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snowmobiling The Snowmobile Capital of Colorado The best snowmobiling in Colorado is in and around Grand Lake. There are 300 miles of spectacular snowmobiling trails around Grand Lake, including 150 miles groomed by the Grand Lake Trailgroomers Snowmobile Club, with an additional 700 miles of trails in Grand County. Hundreds of trails are located in Arapaho National Forest and Roosevelt National Forest. North Supply Access Trail in the southwest corner of Rocky Mountain National Park remains open, which connects Grand Lake to a system of trails adjacent to the park. Want to take the family out? The trails around Grand Lake are family friendly. To protect wildlife habitats, snowmobiles are not allowed in wilderness areas nor in Rocky Mountain National Park. Trails connect into the charming village of Grand Lake, where it’s legal to ride on the snowpacked roads and across the frozen waters of Grand Lake, Shadow Mountain Lake, and Lake Granby. Visit the Grand Lake Trailgroomers site for up-to-date trail reports. www.grandlaketrailgroomers.com. For detailed maps of all Grand Lake trails visit the Grand Lake Visitor Center, 970-627-3402, or contact the Sulphur Ranger District Forest Service office in Granby, 970-887-4100. Kudos Grand Lake has received well-deserved national recognition for its outstanding snowmobiling: • Ranked as one of the “Top 15 Destination Trails in the Nation” by SnoWest Magazine. • Ranked as one of the “Top 10 Snowmobiling Areas in the United States” by America’s Best Online. • Awarded Honorable Mention as one of the “Most Scenic Snowmobiling Areas” by Snowgoer Magazine. Parking There are three primary parking/unloading areas in or near Grand Lake, giving you easy access to some of the best snowmobiling in Colorado: • South Supply Trail, near US Hwy 34. • Idleglen Trailhead, five miles south of Grand Lake, off US Hwy 34. • Buffalo Creek Campground Trailhead, off Colorado Hwy 125. Colorado Noise Limit The maximum allowable noise level for snowmobiles in the high country is 88 decibels. The Colorado Snowmobile Association supports the limit: “We don’t think a loud sled with loud exhaust is an appropriate use of public land.” Important Tips Always ride a trail as if you’ve never been on it before, even if it is a familiar trail. All trails are two-way so ride with care, and be aware that backcountry skiers may be using the same trails. Big sleds are subject to the same avalanche danger as other backcountry users so know before you go by contacting the Colorado Avalanche Information Center, http://avalanche.state.co.us. Out-of-state residents who bring snowmobiles into Colorado must purchase a Colorado Non-Resident Snowmobile Permit, which is available at a State Park office, at authorized businesses in Grand Lake or at www.parks.state.co.us. Grand Adventures in Grand Lake rents snowmobiles. 970-726-9247, www.grandadventures.com. 20 2 0 1 5 G R A N D L A K E G U E S T G U I D E ®


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