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?

 

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.

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.