NE Entrance to Yellowstone Park/Cooke City, Montana Opens

The Northeast Entrance to Yellowstone National Park and the western most 17 miles of the Beartooth Highway have opened for the travel season.

Visitors may access the Cooke City/Silver Gate/Colter Pass area and Yellowstone by traveling Wyoming’s spectacular Chief Joseph Scenic Byway ( WY 296) to its intersection with the Beartooth Highway then traveling west  toward Yellowstone Park’s Northeast Entrance.

High elevations of the Beartooth Highway, including Beartooth Pass, remain closed at this time as plows continue to remove winter snow from the road.

The projected opening day for the entire Beartooth Highway is scheduled for May 27, 2016.

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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.

 

Beartooth Highway Wyoming & Montana

Whirlpools often form when water rushes through a rough channel.  Water glancing off rocks starts spinning as it is hit by other water rushing by.  Any material caught up in the whirlpool will spin with the water.  In time, spinning sand, pebbles and grave may carve potholes, like the ones seen in the rocks above the bridge.  During the construction of Lake Creek bridge, boulders were removed from the creek’s bed the water channel was changed exposing the potholes.  Watch for them when you visit Lake Creek Falls.