This is certainly some good news to share and it's ahead of schedule. One of the most scenic routes in Montana is scheduled to re-open this week.

According to the Montana Department of Transportation, Beartooth Highway will re-open on Friday, July 22nd at 5 pm.

The highway, which will open south of Red Lodge was closed in June due to the historic and massive flooding that took many roads, bridges, and structures in southwestern Montana, including shutting down Yellowstone National Park for a few days.

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The highway is only open a few months a year, usually from May to the middle of October, and is known for its extreme weather conditions including snow in the middle of summer. The Beartooth Highway was constructed in 1936 and is a popular choice for those looking for incredible views.

In fact, CBS Correspondent Charles Kuralt when asked what was the most beautiful highway in the United States responded with "The most beautiful road in America is U.S. 212" — the Beartooth Highway".  The highway reaches an elevation of over 10 thousand feet, with many twists and turns.

Credit: Phil Armitage
Credit: Phil Armitage

The Beartooth is the only road in Montana that makes the list of America's Byways which is a group of 150 roads and also has the distinction of behind the highest elevated highway in the Northern Rockies. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation:

"America's Byways are gateways to adventures where no two experiences are the same. The National Scenic Byways Program invites you to Come Closer to America's heart and soul"

So fingers crossed all goes well and the Beartooth is open for business, and for those of us looking forward to making that trip, we might want to give it a week or two to let all of those tourists head in that direction.

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