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Snowmobile Capital of Colorado

Looking for a motorized winter adventure with 300 miles of snowmobile trails including 150 groomed trails? A 90-minute drive from Denver will bring you to Grand Lake, known as the “Snowmobile Capital of Colorado.” From December through April, snowmobiling fans from across the state and around the world take advantage of Grand Lake’s 185 inches of annual snowfall.

Consistently ranked as a top snowmobile destination in the U.S., Grand Lake becomes a snowmobilers town with the “sleds” even legally riding up and down the snow-packed town streets to and from lodging, dining and shopping – or en route to your next snowmobiling exploit. Your adventure can also continue across the frozen waters of Grand Lake, Shadow Mountain Lake and Lake Granby.

Known as the Western gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park, Grand Lake is located at an elevation of 8,437 feet with varied terrain offering snowmobiling opportunities to riders from beginning to expert.

Choose from clearly marked Snowmobile trails in and around Grand Lake; two miles into the surrounding Rocky Mountain National Park; and hundreds more in the Arapaho and Roosevelt Forests. Then you’ll discover some of your best riding zipping in and out of forests, roaring up and down the hills, playing in snow-powder meadows; make your mark across ridge tops, and open the throttle on cruiser trails.

Beginners or intermediate snowmobilers might want to start their Colorado backcountry with awe-inspiring views from the Continental Divide. Kids can opt for controlled track conditions on small snow scooters.

Wherever you choose to roam on your snowmobile, you’ll be rewarded with views of the snowcapped Rockies and the frozen Grand Lake, Shadow Mountain Lake and Lake Granby from almost anywhere.

Parking and Unloading

Grand Lake also offers your choice of three, stress-free parking/unloading areas nearby: South Supply Trail near Highway 34; Idlglen Trailhead, five miles south of Grand Lake, off Highway 3; or Buffalo Creek Campground Trailhead, off State Road 125. Then begins your Grand Lake snowmobile adventure.

Visit the Colorado Snowmobiling Association’s website coloradosledcity.com for up-to-date Grand Lake, Colorado snowmobiling trail reports.

about the author Diana Rowe

Diana Rowe is a Denver-based freelance writer with 14+ years experience and hundreds of articles published online and in print. She is a frequent visitor to the Winter Park and Fraser Valley area.

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