Wyoming Highway 296

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Wyoming Highway 296

Chief Joseph Scenic Byway
WYO 296 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by WYDOT
Length45.96 mi[1] (73.97 km)
Major junctions
West end US 212
East end WYO 120
CountryUnited States
Highway system
  • Wyoming State Highway System
WYO 295 US 310

Wyoming Highway 296 (WYO 296) also known as the Chief Joseph Scenic Byway is a 45.96-mile-long (73.97 km) state highway in the U.S. state of Wyoming. It follows the route taken by Chief Joseph as he led the Nez Perce 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

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

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]

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

Major intersections

Sunlight Bridge over Sunlight Creek on Chief Joseph Scenic Highway

The entire route is in Park County.

0.000.00 US 212 (Beartooth Highway)Western terminus of WYO 296
45.9673.97 WYO 120Eastern terminus of WYO 296
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also


  1. ^ Wyoming Department of Transportation Reference Marker Book - November 2004 (PDF) (Map). WYDOT. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 17, 2011. Retrieved 2011-04-04.
  2. ^ a b aaroads.com - Wyoming Routes 200-299
  3. ^ Google (24 December 2016). "Wyoming Highway 296" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 24 December 2016.

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