Beartooth Highway – Season’s End

Frequently asked question : “When does the Beartooth Highway close for the 2013 travel season?”

Please keep in mind the following historical closing dates are 100% dependent on weather and Mother Nature! Early snows can close the Beartooth Highway earlier than anticipated.

Upper sections of the Beartooth Highway & Beartooth Pass

Historical closing date: Columbus Day – October 14, 2013

The traffic gate at Long Lake, located approximately 14 miles east of the intersection of the Beartooth Highway (US 212) and the Chief Joseph Scenic Byway (WY 296) will close on Columbus Day, this year October 14, 2013. As road conditions allow travelers will still be able to visit Beartooth Lake, Top of the World Store, and recreational trails located along the 14 miles section of the road to the closure gate.

Beartooth Highway in to Cooke City, Montana and NE Entrance to Yellowstone

Historical closing date: First week in November

The western section of the Beartooth Highway (US 212) from its intersection with the Chief Joseph Scenic Byway (WY 296) traveling in to Cooke City, Montana and the Northeast Entrance to Yellowstone Park remains open until the first week in November. Road maintenance and plowing historically ends then first Monday in November. Snowfall will determine how long the section of road will remain passable.

Beartooth Highway east from Red Lodge

The eastern section of the Beartooth Highway just east of Red Lodge Montana will close for the 2013 travel season on October 15, 2013. The closure gate is located approximately 13 miles east of Red Lodge. This closure date corresponds with closure of the Long Lake gate and makes the switchback section of the Beartooth Highway, and upper elevations including Beartooth Pass inaccessible for the winter season.

Historical Beartooth Highway spring opening

Memorial Day Weekend – May 24, 2014

Safe travels! Kim Capron – Friends of the Beartooth All-American Road

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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.

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.