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From the heart of Central Wisconsin, to the frozen lakes of Minnesota, to Michigan’s UP, snowmobiling in the Midwest is an experience like no other. In fact, if you live in the Midwest, there’s a good chance you don’t live more than 30-40 miles from an authorized snowmobile trail! But it’s not just the Midwest where you’ll find great snowmobiling opportunities! If your state welcomes a true winter each year, chances are there are snowmobile trails nearby.

There are more than 230,000 miles of public and private snowmobile trails in the United States, according to the American Council of Snowmobile Associations (ACSA). Here’s where to find some of the best!

How Many Miles of Snowmobile Trails are in Each State?

Snowmobile trails by state

There are 17 states that offer more than 1,000 miles of snowmobile trails, and as many as a dozen more with shorter stretches of trail throughout. Each state offers unique opportunities for snowmobilers—from the majestic mountain views in Colorado, to the picturesque vistas of Montana.

Whether you’re hitting the trails in your home state or taking a winter vacation in search of adventure, there are no shortage of great opportunities out there. If you’re looking for a snowmobiling experience like no other, here’s where you’ll find it:

Several other states—Illinois, Iowa, Utah, Indiana and Nebraska—offer a variety of trails, totaling under 1,000 cumulative miles across each state. Most of these trails are spread out, with definitive start and end points, making them more appropriate for short out-and-back runs.

Why ride approved trails?

While it might be tempting to take your snowmobile out to the empty acres behind your cabin and ski off into the wilderness, it’s best to hit only approved snowmobile trails. Why?

These trails are carved out by different clubs and state associations, in partnership with local governments. They’re not only well-maintained, they’re designed specifically for rider safety, preservation of nature and compliance with environmental laws. Moreover, these trails are usually funded by and for snowmobilers—riding on them justifies their expense and encourages the development of even more state trails.

Explore the country, one trail at a time

One of the best things about snowmobiling on state trails is experiencing their thoughtful construction. Many trails go through state parks or loop around areas of interest—some even connect up with each other at state lines. Following these trails is a recipe for adventure, and they’ll take you to some of the most beautiful scenic places each state has to offer. There’s no better way to experience local environments in the winter months!

What state do you ride in? Comment below with your favorite trail!