Beartooth Highway Opening Delayed

Written by on May 24, 2019

Due to the heavy snow that has fallen this week, the opening of the Beartooth Highway has been delayed slightly.

The Montana side of the Beartooth Highway is scheduled to open this morning to the Vista Point Rest Area – but will open to the state line tomorrow morning. Montana Department of Transportation officials say the recent storm event has delayed opening to the state line as crews continue clearing in excess of three feet of snow.

The entire 67-mile route connects the northeast entrance of Yellowstone National Park through the Montana communities of Silver Gate, Cooke City and Red Lodge. The Beartooth is considered one of the most scenic routes in the United States, reaching an elevation of 10,947 feet as it winds through the Shoshone, Gallatin and Custer National Forests.

And due to current snow conditions, the Washakie Ranger District of the Shoshone National Forest will not be able to open Louis Lake Road, known locally as the Loop Road, this month. Washakie District Ranger Steve Schacht says because of snow depths, they do not anticipate opening the Loop Road any earlier than the middle of June.


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