Yellowstone Announces Lottery For Snowmobile Access Program

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

Yellowstone National Park announced Friday that people can soon begin applying for the 2020-21 winter permit lottery to use a snowmobile in the park without a commercial guide.

The lottery will open Aug. 1 and remain open until Aug. 31, according to a news release from the National Park Service.

The non-commercially guided snowmobile access program, which was authorized in 2013, allows groups of up to five snowmobiles to enter from each of the park’s four winter entrances each day.

Successful applicants will be notified in early September. Unclaimed or canceled permits will be made available via on a first-come, first-serve basis on Oct. 1. There is no waiting list.

Cancellations may occur throughout the winter season, so snowmobilers are encouraged to check the website often for availability.

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 non-commercial guides and must be at least 18 years old on the first day of their trips.

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 about park rules that help visitors safely enjoy the unique experience of winter in Yellowstone while also protecting park resources.

All snowmobiles must meet the park’s New Best Available Technology standard.

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