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10 Great Places to Ride Snowmobiles

12/14/2021

One of our favorite ways to get out and see the country during the winter months is to pull out the snowmobile and find some great backcountry trails.

There are a variety of fantastic options for avid snowmobilers throughout the northern and mountainous portions of the United States. Whether you're looking to get out and get some speed or simply take a relaxed tour of the wilderness, you’re going to be able to find exactly what you’re looking for.

Here are 10 examples of some outstanding snowmobiling destinations throughout the United States that you should be sure to add to your wish list.

Yellowstone, Montana
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Yellowstone

Specifically West Yellowstone, in this instance. This section of Yellowstone National Park in Montana is one of the country’s most targeted spots for snowmobilers. There are endless trails that are very well maintained and take riders on a tour of a broad range of natural elements.

The area has options for self-guided and guided tours, with those guided tours often taking people on journeys to the Old Faithful Geyser Basin and the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.

Mount Snow, Vermont
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Mount Snow, Vermont

Vermont is a favorite destination for winter activities, including skiing, snowboarding and snowmobiling. Located in southwestern Vermont is Mount Snow, nestled in the Green Mountains. It’s a big-time snowmobile destination when plenty of sources offering guided tours on its well-kept trail system run by the state.

Saint Germain, Wisconsin
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Saint Germain, Wisconsin

There are a variety of locations in central and northern Wisconsin that are ideal for snowmobiling, including St. Germain, where winter snowmobiling is popular among thrill seekers, ice fishers and cross-country skiers. This heavily wooded area is known for its snowmobile trails maintained by the Bo-Boen Club.

Brainerd Lakes, Minnesota
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Brainerd Lakes, Minnesota

Minnesota’s Brainerd Lakes Area features a snowmobile trail system with more than 1,200 miles of interconnected trails. The more than 500 lakes in the area are frozen solid throughout the winter, which allows snowmobilers access to wide open spaces and unique views of the surrounding wilderness.

Black Hills, South Dakota
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Black Hills, South Dakota

If you’re interested in exploring some backcountry trails, the Black Hills may be an ideal destination for you. This small, isolated mountain range runs across the western side of South Dakota and offers some diverse, expansive terrain for snowmobilers who want to explore backcountry trails through forests, plains and mountains.

Chugach Mountains, Alaska
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Chugach Mountains, Alaska

The bulk of the state of Alaska is ideal for snowmobilers, but we especially recommend the area surrounding the Chugach Mountains. The Chugach National Forest is nearly seven million acres of forest in the south-central portion of Alaska, and provides deep snow, rugged terrain and outstanding snowmobile trails. Riders who embark into this area will get to see rare wildlife like moose, eagles, mountain goats and wolves. The terrain can be challenging, but the adventure will be one to remember.

Steamboat Springs, Colorado
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Steamboat Springs, Colorado

Check out the Colorado Continental Divide on the snowmobile trails of Steamboat Springs. You can book a wide range of tours with Steamboat Resort that even include dinner packages. The terrain can be challenging throughout the Routt National Forest, but the views are extremely rewarding and will give you sightlines far past the meadows and trees of the region.

Seeley Lake, Montana
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Seeley Lake, Montana

The snowmobile trails around Seeley Lake are widely considered to be among the best in Montana, which in itself is a national destination for snowmobilers. These trails spread out over 365 miles and offer a wide range of scenic views, frozen lakes to give you some opportunities for speed, and potential encounters with local wildlife. The trails are meticulously groomed by a local nonprofit organization called the Driftriders.

Priest Lake, Idaho
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Priest Lake, Idaho

Priest Lake is located in the northern portion of Idaho, where the winter weather tends to linger just a little longer than most other areas of the region. It features hundreds of miles of well-groomed trails in its area, getting snowmobilers up as high as 7,000 feet for some incredible views of the Idaho scenery.

Katahdin Region, Maine
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Katahdin Region, Maine

If you’re in the northeastern United States, the Katahdin Region of Maine is a must-visit for avid snowmobilers. It features a network of more than 400 miles of snowmobile trails in an area where snowmobiling is a true lifestyle. You can connect with a ride range of snowmobiling clubs while you’re in the area to get connected with others who share your passion for the sport!

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