Yellowstone Nat’l Park Plows Arrive!!

Yellowstone National Park snow plows have arrived in Cooke City, Montana and have begun clearing snow from the western most end of the Beartooth Highway.  The 14 mile section of the Beartooth Highway between Cooke City, Montana and its junction with Wyoming 296 ( the Chief Joseph Scenic Byway) will open first as plows make progress. From there crews will continue to the upper section of the Highway as they clear higher elevation snow and Beartooth Pass.  The current opening date for that section of the Highway is set for June 14, 2013.

The following updates have been posted to the YNP website:

Today May 7, 2013: NPS crews will continue to widen Dunraven Pass and scrape ice off the road. They are also beginning to plow the highway passage that links the park’s Northeast Entrance with the Beartooth Pass. They have clear, calm weather and are experiencing three to four feet of snow. A third crew will continue plowing out the Grant Village area.

Yesterday May 6, 2013: NPS crews reached the top of Dunraven Pass and then worked on widening the road by removing snow and scraping ice. They experienced three to four feet of snow and thick ice. Another crew mobilized to begin the work on the highway outside of Cooke City heading toward the Beartooth Pass. A third crew plowed the Grant Village Area.

Updates will be posted as they become available.  If there are any changes made to the current opening dates along the Beartooth Highway they will be posted here and at website.  Fingers crossed folks!  The Highway is on its way to being open for the 2013 travel season!

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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.