Beartooth Highway | GoPetFriendly.com
Montana's Top Pet Friendly Attraction: Beartooth Highway | GoPetFriendly.comPets at Beartooth Highway

The Beartooth Highway is surrounded by the Custer, Gallatin, and Shoshone National Forests, and travels parallel to the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness – putting it squarely inside a million-plus acres of wilderness. Pets are welcome at all the turnouts, picnic areas, and trails as long as they remain on leash and are cleaned up after. Keep in mind that grizzly bears and grey wolves inhabit this area, and the land is also used to graze cattle. For your pet’s safety, it’s important to abide by the leash law.

Pet Rules along the Beartooth Highway

Pets must be leashed
Pet waste must be picked up and disposed of properly

Up the Road to Red Lodge

Since we couldn’t drive across the Beartooth Highway to Red Lodge, we opted for an alternate route to this lovely mountain village. Along the way it was obvious there was a storm raging just to our west, but it was a perfect day for a drive … and made for some dramatic pictures!Montana's Top Pet Friendly Attraction: Beartooth Highway | GoPetFriendly.com

Montana's Top Pet Friendly Attraction: Beartooth Highway | GoPetFriendly.com
Montana's Top Pet Friendly Attraction: Beartooth Highway | GoPetFriendly.com

From Red Lodge, the Beartooth Highway was open for twelve miles, and the roads were in much better shape. We were able to enjoy the drive along the icy creek and past the pine trees tipped with snow, all the way to the barricades.

Montana's Top Pet Friendly Attraction: Beartooth Highway | GoPetFriendly.com
Montana's Top Pet Friendly Attraction: Beartooth Highway | GoPetFriendly.com
Montana's Top Pet Friendly Attraction: Beartooth Highway | GoPetFriendly.com
Montana's Top Pet Friendly Attraction: Beartooth Highway | GoPetFriendly.com
Thank You to Our Sponsors

Visiting these attractions with Ty and Buster is a dream come true. We’ll be blogging about each one as we go along, so fasten your seatbelt and stay tuned!

The Ultimate Pet Friendly Road Trip wouldn’t be possible without the support of our wonderful sponsors: Winnebago, 2 Hounds Design, Alcott, goDog®, PetGuide.com, Red Roof Inns, Sleepypod, The Bark, PetHub, RVPetSafety.com, and The Honest Kitchen. Please be sure to visit their websites and social media pages and thank them for their participation!

Planning a pet friendly trip of your own? We’ll make it easy:
Pet Friendly Hotels | Pet Friendly Destinations | Pet Friendly Activities

The post Montana’s Top Pet Friendly Attraction: Beartooth Highway appeared first on GoPetFriendly.com.

Adventures in Candyland

Halloween has always been sort of a big deal at my house. My parents have helped me hand-make many elaborate costumes over the years and we always throw an elaborate party at my house. This year was no exception. So without further ado, I give you my 2017 Halloween costume…

Adventures in Candyland / Ammo the Dachshund

Adventures in Candyland / Ammo the Dachshund

King Candy from Candyland!

Adventures in Candyland / Ammo the Dachshund

All mom had to say was that I get to wear a crown and carry a cool scepter and I was on board.

Adventures in Candyland / Ammo the Dachshund

But Candyland isn’t quite as fun without someone to help you rule the land.

Adventures in Candyland / Ammo the Dachshund

So Princess Lolly made an appearance as well!

Adventures in Candyland / Ammo the Dachshund

Princess Lolly was minus her crown (because to no ones surprise she hated how it messed up her hair), but she did come bearing candy (aka dog cookies).

Adventures in Candyland / Ammo the Dachshund

Adventures in Candyland / Ammo the Dachshund

We had a blast making our way to the Candy Kingdom.

Adventures in Candyland / Ammo the Dachshund

Until someone ran out of “candy” and suddenly neither of us cared who got to the castle first.

Adventures in Candyland / Ammo the Dachshund

Adventures in Candyland / Ammo the Dachshund

But the adventure along the way was the best part anyway.

Adventures in Candyland / Ammo the Dachshund

Happy Halloweenie Friends! Enjoy your “candy”! Ammo the Dachshund // Blog Signature // Celebrity

 

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Halloween has always been sort of a big deal at my house. My parents have helped me hand-make many elaborate costumes over the years and we always throw an elaborate party at my house. This year was no exception. So without further ado, I give you my 2017 Halloween costume…

Adventures in Candyland / Ammo the Dachshund

Adventures in Candyland / Ammo the Dachshund

King Candy from Candyland!

Adventures in Candyland / Ammo the Dachshund

All mom had to say was that I get to wear a crown and carry a cool scepter and I was on board.

Adventures in Candyland / Ammo the Dachshund

But Candyland isn’t quite as fun without someone to help you rule the land.

Adventures in Candyland / Ammo the Dachshund

So Princess Lolly made an appearance as well!

Adventures in Candyland / Ammo the Dachshund

Princess Lolly was minus her crown (because to no ones surprise she hated how it messed up her hair), but she did come bearing candy (aka dog cookies).

Adventures in Candyland / Ammo the Dachshund

Adventures in Candyland / Ammo the Dachshund

We had a blast making our way to the Candy Kingdom.

Adventures in Candyland / Ammo the Dachshund

Until someone ran out of “candy” and suddenly neither of us cared who got to the castle first.

Adventures in Candyland / Ammo the Dachshund

Adventures in Candyland / Ammo the Dachshund

But the adventure along the way was the best part anyway.

Adventures in Candyland / Ammo the Dachshund

Happy Halloweenie Friends! Enjoy your “candy”! Ammo the Dachshund // Blog Signature // Celebrity

 

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Happy Howl-O-Ween 2017

My GBGV Life Happy Howl-O-Ween 2017Happy Howl-O-Ween to everyone today! My sisters and I thought long and hard about our costumes this year and are ready to show the world what we came up with. We don’t like scary things, so no worries, they are not going to scare anyone.

My GBGV Life Happy Howl-O-Ween 2017I decided to go as a Mummy. This fall I’ve had several medical things that caused me to be a bit bandaged, and the word Mummy sounds so very British. I decided it would be perfect for me this year. I will need to do a re-wrap later because my mouth can’t open enough to eat the way Mom did it this time.

My GBGV Life Happy Howl-O-Ween 2017Bailie is our wild child, which led us down the wild stallion path, which led her to the cowgirl costume. Sadly, this cowgirl seems to have misplaced her horse, but dressed as she is, I’m sure some horse will want her to go for a ride.

My GBGV Life Happy Howl-O-Ween 2017Little Madison decided to really amp up the cute factor, as if she isn’t cute enough without a costume. The little one is definitely 1 in a Minion. She looks great in the dress and it fits her really well too.

My GBGV Life Happy Howl-O-Ween 2017That’s it! I’m grabbing my broom and heading out of here!
Happy Howl-O-Ween!

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My GBGV Life Happy Howl-O-Ween 2017Happy Howl-O-Ween to everyone today! My sisters and I thought long and hard about our costumes this year and are ready to show the world what we came up with. We don’t like scary things, so no worries, they are not going to scare anyone.

My GBGV Life Happy Howl-O-Ween 2017I decided to go as a Mummy. This fall I’ve had several medical things that caused me to be a bit bandaged, and the word Mummy sounds so very British. I decided it would be perfect for me this year. I will need to do a re-wrap later because my mouth can’t open enough to eat the way Mom did it this time.

My GBGV Life Happy Howl-O-Ween 2017Bailie is our wild child, which led us down the wild stallion path, which led her to the cowgirl costume. Sadly, this cowgirl seems to have misplaced her horse, but dressed as she is, I’m sure some horse will want her to go for a ride.

My GBGV Life Happy Howl-O-Ween 2017Little Madison decided to really amp up the cute factor, as if she isn’t cute enough without a costume. The little one is definitely 1 in a Minion. She looks great in the dress and it fits her really well too.

My GBGV Life Happy Howl-O-Ween 2017That’s it! I’m grabbing my broom and heading out of here!
Happy Howl-O-Ween!

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