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?

Fishing Beartooth Highway

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Cooke City Montana - Beartooth Highway

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