The early summer snowy mountains near Cody, Wyoming are breathtakingly beautiful and often intimidating. These photos were taken in June when the roads had just opened and people were still skiing and snow boarding. Those extreme sportsters have the most beautiful place on earth and the steepest, hairiest slopes. It is pretty crazy stuff to witness.
We are so fortunate to be able to make day trips to some of these beautiful mountains. In just 5 hours you see mountain lakes, mountain goats, and mountain pica! We took the road out of Cody headed up Dead Indian Pass and into Sunlight Basin. The air at the top of the pass is crisp and the view is forever.
We continued on toward Red Lodge, Montana, over the mountain road that is mainly switchbacks and at this time of the year walls of snow 20 feet high! People in towns bordering Yellowstone like to take advantage of that first weekend when their gate to the park opens.
I like to go into Yellowstone with all the other 11 and 9 and 20 county Wyoming license plates. I do get intimidated in my little Honda Fit when the snow on either side of the road is more than 20 feet high and the avalanche signs are out. The pica and chipmunks are only outshined by the yellowbellied marmots perching on the rock piles. Even though you can’t feed them, somebody must because they come right up to you. Just like the ravens that roam, the road stops in Yellowstone and along the Beartooth Highway.