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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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.


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.