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Frequently asked question : “When does the Beartooth Highway close for the 2013 travel season?” Please keep in mind the following historical closing dates are 100% dependent on weather and Mother Nature! Early snows can close the Beartooth Highway earlier than anticipated. Upper sections of the Beartooth Highway & Beartooth Pass Historical closing date: ColumbusContinue Reading

Update – Aug 27, 2013 10:00 am – MTDOT & Custer Nat’l Forest U.S. Highway 212 is open to all traffic with 35 mph speed limit through the fire area. Travelers are encouraged to move through the fire area at the posted speed limit without stopping or fire watching!   Update – Aug 23, 2013Continue Reading

A Must See – Lake Creek Falls Bridge

    Located approximately 1 1/2 miles east of the Beartooth Highway’s junction with the Chief Joseph Scenic Byway (WY 296) a stop at Lake Creek Falls provides travelers an opportunity to view one of the few remaining structures of the original road across the Beartooth Plateau. Constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps the LakeContinue Reading

I received the following question from Donna O. of Rhode Island: “How crowded do the campgrounds get on the Beartooth and do you need reservations?” Donna – here’s what I’ve found – Hope it helps! The Beartooth Highway crosses through three National Forests – the Custer, Gallatin and Shoshone. All three forests have campgrounds availableContinue Reading

I had the opportunity to visit the newly refurbished and re-opened Clay Butte Lookout Tower while on a visit to the Beartooth Highway this week. What a treat to have the Tower open for visitors this year. The Clay Butte Lookout was built in 1942 by the Civilian Conservation Corps and was used as aContinue Reading

The historic Clay Butte Lookout will open July 3, 2013 for the season.  Watch for the turnout for the Lookout at mile marker   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 betterContinue Reading

There have been several reports of heavy rain at Beartooth Pass today. Just spoke with Montana Department of Transportation and they report the road is open! No closures at this time. It appears to have been a fast moving storm that passed through the area. Please be careful out there! The road will be wetContinue Reading

The Beartooth Highway is open for the 2013 summer travel season.  Enjoy the drive! The Beartooth Highway provides access to some of the highest elevations and most unique terrain in North America.  With unique terrain comes a unique opportunity to ski atop the Beartooth Plateau at the Twin Lakes Headwall.  The Beartooth Basin Summer SkiContinue Reading

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 conditionsContinue Reading

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 improvesContinue Reading

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