Beartooth Highway Update – 6/4/13 11:45 m

Montana Department of Transportation is reporting that the Beartooth Highway is open from Red Lodge Montana through to Cooke City and the Northeast Entrance to Yellowstone National Park:

US 212 Red Lodge>>>>BEARTOOTH PASS is again open all the way. Travelers can now access Cooke City from the MT side also. Watch for rapidly changing conditions that can occur on the PASS as Icy & Blizzard like conditions can occur without for warning. Road Conditions on the PASS are Mostly Bare Dry on the MT side and on the WY side they are WET w/ some Icy Spots.

I’m getting gun shy about posting these updates but hope they are helping travelers stay up to date on road happenings! Safe travels.

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Friends of the Beartooth All-American Road

Friends of the Beartooth All-American Road is a non-profit organization established to interpret, showcase & preserve the Beartooth All- American Road as the nation’s premier rooftop scenic experience through the partnerships among gateway communities and agencies. Much of FBAAR’s work is guided by the Corridor Management Plan that was written to secure the All-American Road designation with the National Scenic Byways Program.  Contributions to the organization ensure on-going support of the website and distribution of the Beartooth Highway RoadReport e-newsletter.



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.