Just an update for anyone who is interested. I have had a number of emails from people who are planning winter trips into Yellowstone.
There will be both snowcoach and snowmobile access into Yellowstone from all entrances this year. Up to 78 snowcoaches and 720 snowmobiles will be allowed per day. Over-the-snow entrances into Yellowstone will open for travel and tours on December 15th, 2008 and are scheduled to close on March 15th, 2009 (weather permitting).
Here is a quick summary of what happened:
"On November 7, 2008, the U.S. District Court in Wyoming ordered the National Park Service to reinstate a 2004 rule, which will allow snowmobile and snowcoach access in Yellowstone and Grand Teton this winter. Under the reinstated 2004 rule, motorized oversnow access will be allowed this winter as it has for the past four winters.
The parks will operate under this reinstated rule for this winter season, providing visitors, area businesses, and park employees with a plan they can count on for this year.
The reinstated 2004 rule will also allow the NPS time to analyze public comment received on the temporary plan and its supporting proposed rule, in order to guide a long-term planning process for winter use in the parks as directed in the orders issued by both federal courts."
For more information, please check the National Park website at: http://www.nps.gov/yell/parknews/08091b.htm