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Loved To Death? Yellowstone Is Wildly Popular Even In Winter - And That May Be Creating A Very Serious Problem

This sidebar appeared with the story: ALTERNATIVES TO SNOWMOBILES In winter, all Yellowstone National Park roads except Mammoth to Cooke City and Canyon to Tower are open to snowmobiles. But there are other ways to see the park, including: Several trails are open to Nordic skiers, like the Riverside trail loop into the park from West Yellowstone along the Madison River. The well-known Rendezvous Trail Complex is a groomed trail system just outside the park in West Yellowstone. For information, call (406) 646-7369. The Yellowstone Alpen Guides offer full-day guided ski tours throughout the park on Wednesdays for $85 (includes lunch). Groups of six or more skiers can book any day of the week. Skiers begin with sightseeing from the snowcoach, then ski the trails of the interior of the park, including Fairy Falls and Lone Star Geyser. Call (800) 858-3502 for information. Visitors can tour Yellowstone National Park by snowcoach in passenger vans converted to snowcoaches with skis instead of tires. Several outfitters offer snowcoach tours from West Yellowstone. Prices range from $69 to $79 plus tax and a park entrance fee of $10. Call Yellowstone Alpen Guides (800) 858-3502. Or call Yellowstone Tour and Travel at (800) 221-1151. To rent the Parker, the family cruising machine, ($170 per day rental for up to four people) contact High Mark Snowmobile Rental at (406) 646-7586, or P.O. Box 218, West Yellowstone, MT 59758. For lodging, dining, travel and rental information, contact the West Yellowstone Chamber of Commerce, Box 458, West Yellowstone, MT 59758, (406) 646-7701, or contact Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190, (307) 646-7369. Jean Arthur

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