Have you ever wanted to snowmobile through Yellowstone National Park without the services of a commercially guided tour? This Thursday begins your window of chance for the 2019-20 season.

Yellowstone’s Old Faithful snowmobile parking lot. Photograph by Simone Amaduzzi.

Started in 2013, through the Non-Commercially Guided Snowmobile Access Program (N-CGSAP) Yellowstone allows one group of up to five snowmobiles each through its North, South, East and West winter entrances per day – trips can be one, two or three days in length, group leaders must be 18 years old by the first day of trip and all snowmobile operators must carry a valid driver’s licenses.

World renowned for is scenery for those willing to brave the cold, most roads in the park are groomed for over-snow traffic via either snowcoaches or snowmobiles. Permits for those interest in the program will be available through a lottery application, from August 1-31, 2019 – any unclaimed or canceled permits will be made available at Recreation.gov on a first-come, first-serve basis beginning on October 1, 2019 (additional trip requirements can be found under the “Need To Know” tab). Interested parties are encouraged to check back often.

If not Yellowstone, where are you planning to ride this season?

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