Beartooth Highway – Opening Delayed

11:30 am – 5/24/13 – Yellowstone National Park has reported that the scheduled 9:00 am opening of the Beartooth Highway has been delayed due to high elevation snow and ice on the Highway.  Following is their communication:

Beartooth Pass has received significant snow and ice.

It will NOT open as scheduled at 9:00 am today.

It may NOT open at all today due to adverse road conditions.

Today’s season opening of road between Canon & Tower delayed at least 1 hr. as crews clear ice, snow from Dunraven Pass.

Updated Yellowstone National Park road information is available 24 hours a day by calling 307-344-2117.

Travelers are reminded that the Chief Joseph Highway (WY296) and the western 17 miles of the Beartooth Highway into Cooke City and Yellowstone National Park remain open and it’s a great alternative route into Yellowstone.

Updates will be posted as they become available.



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Friends of the Beartooth All-American Road

Friends of the Beartooth All-American Road is a non-profit organization established to interpret, showcase & preserve the Beartooth All- American Road as the nation’s premier rooftop scenic experience through the partnerships among gateway communities and agencies. Much of FBAAR’s work is guided by the Corridor Management Plan that was written to secure the All-American Road designation with the National Scenic Byways Program.  Contributions to the organization ensure on-going support of the website and distribution of the Beartooth Highway RoadReport e-newsletter.




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.