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Old 12-17-2009, 06:41 PM
 
Location: San Jose, CA
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You can do a search for my posts in the picture thread. I took a few shots while camping back in August.

I'd swing through the Big Horns, but I'm partial to them. Bear Lodge has snow mobile rentals. The groomed trails go from one lodge to the next. While I was camping in August, I got pictures of moose from about 20 ft away. She was with calf so I was a little nervous to say the least. I kept the engine running on my 4 wheeler. haha
Thanks, ElkHunter. I checked out your shots. Pretty impressive area. I'll definitely keep it in mind.
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Old 12-17-2009, 06:48 PM
 
Location: San Jose, CA
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If you want to rent a snowmobile in the park, I am pretty sure you are going to have to take a commercially-led tour in the park, according to Yellowstone regulations: Yellowstone National Park - Winter Use Planning in Yellowstone (U.S. National Park Service) Also, there is a quota for how many snowmobiles can enter the park in a day, so I would be aware of that. My boyfriend and his family told me those rules, also, so I am hoping my post is legit! Also- tip: do not leave a back pack, etc., unattended in the park- the ravens are smart out there and will open it up and pull it apart (story from my boyfriend's mother's snowmobiling experience). I hope that your trip is great. I traveled there in the Spring and was lucky enough to see 3 black bears in one day. I hope that you have the same kind of luck! Safe travels!
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I think lilnick is right, and I believe the quota was lowered again for this winter, so if you want to see the park I'd make advance reservations.
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Typical news covereage. haha I remember they made an announcement that the number was going to be lowered, but some judge stepped in because the parks commission said, no. Then nothing. Haven't seen anything in the news since then.

So yes, very good advice, call ahead and check.

Don't rely on internet searches because something may still have last years data on it. I'd call.
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I once did a short season at Togwotee Mountain Lodge, situated on the mountain pass between Dubois and Jackson Wyo...I'm sure they'll be open for business...the snowpack in the highest points already had tracks in it, last time I drove over about 3 weeks ago...and they got a semi-load of brand-new sleds already; some sport-oriented sleds, and the slower 'luxury' oriented sleds. And it looked like they redesigned the cabins and restaurant, last time I spoke to my old barn-boss who now runs the housekeeping crew there...
Thanks for the input, folks. Call ahead to whom? There are about 20 snowmobile rental outfits listed by the NPS here: Yellowstone National Park - Permitted Winter Service Providers (U.S. National Park Service) . Either way, I'm not too worried about it. I've got a whole week to play with, so I'm sure I can get in on a tour one way or another if it seems like the right thing to do.

Thanks again, everybody. I'm really looking forward to this trip.
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Old 12-17-2009, 08:56 PM
 
Location: Spots Wyoming
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Thanks for the input, folks. Call ahead to whom? There are about 20 snowmobile rental outfits listed by the NPS here: Yellowstone National Park - Permitted Winter Service Providers (U.S. National Park Service) . Either way, I'm not too worried about it. I've got a whole week to play with, so I'm sure I can get in on a tour one way or another if it seems like the right thing to do.

Thanks again, everybody. I'm really looking forward to this trip.
Call ahead to the motel/hotel/lodge that you will be staying at. They will have the most current data.
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Old 12-17-2009, 09:07 PM
 
Location: San Jose, CA
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Ah, got ya. You would think so, yes. Actually the lady who runs the small lodge I'm planning on staying at didn't know squat about snowmobile rentals. Maybe I picked the wrong place, but they have the best rating in town from what I've seen. That's why a lot of this is simply going to be seat-of-the-pants, and figure it out as I go. That's kind of how I roll most the time. I'm not a huge planner.
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Old 12-17-2009, 09:38 PM
 
Location: Wyo
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...and to think that just east of Kingman, can be found some of the toughest SOB cowpunchers in the entire Southwest...lol
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Old 12-17-2009, 10:00 PM
 
Location: Spots Wyoming
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...and to think that just east of Kingman, can be found some of the toughest SOB cowpunchers in the entire Southwest...lol
My old daddy-in-law was an old bronc buster in the Big Horns. He was also a saddle maker, boot maker, etc. When he got rather seasoned and wanted to slow down, he headed down to Kingman and worked the ranches there. But, as a cook and story teller. haha He had some good ones.

Rode for the K, Padlock, and the PK. Busted and sold horses after that. Always worked his own tac and others started asking him for help.

He said that down there in Kingman, "them cowboys are tough!" His name was Red Rideout.

But the one thing that ole Red loved was Yellowstone. But he went in on pack animals and helped out the forest service and the game and fish. He packed in to back country and camped for weeks on end. Sometimes we'd only see him twice a year. Come out looking like a grizz, but he cleaned up pretty good.

Although I've never been in Yellowstone, I asked him how it was. Was it worth going over there? He said, "Yellowstone is a beautiful place, like none on earth, but truth be known, they put a fence around it and it still spilt out all over the state."
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Old 12-17-2009, 10:29 PM
 
Location: San Jose, CA
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...and to think that just east of Kingman, can be found some of the toughest SOB cowpunchers in the entire Southwest...lol
Darn tootin'! Not that I can claim any lineage to that breed, mind you.
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Old 12-18-2009, 08:19 AM
 
Location: Wyo
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Managed to find a horseback job this past summer, Wranglin for 'Jackson Lake Lodge' (just south of south-gate of Jellystone) till October...my 2nd Tour of Duty there...really neat scenery, can never get enough of the Tetons. Tried hard to get on with the only two cattle operations over there (Pinto and Snake River) but you can imagine that's tough to do...everybody and thier sister wants to be a 'cowboy' these days..lol

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Old 12-18-2009, 08:52 AM
 
Location: Spots Wyoming
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Found this in the news this morning.

"Yellowstone National Park is now open for motorized over snow travel for the winter season. The new temporary plan allows for up to 318 commercially guided snowmobiles in the park a day and up to 78 commercially guided snow coaches per day."
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Old 12-18-2009, 04:46 PM
 
Location: San Jose, CA
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That's ok. I only need one.
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