With winter storms hitting the Rockies and the western United States, we have our first early closing in the Yellowstone National Park region: the Beartooth Highway between the Hwy. 212/296 intersection and Red Lodge is now closed for the season.
It probably won’t affect many of you: the Beartooth was scheduled to close on Oct. 13 anyway. Given the proximity of the Oct. 13 planned closure and the recent snow, it wasn’t worth the effort to plow in an effort to keep the Beartooth Highway open. You can still make the drive from the Northeast Corner to Red Lodge, however: you’ll need to take Highway 212 through Cooke City and then head around the mountains via Hwy. 296 (Chief Joseph Scenic Highway), Hwy. 120 and Hwy. 72 to Red Lodge.
Though some Yellowstone National Park roads were closed yesterday, all roads are open today, though many services are closed for the winter. You may want to check out our webcams page to see current conditions. And be warned there are some closures coming up: The Dunraven Pass (Tower Fall to Canyon) is set to close Oct. 13.
No, this isn’t a current picture; it’s from a previous spring. But you get the point.