Day Ride Permits

A free day ride permit is required for each group wishing to conduct a day ride with stock within Yellowstone.

While the park is operating on the Alternate License Plate System (ALPS), the day ride permit will not guarentee you entry into the park. You will need to coordinate your day rides within the ALPS system. For more information view the Flood Recovery and Operations page.

To obtain a permit fill out and submit the form below no earlier than 1 week before your ride. Only one member of the group needs to submit a request.

You will receive an email with a pdf copy of your permit which you can either print and carry with you or save a copy to your phone so that it is accessible when you are on your ride.

Important Information:

  • Review the Backcountry Situation Report for a list of trails that are currently open to stock before submitting your request.
  • Riders must carry proof of a negative Coggins test performed within 12 months for each animal.
  • If you need a same-day permit call the Central Backcountry Office at 307-344-2160 to obtain your permit.
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Coggins Test

All stock (horses, burros or mules) within Yellowstone must have a negative EIA or Coggins test within the last 12 months.

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Exotic Plants: Don't Let Them Ride Along

Do your part to stop invasive plants from entering the park.

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Stock Regulations

Learn how to plan a safe, enjoyable, and low-impact trip.

Horseback riders in Yellowstone

Ride a Horse

Bring your own stock or take a guided ride.

Last updated: June 21, 2022

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Yellowstone National Park , WY 82190-0168



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