Snowmobile patrols pick up as season progresses - KOTA Territory News

Snowmobile patrols pick up as season progresses


As January draws to a close snowmobile trails are in top shape in the Big Horn Mountains.

"Probably the best riding we've ever had is on the Big Horns," said snowmobiler Randy Roth of Laurel, MT.

More trailers filled with snowmobiles are taking up space at Big Horn lodges, meaning the trails are getting more crowded.

"We might have 50, 70 vehicles. There might be several hundred riders coming out of one spot," said winter patroller Eric Comstock with the U.S. Forest Service.

So patrolmen like Comstock will hop on their snow machines and hit the trails to keep the peace and keep an eye out for anyone stuck and in trouble.

"We get an opportunity to visit with the public, we take on some responsibilities in helping maintain or check quality control on trails and see if there's a problem somewhere. We also do law enforcement. We've certainly stopped to check on folks that were pulled over and did have mechanical problems," said Comstock.

To avoid getting stuck or breaking down, Comstock recommends staying mindful of speed and surroundings.

"Cutting corners would be something we don't want to see people do if they're blind corners, because there's always is that increased chance of an accident. Also, if you're going to pass somebody, you want to do it with a lot of care," said Comstock.

But in case of an emergency, it's a good idea to come prepared, like Roth and his friends from Montana.

"We ride with four guys. We all have our beacons on. We carry supplies in case we are stranded up here. It'd be pretty easy for us to make good at least through the night or a couple of nights up here," said Roth.

For the latest updates on Wyoming snowmobile trail conditions call (307) 777-6323 or visit

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