Good news for those of you trying to squeeze some Yellowstone fall trips into the schedule: As of this morning, the Beartooth Highway between Red Lodge and Cooke City is open again.
The highway, US-212, closed Wednesday morning due to snow and ice in the higher altitudes, particularly on the Beartooth Pass. (The same storm produced snow in Yellowstone as well.) There’s still some icy patches of road on top of the Pass, as well on shaded areas throughout the entire stretch of road (especially on the Wyoming side). But that shouldn’t dissuade from a Yellowstone fall trip. The weather forecast looks like some gorgeous weather is on tap for the following week.
If you do head out, be warned there is road construction that could impact your Yellowstone fall trips, such as the closure of the Craig Pass between Old Faithful and West Thumb/Grant Village. Take a look at our Road Conditions page as you plan a fall visit to Yellowstone.
For current road conditions contact the following:
Red Lodge Area Chamber of Commerce – 406/446-1718
Cooke City Chamber of Commerce – 406/838-2495
Cody Country Chamber of Commerce – 307/587-2777
Montana DOT – 406/252-4138 or 888/863-8465
The Beartooth Highway will close for the 2014 travel season Oct. 14, 2014 at 8 a.m.