Beartooth Highway Opens 5/24/2013

It’s official – The entire Beartooth Highway will open Friday, May 24, 2013 at 9:00 am for the 2013 summer travel season.

Just in time for the weekend!  Yellowstone National Park Service has announced today that spring plowing of the Beartooth Highway is complete and the road will be  open in time for travelers to enjoy it this Memorial Day weekend.

Following is the official press release from Yellowstone Park Service making the announcement:

National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior
Yellowstone National Park
P.O. Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190
May 22, 2013                   13-039
Al Nash or Dan Hottle
(307) 344-2015
Beartooth Highway Opens For Memorial Day Holiday Weekend
The Beartooth Highway, the scenic high elevation portion of US-212 linking Red Lodge, Montana, with the communities of Cooke City and Silver Gate, Montana, and the northeast entrance to Yellowstone National Park, is scheduled to open for the season at 9:00 a.m. Friday morning, May 24. Spring road clearing and maintenance is conducted by the Montana Department of Transportation and the National Park Service.
Inside Yellowstone, the road over Dunraven Pass linking Canyon Village, Tower Fall and Tower Junction also opens for the season Friday morning.
All other park roads and all park entrances have already opened for the season.
Most seasonal visitor services in the park open in time for the Memorial Day weekend. Saturday also marks the opening of fishing season in the park.  Details are available online at, by consulting the park newspaper handed out at entrance stations, or by asking the staff at visitor centers and information stations in and near the park.
The National Weather Service forecast calls for partly cloudy skies and a chance of afternoon or evening thunderstorms for the three day holiday weekend, with high temperatures in the 50s and low 60s, and overnight low temperatures near freezing.  Spring visitors to the park are encouraged to have flexible travel plans and to be prepared for a wide range of weather conditions.
All communities near and on the way to Yellowstone are open all year, offering a wide range of recreation opportunities, activities, and services for visitors to the region.
Information on lodging, camping, services, and activities near the park in Montana including the towns of Gardiner, West Yellowstone, Cooke City and Silver Gate, is available by contacting their respective Chambers of Commerce or from Travel Montana at 800-847-4868 or  Information on visiting Wyoming including the communities of Cody and Jackson is available from their Chambers of Commerce, or by contacting Wyoming Travel and Tourism at 800-225-5996, or on the web at  Idaho travel information is available by calling the Idaho Tourism Division at 800-VISITID or online at
There will be no daytime travel delays or overnight road closures due to road construction during the Memorial Day holiday weekend.  Starting Tuesday morning, May 28, visitors should expect construction delays of up to 30 minutes on the road between Tower Fall and Canyon.  This section of road will also be closed every night between 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. due to construction.
Updated Yellowstone National Park road information is available 24 hours a day by calling 307-344-2117. Information on current conditions in the park is also available online at

One note of caution – fast moving high elevation storms are common on the Beartooth Highway this time of year!  While every effort will be made to keep the Highway open, travelers are advised to be weather aware!  Please check with area Chambers of Commerce and/or the Beartooth Highway website at for weather updates and travel conditions!

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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.



Fishing Beartooth Highway

The cutthroat is the only true western native trout. Originally wide spread throughout the state, it is now relegated to the higher, cooler, more inaccessible back country lakes and streams. Cutthroats are easily identified by the bright red “cut” on the lower jaw.