Protect Our Plug

WYDOT Staffing

Hwy 296 is classified “low volume” and only plowed during daylight hours. As seen in the Cowboy State Daily March 9, 2023 “Reiner and his staff battled through a rough winter this year, with historic snow and cold temperatures blanketing most of the state’s roads. Entering the winter, the agency was short 71 snowplow drivers. WYDOT … Read more

Ski guiding businesses in Cooke City: “A clear public need for more ski and avalanche education”

A Billings Gazette feature: Beartooth Mountain Guides is offering its spring trip under a newly acquired permit from the Custer Gallatin National Forest. “In 2021 the Custer Gallatin National Forest outreached a prospectus for Outfitters and Guides,” said Mariah Leuschen-Longergan, public affairs specialist for the forest, in an email. “It was identified that Cooke City … Read more

Bozeman Daily Chronicle – End of the road: Plowing debate resurfaces in Cooke City

By Nora Shelly Chronicle Staff Writer As published in the BDC: COOKE CITY — This town shines in the winter. Blindingly white snow piles up toward rooflines, contrasting with a bright blue sky. Ski and snowmobile tracks lead up to the mountains rising above town. The buzz of snowmobile motors punctures the air. Even … Read more

Cooke City Winter Tourism – Local Businesses Thriving

“Since the first of the year bookings for guided trips have been brisk and we are extremely busy for the months of February and March. Talking to other local guide services, they see a similar pattern.” – Ben Zavora, Co-Owner of Beartooth Powder Guides “The Elk Horn Lodge has been comparing occupancy between the Winter … Read more

Gardiner Winter Tourism and The Plug

 “Opening roads don’t mean tourists will come. There are many other factors at play that are out of the control of any chamber, business, agency, or individual.” An excerept from “Gardiner sees slow start to winter tourism” : You’ve heard it before. If you build it, they will come. Well, that doesn’t seem to be … Read more

Christmas Truce In Plug Dispute

As seen in The Powell Tribune, December 20, 2022 By Mark Davis A group embroiled in the argument whether to plow the plug wants to deescalate the argument — at least until after the holiday season. As the debate about plowing a section of U.S. Highway 212 between Cooke City, Montana, and the Pilot Creek parking … Read more

Snowmobilers OK With Plowing Critical Yellowstone Road In Winter With Replacement Trail

As published in the Cowboy State Daily 11/29/22 – Click the Image to view the article and accompanying videos online. By Wendy Corr, Cowboy State Daily The mountains near Cooke City and Silvergate, Montana, are a mecca for snowmobilers, cross-country skiers and other winter sports enthusiasts.  And for the last decade or more, there’s been a … Read more