Beartooth Highway Update – 5/29/2013 – 6:02 am

Latest Update – Montana Department of Transportation

US-212; South of Red Lodge – The Beartooth Pass has been closed at the bottom gate just south of Red Lodge due to snowing on the Pass. Travelers will have to find an alternate route to reach Cooke City and the Northeast entrance to Yellowstone National Park. The best alternate route from Red Lodge to Cooke City Montana is the Chief Joseph Scenic Byway (WY 296). 

The Montana Department of Transportation is plowing the road, and if the weather improves, the Pass will be reopened.

It is expected that the storm currently passing through the area will cause intermittent closures of the Beartooth Highway due to snow and adverse travel conditions at high elevations of the road.  Travelers are advised to be weather aware and check this website for updates, and with local chambers of commerce in Red Lodge and Cooke City Montana, and Cody, Wyoming for current road conditions.

Red Lodge Chamber of Commerce:  406-446-1718

Cooke City Chamber of Commerce – 406-838-2495

Cody Country Chamber of Commerce – 307-587-2777

This website and the Beartooth Highway Facebook page will be updated as quickly as possible with updated information.

Safe travels everyone!

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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.