Many of Yellowstone's
roads are groomed and open to snowmobiles as indicated on
the map above. Personal snowmobiles may be brought into
the park or they may be rented in several different locations.
Businesses with permits to rent snowmobiles or conduct guided
snowmobile tours can be found on our snowmobiling page.
& other Safety Tips
operators must have a valid state motor vehicle driver's
license in their possession. Persons possessing a learners permit may operate a snowmobile
when supervised one-to-one within line of sight (but no
more than 100 yards) by a licensed person 21 years old or
as you would an automobile. Use
hand signals when turning or stopping. Allow enough distance
in between snowmobiles when traveling. Passing is allowed
only when safe. If you turn around, you must do so within
the road width.
limit is 45 mpg (72 kph) or less where posted or as conditions
is checked by radar. Obey all speed limit signs and stop
the right side of the road and in single file. When
stopping, pull to the far right and park in single file.
Stay to the right even if the roads are rough.
may be driven on designated roads only. Sidehilling,
berm-riding, or any off-road travel is prohibited and
carries a fine of up to $5000. Report accidents to a
a snowmobile while intoxicated is illegal. Possession
of open alcoholic beverage containers, including botabags,
must be registered according to applicable state law. Muffler,
lights, and brakes must be in good working condition.
and muffler systems must be in good working order. The maximum
noise allowed is 78 decibels when measured during full acceleration
at a distance of 50 feet. Most stock exhaust systems meet
this standard; "after-market" ("piped")
exhaust systems often do not. Snowmobiles exceeding the
decibel standard will be denied entry into the park.
viewpoints, and walkways are snowpacked and icy during winter;
fog reduces visibility. When walking, stay on boardwalks
or maintained trails; walk carefully. Watch your children. Your hand or voice may be too far away if your child leaves
have the right of way. Wildlife are dangerous and unpredictable. Winter is a time
of great stress. When you force an animal to move, it uses
energy which is vital to its survival. Approaching, chasing,
molesting, or feeding animals is prohibited.
or other wildlife are on the road, stop
at least 25 yards away and/or pull your machine as far as
possible to the opposite side of the road; give them a chance
to get off the road. If they run toward you, and
you can confidently turn around, do so and move to a safe
place to reassess the situation. If they walk or run
toward you, and you cannot turn around, get off your
machine and stand to the side of it, keeping the machine
between you and the animal(s). If they are standing calmly,
inch toward them and access their behavior. If they remain
calm, pass on the opposite side of the road at a moderate
speed. Do not make sudden or erratic movements; use groomed
pullouts where possible. If the animal(s) appear agitated,
do not attempt to pass as any advance may cause the animal(s)
to charge. Do not chase animals or cause them to stampede. There is no guarantee of your safety.