Snowmobiling

If you’re looking for something a little different on your vacation to Crested Butte and Gunnison, you may want to give snowmobiling a try. With a guide and a “sled” (as the locals call it), you have the opportunity to get farther off the beaten path and explore areas it would take hours or days to reach on foot. With a snowmobile, a quick 15-minute ride will get you there.

Groomed roads out Kebler Pass and around Lake Irwin offer snowmobiling fun within five minutes of Crested Butte. Other opportunities include riding off-piste in Taylor Park and endless miles of backroads that aren’t maintained for regular vehicles in the winter months. These roads and access points can take you into deep untouched zones around the Gunnison Valley.

Gunnison County Sno Trackers provides excellent information about trails and closures on their trails page, which we advise you check before heading out for the day.

We also encourage all snowmobilers to “tread lightly,” be courteous,  and consult all regulations before going out. Wilderness boundaries are not always easy to identify under snow, but they are still enforced. Many snowmobiling areas are also popular with Nordic skiers, snowshoers, and fat bikers so be mindful about sharing the trail. Avalanches are also a serious concern in our area. Check the Crested Butte Avalanche Center website and consider taking an avalanche safety course before heading out into the backcountry. Please follow all Leave No Trace principles on the trail as well; we want to keep Gunnison and Crested Butte a great place to live and visit for many years to come!

FAMILY-FRIENDLY SNOWMOBILE ADVENTURES

For families looking to get out together and explore the powder at locations like Lake Irwin, outfitters have great beginner packages. Spend a full or half day out under gorgeous blue skies playing on pristine, sparkling snow. By the end of the day, the whole group will be ready to head back into town and chow down at one of our local restaurants. Riding a snowmobile can be one of the most tiring ways to play in the mountains!

ACTIVITIES IN GUNNISON-CRESTED BUTTE

While you’re here check out Crested Butte and Gunnison’s other winter activities: skiing and snowboarding, fat biking, snowshoeing, ice skating, dog sledding, and sleigh riding, and Nordic skiing!

CRESTED BUTTE AND GUNNISON HOTELS

Whether you’re looking for a cabin or a condo, a hostel or a traditional hotel, we’ve got you covered for a vacation rental. Visit our Lodging page to learn more!

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