From early December through late March, snowmobile West Yellowstone where sleds share our town streets alongside motorists. With 150 inches of annual snowfall and trail access right from your vacation rental cabin at Faithful Street Inn, you can explore over 400 miles of groomed mountain trails in three national forests and three states. With some of the most breathtaking scenery anywhere and some of the deepest powder, West Yellowstone is a snowmobiler’s paradise.
Bring your own snowmobile (we have plenty of trailer parking) or make a reservation to rent one in-town. Whether you are a novice, skilled rider, or somewhere in between, you will find trails to ride to the north, south, east, and west. The Custer Gallatin, Beaverhead-Deerlodge, and Caribou-Targhee National Forests have both groomed trails and a generous supply of open powder to play in. Some of the local shops also offer guide service into the national forests.
Or, tour Yellowstone National Park’s groomed trails with an experienced park guide. In addition, a lucky few riders can access Yellowstone each day on the Non-commercially Guided Snowmobile Access Program.
Two Top Mountain Trail
- Most famous trail in North America with great access to off-trail powder
- See Snow Ghosts on top of the mountain (snow plastered trees)
- On a clear day, see Wyoming's Tetons, Idaho’s Centennials, Montana's Lionhead, and Yellowstone National Park
- Ride along the Montana/Idaho border and straddle the Continental Divide
- Drop into Idaho to have lunch at a spot accessible only by snowmobile
- 2000 foot elevation gain on this 30 miles trail
Big Sky Trail
- Some of the best backcountry snowmobiling in Montana with great scenery
- Open bowls, deepest powder, outstanding hill climb opportunities
- Largest play area in the region for "high marking" and "powder carving"
- Access heads north of West Yellowstone along the western boundary of Yellowstone via the Horse Butte Loop
- 18 miles of groomed trail to Taylor Fork then 13 miles of ungroomed powder
Horse Butte Loop
- Get away from the crowds
- Watch for bison and take in great views from the top of Horse Butte
- Ride through thick pines and open meadows
- Travel along the shores of Hebgen Lake
- This 20 mile loop is great for novice riders
Madison Arm Trail
- Most relaxing ride in the area
- Great wildlife viewing opportunities
- Ride north and west of town by the Madison Arm of Hebgen Lake
- 20 mile trail is great for novice riders
Lionhead Mountain Trail
- For those seeking something more radical
- Gateway trail to deep and steep, extreme, backcountry riding
- Follows the east side of the Continental Divide
- Accessed via Two Top Mountain Trail or Targhee National Forest trails
- Climbs to over 10,000’ in its 16 miles
South Plateau Trail
- Follow creeks and rivers away from the crowds on an out and back or link up with other trails to make a loop
- Directly parallels Yellowstone National Park to the south of town
- Best opportunity to view moose and great mountain views
- Quieter trail recommended for novice to intermediate riders
- Connects with Idaho trail system for one of the longest loop rides in the area
Yellowstone National Park
If you've visited Yellowstone in the "warm season," a completely different experience awaits in winter. Imagine ice cones around the geysers, abundant wildlife, and partly frozen waterfalls. Plus, no wheeled vehicles are allowed on most of the park's roads as they are groomed for over-snow travel. Tour the park by snowmobile with an experienced guide while less-adventurous group members tour by snowcoach. Most winter travel through Yellowstone is guided-only, but a lucky few riders can access Yellowstone each day on the Non-commercially Guided Snowmobile Access Program.