Excellent snowmobile riding areas exist in Carrot, Sage, and Sunlight Basins and are accessed by the Big Sky Snowmobile Trail from Lower Wapiti Trail Head. These areas provide ample legal off trail riding opportunities at higher elevations above critical winter range. Riders are reminded to stay on the trail until out of the closure area to access this high country riding area.
“It is critical for snowmobilers to know before they go where area closures exist,” said Todd Stiles, Natural Resources Specialist, Hebgen Lake Ranger District. “The designated route that riders need to stay on in Lower Wapiti is well marked. If riders have any questions about where the closure area ends, and where the open cross country travel area begins, the district would be happy to explain the closure area in depth.” Moose as well as other ungulate species frequent lower Wapiti Trail and it is critical for their winter range forage.
Color over-snow Motor Vehicle Use Maps (OSMVUM) are available for download online or as a hardcopy version for free at local ranger districts. For general information on the Custer Gallatin National Forest visit online at www.fs.usda.gov/gallatin.