Yellowstone National Park announced Friday that U.S. Highway 212, or Beartooth Highway, is now open for the summer season. This came after late spring snowstorms caused a two-week delay in its scheduled opening date of Memorial Day.
Spokesperson for Yellowstone National Park, Al Nash, says that clearing the highway is a challenge every year.
Beartooth Highway spans 67 miles between Red Lodge, Montana and the Northeast entrance of Yellowstone National Park, and had been opened and closed several times between Friday and the scheduled May 30 opening date. During that time, Yellowstone plowing crews working on Beartooth were called to aid in clearing Dunraven Pass inside Yellowstone National Park so that visitors in the park would be allowed increased access.
Even with this seasonal opening, as the highest elevation highway in both Wyoming and Montana, Beartooth experiences harsh weather conditions that may last through summer months and force immediate closures. Nash says that travelers should still check road reports before using the highway.
Road conditions can be found by dialing 511 in Montana or Wyoming or by visiting the Wyoming Department of Transportation website at www.wyoroad.info.