Snowmobilers

Snowmobilers can sign up for a possible permit that lets them enter Yellowstone National Park without a guide.

HANNAH POTES

It may seem early to begin thinking about snowmobiling but starting on Friday, Sept. 1, Yellowstone National Park will accept applications for the 2017-2018 winter season lottery for permits to snowmobile in the park without a commercial guide.

The park requires all noncommercially guided snowmobile groups that enter the park to have a permit.

Snowmobilers can apply through www.recreation.gov from Sept. 1 to Sept. 30. Successful lottery applicants will be notified in mid-October. The park will make any remaining or cancelled permits available on a first-come, first-served basis through the same webpage beginning on Nov. 3. There is no waiting list. Cancellations may occur throughout the winter season, so check the website often for openings. Trips can be for a maximum of three days in length, and permits cost $40 per day with a $6 application fee.

Permit holders are considered noncommercial guides and must be at least 18 years old on the first day of their trip. All snowmobile operators must possess a state-issued driver’s license and successfully complete the free online Yellowstone Snowmobile Education Certification program. Anyone can take the course to learn more about park rules that help visitors safely enjoy Yellowstone in winter.

For more information contact Ivan Kowski at ivan_kowski@nps.gov or 307-344-2165.

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