Imagine a thrilling high speed ride over snow-covered roads through thick forests with a stunning peak around the corner. Grand County receives more than 300 inches of snow a year and has a network of Forest Service roads and trails ideal for snowmobiling.
Where to Go Snowmobiling in Winter Park
Snowmobiles are easy to rent and easy to use and there are many guided tours for first timers. Once you’re ready to ride, where should you go?
- Arapaho National Forest – Winter snow conditions are usually excellent for snowmobiling in Arapaho National Forest. Call the Forest Service for trail information. (970) 887-4100.
- Winter trails – Trips may be taken on any trails that are open to motorized winter vehicles. Ride from the Town of Grand Lake to over 100 miles of trails for the intermediate to advanced rider.
- The Continental Divide – Grand Adventures offers guided snowmobile tours that top out at 12,000ft on the Continental Divide with views of the entire Winter Park Ski area and the Fraser Valley. They have five convenient starting locations in the Winter Park Ski area. Tour options are for all abilities, from beginner to advanced.
- The groomed Beaver Village track – Grand Adventure also offers a snowmobile fleet of Polaris 120cc snowmobiles made especially for kids ages 4-12 to drive around a groomed track at Beaver Village.
Keep in mind that you must be 16 years old to drive a snowmobile and 18 to carry a passenger. Minors must be accompanied by their parents.
Going into the backcountry is exhilarating but can also be very dangerous. Travel responsibly on designated roads, trails and areas and follow these guidelines:
- Never ride alone and always leave a plan with family or friends before you leave.
- Snowmobiles are not allowed in Rocky Mountain National Park except on a two-mile stretch of the North Supply Access Trail in the southwest corner of the park that connects the town of Grand Lake to a system of Arapaho National Forest trails next to the park. Stay out of designated Wilderness Areas.
- Avoid trails with inadequate snow cover and avoid riding on frozen waterways and lakes. Avoid riding in potential avalanche areas. Do no ride near steep slopes, cornices, gullies and depressions.
- Pack a small backpack with emergency items. Wear a helmet, eye protection and other safety gear. Layer clothing and wear a durable waterproof outer shell and footwear.
- At night reduce your speed and wear reflective clothing.
- Take a snowmobile safety course and an avalanche class that provide skills on assessing snow conditions, performing rescues and using safety equipment.
Respect the rights of others, including private property owners, all recreational trail users and campers.
- Ride in single file. Keep to the right and pass on the left.
- Listening to headphones or ear buds can make it difficult to hear and communicate with others.
- Don’t mix riding with alcohol or drugs.
- Yield the right-of-way to skiers, snowshoers and those passing or traveling uphill.
- Prevent unnecessary noise created by a poorly tuned vehicle or revving your engine. Use silencers on exhausts that meet regulatory decibel levels.
With so many fun winter activities to choose from, snowmobiling is a fun way to enjoy the great outdoors in Winter Park. For more information about non-skiing winter activities or to hit the slopes at Winter Park, pick up one of our free GuestGuides in town!Tags: What to Do