Colorado Snowmobiling Adventure
Colorado’s winter is blue sky, snow and outdoor fun. Colorado is known for its skiing and snowboarding but Colorado is also a haven for snowmobiling. Below is a guide for some of the best snowmobiling locations and trails. Snowmobiling is for the whole family, trails for the beginner or the snowmobile adrenalin junkie, rent and go out on your own and explore.
Breckenridge well known for its skiing and snowboarding, averaging 300 inches of snow every year, perfect for snowmobiling.
Breckenridge’s snowmobile trails are situated in the White River National Forest.. Take Highway 9 South and exit on Tiger Road; the parking area is about 5 miles East on the right side of the road. Another option is to take County Road 35, 3 miles North of Jefferson to Forest Service Road 400 and continue North for another 2 miles to reach the parking area.
Most of the trails are groomed by a private snowmobile company so be aware that you may come across commercial tour groups. These trails wind through beautiful pine forests and will take you up to the top of the continental divide for unbelievable views of the rocky mountains.
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The Vail Pass Winter Recreation Area has trails for all levels of riders from beginners to pros. Each trail has plenty of scenic views as well as tough terrain for those who desire more challenge in their snowmobiling experience. This location covers 55,000 acres.
Snowmobiling in the Vail pass area offers some of the best snowmobiling in Colorado
Trails South of I-70
Red Cliff Trailhead/Parking
Routes accessed from this trailhead include Wearyman Creek Road, Turkey Creek rd., and Lime Creek. The starting point is located just south of Red Cliff along Highway 24, parking will be on the east side and the snowmobile trails will run throughout the Vail Pass Winter Recreation Area which connect to the Vail Pass Trailhead. after parking in the lot below the upper dam.
Vail Pass Trailhead:
Beginner snowmobilers will have a great time in this area. Shrine Pass rd., Shrine Pass Bowl, and the Wilder Gulch Trail are made for the beginner snowmobile rider. Access to the trailhead is next to I-70, exit 190 and follow signs for the rest area.
Pando Trailhead and the Camp Hale Trailhead:
Both of these trailheads provide access to the same trails. Resolution Creek Road/4-Mile Road ranges in the level of difficulty from beginner to moderate. Camp Hale is historic since the 10th Mountain Division trained for winter mountain operations during WWII. The trailheads are located next to Highway 24 and south of Red Cliff.
Snowmobile Trails that are North of I-70
Red Sandstone RD. Trailhead and the Muddy Creek RD. Trailhead – These trails connect to the same trail, #701. There are a few trails that spur off of this main one. The Red Sandstone Rd. Trailhead is located along I-70 just outside of Vail. Getting to the Muddy Creek Road Trailhead is just north of Wolcott by Highway 131, turn east onto a dirt road, which turns into the snowmobiling trails.
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Grand Lake Snowmobiling
Grand Lake during the winter turns into a snowmobiler’s paradise, commonly referred to as the snowmobile capitol of Colorado. The trails in Grand Lake start at the western edge of Rocky Mountain National Park and goes through the Arapahoe National Forest. The trail stops at Milner Pass on Trail Ridge Road.
Whiskey Park is an excellent place for beginners. This meadow is a wonderful place to gain experience in handling a snowmobile. Deep in backcountry, the Whiskey Park trail connects with the Gravel Mountain trail. This 11,768′ mountain route is a great and memorable experience for all.
Winter Park and the surrounding areas have access to many miles of snowmobile trails which will provide open meadows, and steep mountain areas. 65 miles West of Denver, the trails go through the Arapaho National Forest. The area is perfect for novices and intermediate riders and families who are looking for experience in Colorado’s backcountry. Snowmobile in over 13,000 acres in the Arapaho National Forest.
Snowmobiling starts at Trailheads, Elk Creek, Church Park and Experimental Forest. The trails begin a 2-3 miles West of Highway 40; go by Ptarmigan Peak which is part of the Ptarmigan Peak Wilderness Area.
East of Highway 40 is the Meadow Creek Reservoir Trail. The trail covers 50 acres; it is nearly 10,000 feet in elevation. Snowmobile up to the Continental Divide and see magnificent views of the town of Winter Park and the Fraser Valley.
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Steamboat and Rabbit Ears pass:
The trails around Buffalo Pass, Rabbit Ears Pass, and Muddy Pass in the Medicine Bow area of the Routt National Forest is a dream come true for Snowmobilers with outstanding views. Over 200 miles of groomed trails, thousands of acres to play in and peaks for climbing. Snow totals of over 300 inches a year.
There are 4 primary trailheads to load for loading and unloading, On The east side of the continental divide] you have Muddy Creek Trailhead and Grizzly Creek Guard Station Trails which are on on the east side of the Continental Divide; Seedhouse Trailhead and Steamboat Lake State Park on the west side. The trails on the east side are for the more experienced.
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