Guide To Snowmobiling In Colorado

January 19, 2013 6:00 AM

(credit: CBS)

(credit: CBS)

(credit: CBS)

The roar of a snowmobile engine is a distinctive sound across the state of Colorado during the winter months. Gliding across frozen meadows and roaring up mountain passes, the supercharged sport is an adrenaline rush as riders have their cheeks pinched with Colorado cold. We bring you the guide to snowmobiling in Colorado.

Vail Pass – Shrine Pass Road
Vail Pass Rest Area
Vail, CO

This popular snowmobiling area can be seen from I-70 near the resort town of Vail. The rest area is often full of trailers and eager snowmobilers with several well-worn tracks for beginners to experts to enjoy. As a popular spot, there are usually crowds during weekends and afternoons, so extreme caution is advised as there are more vehicles at this popular spot to contend with. Shrine Pass Road is one of several well-marked trails and a great opportunity for beginners to get a feel for their snowmobiles in a scenic spot.

Ice Pirates
Molas Lake Trail
Mile Marker 65, Highway 550
Silverton, CO 81433
(970) 247-3706

The majesty of Silverton can be seen from the back of your snowmobile with towering mountains and snow-filled meadows aplenty. Guided tours with Ice Pirates range from a couple hours to full day trips, and packages in conjunction with the scenic Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad make for an ultimate scenic and adventure package. Fun for the whole family, the knowledgeable staff has extensive safety briefings and instruction, leading to exploration above 12,000 feet for an alpine adventure you will not soon forget.

Rabbit Ears Pass
Medicine Bow National Forest

Rabbit Ears Pass, near Steamboat Springs, is divided into two distinct motorized and non-motorized areas of recreation. Groomed snowmobile tracks are well marked and easily accessible. The wide-open spaces and often fresh powder make for a magical experience gliding across the snow. Noted for “champagne powder,” this area of the state is a winter wonderland for many outdoor enthusiasts.

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Nova Guides
7088 U.S. 24
Red Cliff, CO 81649
(719) 486-2656

For those spending time in the Vail area, Nova Guides is a premier tour operator. Based out of Camp Hale, the touring company is known for its “Top of the Rockies” tour. Along the Continental Divide, the panoramic views are other-worldly from the fresh tracks of the snowmobile along the Vail and Beaver Creek trails. Single-rider and double snowmobiles are available through the company, allowing for children as young as 14 to ride their own vehicle. Passengers for double-riders can be as young as eight years old, allowing for a full family day of fun in the snow.

Four Seasons Resort Vail
1 Vail Road
Vail, CO 81657
(970) 477-8600

After a long day of riding and taking in the majestic views, Four Seasons Resort Vail is a prime luxury lodging option in the heart of Vail. With an outdoor heated pool with a roaring fireplace, Flame Restaurant and Forbes five-star accredited spa, this destination boasts several amenities. Steps from the popular downtown Vail, Four Seasons Resort Vail is a wonderful stay to enjoy all high-country activities from fine dining and shopping to massages after a day of snowmobiling.

Extreme Rentals
5741 W. 6th Ave.
Lakewood, CO 80214
(303) 232-9342

To rent your own meticulously maintained snowmobile, visit Extreme Rentals in Lakewood. Beginning at $150 per day with multi-day discounts, experienced snowmobilers can tour some of Colorado’s snowmobile destinations on their own. The knowledgeable staff is helpful in providing extra equipment, trailhead maps and directions. Even allowing renters to take equipment out of the state, this extreme rental company is hard to beat.

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Chad Chisholm is an avid globetrotter and brings the best of travel secrets and expert insights to his readership. A Denver-based travel writer and photographer, Chad’s travels have taken him to five of the seven continents in a passionate love affair with the world of travel and the outdoors. His work can be found at