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Snowmobiles pass by a snowcoach pulled over to let visitors view Midway Geyser Basin
Snowmobiles and a snowcoach at the Midway Geyser Basin.

NPS/Neal Herbert

 

Every year in early November, most park roads close to regular traffic in preparation for the winter season. The only exception is the road between Mammoth Hot Springs and the northeast entrance, which is open to regular traffic all year. Once enough snow accumulates (usually by mid-December), roads open to “oversnow” travel only. This means the only way to visit Old Faithful, the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, and other popular destinations during winter is by guided snowmobile or snowcoach, or through the non-commercially guided snowmobile program. Winter travel hours are 7 am-9 pm.

Oversnow travel ends in mid-March, when plowing crews begin clearing a winter’s worth of snow. Roads start re-opening to normal cars in mid-April.

 
Snowmobile rider taking photo

Snowmobile Access Program

Learn about our non-commercially guided snowmobile program.

Visitors on a snowmobile talk with a park ranger

Snowmobile Access Program Logistics

Review the logistics and regulations for the Non-commercially Guided Snowmobile Access Program.

Snowmobiles parked in lines near a set of buildings.

BAT Snowmobiles

Review the list of snowmobiles that are allowed in the park.

 

Authorized Snowmobile and Snowcoach Tour Companies

The following companies are authorized to provide snowmobile and snowcoach tours in Yellowstone.

West Entrance

South Entrance

East Entrance

North Entrance

Old Faithful

 

Snowmobile Rentals

The following businesses rent Best Available Technology snowmobiles approved for use in Yellowstone's Non-commercially Guided Snowmobile Access Program.

East Entrance

North Entrance

South Entrance

West Entrance

 
Snow blankets rolling hills and conifer trees grow along the ridges.

Play in the Snow

Winter is a magical time to explore Yellowstone by skis, snowshoes, snowmobile, or snowcoach.

Two skiers explore the mountains of Yellowstone.

Ski & Snowshoe

Make tracks in a winter wonderland.

Last updated: July 12, 2019

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Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190-0168

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