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?

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.

Fishing Beartooth Highway

The cutthroat is the only true western native trout. Originally wide spread throughout the state, it is now relegated to the higher, cooler, more inaccessible back country lakes and streams. Cutthroats are easily identified by the bright red “cut” on the lower jaw.