Western section of Beartooth Opens May 10

Yellowstone National Park has reported that the western section of the Beartooth Highway between Cooke City, Montana and the Junction of WYO 296 – the Chief Joseph Scenic Highway – will open on Friday, May 10, 2013, weather permitting.

Visitors traveling to and from Red Lodge, Montana to Yellowstone National Park

Beginning May 10, 2013 visitors can access the western 17 miles of the Beartooth Highway, Cooke City, Montana, and the Northeast Entrance to Yellowstone National Park.  From Red Lodge, Montana travel east on MT-308 to Belfry, Montana, turn south on MT-72 (turning into WY-120 at the Montana/Wyoming border, turn right onto WY-296, the Chief Joseph Scenic Highway and travel approximately 46 miles to the intersection of WY-296 and US-212 – The Beartooth Highway!  Follow the Beartooth Highway west into Cooke City, Montana then into Yellowstone National Park.  While travelers won’t have access to the upper sections of the Beartooth Highway and Beartooth Pass, this route will take travelers through some of the most scenic areas in the world.  So do it all!  Visit Red Lodge, Montana, see Cooke City, Montana and enter Yellowstone Park through the Northeast Entrance!

Visitors traveling to and from Cody, Wyoming to Yellowstone National Park

Beginning May 10, 2013 visitors may want to choose a scenic and wild route into Yellowstone National Park via the Chief Joseph Scenic Highway and the Beartooth Highway.  Travel north from Cody, Wyoming on WY-120 for approximately 17 miles, then turn onto WY-296, the Chief Joseph Scenic Highway.  Travel approximately 46 miles to the intersection of WY-296 and US-212 – The Beartooth Highway!  Follow the Beartooth Highway west into Cooke City, Montana then into Yellowstone National Park.  While travelers won’t have access to the upper sections of the Beartooth Highway and Beartooth Pass, this route will take travelers through some of the most scenic areas in the world.  So do it all!  Visit Cody, Wyoming, see Cooke City, Montana and enter Yellowstone Park through the Northeast Entrance!

Read the entire Yellowstone National Park Press Release here.

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Friends of the Beartooth All-American Road

Friends of the Beartooth All-American Road is a non-profit organization established to interpret, showcase & preserve the Beartooth All- American Road as the nation’s premier rooftop scenic experience through the partnerships among gateway communities and agencies. Much of FBAAR’s work is guided by the Corridor Management Plan that was written to secure the All-American Road designation with the National Scenic Byways Program.  Contributions to the organization ensure on-going support of the beartoothhighway.com website and distribution of the Beartooth Highway RoadReport e-newsletter.

 





 

 

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.