The Chief Joseph Scenic Byway is located 16 miles north of Cody. It is the route taken by Chief Joseph and the Nez Perce Indians in 1877 as they fled the US Army. The highway drops into the valley of the Clarks Fork of the Yellowstone River. A spectacular 1200 foot gorge has been carved between the granite Beartooth Plateau to the north and the volcanic Absaroka Mountains to the south. Several thousand elk spend their summers in the northern part of Yellowstone and migrate here each fall for winter forage. This habitat is also crucial to the survival of the grizzly bear. The highway crosses Sunlight Creek on the highest bridge in Wyoming and climbs over Dead Indian Hill which offers dramatic vistas of the Clarks Fork Canyon and Sunlight Basin.
Latitude: 44.92618 Longitude: -109.719083 Elevation: 7028 ft