Laramie, WY – Newly appointed U-S Senator John Barrasso
supports snowmobile access in Yellowstone National Park.
In a letter to park Superintendent Suzanne Lewis, the Republican says he supports allowing self-guided trips into Yellowstone, something that could be prohibited in the park's proposed
Barrasso also asked that Sylvan Pass, near the park's East Entrance, remain open year round despite avalanche risks and expensive avalanche-control programs.
The Park Service's proposed winter use plan would allow 720 snowmobiles per day into Yellowstone and a smaller number in Grand
Teton National Park. It would also close Sylvan Pass, the route from Cody, during the winter.
Conservation groups oppose the Park Service's plan because they say it allows too many snowmobiles.