Beartooth Highway – 2015 Snowplowing Videos

Many of you have been calling and emailing to ask if there is a way to watch the springtime plowing on the Beartooth Highway. Here are some great links that will keep you in touch and fired up about your 2015 summer trip!

Montana DOT Videos of the Beartooth Highway
The Montana Department of Transportation posts daily video updates showing plowing progress on the switchback section of the Beartooth Highway south of Red Lodge, Montana. Check them out here. Thanks MTDOT for all of your amazing work!

http://www.youtube.com/user/MontanaDOT/videos

 

Cooke City, Montana webcams
These Cooke City webcams will give you an idea of how conditions look close to the Northeast Entrance to Yellowstone National Park.

Soda Butte Lodge : http://www.cookecity.com
Cooke City Exxon: http://www.cookecityexxon.com

Kim Capron – Friends of the Beartooth All-American Road

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Did You Know?

Cooke City Montana - Beartooth Highway

The Cooke City cemetery is located only a short distance from town, adjacent to the Gallatin National Forest Service Campground. Within the plot lie the remains of many who cherished the hope for the future of Cooke City, including one of its founders, Horn Miller.   When lumber for coffins were needed, men of the community simply used parts of uninhabited buildings to construct the boxes.

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.