Beartooth Highway Weather Update – 5/27/13 10:15 am

The following information has just been received from the Montana Department of Transportation at 10:15 am 5/27/13:

Beartooth Highway US 212> South of Red Lodge:  The Beartooth Pass is being CLOSED at the state line on the Wyoming side due to a fast moving storm creating blizzard like conditions  on the Pass in Wyoming. 
The Montana SIDE OF THE PASS WILL REMAIN OPEN FOR NOW AND WILL BE OPEN TO THE STATE LINE ONLY.

Updates will occur as they develop. WATCH FOR CONTINUALLY CHANGING ROAD CONDITIONS ON THE PASS.

Road conditions vary from mostly bare and dry to snow-covered on the WY side at the top.

Updates will be posted as quickly as possible.

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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.