Colorado is top-notch as a snowmobiling destination, scenic, vast, snowy… so to actually narrow the list to just “the best” is challenging. Here we have created a guide with some of the best spots for your next snowmobile trip, or for a fun day sledding to add to your Family Ski Trip in Colorado.
Breckenridge One of the advantages to snowmobiling in Breckenridge is the unrivaled views, whether it be the Continental Divide or the miles of groomed trails in the White River National Forest. One notable mention: The Georgia Pass Road that is closed to all vehicles except snowmobile riding from late November to late May, the 11,585′ pass showcases astonishing displays of the ski mountains of Breckenridge, nearby Keystone, and Copper Mountain.
Steamboat Springs As far as snowmobiling in Colorado goes Steamboat Springs is worthy, the Yampa Valley is beautiful and ideal for sledding. Steamboat has magnificent trails to explore the pine country in the southwest of town, close to the Flat Tops Wilderness Area. Steamboat is a fantastic destination for outdoor sports year round, but in winter it turns into Ski Town, USA. You will discover some of the best snowmobiling in Colorado, to complement your ski trip, with the bonus of a great western town for aprés ski or aprés-sled, and Strawberry Hot Springs too. Snowmobile rentals and tours are easily accessible in Steamboat, convenient from where you are staying close to Steamboat’s trademarked “Champagne Powder”.
Grand Lake Grand Lake Colorado needs to be ticked off your snowmobiling bucket list. People say, “when it rains, it pours,” and for the streets of Grand Lake, once the snow emerges, winter’s bounty appears almost instantly, forming a smooth path for you to snowmobile. Snowmobiling literally runs through the veins of the blood of people in Grand Lake. 300 miles of trails in the Arapaho National Forest explore to the admirable Continental Divide alongside the western boundary.
Kremmling Only a two-hour drive away from Denver lies the town of Kremmling, easily accessible. What makes this a great place is the fact that there are dedicated trails that run for 300 miles in the Arapaho National Forests and Routt. Also within reach is the well-known Rabbit Ears Pass lying about 45 minutes away. If you want a more secluded area, Spring Creek would be your best bet as riders infrequently visit. Furthermore, you get the opportunity to explore the trails between Silverthorne and Kremmling.
Vail Pass Recreation Area All season long, the Vail Pass Winter Recreation Area provides perfect powdered snow and views. You can find this extremely popular spot that serves both as a snowmobiling and back country ski area just off I-70. Due to it being a frequented and renowned area, skiers and snowmobilers alike share the trails amicably, giving everyone space and some of the best views that stunning Colorado has to offer. You can stay in Vail, Beaver Creek, Breck or Keystone resorts.
South Fork Drive your snowmobile through piles of snow in South Fork, which is home to groomed trails intertwined with mountains and expansive meadows. Immerse yourself in the panorama of 12,000 ft. mountains. If you’re up for an adventure, you can detour on trails of your own.
Leadville Stretching up to 50 miles lies Lake County that consists of groomed trails that have been created by the High Riders Snowmobile Club, a local club originating from the cool mining town of Leadville. As Colorado’s highest city, Leadville sits at 10,152′ with an abundance of open spaces, and snow, for those looking for an adventurous back country ride. Historical Gold Rush sites can be visited along the way on groomed trails on the East Side Mining District. While this is a route you will most likely take by snowmobile during the winter season, you can also explore this destination during the summers by 4×4 vehicles.
Meeker If you are headed to Flat Tops, Ripple Creek Pass, or even Trappers Lake, Meeker is the best point for you to initially start, especially if you are up for a challenge. You have the option of choosing between what runs up to 180 miles of groomed and ungroomed trails. While snowmobiling from Meeker is obviously a big deal, they have off-road activities for you all year round, including horseback riding, OHV driving, and special events.
Keystone Resort Trails For winter adventurers, snowmobile trails in Keystone are another prime experience. Situated in Summit Country, Keystone is a playground of winter activities, you can plunge into snowmobiling with a guided tour or discover the superb trails and experience your own phenomenal path.
Cottonwood Pass Cottonwood Pass is suitable even if you are a beginner or an amateur snowmobiler with limited knowledge or experience, you get the chance to experience climbing 12,126 ft. to the top. It is located on the main road that connects Buena Vista and Taylor Park. These trails are closed in winter to vehicles, trails are used for snowmobiling.