Snowmobile vacations are the perfect winter vacation for those who love snow, cold and adventure. Snowmobiling is also the best way to enjoy the best of winter for those who feel that downhill skiing is too dangerous and cross-country skiing is too exhausting.
Riding on the back of a powerful snowmobile as it races across the powdery snow is a great way to spend time with the family. For those who don’t own their own snowmobiles, there are a number of experienced snowmobile tour companies who will provide top-of-the-line sleds.
Some of the most popular destinations for snowmobile vacations are located in the mountains of the West in areas of National Parks and National Forests; from Montana to Wyoming, to Idaho and Colorado. With place names like Yellowstone, Medicine Bow, Bighorn, Wind River Mountains and Pahaska Tepee Trail, Leadville and Durango the serious, nature-loving winter adventurer will find a choice of snowmobile vacations.
For those who want to stay east of the Mississippi River, there are some great snowmobile tour destinations. Maine, which claims to have some of the best snowmobiling in the east, and an average annual snowfall of about 10 feet, offers hundreds of miles of groomed trails.
New Hampshire features some of New England’s best snowmobile trails, through incredible winter terrain. Vermont offers over 4,000 miles of groomed trails, breath-taking views and excellent lodging. Minnesota’s Gunflint Trail area offers groomed trails and the best snowmobiling of the mid-west.
Wherever you decide to go, make sure you check with the state laws if you want to take your own sled. Some states require that you register your snowmobile with a temporary license and fee if you are going to riding on Forest Service trails.
Remember, that most snowmobile rentals are in high demand, so you would be advised to make reservations. You can also expect to pay about $125 per day for a lower-end sled and for a high-performance snowmobile you will probably pay up to $200 per day.
Snowmobile vacations are the best way to enjoy the great outdoors and your family and friends. Instead of staying at home in front of the fire, get your gear on, grab the kids and head out to get up close and personal with nature.
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