- Over 300 inches of average snowfall make great trails for snowmobiling.
- Group rides are a great way to get the entire family into the backcountry.
- Beautiful mountain views regularly appear around bends and turns in the trail.
- Rent a snowmobile to explore Rabbit Ears Pass, the center of snowmobiling activity around Steamboat Springs.
Whether you're looking for a fun family outing or a chance to try that exciting hill climb, Steamboat Springs snowmobiling trails will certainly satisfy. With plenty of snow in the winter and elevations around 7,000 feet, the cool, crisp winter air is exhilarating, even when the temperatures drop.
Steamboat snowmobile tours, equipment servicing, rentals, and guides are available, as are warming shelters, trailheads, and parking. Pack the kids on board and take a tour of the winter wonderland.
These trails take the rider through pristine areas of winter beauty, with many picturesque overlooks that are sure to renew your spirit and make new memories.
Where to go Snowmobiling
Rabbit Ears Pass
Rabbit Ears Pass is a mountain pass in the Colorado High Country that is known for its false summit and the distinctive rabbit ear appearance of a nearby peak.
In the winter, the area is known as the state’s snowmobiling mecca. Due in part to its close proximity to nearby Steamboat Springs, the pass’ unsurpassed wilderness offers opportunities for free riding or guided tours to both beginner and expert snowmobilers.
To get there from Steamboat Springs, head east on US 40 for 21 miles. From the town of Kremmling, drive west on US 40 for 30 miles. There are multiple parking areas and pullouts to start your excursion.
Buffalo Pass routinely receives some of the deepest, driest and most consistent snowfall in the Rocky Mountain region, according to the locals. In the winter season, snow enthusiasts flock to the area to have first dibs on world-class powder.
The 10,180 foot summit offers views of subalpine meadows scattered with granite boulders. Make sure to stop and appreciate the picturesque vantage points over Steamboat Springs and the Yampa River Valley.
To get there, head north from downtown Steamboat on County Road 36 until reaching RCR 38, which heads into Routt National Forest. Buffalo Pass is located approximately 20 minutes away.
Many of the lodges and snowmobile companies have access to private land, normally prohibited to the public. Take advantage of some of the groups listed below to find the solitude and freedom of private access ranches.
Rentals & Fees
There are a number of options for Steamboat Springs snowmobile rentals. Prices vary according to the size and model of the machine, the number of hours/days rented, and the individual company. Check below for specific details.
If you bring your own snowmobiles, remember that they need to be properly licensed. Further information on licensing, permits, and snowmobile travel can be found by contacting local snowmobile shops and resorts.
Some snowmobile trails lead into state parks, which may require purchasing a pass at the park office.
Hire a Guide
Guides take care of many of the possible headaches that can come with Steamboat Springs snowmobile tours. Transportation logistics are taken care of, lunches or dinners can be arranged, and they'll be happy to give helpful pointers on proper riding technique.
In addition, they know the area well and are familiar with the terrain, meaning the group won't need to worry about getting lost. The only worries will be taking pictures and having fun!
All of the snowmobiling tours below offer guides for their tours. Take a look to discover which one is right for your group.