Beartooth Highway Set for Opening Tomorrow-Weather Permitting
Written by jordanmckamey on May 23, 2019
Weather-permitting, the Beartooth Highway (US212) between Red Lodge, Montana, and Cooke City, Montana, will open May 24, 2019.
The road, which closes each winter because of excessive snow and adverse winter conditions, typically opens by the Friday of Memorial Day weekend.
Snow levels vary and drifts can be as high as 26 feet in the higher elevations.
MDT 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.
Stay informed! A large winter storm is expected to drop about 2 feet of snow on the highway toward the end of the week.