Best Snowmobiling in the USA, Part One

jackson holeTop quality groomed trails, breathtaking scenery, plenty of seasonal snow…just some of the criteria America’s Best and Top Ten used in selecting their picks for “Best Snowmobiling in the USA” and releasing their choices on-line.  With the season rapidly approaching, consider these destinations for your next great winter snowmobiling adventure!

West Yellowstone, Montana

The spectacular scenery in the park draws visitors year-round, but it’s something special in winter when the snow comes, averaging 150 inches annually. Enthusiasts dress warmly to combat the bitter cold, ranging from 1-24 degrees, but get enough thrills to compensate for the chills! Tours leave daily from West Yellowstone, and riders are in for a radical trip that’s earned this spot the #1 ranking and title “Snowmobiling Capital of the World.”

Stanley, Idaho

Three towering mountain ranges enclose the Stanley Basin: White Clouds, Salmon River Range, and the awe-inspiring silhouette of the Sawtooth mountains, a branch of the northern Rockies. Surrounded by more than 40 peaks reaching skyward at 10,000 feet or more in elevation, the basin offers 185 miles of groomed trails that are a snowmobiling dream. The views in all directions are unparalleled, and there’s always plenty of fresh powder with an annual snowfall of 220 inches.

Eagle River, Wisconsin

Home of the World Championship Snowmobile Derby, held on the city’s ice oval every year, residents take pride in reminding visitors that the first snowmobiles were built in Wisconsin.  Well-marked and regularly maintained trails link every corner of the state – 25,000 miles of snowmobiler’s delight. The many snowmobiling clubs in the area dedicate themselves to keeping all trails groomed and marked to enhance driving satisfaction and keep visitors safe. Magnificent scenery in all directions makes it fun to explore what’s around the next corner.

Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Snowmobile enthusiasts call this place “paradise” because of the hundreds of miles of trails weaving through picturesque forests, mountains, and open bowls, dotted with rivers and streams, or taking drivers through a scenic wildlife habitat. The snow is abundant at Togwotee Pass and Grey’s River, and there is a natural hot spring pool to discover in Granite Creek. Heavenly powder and the towering Grand Teton range combine to make this a must snowmobiling destination.

Newberry, Michigan

Nestled in state and national forest lands, Newberry’s extensive groomed trail system offers great riding and exciting scenery. You might come across wildlife: Newberry is known as the “Moose Capital of Michigan.” Winter ice sculpture is a given at Tahquamenon Falls, as are breathtaking frozen waves seen along the shoreline at Whitefish Point. More than 210 miles of trails add plenty of variety and challenges to the snowmobiling experience for riders at all levels.