Beartooth Highway Update 6/4/13 – 6:00 am

The Beartooth Highway is closed at higher elevations including Beartooth Pass at this time.

The following update from Montana Department of Transportation:

US-212; South of Red Lodge The Beartooth Pass has been closed at the MT/WY State line due to blowing and drifting snow causing hazardous roads on the Wyoming side. If the weather improves Tuesday, the Park Service will work to reopen their side of the road. Travelers wishing to reach Cooke City from Red Lodge will need to find an alternate route.

Yellowstone National Park crews will be on the Beartooth Highway this morning 6/4/13 to re-access road conditions and make a decision on re-opening the Highway.  Weather in the area remains cool and cloudy.

The Northeast Entrance to Yellowstone National Park, through Cooke City, Montana is OPEN, and travelers can access the entrance via the Chief Joseph Scenic Byway (WY 296).

Updates will be posted as they become available.



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Did You Know?

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.

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.