Snowmobiling in Colorado is an incredible way to spend a day. The Rocky Mountain landscape is breath-taking and a great compliment to this already action-packed and adrenaline-filled winter activity.
Snowmobile Rentals and Tours in Colorado
As soon as there is an adequate snow base, then Colorado snowmobile season begins. Most rentals and tours begin operating in mid November and run through March. Both guided and unguided rentals are available, depending on the outfitter.
Guide to Snowmobiling in Colorado
Snowmobiling is a sure way to crack a smile on your face during the snowy season. You can rip at incredible speeds through vast landscapes, whether you own your own snowmobile or not.
Colorado’s national forests are loaded with free snowmobile trails. Places like Vail Pass and Rabbit Ears Pass are meccas for snowmobilers all winter long.
Where to rent a snowmobile
There are snowmobile rentals available throughout Colorado’s Rockies. Prices and tours vary, usually around a couple hundred bucks for a few hours. Some rentals include guided tours, while others just give you the snowmobile and tell you where you could go.
Requirements vary, but usually driver’s must be 18 years old and passengers at least 3. Usually single and double rider snowmobiles are available.
Types of snowmobile tours
Tours range in length from an hour to full day choices. Usually half and full day are the most popular. A few hours on a snowmobile is a good amount of time.
Guided – These tours wind all over Colorado’s Rockies, some to ghost towns, others over alpine passes. Most tours will lead you through the national forests and mountainsides at limited speeds single file, until you get to open areas where you can really let loose. If there’s trouble, your guide is there to help you out.
Unguided – Rent a snowmobile, get some advice and head out. It’s always best to go with at least one person, if not a small group. Explore the wilderness on your own terms. By-the-hour, half-day, full-day and overnight rentals are all available. You probably will need to be at least 18+ years old to rent a snowmobile.
What to wear snowmobiling
- Snow pants and jacket
- Helmet, provided with rental
- Waterproof ski gloves
- Waterproof winter boots
- Sunglasses or snow goggles
- Multiple layers
- Neck warmer
- Sunscreen and chapstick
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