|Have you ever wondered what it would be like to feel 10-feet of thick snow under your feet while getting a sun tan on your snowmobile? You can find out in Colorado, where the snow lasts longer than in most places in North America!|
For the mountain rider in you, check out the "Snowmobile Capital of Colorado," Grand Lake, where snowmobiles are even allowed on city streets. There are more than 300 miles of trails, 150 of which are groomed. The city is known as the gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park as it is located on the park's western end. Trail Ridge Road covers 48 miles between Grand Lake and Estes Park, climbs 4,000 feet and gives you pristine mountain views. Check marked trails regarding snowmobile usage in Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests near the city. You can easily access trails in the area by the South Supply Trail. Grand County has more than 1,000 miles of snowmobile trails that connect its four towns.
You also won't want to miss Colorado's Grand Mesa, one of the largest flat-top mountains in the world. You'll find plenty of snow and some great sites to take in, including the 355-foot high Bridal Veil Falls, the Alpine Tunnel, Dry Mesa Dinosaur Quarry and more than 300 lakes. Other areas of interest here include the Sunlight to Powderhorn Trail (the longest area trail), Indian Point Trail (good for a single-day journey), Crag Crest National Recreation Trail, the Grand Mesa Scenic and Historic Byway and Grand Mesa National Forest. A good access point is the Hwy. 65 corridor.
Another great destination, known by the locals as a snowmobiler's paradise, is Gore Pass where you can traverse through thick snow that's almost continuously accumulating.
If you're looking for an old-fashioned adventure head to Clark and Steamboat Springs where you can find a main street general store and Steamboat Lake, an ideal spot for snowmobiling.
Beginners may want to start with an escorted tour above the timberline to enjoy views from the Continental Divide. The rolling ranchlands around Kremmling are great to play in too.
Colo. Snowmobile Association: www.coloradosledcity.com
Colo. Department of Natural Resources: parks.state.co.us
Colo. Tourism: www.colorado.com
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