Be a Friend of the Beartooth All-American Road

Be a Friend of the Beartooth All-American Road

Friends of the BAAR provides travelers with information about the Beartooth Highway as well as maintaining websites and providing support to visitor centers near the Byway.

As a 501 (c)(3) organization FBAAR relies on contributions from supporters to continue operations. Contributions provide operating dollars each year, and the organization is continually searching and applying for grants that will fund specific projects. However, the most effective way for FBAAR to secure funding for both project and operating expenses is through direct donations.

Some of the specific projects FBAAR will be working on in 2014 include:

  • Maintaining web and social media presence in order to provide visitors with the most current Beartooth Highway information available
  • Managing the Beartooth Highway Public Information Program in partnership with the Federal Highway Administration to provide updated construction information.
  • Working with Cooke City on interpretive projects at the new Cooke City Montana Mining Museum and Visitor Information Center
  • Designing interpretive panels for Red Lodge and Cody Chamber/Visitor Information Centers
  • Printing the Beartooth Highway Wayfinding map for distribution
  • Responding to phone and email inquiries regarding travel on the Beartooth Highway and regionally.
  • Raising matching funds for NSB grant to complete Interpretive Plan on BAAR

By using the link provided on this page contributions can be made to specific projects that FBAAR is already working on (listed above), or can be made as general contributions that will be spent as the Friends of the Beartooth All-American Road sees fit. Please take a moment and contribute today!





Did You Know?

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.

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.