Wondering where to go snowmobiling? Abundant natural snow, jaw-dropping scenery and Western hospitality await you in Wyoming. The Cowboy State boasts more than 2,500 miles of groomed and ungroomed trails, including the Continental Divide Snowmobile Trail System, which is consistently ranked among the best snowmobiling in the country. Take a look at some of the state’s best-known places to ride and start planning your Wyoming snowmobiling adventure.
1. Bear Lodge Mountains
Located along the northwestern edge of the Black Hills, the Bear Lodge Mountains are perfect for shorter jaunts through the powdered wilderness. Its 78 miles of groomed trails are accessible from Sundance and loop through smaller hills and valleys, reaching elevations of 5,000 to 7,000 feet. Find dining and lodging options in Sundance or Hulett, including Bearlodge Mountain Resort, which offers cozy cabins and special rates for snowmobilers.
2. Bighorn Mountains
The dramatic backdrop of the Bighorn Mountains infuses this vast Wyoming snowmobiling trail system with a sense of rugged exploration as it rolls over steep hills and winds through unbroken glades of dry powder. With more than 218 miles of trails to choose from, riders can customize routes to accommodate skill level. Sheridan, Greybull and Lovell all offer nearby respite in the form of food and lodging.
3. Black Hills
Newcastle and Sundance are the access points for the Black Hills System, which runs some 40 miles of groomed trail through northeast Wyoming before linking to the 295 miles of trail in South Dakota. Not surprisingly, riders can expect plenty of deep powder to boondock in the mountain meadows scattered through the western portion of Black Hills, which derives its name from the cover of pines that canopy it. This snowmobile adventure is not one to be missed.
4. Casper Mountain
Located on the north end of the Laramie Range, Casper Mountain runs long and looms high over the town of Casper. Here, sledders can attack powder playgrounds at elevations of more than 7,000 feet while exploring its 46 miles of groomed trails. While in the area, head to the Casper Mountain Trails Center to experience even more winter activities, like Nordic skiing and snowshoeing.
5. Continental Divide Snowmobile Trail (CDST)
To explore the length of the CDST via sled is to experience the wonderment of Wyoming winter in its fullest. Named as the #1 trail in America by SnoWest Magazine, this 270-mile route follows the Wind River Range from Lander through Grand Teton National Park to the south gate of Yellowstone. Not only does the trail boast some of the best scenery in the Rocky Mountains, but it also affords excellent opportunities for wildlife viewing and ice fishing. If this snowmobile adventure is too long, choose a portion to ride now and make plans to experience more Wyoming snowmobiling later.
Southern Continental Divide
The southern portion of the Continental Divide Trail encompasses trails around Wind River Country, including Atlantic City, Lander and Dubois. Groomed trails through alpine forests, open systems over the Red Desert and gorgeous traverses along the Wind River Mountains allow a variety of rides for all types of winter adventure seekers
Northern Continental Divide & Togwotee Pass
The northern part of Wyoming’s Continental Divide Trail includes Yellowstone National Park (guides and permits required), the Gros Ventre area and the well-known Togwotee Pass. Located west of Dubois, Togwotee Pass provides breathtaking views of the Absaroka Range, Wind River Range and Teton Mountains. This popular Wyoming snowmobiling destination gets an average of 46 inches of snow each year and boasts over 200 days of sunshine, providing ideal conditions for riders.
6. Snowy Range
With an average of 25 feet of annual snowfall, the imagination didn’t have to run too wild in naming this range within the Medicine Bow National Forest. Any rider with a nose for boondocking will enjoy letting loose on an endless blanket of powder that stretches across open public lands and trail systems both groomed and ungroomed. Nearby, the towns of Laramie and Centennial offer places to stay and dining options.
7. Wyoming Range
Ranked as the #7 snowmobile destination by SnoWest magazine, the Wyoming Range offers riders the opportunity to enjoy plenty of rarefied air along with its 335-mile trail system. Indeed, many of its groomed and ungroomed trails top over 10,000 feet – a scenic reward for a strong ascent. In addition to the trails, sledders can access an extensive network of logging roads, as well as thousands of acres of off-piste riding terrain. Find food and lodging to fuel this snowmobile adventure in the quaint towns scattered throughout Wyoming’s Star Valley.
8. Yellowstone National Park
From abounding wildlife to a pristine winter setting dramatized by immense thermal features, the world’s first national park is an endless source of exploration and inspiration, offering more than 3,400 square miles of federally protected land to take in. While the trails are only open to those with an authorized commercial guide, several hundred snowmobilers are allowed each day. Advanced reservations are recommended.
All snowmobiles in the state of Wyoming must have either a current Wyoming resident or nonresident user fee decal prominently displayed on the outside of each snowmobile. Permits are $35 and may be purchased at one of the several permit selling agents located throughout the state, at Wyoming State Parks or by calling 1-877-996-7275.
Snowmobile trail grooming season is generally mid-December through the beginning of April. Find maps and more information on snowmobiling in Wyoming to plan your snowmobile adventure.