Beartooth Highway Update – 6/3/13 12:00 pm

This just in from the Montana Department of Transportation:

US-212; South of Red Lodge              The Beartooth Pass is open to Cooke City, but there is blowing and drifting snow near the West Summit on the Wyoming side.  Travelers need to be aware there could be icy roads at the higher elevations.  The Park Service will continue to plow to keep the road clear on the Wyoming side but should the weather get any worse, the Beartooth could be closed at the State line.

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Did You Know?

Fishing Beartooth Highway

The cutthroat is the only true western native trout. Originally wide spread throughout the state, it is now relegated to the higher, cooler, more inaccessible back country lakes and streams. Cutthroats are easily identified by the bright red “cut” on the lower jaw.

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.