2013 Important Dates!

4/22/2013

It’s official – The entire Beartooth Highway will open Friday, May 24, 2013 at 9:00 am for the 2013 summer travel season

Just in time for the weekend!  Yellowstone National Park Service has announced today that spring plowing of the Beartooth Highway is complete and the road will be open in time for travelers to enjoy it this Memorial Day weekend.

One note of caution – fast moving high elevation storms are common on the Beartooth Highway this time of year!  While every effort will be made to keep the Highway open, travelers are advised to be weather aware!  Please check with area Chambers of Commerce and/or the Beartooth Highway website at www.beartoothhighway.com for weather updates and travel conditions!

4/13/2013

Each spring the task of plowing winter snow from the Beartooth Highway,in preperation for the summer travel season, begins. Several agencies are tasked with clearing various portions of the highway. In 2013 the Beartooth Highway will open phases as sections of the road are cleared and made ready for travelers. Using the maps provided on this site along with the opening schedule provided here should help visitors to the area plan travel routes:

Open 5/10/2013 – The Beartooth Highway (US 212) from Yellowstone Park’s Northeast Entrance, through Silver Gate and Cooke City, MT to the intersection with the Chief Joseph Scenic Byway (WY 296). Traveling west to east – 18 miles.  

Visitors traveling to and from Red Lodge, Montana to Yellowstone National Park

Beginning May 10, 2013 visitors can access the western 17 miles of the Beartooth Highway, Cooke City, Montana, and the Northeast Entrance to Yellowstone National Park.  From Red Lodge, Montana travel east on MT-308 to Belfry, Montana, turn south on MT-72 (turning into WY-120 at the Montana/Wyoming border, turn right onto WY-296, the Chief Joseph Scenic Highway and travel approximately 46 miles to the intersection of WY-296 and US-212 – The Beartooth Highway!  Follow the Beartooth Highway west into Cooke City, Montana then into Yellowstone National Park.  While travelers won’t have access to the upper sections of the Beartooth Highway and Beartooth Pass, this route will take travelers through some of the most scenic areas in the world.  So do it all!  Visit Red Lodge, Montana, see Cooke City, Montana and enter Yellowstone Park through the Northeast Entrance!

Visitors traveling to and from Cody, Wyoming to Yellowstone National Park

Beginning May 10, 2013 visitors may want to choose a scenic and wild route into Yellowstone National Park via the Chief Joseph Scenic Highway and the Beartooth Highway.  Travel north from Cody, Wyoming on WY-120 for approximately 17 miles, then turn onto WY-296, the Chief Joseph Scenic Highway.  Travel approximately 46 miles to the intersection of WY-296 and US-212 – The Beartooth Highway!  Follow the Beartooth Highway west into Cooke City, Montana then into Yellowstone National Park.  While travelers won’t have access to the upper sections of the Beartooth Highway and Beartooth Pass, this route will take travelers through some of the most scenic areas in the world.  So do it all!  Visit Cody, Wyoming, see Cooke City, Montana and enter Yellowstone Park through the Northeast Entrance!

 

Opening 5/24/2013 – Red Lodge, MT to Rock Creek Vista Point – Traveling east to west – 21 miles.

The Montana Department of Transportion is scheduled to begin plowing the eastern most section of the Beartooth Highway April 15, 2013 and reports this section of the highway from Red Lodge, MT to the scenic turnout at Rock Creek Vista Point will be opening on schedule for the Memorial Day weekend. Travelers will have an opportunity to experience this 21 miles of Highway and the beautiful vistas, then will be required to backtrack to Red Lodge, MT to continue their travels.

Opening 5/24/2013 – The Beartooth Highway (US 212) from Yellowstone Park’s Northeast Entrance, through Silver Gate and Cooke City, MT to the intersection with the Chief Joseph Scenic Byway (WY 296). Traveling west to east – 18 miles.

Current Scheduled Opening 6/14/2013 – Entire Beartooth Highway, including high elevations at Beartooth Pass.

The remaining high elevation section of the Beartooth Highway between the junction of US-212/WY-296 and the community of Red Lodge, MT is scheduled to open on Friday, June 14. At that time travels will be able to travel the entire 68 miles of the Beartooth Highway.

As is often the case with spring-time plowing schedules these opening dates are subject to change depending on weather conditions and plowing progress. Both the Montana Department of Transportation and Yellowstone Park Service are committed to opening the Beartooth Highway as early as possible. Travelers are encouraged to watch this website, and those listed below for updated schedules and road travel information.

MTDOT Beartooth Highway Plowing | YNP Road Plowing Schedule

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