Winter Use in Yellowstone

Snowmobile tour at Swan Lake
A snowmobile tour crosses the Swan Lake area on its way into the park.

NPS / Neal Herbert


The enjoyment of Yellowstone and its unique resources during the wintertime has drawn deep and passionate interest in the park for nearly 80 years. The following pages and links within them have been assembled in sequence to help those interested better understand the past, present and possible future of winter operations in America's first national park. This virtual "toolbox" of information contains glimpses of the various visions - ours as well as yours - that are continually influenced and informed by the vast amounts of history, science, legislation, legal decisions and other winter-use related information that planning efforts throughout the past two decades have generated. This library begins with an overview of Yellowstone in winter, followed by a comprehensive history and background of winter use and the current status of operations and planning.

A Place of Magic & Vulnerability
As remarkable as Yellowstone National Park is during the rest of the year, the park in winter is a truly magical place of earthly eruptions on a blank canvas of white, and of extremes wildlife must endure to survive in a frozen landscape.

A History of Winter Use
A look back at the history of winter exploration in Yellowstone, from the park's earliest explorers to the thousands who enjoy it today.

Current Management & Planning
An overview of the most recent planning efforts related to winter use in Yellowstone.

Winter Use Adaptive Management Program
Yellowstone's collaborative Adaptive Management Program builds upon scientific monitoring and public input to evaluate the implementation of the park's 2013 winter use management plan.

Non-Commercially Guided Snowmobile Access Program
Learn more about the park's Non-commercially Guided Snowmobile Access Program, which allows up to four groups to enter the park daily.

Management & Planning Archive
Our archive of planning materials, public comment analysis, and other supporting documents that have shaped the management of winter use in Yellowstone.

Last updated: November 17, 2017

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