Yellowstone Opens Snowmobile Access Lottery Program

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The application period has begun for those interested in obtaining a permit for a non-commercially guided snowmobile trip into Yellowstone National Park during the upcoming winter season. A permit is required for all non-commercially guided snowmobile groups to enter the park.

According to a news release issued by representatives of the park, permits will be allocated through a lottery with applications being accepted online through the end of this month. Successful lottery applicants will be notified in mid-October. Trips can be up to three days in length, and permits cost $40 per day, with a $6 application fee.

Yellowstone’s non-commercially guided snowmobile access program was authorized in 2013 as part of the park’s final Winter Use Rule. The program allows for one non-commercially guided group per day to enter the park from each of its four winter entrances. A maximum of five snowmobiles is permitted in each group, and all snowmobiles must met the park’s New Best Available Technology standard. Those interested in applying for a permit can click on the following link: www.recreation.gov.

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