Chief Joseph Highway

(Shoshone NF WY)
The Chief Joseph Highway roughly follows the route taken by the famous Nez Perce leader when fleeing from the US Army in an attempt to move his people to Canada. It descends into Clarks Fork Canyon, and then goes up over Dead Indian Summit.

River, rocks, trees

Chief Joseph Highway / Clarks Fork-Yellowstone River

Along the way were great views! Among them were a lake with cliffs, and Sunlight Creek Gorge where there was a deep cut in the rock with a fast flowing creek at the bottom. I always like those dramatic features.

Cliffs, trees, lake

Lake & cliffs along the way

Cliffs, creek, trees

Sunlight Creek Gorge

My campsite was at a free horse camp, next to Dead Indian Creek. The name derives from an Indian that was killed by soldiers when he was left behind at the creek by the Chief Joseph party.

Motorhome, trees, mountains

Tardis at Dead Indian Creek camp

Stream, rocks, trees

Dead Indian Creek

An imposing mountain was on the way up to 8,060ft Dead Indian Summit where there were more views overlooking Clarks Fork Canyon. A metal sculpture of natives on horseback caught my eye.

Mountain, hill, trees

Mountain from Clarks Fork Canyon

Statue overlooking canyon

Sculpture at Dead Indian Summit

It was an interesting byway, with little traffic, and some nice views; but, few places to pull over. Combined with the short piece of the Beartooth Highway, it made for a worthwhile route between Yellowstone and Cody.

Camp: Shoshone NF-Dead Indian Creek drycamp
Scene: Mountains, canyon, river, lake, creeks

4 Responses to Chief Joseph Highway

  1. Judie Ashford July 30, 2015 at 5:42 pm #

    Very inspiring scenery!
    Virtual hugs,

    • Pleinguy August 2, 2015 at 12:25 pm #

      Happy that the photos captured the essence of the place. Thanks for commenting.

  2. Caleb V. July 31, 2015 at 10:06 am #

    Caleb hailing from XRL. Ralph brought up your blog and I had to check in. Glad to hear you’re still doing well. The pictures you take are good and your page is very organized. My favorite part is looking at the section how you organized Tardis! Nothing is off grid in there, lol. That solar system is pretty awesome, too. Hope you are doing well.

    • Pleinguy August 2, 2015 at 12:28 pm #

      Thanks for checking in Caleb. Glad you appreciate all the things I do to make the blog interesting. Hope you continue to follow the journey. Say hi to the group for me.

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