Published on April 27, 2012 by Amy
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.
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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. 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.
Sunlight Creek Bridge is the highest in Wyoming. Spanning across sheer cliffs, this award winning bridge is worth a visit. From the bridge, you can catch a glimpse of Sunlight Gorge.