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Winter Thrills: Snowmobiling In Yellowstone

When snow starts to fly, and winter arrives, there is one location that can be counted on to welcome thousands who wish to ski, snowboard, and jump on snowmobiles in order to experience serious thrills in the chilly temperatures; that, of course, is Yosemite National Park.

When it comes to snowmobiling and taking guided tours of the stunning area in and around Yosemite, there are a variety to choose from that are so cool, you’ll be heading back to Montana each and every winter for years to come. Aggressive riders have many trails to choose from; just outside of the park, in fact, is the Two Top Loop in Targhee National Forest that features lots of elevation changes and offers memorable, awe-inspiring views from the top. The South Plateau Trail gives access to some of the best in backcountry riding. And when speaking of the Gallatin National Forest, the Horse Butte Trail tracing the shores of Hebgen Lake, along with the Big Sky Trail, are perfect for those snowmobilers who want as much adventure as possible.

But the journeys and experiences don’t stop there. Simply by visiting the site, www.destinationyellowstone.com/snowmobiling/, you can learn all about the areas that are “must-see” spots for the snowmobiler. In fact, many don’t even know that when it comes to Cooke City, located at Yellowstone’s northeast entrance, the activity is so popular that you can only reach three of its stunning lodges in the winter – Skyline Guest Ranch, Big Moose Resort, and Big Bear Lodge – via snowmobile.

Not only can you rent snowmobiles, but you can also get all the clothing and gear you need to have that perfect exploration. When it comes to clothing, high-quality outerwear is a must, including a one-piece insulated jumpsuit, a helmet with a full-face visor, face mask, gloves, and the warmest, toughest boots available. Once your gear and accessories are in place, then you’re all set to ride on the 60-plus miles of groomed trails outside the park or on the Beartooth Highway, which closes to vehicle traffic in the winter.

For those who wish to dive into the snowmobiling sport yet stay with an experienced guide, the tours offered at Yellowstone National Park are a perfect choice. Here, you will find Two Top Snowmobile Rental, Inc., offering daily professionally guided tours to Old Faithful Geyser Basin and the Yellowstone Grand Canyon. Having a knowledgeable guide allows you to set eyes upon the huge number of elk, bison, eagles, coyotes, and wolves that call this area home while also enjoying the famous geysers, waterfalls, and canyons that Yellowstone is known for. With a maximum of nine snowmobiles allowed on each tour, private tours can also be booked.

There is nothing like these two incredible tours to make this the winter to remember! When it comes to those who have not yet had the pleasure of experiencing the mighty Yellowstone in the winter season, the Old Faithful Geyser Basin Tour is an absolute “must do.” A full-day guided tour, your snowmobiles will pass through the majestic Madison Canyon, frequently stopping to view the stunning wildlife and unforgettable scenery along the way. Madison Junction sits at the halfway point to Old Faithful Geyser Basin and is where the Gibbon and Firehole rivers meet. Here, you and your group will be able to warm up inside the hut, use heated restrooms, and even enjoy a snack or a hot cup of coffee. As you continue, you’ll pass the Fountain Paint Pots and Midway Geyser Basin, stopping for short walks before snowmobiling into your one-of-a-kind destination: Old Faithful. The famous geyser is a wonder to watch, and you will see it in action. Not to mention, you can purchase lunch at the Snowlodge and enjoy other sites on the map at the Old Faithful Geyser Basin before taking your return trip that is just as glorious.

The second, extremely popular guided tour is the Yellowstone Park Grand Canyon Tour. Heading north through the Gibbon Canyon, you will stop to view the stunning Gibbon Falls, draped in ice. When reaching the Grand Canyon warming hut – after, most likely, taking some up-close pics of the bison that call the area home – you can enjoy the Slippery Otter Pub. During the journey, you will set eyes on the Grand Canyon, the upper and lower Yellowstone Falls that are extremely beautiful in the winter, Artists Point, and be able to walk around the Norris Geyser Basin, which is the largest and hottest basin in Yellowstone Park. Here, you will also see the largest geyser in the world: Steamboat Geyser, and learn all about the incredible history of the area.

So…ready for a winter to remember? Head to https://destinationyellowstone.com/snowmobiling/ for your free travel planner today, and learn all about the guided and private snowmobile tours just waiting for you to experience.

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