Southwest of Salida and Poncha Springs, the Shirley - Marshall Pass Area has 45 miles of groomed snowmobile trails.
To reach the snowmobiling trailhead for the Shirley Snowmobile Area from Poncha Springs at US50, head south on US285 for 5 miles to CR200 (Marshall Pass Road). Head southwest on CR200 for 2 miles to the well signed Shirley parking area.
From Shirley, try riding west up to Marshal Pass via Poncha Creek Road to Marshall Pass.
For nightlife in Salida, check out Victoria Tavern.
All snowmobiles operating on federal lands within Colorado are required to be registered with Colorado State Parks. This registration permit is available at most National Forest ranger offices and at some chamber of commerce offices. It is highly recommended to purchase the $3 annual Colorado Search And Rescue Card (CORSAR) prior to snowmobiling to help reimburse local search teams should they be needed.
Overall, Marshall Pass - Shirley Snowmobile Area is the 13th most popular snowmobile trail of all 24 snowmobiling rides in Colorado.