Snowmobiling in Yellowstone Snowmobiling in Yellowstone

Snowmobile the Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstoneis the first National Park in America and the world's first truly National Park. Its beauty attracts more than three million people every year, mostly in summer – when the air is warm, the days are long, and the roads are clear. But during summer time the roads are crowded, restaurants are packed and lodging prices are the highest. A little known fact  is that tourists can avoid all of these by planning a winter trip to Yellowstone. Even a few days spent in this wonderland will be sufficient for a memorable vacation; the scenery is fantastic and wildlife is abundant. Wolves, bison, elk and coyotes are frequently visible. Every visitor will be amazed by how many activities, like snowmobiling, snow coach rides, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, are enjoyed in Yellowstone during the scenic winter months.

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Nearly 125,000 visitors prefer to explore Yellowstone by snowmobile that is why they wait until the coldest, darkest, snowiest time of year. This is the best way visitors can see all of Yellowstone's major attractions, spread on more than 3,400 square miles of federally protected land. It also allows you to visit places that are not normally accessible in the winter months. The most popular include the Old Faithful, the Lower Yellowstone Falls, the Grand Canyon and the park's major lakes. From mid-December to mid-March, more than 600 miles of snowmobile trails await visitors. It is not allowed to use off-road of snowmobiles.
Snowmobiles were first allowed into the Park in 1963, and by the 1970s, the park was exploding with snowmobiles during its winter months. Concern for wildlife disruption evoked a re-evaluation of snowmobile and snow coach regulations by the early 2000s, when new rules were enforced regarding speed limits, quantity of snowmobiles allowed, nighttime riding and designated trails. Snowmobiling is still an adventurous option for visitors. The main road between Mammoth Hot Springs, Gardiner and the Northeast Entrance is plowed and open to the public year-round. Yellowstone's East Entrance opens December 22 for snowmobile and snowcoach travel, and closes March 1. Sylvan Pass is subject to avalanche-related closures and delays. The National Park Service warns that the trail from the West Entrance to Madison to Old Faithful is also open to cross-country skiers.
Snowmobiling is allowed on specific roads in the park but only on guided tours. Visitors who wish to venture through the park by snowmobile must do so through a commercial tour company. These companies are required by the National Park Service to use Best Available Technology snow mobiles, meaning that the equipment is as fuel-efficient and as environmentally friendly as possible. The number of snowmobiles allowed in Yellowstone at one time is limited, that is why is indicated to book the tour in advance.
Snowmobile rentals are available in neighboring towns, or at Old Faithful and Mammoth inside the park. The town of West Yellowstone is a center for snowmobiling with many miles of trails in the neighboring national forest.
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