Snowmobilers line up Wednesday at the West Entrance of Yellowstone National Park. Under rules now in effect, all snowmobiles in the park must be guided. Snowmobiling information Snowmobilers may not be able to get into Yellowstone National Park, but riding opportunities are still available in the West Yellowstone and Island Park area.
A judge´s decision on Tuesday limited snowmobiling in Yellowstone Park to guided tours and snow coaches, but nearby national forests offer hundreds of miles of groomed trails and off-trail riding. “There is lots of riding,” said Marysue Costello, executive director for West Yellowstone Chamber of Commerce. “And the snow this year is so perfect.” Wednesday morning, hundreds of snowmobilers converged on Yellowstone and neighboring Grand Teton, armed with entrance reservations made weeks ago. However, the ruling meant that only riders who were part of commercially guided tours could enter the park. Yellowstone officials said many people with reservations were turned away, but that they were offered refunds. The attorney general of Wyoming, the International Snowmobile Manufacturers Association and a motorized recreation advocacy group moved to challenge a federal court ruling that reinstated a ban on snowmobiles in Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks