Beartooth Highway Update – 5/30/13 – 9:30 am

Posting the latest information from both the Montana Department of Transportation & Yellowstone Park Service:

MTDOT Update – Red Lodge
US-212; South of Red Lodge – The Beartooth Pass has been re-opened only as far as the Vista Point Rest Area. It remains closed beyond Vista Point due to blowing and drifting snow. Travelers will have to find an alternate route to reach Cooke City and Yellowstone Park.

Additional information for US 212 Beartooth Pass south of Red Lodge.

The Beartooth Pass is open to Vista Point. The road conditions are scattered wet. Travelers should be advised that wet areas may turn icy if temperatures drop. As always, conditions on the Pass are subject to change quickly depending on the weather.

Yellowstone National Park Update
Snow has let up some this morning, so a crew is headed up that way to try to start on reopening. We received around 12″ on the Wyoming side over the past couple of days. Weather forecast is not good at this point in time with showers and possible winds over the next couple of days.

Will continue to update here as I receive additional information.
Kim Capron – Friends of the Beartooth All-American Road.

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Did You Know?


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.

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.