Snowmobiling in Yellowstone
It may come as a surprise, but you cannot just show up at an entrance to Yellowstone National Park with your snowmobile and expect to get in.
To go on an unguided tour of Yellowstone, you need to apply for a permit in August through a park lottery system at www.recreation.gov or 877-444-6777. Only four non-commercially guided groups are allowed in Yellowstone per day, which equates to one per park entrance.
Permits cost $40/day and are awarded in September. Any cancellations or unclaimed permits are given out on a first-come, first-served basis starting in early October.
If you are going on a guided snowmobile tour, you don’t need to worry about permits because your guide service will take care of all permits needed.
Snowmobiling in Western Wyoming
Beyond the park, however, there are many options to go snowmobiling where you do not need a permit. In western Wyoming, you can go to the Wind River area. The Continental Divide follows the Wind River Range and includes trails in the Lander, Pinedale, Dubois, Togwotee Pass and Gros Ventre areas.
The 608-mile Continental Divide Snowmobile Trail (CDST) from Lander, Wyo., to West Yellowstone, Mont., is the most comprehensive snowmobile trail in the region. It generally parallels the Continental Divide and crosses the divide four times. For details, go to windriver.org.
Near Pinedale,Wyo., you’ll find 250 miles of trail in the Wind River Mountains. For more information, go to visitpinedale.org.
Dubois, Wyo., has 150 trail miles and access to thousands of acres of off-trail riding.
Gros Ventre has approximately 70 miles of groomed trails and is located just east of the Teton Range. This trail system provides easy access to the Togwotee, Dubois, and Pinedale areas from Jackson, Wyo.
West Yellowstone, Snowmobiling Capital of the World
West Yellowstone offers 400 miles of snowmobiling terrain outside Yellowstone National Park on national forest service land. It's truly a snowmobilers paradise and the terrain caters to all levels from beginners to expert snowmobilers.
The Two Top Loop in Targhee National Forest features lots of elevation change and staggering views from the top.
The South Plateau Trail in Targhee National Forest boasts considerable elevation change and access to some of the best in backcountry riding. Horse Butte Trail in Gallatin National Forest traces the shores of Hebgen Lake.
Big Sky Trail in Gallatin National Forest offers great backcountry riding for aggressive sledders.
Guided Snowmobile Tours of West Yellowstone
Not a DIYer? Travelers Snowmobile Rentals and Days Inn in West Yellowstone have the perfect package for you. Travelers, a full-service store, offers Polaris snowmobiles. It is a licensed concessionaire for Yellowstone National Park and can line you up with a guided snowmobile trip to Old Faithful or Mammoth.
Prefer a snowcoach? Use Backcountry Adventures, Yellowstone Vacations, See Yellowstone or Yellowstone Expeditions to ride into the park via snowcoach. All are official concessionaires of Yellowstone National Park.
Surrounding West Yellowstone are the Gallatin, Targhee, and Beaverhead National Forests. Travelers can schedule the perfect trip to suit your needs. Polaris West, located in the Travelers building, is the only authorized Polaris dealer in town and offers a full line of clothing and outdoor gear.
Call (877) 641-6043 and visit allyellowstone.com.
With the largest selection of snowmobiles in the area, See Yellowstone is an authorized concessionaire for both snowmobile and snowcoach tours into Yellowstone National Park, plus guided service into the adjoining Gallatin, Beaverhead and Targhee National Forests. They offer sled rental for trail or mountain riding, Yellowstone National Park tours for all experience levels and full vacation packages.
Go to yellowstonesnowmobiles.com, or call (800) 221-1151.