BEST ADVENTURE IN GRAND | Get your adrenaline pumping with snowmobiling
Grand County has more than 1,000 miles of snowmobiling trails from Winter Park to Grand Lake to Kremmling.
Get into the remote backcountry with far less effort compared to snowshoeing or skiing. While getting on a sled doesn’t require years of training, you should be prepared and aware of the dangers inherently involved. If you’re new to snowmobiling, it’s best — for safety and fun’s sake — to go with an outfitter.
Stay warm and dress in layers, with an emphasis on a waterproof outer shell as melted snow can chill you quickly.
For rentals and outfitters, there are local options wherever you want to ride.
Just outside Grand Lake, On the Trail Rentals provide guided and unguided tours of 120 miles of trails in Arapaho National Forest. No trailers are needed, as you can leave right from the site. Every rental includes the snowmobile, a helmet, a tank of fuel and a trail map. For more, go to onethetrailrentals.com.
On the eastern side of the county, Grand Adventures in Winter Park provides guided and unguided tours. It’s also the only Grand County outfitter that tours the Continental Divide. Rentals can be for two or four hours, along with one and two hour Fraser Trailblazer Tours for the family. For more, go to grandadventures.com.
Heading west to the Kremmling area, High Country Tours has scenic or adventure tours along with unguided rentals to provide an exciting experience to any snowmobiler — with an option to add on snow tubing as well. For more, mysnowmobiletour.com.
If you’re bringing your own sled, check out Colorado Parks and Wildlife regulations and regulation fees before heading out. It’s recommended that you register your snowmobile, make sure you know your trail, take an avalanche course and bring safety and navigation equipment.
Grand Lake — known for being the snowmobiling capital of Colorado — is one of the top sled spots in the country. With over 200 miles of trails, its play areas are suitable for all skill levels. You can even ride snowmobiles on the streets of Grand Lake legally.
The Grand Lake Trailgroomers provided daily grooming updates for snowmobilers at grandlaketrailgroomers.com. Make sure to stick to public trails.
Near Granby, you can find fun rides around Lake Granby at the foot of the Indian Peaks and Byers Peak area.
Over in Kremmling, you’ll find some of the best ungroomed trails in the West. Favorite spots include Rabbits Ear Pass, Gore Pass and Spring Creek. Email the Kremmling Chamber at firstname.lastname@example.org to request the “Guide to Public Lands” brochure, which includes snowmobiling maps.
The Fraser and Winter Park area also has a variety of terrain from meadows to steep mountain play.
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