Beartooth Highway Update – 5/31/2013 – 9:00 am

Update from the Montana Department of Transportation

The MT side of Beartooth Pass is OPEN from Red Lodge to Vista Point. Travelers going up the PASS on the MT side will need to turn around at Vista PT and come back down to Red Lodge. The weather at the top of the PASS is High Winds, Snow and Ice, with Blowing & Drifting. The PASS from Red Lodge to Vista Point is Mostly Dry with some Wet Spots. Watch for changing weather on the PASS which could create Icy conditions without forewarning. Travelers trying to reach Cooke City will need to take an alternate route.

The WY side of the Beartooth Pass remains completely CLOSED due to the High Winds, Snow & Ice, and Blowing and Drifting. Both the National Park Service and MT-Dept. of Transportation will be checking both sides of the Pass again tomorrow morning and based on their findings decide whether the PASS needs to remain CLOSED at Vista Pt. to the Stateline on the MT side and completely CLOSED on the WY side.

Update from Yellowstone National Park Service

After a conversation with Yellowstone Park Service this morning the current estimate for re-opening the Wyoming section of the Beartooth Highway at higher elevations is some time Monday.

We’ll keep updates posted as they become available!

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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.

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.