Wyoming Highway 296

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Wyoming Highway 296 marker

Wyoming Highway 296
Chief Joseph Scenic Highway
Route information
Maintained by WYDOT
Length: 45.96 mi[1] (73.97 km)
Major junctions
West end: US 212
East end: WYO 120
Location
Counties: Park
Highway system

State highways in Wyoming

WYO 272 WYO 290
Sunlight Bridge over Sunlight Creek on Chief Joseph Scenic Highway

Wyoming Highway 296 also known as the Chief Joseph Scenic Highway is in the U.S. state of Wyoming and follows the route taken by Chief Joseph as he led the Nez Perce Indians out of Yellowstone National Park and into Montana in 1877 during their attempt to flee the U.S. Cavalry and escape into Canada.

Route description[edit]

Wyoming Highway 296 is a 45.96-mile (73.97 km) long scenic highway in northern Park County. Highway 296 begins its western end at U.S. Route 212 (Beartooth Highway) fourteen miles southeast of Cooke City, Montana.[2] WYO 296 travels southeasterly as it winds through the Shoshone National Forest and through the Absaroka Mountains and then passes through Dead Indian Pass. After almost 46 miles, WYO 296 reaches its eastern end at Wyoming Highway 120, 17 miles north of Cody.[2][3]

The view from the top of Dead Indian Pass on the Chief Joseph Scenic Byway in Wyoming

Highway 296 crosses Sunlight Creek Bridge, the highest in Wyoming.

Major intersections[edit]

The entire route is in Park County.

Location Mile km Destinations Notes
  0.00 0.00 US 212 (Beartooth Highway) Western terminus WYO 296
  45.96 73.97 WYO 120 Eastern terminus WYO 296
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

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