Roads in Yellowstone are starting to close to oversnow travel so crews can plow and get ready for spring. Photo: NPS

MAMMOTH HOT SPRINGS, Wyo. — Beginning Sunday, Aug. 1, people may apply to the 2021-2022 winter lottery for permits to snowmobile in Yellowstone without a commercial guide.

This year’s lottery will be open on from Aug. 1-31, 2021. Successful applicants will be notified in early September.

Unclaimed or canceled permits will be made available on on a first-come, first-serve basis beginning on October 1, 2021. 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.

Authorized in 2013, the Non-Commercially Guided Snowmobile Access Program allows one group of up to five snowmobiles to enter Yellowstone from each of its four winter entrances per day. Trips can be one, two or three days in length.

Groups may apply for permits for up to three days/two nights and can leave and re-enter the park through any gate during that time.

The North Entrance is open to snowmobile permit holders Dec. 15 through March 6, the East, South and West Entrances are open Dec. 15 through March 15.

Permit holders are considered non-commercial guides and must be at least 18 years old on the first day of their trips. All snowmobile operators must possess a state-issued driver’s license and successfully complete the free online Yellowstone Snowmobile Education Certification program.


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Lindsay Vallen is a Community News Reporter covering a little bit of everything; with an interest in politics, wildlife, and amplifying community voices. Originally from the east coast, Lindsay has called Wilson, Wyoming home since 2017. In her free time, she enjoys snowboarding, hiking, cooking, and completing the Jackson Hole Daily crosswords.