The Chief Joseph Scenic Byway is located along the northeastern edge of Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. It offers the driver spectacular views of the Absaroka Mountains and a unique view into history. The route of the Chief Joseph Scenic Byway follows that taken by Chief Joseph as he led his band of Nez Perce Indians out of Yellowstone National Park and into Montana during their flight to flee the U.S. Cavalry and escape into Canada during the Nez Perce War of 1877.
The journey begins at the intersection of state Highway 120 and State Highway 296 which is approximately 20 miles north of Cody. Travel is best done in the morning so the sun is behind you lighting up the majestic mounts ahead.