2.7.2022 Tepee Creek Snowmobile Rescue


Tepee Creek Trail Rescue

On Monday February 7, 2022 at 12:00 pm, Gallatin County Sheriff Search and Rescue in West Yellowstone, responded to a request for assistance from a snowmobiler on the Tepee Creek Trail, 10.5 miles west of town. An individual riding a snowmobile left the trail and crashed into a tree, sustaining a shoulder injury and possible concussion.

SAR Volunteers, Custer Gallatin National Forest Service LEO, and EMT’s from Hebgen Basin Fire responded with a specialized rescue sled and were able to treat the patient on scene before transporting off the trail to a nearby ambulance. The patient was transferred to a Hebgen Basin Fire Department EMS crew for further medical evaluation and then to the Big Sky Medical Center.

Sheriff Dan Springer would like to remind everyone out enjoying the trails and backcountry that trail conditions can change rapidly.  Please slow down around corners for your protection and those riders approaching from the opposite direction.  Also recreate with a friend and carry a reliable means of communication.  Rescuers were able to quickly respond to this incident because a friend called immediately and provided accurate GPS coordinates.

Photo courtesy of Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office.