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Yellowstone opening lottery for winter snowmobile permits on Aug. 1

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CASPER, Wyo. — Yellowstone National Park will begin accepting applications for its 2022–2023 winter lottery for snowmobile permits that allow access in the park without a commercial guide.

Yellowstone’s Non-Commercially Guided Snowmobile Access Program was launched in 2013 and allows people who successfully get a permit to enter the park for up to three days with groups of up to five snowmobilers, Yellowstone Public Affairs said in a press release Thursday.

“This year’s lottery will be open on www.recreation.gov from Aug. 1–31,” the release said. “Successful applicants will be notified in early September. Unclaimed or canceled permits will be made available via www.recreation.gov on a first-come, first-served basis beginning on Oct. 1, 2022. There is no waiting list. Cancellations may occur throughout the winter season, so check the website often for openings. Trips can be for a maximum of three days in length and permits cost $40 per day with a $6 application fee.”

People who get a permit are considered non-commercial guides. They must be at least 18 years old on the first day of the trip to be eligible for a permit.

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“All snowmobile operators must possess a state-issued driver’s license and successfully complete the free online Yellowstone Snowmobile Education Certification program,” the press release added. “Anyone can take the course to learn about park rules that help visitors safely enjoy the unique experience of winter in Yellowstone while also protecting park resources. All snowmobiles must meet the park’s New Best Available Technology standard.”  

“To learn more about planning a winter trip to Yellowstone, visit Explore in Winter.”


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