Beartooth Highway Update – 6/1/13 – 12:30 pm

US 212 So of Red Lodge>>> BEARTOOTH PASS IS NOW REOPENED ON THE MT SIDE ONLY FROM RED LODGE TO THE STATE LINE.

When at the Stateline Travelers will need to turn around and go back down to Red Lodge. Travelers will still need to find an alternate route to Cooke City. The PASS is Bare & Dry to Vista Pt. and WET from Vista Point to the MT/WY Stateline. Watch for the potential of Icy Spots or Drifting on the top. Watch for rapidly changing conditions on the PASS which could create Icy/Blizzard like conditions without forewarning.

The WY side of Beartooth Pass is still CLOSED. The National Park Service is working on their side of the PASS but do not expect to get it open today.

Travelers can access Cooke City, Montana and the Northeast Entrance to Yellowstone National Park via the Chief Joseph Scenic Byway (WY 296).

 

 

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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.

 

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