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    Yellowstone

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Non-commercially Guided Snowmobile Access Program

The Non-commercially Guided Snowmobile Access Program will allow up to four non-commercially guided snowmobile transportation events – with up to 5 snowmobiles per event – to enter the park daily, one transportation event per oversnow entrance, beginning in December 15, 2014. All snowmobiles must be current Best Available Technology (BAT). Visitors can either bring their own current BAT snowmobiles or rent machines from local vendors.

Each non-commercial guide may lead no more than two trips per winter season, and must be at least 18 years of age with a valid driver's license by the first day of the trip. Non-commercial guides will be required to possess a non-commercial snowmobile access permit, which will be awarded annually through the http://recreation.gov lottery system. The lottery will open Sept 3-Oct 3, 2014. Left-over and cancellation permits will be available on a first-come, first-served basis beginning in November, also through http://recreation.gov. Non-commercial guides can be any members of the public who meet these requirements.

Each snowmobile operator, including the trip leader, in a non-commercially guided snowmobile transportation event will be required to have successfully completed the free, online Yellowstone Snowmobile Education Certification online training course, which will be available in November, 2014.

Trip members without a valid driver's license or those who had not successfully completed the Yellowstone Snowmobile Education Certification training course will not be permitted to operate a snowmobile in the park.

The non-commercially guided snowmobile access program will begin on the first day of the 2014/2015 winter season. The decision to continue or terminate the non-commercially guided snowmobile access program or to make significant changes to it will be based upon stakeholder input into predetermined metrics with fixed standards (triggers) to ensure continued protection of park resources and visitor experiences. These standards will be made available to the public prior to implementation of the non-commercially guided snowmobile access program.

 
Snowmobile group with guide
 

A working group comprised of interested members of the public is advising the National Park Service in the development of the Non-commercially Guided Snowmobile Access Program. This group is providing input on a variety of program topics, including the Yellowstone Snowmobile Education Certification course content, lottery testing, and the program’s metrics of success. This last topic falls under the park’s new Winter Use Adaptive Management Program, which the park is currently developing as a way to solicit public input for monitoring impacts to the park’s resources.

Below is a list of meeting minutes from the Non-commercially Guided Snowmobile Access Program working group.

December, 2013
January, 2014
February, 2014
March, 2014
April, 2014

Please contact Alicia Murphy at 307-344-2627 or alicia_murphy@nps.gov with any questions regarding the Non-commercially Guided Snowmobile Access Program.

Did You Know?

Bear Cubs

Even though the animals of Yellowstone seem tame they are still wild. Feeding the animals is not permitted in any way, and all visitors must keep 100 yards away from wolves and bears, and 25 yards from other animals.