Plowing operations on Beartooth Highway, May 19, 2021. Photo: Jacob W. Frank // NPS

WYOMING — Beartooth Pass has closed for the season today, Oct. 7 at 8 a.m. The closure is due to ice and snow in the forecast causing hazardous driving conditions. Yellowstone National Park announced the closure yesterday, Oct. 6.

According to the Montana Department of Transportation, Beartooth Highway, US-212, is closed from the Wyoming state line at mile marker 0 to mile marker 56.5. This section of the Beartooth Highway was scheduled to close on October 12 at 8 a.m. The highway is maintained by the National Park Service and usually reopens in late May or early June depending on snowfall.

According to Yellowstone National Park, Travel east of Cooke City, Montana, Yellowstone’s Northeast Entrance, to Chief Joseph Scenic Byway is possible until early November.

Back in 2019, a trucker was stranded on Beartooth Highway for over 7 hours after following GPS directions onto the closed highway.

For up to date road status, visit MTDOT and WYDOT.

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Lindsay Vallen is a Community News Reporter covering a little bit of everything; with an interest in politics, wildlife, and amplifying community voices. Originally from the east coast, Lindsay has called Wilson, Wyoming home since 2017. In her free time, she enjoys snowboarding, hiking, cooking, and completing the Jackson Hole Daily crosswords.