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.

 

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.