10 Best Places for Snowmobiling in the U.S.
By By Zachary Laks
March 03, 2015, 5:07:39 AM EST
If you think the best way to enjoy a wintry landscape is to sit inside by the fire and gaze out the window, think again. Get outdoors, throw on a helmet, and conquer the snowy terrain as you zoom along on a snowmobile. If you’re a thrill seeker, you can zip through the woods; if you prefer something more relaxed, you can opt for a scenic tour of backcountry trails. Either way, the 10 best snowmobiling destinations in the U.S. feature hundreds of miles of well-groomed trails, with something to please everyone.
West Yellowstone, MontanaWest Yellowstone, Montana, just miles from Idaho and Wyoming, is a snowmobiling mecca with its seemingly endless pristine trails. The wide scope of natural elements that are encompassed on these revered trails defies expectations and continuously surprises. Two Tops Snowmobile takes riders on a number of guided tours (with options including the Old Faithful Geyser Basin and the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone) on new Ski Doo 4-strokes. As you gain in elevation, upwards of 2,000 feet above sea level, it’s hard to miss the wondrous naturally formed “tree goblins”—trees along the trails that have been completely covered in snow and no longer resemble trees. With natural wonders all around, this is the rare chance to gain some thrills while viewing West Yellowstone from the easy access of a snowmobile.
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Yellowstone National Park’s Bridger-Teton National Forest has made a name for itself in the snowmobile scene, as the destination maintains an impressive 600 miles of trails. As the hub for all the action, the Togwotee Mountain Lodge prides itself on accommodating first-time snowmobilers, as well as world-class motorists who fly in from around the world to defy the off-trail courses. The Lodge is known for its friendly guides and top-of-the-line sleds that can handle the demanding terrain. Powdery snow, straightaways, and deep backwoods challenges are just some of the features of the trails that make Togwotee a must on any snowmobiler’s list.
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Priest Lake, Idaho
Winters seem to last a bit longer at Northern Idaho’s Elkins Resort on Priest Lake, Idaho. Not far from the Canadian border, Elkins Resort rolls out the white carpet for snowmobilers with two trail heads throughout the Selkirk Mountain Range accessible directly from your cabin. Hundreds of miles of groomed trails ascend up mountain peaks as high as 7,000 feet, where deeply wooded trails lead to breath-taking views of Idaho’s natural beauty. Two warming huts are available as pit stops and easy guideposts to trails that lead to many of the local restaurants in town.
Plan Your Trip: Visit Fodor’s Idaho Travel Guide
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