Temporary Road Closure Announced 9/24/13

National Park Service | U.S. Department of the Interior

Yellowstone National Park
P.O. Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Sept. 24, 2013@10:30 am 13-089

Al Nash or Dan Hottle
(307) 344-2015
YELL_Public_Affairs@nps.gov

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YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK NEWS RELEASE

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In light of the incoming winter storm, the Montana Department of Transportation, the Wyoming Department of Transportation, and the National Park Service are working with law enforcement authorities to temporarily close the Beartooth Highway tonight.

This high elevation section of US-212 will be temporarily closed to through travel as of 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday evening, September 24.

On the Wyoming side, the road will be closed at the Long Lake Gate, which is 14 miles east of the intersection with WY-296, the Chief Joseph Scenic Highway.

On the Montana side, the road will be closed at the bottom gate 13 miles south of Red Lodge.

After the storm passes, crews will re-evaluate the status of the road.

Visitors and area residents may still travel between Red Lodge and Cooke City, Silver Gate, and the Northeast Entrance to Yellowstone by way of WY-296.

Updated road information for Montana is available by calling 800-226-7623 and is available online at http://www.mdt.mt.gov/travinfo/. The latest information on road conditions in Wyoming is available by calling 888-WYO-ROAD or by visiting http://www.wyo.road.info/. Current information on roads in Yellowstone National Park is available 24-hours a day by calling 307-344-2117.

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Beartooth Highway Wyoming & Montana

Whirlpools often form when water rushes through a rough channel.  Water glancing off rocks starts spinning as it is hit by other water rushing by.  Any material caught up in the whirlpool will spin with the water.  In time, spinning sand, pebbles and grave may carve potholes, like the ones seen in the rocks above the bridge.  During the construction of Lake Creek bridge, boulders were removed from the creek’s bed the water channel was changed exposing the potholes.  Watch for them when you visit Lake Creek Falls.

Fishing Beartooth Highway

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