Originally Posted by northstar1960
the park is a federally control park . meaning don't get a ticket or do anything that can get you in trouble . like step off a walking path . it'll get you a ride to the magistrate . where you better have cash .
Yellowstone is one of the NPs that have their own Federal Magistrate on duty at Mammoth Hot Springs. However, for just a speeding tickets issued under 36 CFR 4.21C, so long as it is not considered reckless or drunk, etc. will not get you taken to the Federal Magistrate in Mammoth Hot Springs. They allow you to pay most misdemeanor tickets within a certain time by mailing them into the Federal court system.
Also, tickets will be issued for other misdemeanors such as walking a dog off leash or off the approved tracks, littering, etc.
One thing to remember, when you sign the ticket and mail it in, you are basically admitting to a Federal crime.
Since quite a few NP/BLM and Forest service rangers come from other Federal agencies, I know a few retired NP rangers, two of which came from Yellowstone. I also know some current NP rangers and I know a lot of BLM rangers; both active and retired.
I also know someone who got a ticket in Yellowstone for doing 50 in a 35 zone, and she was only issued a ticket; which she mailed in with a check.
And I really don't think they have changed this policy in the last few years. Just thinking of how many tickets are issued in Yellowstone for speeding, illegal dog walking, hiking where not allowed, etc., would mean the Rangers would always be transporting people up to Mammoth to see the magistrate and not doing anything else for a day.
Now, if you are illegally carrying a weapon and caught, trying to steal artifacts, even large amount of rocks, flowers, etc., then yea, a trip to Mammoth might be arranged.