Four Great Spots To Ride
It’s difficult if not impossible to pick the best four places in the U.S. to snowmobile—heck, it would be hard to pick the best four in Colorado alone—and have everyone agree with it. Each rider has their own preferences and each ride has its own distinct flavor, both of which inform the exhilarating experience of a great ride.
With respect to the many great places to ride in Alaska, the thousands of miles of trails in Michigan, and the others sprinkled throughout Utah, Minnesota, Maine, New York, and even California, here are our four favorite places to ride.
Vail, Colorado has one of the best well known spots to ride in White River National Forest. The area has tons of trails and offers guided tours or “back country” riding if you prefer, all with breathtaking views of the Rocky Mountains and surrounding area. There are also several other nearby areas that offer equally thrilling adventures through the powder, most within a short drive from Vail.
Being that Vail is such a destination for riding, there are ample accommodations, food options, and of course, snowmobile rentals.
Eagle River, Wisconsin
Eagle River is another prime spot to ride a snowmobile, as evidenced by it being home to the World Snowmobile Headquarters, as well as its 500+ miles of nicely groomed trails. The area also plays host to the World Snowmobile Championship Derby, which is an annual event that’s the largest snowmobile competition in the U.S. and draws fans and competitors from around the world.
For these reasons and many others, Eagle River is consistently one of the top ranked spots to ride a snowmobile in the U.S.
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West Yellowstone, Montana
Home to a generous amount of annual snowfall and nestled right next to Yellowstone National Park, West Yellowstone offers hundreds of miles of trails for snowmobile riders to explore. It’s truly one of the great destinations in the U.S. for snowmobile enthusiasts and offers a number of options as far as food and lodging due to its proximity to the national park.
Riding a snowmobile in Yellowstone Park is now limited to only those that can pass a strict test that measures noise and emissions pollution. Many snowmobiles currently in use do not meet the standards, but rentals are that do are available. There is also a limit on the number of groups that may ride each day, as well as limits to the size of the group.
In West Yellowstone, you do have access to plenty of standard riding options, while still getting to enjoy the natural beauty of Yellowstone Park.
Pittsburg, New Hampshire
No list of great snowmobile spots in the U.S. would be complete without PIttsburg, which is one of—if not the best—place to ride a snowmobile on the East Coast. Pittsburg is home to hundreds of miles of trails, which are some of the most well maintained trails you’ll find, thanks to involvement of local clubs and organizations such as the Pittsburg Ridge Runners.
The area is well known as a paradise for snow seekers and has the lodging, attractions, restaurants, and everything else you’d expect that goes along with that. Snowmobile tours are easy to find in Pittsburg and even if you don’t have a sled, you’ll have several options if you need to rent one.
Snowmobiling State Laws - Make sure you know the rules to play by when you travel out of state to ride. This resource from the American Council of Snowmobile Associations explains the legal differences from state to state.
SnowGoer - A magazine dedicated to snowmobile racing, reviews, and equipment, SnowGoer is one of the premier spots online to find current information and trends. The website also has a forum section where you can share thoughts & tips with other riders.