The Best Places for Snowmobiling in North America

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    The Best Snowmobile Spots in North America

    Snowmobiles riding through Fountain Flats, Yellowstone National Park.
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    Snowmobiling is one of the most popular winter activities in the world, giving outdoor enthusiasts a good excuse to head out in the cold conditions to have some fun on the trail. But not all winter destinations are created equal in terms of offering excellent opportunities to experience the sport, so we've compiled a list of our favorite destinations to go snowmobiling in North America. Some have hundreds of miles of trails threading through the woods, while others have wide open spaces where speed is the name of the game. All of the destinations on this list offer something unique and exhilarating, making them truly adventurous stops for winter fun. 

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  • 02 of 08

    Camp Hale, Colorado

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    If you're skiing in Vail, Beaver Creek, or one of the Summit County resorts, take a day off and go snowmobiling through the spectacular Rocky Mountains. Nova Guides is located at Camp Hale, where the 10th Mountain Division trained to fight in the European Alps during World War II.

    The most popular tour here is The Top of the Rockies, during which snowmobilers ride through wooded terrain and up onto open slopes, where you'll soon discover the snow-tipped peaks of the mountains are falling away below you. You can also rent snowmobiles here and use the trails independently if you'd like. The company picks up snowmobilers at their hotel and takes them to the timbered Camp Hale Lodge, in a meadow at 9,200-feet above sea level to begin the ride. 

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    Yellowstone National Park

    'Bison crossing road in front of snowmobile, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA, America'
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    On a one-day snowmobiling trip into Yellowstone National Park, victors are put on special machines that have been configured to be quieter and less impactful on the environment. This helps to preserve the ecosystem in the park and doesn't disturb the wildlife quite so much. You can only drive the snowmobiles on roads, but there are plenty of paces to stop and watch elk nibble the bark off trees or herds of bison wandering close to Yellowstone's famous hot springs located throughout the area. 

    Two Top Snowmobiles offers tours and rentals near the West Yellowstone entrance. Jackson Hole Snowmobile Tours offers trips through the park's South Entrance. The ride to Old Faithful, from either entrance, is one of the most popular tours in the park no matter which direction you're coming from. 

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  • 04 of 08

    The Adirondack Mountains in New York

    Adirondack Mountains
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    The towns and villages in the Adirondacks have an extended, interconnected trail system that weaves its way across much of the region. It's easy to rent snowmobiles in some of the local towns, or bring your own and start exploring completely on your own. The St. Lawrence region alone has about 500 miles of winding trails to keep riders busy and when you're done on the trail there are lots of hotels and restaurants to relax in too. 

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  • 05 of 08

    Alaska

    Native youth riding Snowmachine on overflow ice, Inukpasugruk (Giant) Creek, Anaktuvuk Pass, Gates of the Arctic National Park, Brooks Range, Northern Alaska, USA.
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    Snowmobiling is one of the best ways to explore Alaska during the winter, where you'll discover some of the wildest terrain in all of North America. The Alaskan backcountry is some of the most rugged and remote anywhere on the planet, and it is not uncommon to spot bald eagles overhead or moose foraging in the snow while riding there. Even when riding close to Anchorage you could find yourself on trails that follow along sheer ridges that appear as if they could slide right into Resurrection Bay. 

    Alaska Snow Safaris is one of the best options in the state, offering both single-day and multi-day trips.

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    Michigan

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    You'll never explore all of the 6,500 miles of groomed snowmobiling trails found within the state of Michigan, but you'll certainly have an amazing time trying. Those trails weave in and out of state forests, three national forests, and miles of other public lands designated for outdoor use. The more remote and wild trails are found on the Upper Peninsula, which has an impressive 3,000 miles of groomed trails itself. To truly get away from it all, cross the bridge and head up state for some amazing riding. 

    You'll find plenty more details, including routes and trail conditions, on Michigan's snowmobiling page.

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    Quebec, Canada

    Path Through Trees At Sunset, Gaspesie National Park, Quebec
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    Snowmobiling in this predominantly French speaking Canadian province, especially on the routes in the Gaspe Peninsula and the Northern Trail, delivers a novel ambiance that is very different than is typically found while exploring trails in the U.S.  The lodging, cuisine, and art in the villages are special, as are the people. Depending on the route you choose, you might even have to load your snowmobiles on a ferry to cross the ice-floe dotted St. Lawrence River. With its distinct architecture, French language, and unique culture, you'll be excused for thinking you may have ridden you snowmobile all the way to Europe. 

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    Utah

    Cedar Breaks National Monument, Cedar City, Utah, USA, America
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    If you're in southern, Utah, take a snowmobile excursion into the Dixie National Forest to find spectacular views of the dramatic red-hued stone cliffs of Cedar Breaks Monument, which stand in stark contrast with the pure white snow.  The Brian Head route is an especially popular one, which means that it can get crowded at times. But, it is worth it considering the stunning views along the way.