Featured SNOWMOBILE TRAILS
Near West Yellowstone in the Gallatin National Forest, there are hundreds of miles of groomed snowmobile trails at elevations ranging from 6,700 to 10,000 feet. This region is very popular due to trips into Yellowston National Park on closed park roads past thermal features and wildlife.
Southwest of Missoula in the Lolo National Forest, the Lolo Pass region with 250 miles of groomed snowmobile trails bridges both the Lolo and Clearwater National Forests high in the Bitterroot Mountains. Don't underestimate the size or the ruggedness of the Bitterroots! The Lolo Pass Winter Sports Area (Idaho Park-n-Ski permit required) is open to snowmobiling from December through March. This heavily forested area provides access to over 200 miles of groomed snowmobile trails at elevations ranging from 3,200 to 6,500 feet.
West of Cut Bank and East Glacier, the Marias Pass Trail Complex has 45 miles of groomed snowmobile trails (and 35 miles of ungroomed) straddling the Continental Divide from 5,280 feet to 8,000. The popular snowmobiling trails originating at Marias pass are Two Medicine, Skyland and Pike Creek. These are rugged snowmobile trails on the Lewis & Clark and Flathead National Forests south of Glacier Park and north of the Great Bear Wilderness.
Northeast of Missoula, the Garnet Byway provides a 12 mile snowmobile journey through the Garnet Mountain Range. The Garnet National Winter Recreation Trail follows existing roads which are closed in the winter. The Byway, as well as 43 miles of adjacent trails, are marked and groomed for snowmobilies from January 1 through April 30. Along the route, enjoy outstanding views from overlooks and visit a preserved ghost town.
South of Wise River in the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, the Wise River / Elkhorn Hot Springs area has 23 miles of groomed snowmobiling. The trailhead is located 7 miles south of Wise River.
North of Ennis near the Twin Lakes, the North Meadow Creek route is a 12 mile groomed snowmobile system with several side loops. The first four miles are easy, and then the trail narrows and winds through timber.
Northwest of Helena and east of Seeley Lake in the Helena National Forest, the Lincoln area has a 250 mile network of snowmobile trails. The trails rannge in elevation from 4,575 to 8,200 feet. The eight major snowmobile trails start right from Lincoln where riding is permitted on the streets.
Northwest of Missoula and DeBorgia in the Lolo National Forest, the Haugan-Lookout Pass area has 150 miles of groomed snowmobile trails. Many of the trails make great family rides.
South of Bozeman and north of West Yellowstone, the Big Sky Snowmobile Trail is a 120 mile groomed snowmobiling trail system. The trail runs from Bozeman to West Yellowstone, and range from 4,750 to 9,500 feet.
South of Missoula and southeast of Hamilton, the Skalkaho Pass area has 25 miles of groomed snowmobile trails accessing open play areas and ungroomed trails. The Skalkaho-Sleeping Child-Rye Creek Area has 31 miles of groomed snowmobile trails, looping through higher elevations.
Southwest of Helena and south of Frontier Town in the Helena National Forest, the Rimini-Elliston-Basin Snowmobile Loop trailhead begins at Moose Creek on the Rimini Road, with groomed route on forest roads, mostly timbered, with some ridgetop vistas. There are 161 miles of marked, ungroomed and groomed trails. The trails are maintained by the Helena Snowdrifters Snowmobile Club.
Northeast of Helena, the Magpie-Sunshine area has 45 miles of groomed snowmobile trails. The routes provide vistas of the Gates of the Mountains Wilderness. The snowmobile routes run from Magpie Recreation Area on the shores of Canyon Ferry Lake east of Helena up to the northeast toward Sunshine Basin.