Snowmobiling around Cody's Greater Yellowstone Region
Idaho, Montana and Wyoming are the snowmobile capital of the world. Because Yellowstone National Park, 60 miles west of Cody receives twelve feet of snow falls annually and the hundreds of miles of groomed snowmobile trails that lead to Yellowstone from all the surrounding National Forests and gateway communities. Old Faithful, and 10,000 other thermals, cast clouds of steam as you ride. These three states offer the greatest concentration of groomed trails, powder fields and snowmobile activities to be found anywhere in North American and somehow they all connect.
The Shoshone National Forest has 306 miles of these trails snowmobile trails, some just west of Cody. The most popular Cody snowmobiling trails originate from Pahaska Tepee Resort located 51 miles from Cody on US 14/16/20. Don't take the Pahaska Tepee trail over 8,541 foot Sylvan Pass if you are afraid of heights; but if you are not it connects to the Yellowstone National Park trails and the lengthy Continental Divide snowmobiling trail and offers breathtaking views including Avalanche Peak (10,566 feet) and Cody Peak (10,267 feet). The Pahaska Tepee Cody’s jump off point for Yellowstone Snowmobiling is a national historic landmark lodge built in 1905 by Buffalo Bill Cody.
Just 60 miles north of Cody, Wyoming is the Beartooth Mountain snowmobiling trail system. With 32 miles of groomed trails and 34 miles of ungroomed trails, in addition to the myriad of off-trail possibilities, the Beartooth Mountains are guaranteed to satiate all of your snowmobiling desires. The wide-open spaces of the Beartooth Plateau have been calling to snowmobilers for decades
The sunlight trail system is located 36 miles north of Cody and winds through the wilds to a stunning view of the Beartooth Mountains of the Sun Light Basin.
Hundreds of square miles of the Absaroka Mountain Range provide unlimited opportunities for the Cody powder hound that seeks out the wide open bowls that dominate the Absaroka’s southern slopes and the sub alpine terrain around the peaks.
• Be informed about avalanche dangers. Take an avalanche awareness class. Carry safety equipment such as an avalanche beacon, shovel and probe. Make sure others are not below you if you are crossing or climbing potentially unstable slopes.
• Alcohol and winter sports don’t mix. State and federal laws prohibit operating a snowmobile while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.
• Snowmobilers should slow down when meeting other users or oncoming snowmobilers. Pull to the right side or just off the trail if you meet oncoming dog sleds. Stay to the right on curves and slow down. Obey all safety signs. Stop before crossing highways. Never ride on the state highway system.
• Skiers and snowshoers should move to the side of the trail or just off the trail when they hear a snowmobile approaching.
• State and federal laws prohibit careless or reckless operation of snowmobiles. Although snowmobile trail systems don’t have posted speed limits, it is the snowmobiler’s responsibility to operate his or her machine in a safe manner that won’t endanger other people or property.
• Register your snowmobile. All snowmobiles used on Wyoming National Forests are required to have a state snowmobile sticker. A non-resident user fee sticker is required if the machine is from another state or country. Help support and improve the snowmobile trail program by purchasing your registration stickers.
• Don’t snowmobile in wilderness areas. It is a violation of federal regulations to take snowmobiles or other motorized equipment into wilderness areas. Not all wilderness boundaries are marked on the ground. It is the snowmobiler’s responsibility to know where he or she is at all times and to check maps carefully to determine wilderness boundaries and other areas closed to snowmobiles such as wildlife winter range and cross country ski trails. Snowmobile trail system maps are free and available at several locations including Forest Service offices. These maps also contain additional safety information and phone numbers.