Illegal Snowmobiling Continues at Antelope Butte

From Ed.Stockard - Flickr
From Ed.Stockard - Flickr

Snowmobiling is a popular winter sport in the Bighorns and is a big tourism draw for our area. However, a few snowmobilers who ignore regulations and boundary lines have drawn the ire from skiers and others. Sheridan Media's Betsy Love has the story:

Though large swaths of the Bighorns are open to snowmobiling, there are a few exceptions. Dave Mckee, Rec. Manager with the local Forest Service, says wilderness areas, like Cloud Peak, are one example of an off limits area to snowmobiling:

It was the last place Dave mentioned—the old Antelope Ski Area—that has drawn the ire of many skiers, snowshoers, and others engaging in the “quiet” winter sports. Though Dave says they patrol the area and put up signs indicating snowmobiling is not allowed by Antelope Butte, he says the signs are often removed, and have even been run over:

But it isn't just skiers and forest service personnel who sometimes get frustrated with “out of bounds” snomobilers—it is other snowmobilers. Jeff, who is with the Back Country Bicycles in Sheridan, is both a skier and a snowmobiler:

If you have any questions about where you can and cannot legally snowmobile locally, Dave says you can get a state trails map from the forest service office or off the web.

For News, this is Betsy Love reporting.

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