National Park Service to release Yellowstone snowmobile rule

Publish Date: 
Oct 22, 2013

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. - The National Park Service is preparing to publish the final version of its new regulation for snowmobiles and snow coaches in Yellowstone National Park.

The new rule is set for publication in the Federal Register Oct. 23.

Park officials have been working on the. The goal of the new rule, in the works for several years, is to allow winter access to Yellowstone while controlling the environmental side effects of having snow machines in the park.

The latest version of the winter use plan doesn’t strictly limit numbers of snowmobiles and snow coaches, according to the Salt Lake Tribune. Instead, planning focuses on "transportation events," defined as one snow coach or a group of up to 10 snowmobiles. The new rule will take effect starting in the winter of 2014-2015.

Posted by Holly Wagner