Be sure and double-check your plans if you’re heading to Yellowstone National Park in October: the Beartooth Highway is closing early for road construction.
Normally, the highway closes around mid-October, in anticipation of snowfall and chilly conditions. However, this year, the Beartooth Highway will close Monday, October 5.
Construction will focus on a stretch of the road between the Wyoming boundary line and the closure gate just south of Red Lodge, Montana. The Montana Department of Transportation the road will open as normal for the 2016 season; indeed, the repairs are being done, in part, to ensure this happens.
Repairs along the Beartooth Highway will include slope stabilization and the building of a retaining wall.
If you were planning to come to Yellowstone along the Beartooth Highway into mid-October, you should plan an alternate route. Travel information and other routes can be found through the Montana, Wyoming, and/or Idaho’s Departments of Transportation or by calling 511.
The Beartooth Highway, considered one of the most beautiful roads in the continental United States, has been servicing drivers since 1937. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2014.