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Yellowstone snowmobiling permits lottery determines who rides

Snowmobilers cruise in Yellowstone National Park, where visitor numbers continue to grow. (Hannah Potes / Associated Press)
Snowmobilers cruise in Yellowstone National Park, where visitor numbers continue to grow. (Hannah Potes / Associated Press)

WINTERSPORTS --  Snowmobiler who want to ride in Yellowstone National Park next winter without a guide can enter a lottery starting Friday for a limited number of permits.

The park requires all non-commercially guided snowmobile groups that enter the park to have a permit.

Sledders can apply for the permit drawings online at recreation.gov Sept. 1-30.

Successful lottery applicants will be notified in mid-October. The park will make any remaining or canceled permits available on a first-come, first-served basis through the same webpage beginning Nov. 3.

The park will allow four trips a day for groups that want to enter Yellowstone without commercial guides. Groups with up to five snowmobiles will be permitted through each of the North, South, East and West entrances each day. Permits cost $40.



Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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