To prevent the spread of equine infectious anemia (EIA), all stock (horses, burros or mules) within Yellowstone National Park must have a negative EIA or Coggins test within the last 12 months. If you are anywhere in Yellowstone National Park, whether on a day ride or an overnight horse trip, your stock must be tested and you must carry proof of a negative Coggins test for each animal. Photocopies of Coggins tests are acceptable in the backcountry. This regulation applies even if you are:
- Not crossing state lines
- Not passing through an entrance station
- Just driving through and not stopping
- Entering the park from a backcountry trailhead
If you are planning to stay overnight in the backcountry, you must obtain a backcountry permit.
You can obtain a permit at any backcountry office or contact the Central Backcountry Office at 307-344-2160.
For more information or questions on horseback riding in the park contact the Central Backcountry Office at 307-344-2160.
Please make sure that the date blood drawn (within 12 months of current date), the laboratory name & negative test results, and identifying features of each animals (name, brand, identifying markings or scars) and are legible on your Coggins forms.