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Beartooth Highway opening planned for Memorial Day weekend

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BREAKING NEWS: Beartooth Pass will not open this morning and may not open at all today, as originally scheduled, thanks to a surprise spring storm. Updated Yellowstone National Park road information is available 24 hours a day by calling 307-344-2117.

The Beartooth Highway, the scenic high elevation portion of US-212 linking Red Lodge, Mont., with the communities of Cooke City and Silver Gate, Mont., and the northeast entrance to Yellowstone National Park, is scheduled to open for the season at 9 a.m. Friday morning, May 24.

Inside Yellowstone, the road over Dunraven Pass linking Canyon Village, Tower Fall and Tower Junction also opens for the season Friday morning.

All other park roads and all park entrances have already opened for the season. Most seasonal visitor services in the park open in time for the Memorial Day weekend. Saturday also marks the opening of fishing season in the park.

The National Weather Service forecast calls for partly cloudy skies and a chance of afternoon or evening thunderstorms for the three day holiday weekend, with high temperatures in the 50s and low 60s, and overnight low temperatures near freezing. All communities near and on the way to Yellowstone are open all year, offering a wide range of recreation opportunities, activities, and services for visitors to the region.

There will be no daytime travel delays or overnight road closures due to road construction during the Memorial Day holiday weekend. Starting Tuesday morning, May 28, visitors should expect construction delays of up to 30 minutes on the road between Tower Fall and Canyon. This section of road will also be closed every night between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. due to construction.

Updated Yellowstone National Park road information is available 24 hours a day by calling (307) 344-2117. Information on current conditions in the park is also available online at

Spring road clearing and maintenance is conducted by the Montana Department of Transportation and the National Park Service.

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