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Winter Season coming to Yellowstone National Park

Posted On
Oct 13, 2015
Winter Recreation


According to the National Park Service, the Yellowstone National Park winter season begins mid-december, and during this time, the park’s major attractions are only accessible by guided snowcoach or by snowmobile.

Yellowstone has many guidelines and rules for their winter activities, including the Winter Adaptive Management Plan.

Christina Mills, an outdoor recreation planner at Yellowstone, said in an interview with Montana Public Radio she is responsible for putting the plan to use.

The plan limits the amount of snowcoaches and snowmobiles that can enter the park during the winter season.

"We are continually learning new things, gathering new data,” Mills said in the interview. “And that adaptive management program allows us to incorporate that new knowledge with public input and gives us a platform to keep the public continually involved in what we’re doing and what we’re learning about winter use in Yellowstone.”

Though the Winter Adaptive Management Plan limits the number of visitors who can access the park, it is designed to serve two purposes: to give visitors a better experience and to maintain the park.

In the past, snowmobiling in the park was reduced due to complaints about noise and pollution in the park.

According to Montana Public Radio, the new Winter Adaptive Management Plan was agreed upon by officials at Yellowstone, snowmobilers and conservationists.

Some of the new requirements stemming from the plan include: lower speed limits, higher-quality equipment requirements and a limit on the number of visitors allowed access to the park from each entrance at designated intervals.

Mills said the best part of the Adaptive Management Plan is that it is adaptive and can be changed.

She said input from park visitors, conservation groups and park staff will all be considered when making future changes.

For more information about Yellowstone and the Adaptive Management Plan, visit the National Park Service's website.

This post is sponsored by Snowest, a magazine dedicated to all things snowmobile.