Yellowstone Opens Free Day Ride Permit Program
Written by andrew-rossi on June 16, 2020
Yellowstone opens to another type of seasonal tourist.
For the 4th consecutive year, the Park is issuing its free day ride permits to anyone taking hoof stock onto the trails within Yellowstone. Everyone, whether it be a local or a tourist, can enjoy experiencing the backcountry through horseback riding. Since 2017, this permit system helps park managers understand where, when, and how many stock users visit the park. And it provides all riders with a handy piece of paperwork they must have, should a ranger ask to see proof that you and your doggie have permission to be there.
There is no limit to the number of individuals allowed on the trails this summer, but there are still a number of stipulations when it comes to obtaining a permit, and the type of permit you’ll want to acquire. And, of course, Yellowstone’s stock packing regulations remain in effect:
- Overnight stock use is not allowed until July 1. Check the Backcountry Situation Report to see what trails are open for day use.
- Stock users who plan overnight trips must obtain a backcountry permit.
Hoof stock are also subjected to their own tests for viruses. All stock users must also possess certification of a negative Coggins Test performed within the last 12 months for all equine stock entering Yellowstone. A Coggins Tests detects antibodies to the disease Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA). This is a virus that can cause affected horses (or donkeys) to have fevers, anemia (low red blood cell count), edema (stocking up), or weight loss/muscle wasting.
There’s no limit to the number of permits being issue for backcountry day rides – just make sure any horses or mules have proof of a negative Coggins Test performed within the last 12 months.
Stock users can obtain their free permits on the park’s website or by calling the Central Backcountry Office at (307) 344-2160.