Beartooth Highway Opening Update 5/25 8:00 am

A quick update for those of you watching progress on opening the Beartooth Highway for the travel season.

This is the latest word from Yellowstone National Park Service:

National Park Service plow crews were unable to complete clearing the highway and reach the summit on Friday. Road clearing efforts will resume tomorrow, with hopes of opening the road to travel at noon Saturday, May 25.

Al Nash | Public Affairs Officer |Yellowstone National Park


The Montana Department of Transportation reports that from Red Lodge, the Beartooth Highway is open to the Montana/Wyoming state line and the road is bare and mostly dry.

The Chief Joseph Scenic Byway, and the western 17 miles of the Beartooth Highway are also open for travelers wishing to access the Northeast entrance to Yellowstone Park, and Cooke City and Silver Gate, Montana

Updates will be posted as they become available. 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.


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.