YNP Important Winter Season Update During Government Shutdown

Reservations for a non-commercially snowmobile trip into Yellowstone are still valid during federal government lapse in funding

We received the following message from the National Park Service (NPS) regarding anyone holding a permit for a non-commercially guided snowmobile trip into Yellowstone National Park. During the Federal government lapse in funding, groups with non-commercial snowmobile permits WILL be allowed to enter the park.

Staff will not be available to check in groups or print the permit. The park will not collect entrance fees. Terms and conditions of the permit and park regulations still apply:

  • Your permit is only valid for the entrance and dates reserved.
  • Operating hours are 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Carry a copy of your reservation confirmation showing your entrance and dates.
  • All operators must carry a valid copy of the Yellowstone Snowmobile Education Course Certificate.
  • All operators must be at least 16 years old and carry a valid drivers license.
  • All snowmobiles must meet New Best Available Technology
  • Display the NCGSAP banner on the lead snowmobile. The banner is available from rental companies.
  • Maximum of 5 snowmobiles allowed.
  • Speed limit is 35 m.p.h. Travel on the right side of the roadway.
  • Stay on groomed surfaces at all times.
  • Travel and park single file. Use pullouts when available.

Entrance Stations and visitor centers will not be staffed. Non-government services (gas stations, restaurants, gift shops, and lodging) will remain available. Park Rangers will remain on patrol.

Be prepared to show your reservation confirmation, education certificate, and driver’s license to a Park Ranger.

Once the lapse in funding has ended, operations will continue as normal and non-commercial groups will need to check-in prior to starting the trip to obtain the non-commercial snowmobile permit.

For additional information on the Yellowstone Winter Use issue and snowmobile community’s combined seventeen-year effort to keep snowmobile access to Yellowstone in winter, visit our dedicated website www.saveyellowstonepark.com.

Thanks in advance and, as always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact BRC.

Jack Welch
National Snowmobile Ambassador/Volunteer
Sharetrails.Org/BlueRibbon Coalition