Stuck snowmobiler rescued near West Yellowstone

Posted at 2:33 PM, Feb 10, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-10 17:14:05-05

WEST YELLOWSTONE — A man was rescued Tuesday afternoon after getting his snowmobile stuck off a trail near West Yellowstone.

According to the Gallatin Media Center, on Tuesday, at 1:56 pm, the West Yellowstone Police Department Dispatch Center received a 911 call from a snowmobiler on the Two Top trail, approximately 8 miles west of West Yellowstone. The snowmobiler reported that he was alone and his snowmobile was hopelessly stuck in the snow. The coordinates from the 911 call indicated that the snowmobiler was approximately 1.5 miles off the trail in an area where he was unlikely to be seen by other snowmobilers in the area.

Rescuers from Gallatin County Sheriff Search and Rescue in West Yellowstone, and Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks responded to assist.
Due to fresh snow, the snowmobiler had taken a wrong turn at what appeared to be the main trail, which unfortunately led into a steep canyon with deep powder. The stuck snowmobile was designed for trail use and struggled in those conditions. Volunteers were able to get the snowmobile unstuck and safely escort him back to West Yellowstone without incident.
Photo courtesy of Gallatin County Sheriff's Office.