There are many places to adventure out for snowmobiling in the United States that have some of the most incredible trails with beautiful scenery. The scenery alone makes getting out in the cold very worth it besides the fact you get to play in the snow. Whether you want to venture out without a guide or prefer to ride along with a group guided tour, here are some of the best places to snowmobile throughout the US.
West Yellowstone, Montana is known as the “Snowmobiling Capital of the World” as it has an extensive trail system and close proximity to Yellowstone National Park. There are hundreds of miles of groomed snowmobile trails in a three state region: Montana, Idaho and Wyoming. The snowmobiling caters to riders who are just beginning to the experts who crave powdery steeps. Some of the trails include Two Top, Big Sky, Lionshead, and the Continental Divide.
Jackson Hole, Wyoming has some stellar snowmobiling as you witness spectacular views of the Tetons. There’s a good chance you may view some wildlife while on your ride. One of the best snowmobiling trips around includes a soak in the Granite Hot Springs located in Hoback Canyon south of Jackson. Other areas to explore include Togwotee Pass, Gros Ventre Mountains and Grey’s River.
Petersville, Alaska is where you can snowmobile beneath the grandeur of Mount McKinley along well-marked trails or open powder. There is at least 300 miles of trail (60 of which are groomed weekly) in addition to many routes that aren’t well-known and less-traveled.
Eagle River, Wisconsin has an abundance of annual snowfall and is home to the “Eagle 500” which is a 500 mile trail network that is groomed and maintained by the numerous area snowmobile clubs. The trails wind through forests and across frozen lakes. Wisconsin alone has 25,000 miles of groomed snowmobile trails, so you might want to plan more than a weekend to cover at least a quarter of all those miles!
Stoneham, Maine gives snowmobile riders access to New Hampshire, Vermont and Canada. The Evergreen Valley Snowmobile Club maintains 75+ miles of trails. Connector trails were put in that head to Rochester and to Wakefield’s trail system, Seven Lakes SMC. The trails also link up with the Powder Mill Snowmobile Club in New Durham.
Mammoth Lakes, California provides an average snowfall of nearly 30+ feet and delivers some of the best snowmobiling in the west. There are 80 miles of groomed snowmobile trails and 75,000 acres of open expanse. Lookout Mountain, Inyo Craters and Bald Mountain are some of the most popular places to ride.
Each of these locations offer guided tours, some with multiple-day tours. If you plan on just renting the snowmobiles and riding without a guide, make sure to bundle up on all the necessities, be aware of avalanche dangers, and above all, be safe out there and enjoy!
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