Beartooth Highway Finally Opens
Written by wendycorr on June 4, 2019
The Beartooth Highway is now open.
The Wyoming Department of Transportation received notice early Monday morning that the scenic road, which traditionally opens Memorial Day Weekend, was finally cleared enough to allow traffic to move from Red Lodge, Montana, to the intersection with the Chief Joseph Scenic Highway.
The Montana Department of Transportation is responsible for the highway to the Montana/ Wyoming border, where the National Park Service takes over maintenance responsibilities through Wyoming, back into Montana and into Yellowstone Park. MDT and NPS coordinate closely in keeping the road open throughout the summer.
Because of the high elevation on this mountain pass, travelers should check current weather and road conditions. Crews make every effort to keep the road plowed and open – however, unpredictable weather conditions may cause temporary closures throughout the summer.