Throughout the greater Yellowstone Park region, there's no shortage of world-class snowmobiling. Regardless of what the Winter Use plan is for the national parks, snowmobiling Yellowstone offers you hundreds of miles of groomed trails, great scenery and plenty of snow in areas of Montana, Wyoming and Idaho.
West Yellowstone: "Snowmobile Capital of the World"
West Yellowstone, Mont., is aptly called "The Snowmobile Capital of the World." The town, which is located right next to Yellowstone's West Entrance, is a mecca for winter recreation enthusiasts. Hundreds of miles of maintained trails start right in town and can take the sledder to the tops of mountains and/or to other trail systems in Montana, Idaho and Wyoming. And snow, well, let's just say it's not a problem in West Yellowstone, an area that occasionally enjoys 28 feet of it in a single year.
There is so much snow and so many rental snowmobiles available in West Yellowstone, that there is no need for a four-wheeled vehicle here during winter. In fact, except for on a couple of roads, snowmobiling is allowed throughout the town. Visitors ride their sleds right up to the restaurants, attractions and hotels.
This town makes a good base camp for those visitors who want to explore Yellowstone during winter.
There are many companies in West Yellowstone that provide snowmobile rentals and guided adventures.
All Yellowstone Sports is a great place to arrange your winter getaway. The company offers guided snowmobile adventures to Yellowstone National Park's most popular attractions, as well as guided Yellowstone snowcoach adventures out of both the West and North entrances.
Once you've seen Yellowstone National Park during winter, rent a snowmobile and tour the beautiful country and wonderful trails outside of the park, starting right at West Yellowstone. For example, the 110-mile Big Sky Trail stretches from Grayling Creek, near West Yellowstone, to Bear Creek, near Bozeman. Visitors should also plan on riding the Two Top Trail. This popular trail takes the sledder through groomed trails winding in and out of trees and includes areas where riders can leave the trail and work on their skills in the deep powder and on some steeper terrain. Once at the top of Two Top, brace yourself for some panoramic views.
If great trails and phenomenal views aren't enough, experienced snowmobilers will enjoy ample room to play and challenge themselves in the backcountry powder and steeps accessible from trails starting at West Yellowstone.
All Yellowstone Sports is an all-inclusive destination to Yellowstone Park. The company's headquarters is located at the corner of Electric and Madison streets. Stop in to have them help you arrange a complete winter adventure, or go to AllYellowstone.com or call 1-800-548-9551.
Continental Divide Snowmobile Trail
The Continental Divide Snowmobile Trail is a 360-mile trail that stretches from just south of Lander, Wyoming, to West Yellowstone, Montana. Arguably, it's the most complete snowmobile trail in the region, offering the sledder everything from quality groomed trails, spectacular mountain scenery, wide open spaces, to lots of opportunities to view wildlife.
Every year, snowmobilers come to Wyoming from all over the country to explore the trail, which crosses the Continental Divide several times.
In these parts, winter can last six months. To not get off the couch and out of the house to enjoy the region's trails will make for a long winter. Spanning almost 400 miles and taking sledders over high mountain ridges, and through wide open "powder playgrounds," the Continental Divide Snowmobile Trail beckons. Among other regions, the trail starts near Lander, Wyo., and then ventures over Wyoming's scenic Togwotee Pass. Another great resource for local trail conditions and information about the region, is Wind River Country at 800-645-6233 or at www.windriver.org.
Plan two to four days to travel the trail, depending on your ability.