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Beartooth Pass Reopens

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Date: June 16, 2008
Contact: Al Nash, 307-344-2015
Contact: Stacy Vallie, 307-344-2015

National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior

Yellowstone National Park
P.O. Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190
June 16, 2008     08-045   
Al Nash or Stacy Vallie (307) 344-2015


Beartooth Highway Reopens

Road crews from Yellowstone National Park were able to clear snow from the last high elevation section of the Beartooth Highway to reopen the road to through traffic late Sunday morning.

The Beartooth Highway is the section of US-212 which links Red Lodge, Montana, with Cooke City, Silver Gate, and the northeast entrance of Yellowstone National Park.

The road has been closed more than it has been open since the Memorial Day holiday weekend, as crews from the park and the Montana Department of Transportation have struggled with the impacts of recurring, late season snowstorms.

The road over Dunraven Pass between Canyon Junction and Tower Fall reopened to travel late last week.  All park entrances and all roads inside Yellowstone National Park are once again open to travel.

Now that sunshine and warmer temperatures have arrived, the park’s rivers and streams are running high and fast.  Visitors are urged to be careful around these swollen, dangerous waterways.

Hikers are also urged to check with visitor centers for information on bear activity and possible trail closures. Updated trail information is available at park visitor centers and backcountry offices or by calling Yellowstone’s Central Backcountry Office at 307-344-2160 during normal business hours.

Updated Yellowstone National Park road information is available at all visitor centers and entrance stations.  Current road information is available 24 hours a day by calling 307-344-2117.   

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Did You Know?

Upper Geyser Basin Hydrothermal Features on a Winter Day.

Yellowstone contains approximately one-half of the world’s hydrothermal features. There are over 10,000 hydrothermal features, including over 300 geysers, in the park.