Steamboat Springs Snowmobiling Guide

Published on 02/05/2019 by Brad Luth

Whether it’s your very first time snowmobiling or you’re a seasoned professional, there’s nothing like the rush of powering through fresh powder and exploring the pristine mountainside. Snowmobiling is one of the top winter activities in Steamboat Springs—and it’s not hard to figure out why! From scenic, guided tours to wide-open trails that are ripe for exploration, the mountains offer something for riders of any age and skill level.


Enjoy our free snowmobiling guide below and feel free to reach out to our vacation planning team if you have a question or if you need a personalized recommendation.


Snowmobile FAQs

New to snowmobiling? Don’t fret—we’ve got the answers to the most commonly answered questions below!

How much does it cost to rent a snowmobile?

The cost to rent a snowmobile varies seasonally and based on the type of vehicle you rent, how long you rent for, and whether you have a guide. We recommend calling in advance to inquire about specific pricing.

How much is a guided snowmobile tour?

Snowmobile tours vary greatly in price based on duration, location, and the season. We recommend calling in advance to inquire about specific pricing.

Is there an age limit to drive a snowmobile?

Yes. A driver must be at least 16 years of age and hold a snowmobile safety certificate or a valid driver’s license. Snowmobile safety certificates can be acquired through

Is there an age limit to ride on a snowmobile?

Legally, there is no minimum age to ride a snowmobile. Some rental companies might have age restrictions for passengers, while other companies might allow riders of any age as long as they demonstrate the physical requirements to safely enjoy the journey.

Is prior experience required to drive a snowmobile?

No, experience is not required to drive a snowmobile. However, if a rider is inexperienced or nervous, riding with a professional guide or a more experienced driver is recommended.

Are goggled required?

No, goggles are not required but are highly recommended! Most rental agencies will provide goggles for each passenger with the snowmobile rental.

Is a helmet required?

Yes, rental companies typically require a helmet to ride a snowmobile. But don’t worry, your rental will include a helmet for each passenger.

What is included with a snowmobile rental?

Of course, this will vary from company to company. However, most rentals usually include the vehicle and a helmet and goggles for each passenger.

Are reservations required?

Reservations are not required but are highly recommended! Many tours and rentals book well in advance, so we recommend calling to reserve a spot as soon as the interest sparks.

What is proper riding attire?

Many rental companies will require specific attire to ride, which may include a long sleeve shirt and jacket, long pants, gloves, and boots. Waterproof outerwear and boots are recommended. If you are unsure about your attire, just give the agency a call to inquire about requirements and apparel rentals.

Should I bring anything else on the ride?

In addition to proper riding attire and goggles (if they are not provided), you might want to bring sunscreen, a neck gaiter, a camera, and a few snacks/beverages for the trip.

When is the best time to go snowmobiling?

Weather conditions are typically best from late-November through early-April, though this might vary year to year. Of course, you’ll need plenty of snow and cold weather to make the trip feasible, so plan on a mid-winter visit for the best shot at riding.


Snowmobile Rentals & Tours

Are you ready to hit the mountain? If so, check out one of these top snowmobile rental companies in Steamboat Springs. Visitors can easily rent snowmobiles for solo adventures or book a guided snowmobile tour. Options exist for any budget or experience level!

Colorado Sled Rentals


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2851 Riverside Plaza #190, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487 | (970) 439-1707

Hours: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily


A premier local rental agency, Colorado Sled Rentals offers a variety of high-quality services, including guided tours, snowmobile delivery, trailer rentals, and more. The fast, friendly service and knowledgeable staff make this local rental company a favorite among visitors and locals alike.

Steamboat Snowmobile Tours


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31749 Forest Rd 302, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487 | (970) 879-6500

Hours: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. daily


With extended hours and two distinct tour options, Steamboat Snowmobile Tours is a great option for families and groups of any size and experience level. Tour options include a slower, scenic tour for families and all skill levels and a more adventurous tour for more experienced riders.

Saddleback Ranch


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36975 Co Rd 179, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487 | (970) 879-3711

Hours: 10 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. daily


If a secluded mountain tour is what you’re looking for, look no further than Saddleback Ranch. This premier destination offers the snowmobile tour on private land in Steamboat Springs. The high-energy guided tour explores hidden trails and wide-open meadows across 8,000 pristine acres. Enjoy an adventure tour, a 2-hour signature tour, or a sunset tour.

Top Spots For Snowmobiling In Steamboat Springs

During the winter, Steamboat Springs is a blank canvas for exploration. Rental and tour companies will likely have dedicated areas for riding, but if you’re looking for a spot to explore on your own, check out a few of these top spots:

Rabbit Ears Pass


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Located about 20 miles outside of Steamboat Springs, Rabbit Ears Pass is undoubtedly the area’s most popular snowmobiling destination. The wide-open landscape provides plenty of room for adventures and links to several individual trails for exploration, including Muddy Creek Trailhead and Grizzly Creek Trailhead. The pass also provides ample parking for groups and trailers.

Buffalo Pass


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This high-elevation summit consistently receives some of the heaviest snowfall in Colorado, making it an absolute ‘must’ for snowmobiling enthusiasts. The views are unsurpassed by any other destination and the billowing hills provide plenty of fun for riders. Buffalo pass located about 40 minutes from Steamboat Springs.

Private Property

There are tons of private ranches that can be explored by booking a rental or tour via a private agency. If interested, call a local rental company to inquire about the specifics of their land and trails to see if it’s what you’re looking for.


You can see more Steamboat Springs snowmobiling trails in this guide.



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