Beartooth Highway Update – 5/28/13 10:00 am

As of 10: am this morning the higher elevations of the Beartooth Highway including Beartooth Pass remain closed with high elevation snow being reported. We will continue to update here and on the Beartooth Highway website as conditions change.

Travelers are reminded that the “switchback” section of the Beartooth Highway to Vista Point and the Montana/Wyoming state line are open and the community of Red Lodge, Montana welcomes you to travel that beautiful section of the Highway, and visit their great community for shopping, lunch or dinner, and sightseeing.

The western 17 miles of the Beartooth Highway from its intersection with the Chief Joseph Scenic Byway (WY 296) is also open for travel and will take visitors into Cooke City, Montana and the Northeast Entrance to Yellowstone National Park.

Safe travels everyone!  Watch for updates both here on the website and on Facebook:  http://facebook.com/BeartoothHighway.

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Did You Know?

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.

 

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.