Beartooth Highway Open!! – 6/2/13 – 12:30 pm

Beartooth Highway Update!! – Good news!!6/2/13 – 12:30 pm

An update from the Montana Department of Transportation:

US-212; South of Red Lodge The Beartooth Pass has been reopened at the State line so the Pass is now open from Red Lodge to Cooke City. Motorists should watch for widely scattered areas of icy spots in the higher elevations and also be aware that wet spots can freeze as the temperature drops. Should inclement weather occur, the Pass could be closed again at any time.

A big whoot whoot for the hard working guys who spent their weekend plowing up there to get the road opened for travelers.

Hope Mother Nature cooperates and we won’t have to post closures anymore! Safe travels everyone!

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Did You Know?

Clay Butte Lookout - Beartooth Highway

The Clay Butte Lookout was built in 1942 by the Civilian Conservation Corps and was used as a fire lookout. It was staffed until the 1960s, when aircraft proved a better tool for fire detection. Today, because of its popular scenic vantage point and proximity to the Beartooth Highway, Clay Butte is used as a visitor information site. It was remodeled in 1962 and has been staffed since 1975 by volunteers. The focus of Clay Butte today is to give visitors a glimpse of how fire lookouts functioned 60 years ago. Sightseers driving the scenic byway stop to obtain information or take in the view, which includes wildlife, botanical areas, the effects of the Clover-Mist wildfire of 1988, and the geology of ancient seas that once covered the Beartooth Plateau.

Cooke City Montana - Beartooth Highway

The Cooke City cemetery is located only a short distance from town, adjacent to the Gallatin National Forest Service Campground. Within the plot lie the remains of many who cherished the hope for the future of Cooke City, including one of its founders, Horn Miller.   When lumber for coffins were needed, men of the community simply used parts of uninhabited buildings to construct the boxes.