Bus trips in an original 1937 Model 706 Yellowstone National Park Bus on the scenic Beartooth Highway are provided by reservation only for families and groups. The reservation is for the “bus” that can accommodate up to 10 passengers; not for individual seats on the bus. If the group or family exceeds 10 passengers, a second bus may be reserved if available.
The trips are primarily provided during the summer season when the Beartooth Highway is open for travel. The bus typically travels about 35 miles up the Beartooth Highway from Red Lodge at an elevation of 5,500 feet to the West Summit of the Beartooth Pass at an elevation of 10,947 feet. The bus slowly travels along about 15-18 mph, to and from the Summit providing ample time to enjoy the breathtaking vistas.
The canvas top of the bus is rolled back as weather permits, allowing riders to stand and take in the majestic views. Passengers should wear or bring along appropriate clothing for changes in air temperature and weather.
The bus stops at Vista Point for use of outdoor restroom facilities. Passengers may bring snacks, water and a lunch for a picnic along the highway.
Trips typically take 4-5 hours or longer dependent upon number of stops made. Recommended departure time is 10 am but may be adjusted as needed.
Pets are not allowed due to the all-original condition of the bus.
A minimum donation amount is recommended for each bus taken on the trip. The donation should be provided when the reservation is made to ensure the date and bus are reserved as requested.
Reservations may be made by calling 406-860-5910.