Snowmobile Trails Near Vail
The White River National Forest and the Vail Pass Winter Recreation Area includes trails for all levels of riders from novices to pros. Vail, Colorado is surrounded by National Forest Land where off-road and snowmobile experiences are abundant. Some trails are more scenic than others, but each trail has plenty of scenic views as well as rugged terrain for those who desire more challenge in their Vail snowmobiling experience.
Trails range from the scenic mountain views of Mt. Massive and Mt. Elbert, to the tight and winding trails of the White River National Forest.
The goal of Colorado Backcountry Rentals is to provide the finest recreational experience in Colorado, and our staff will provide you with a trail map and recommend trails based on your riding ability.
Exploring the backcountry around Vail, Colorado has been a winter pastime of outdoor enthusiasts for many years. Snowmobile trails exist throughout the state and are particularly beautiful in the White River National Forest. Taking a snowmobile into the pine forests is a unique way to experience the breathtaking beauty of the Rocky Mountains.
Where to Go Snowmobiling
Eagle-Holy Cross Ranger District
The Eagle-Holy Cross Ranger District lies between the Gore Range, the Sawatch Range, and the Flat Tops, and includes the forest areas surrounding the towns of Vail, Avon, Red Cliff, Eagle, Gypsum, and Dotsero. Recreation opportunities abound on the Eagle-Holy Cross Ranger District.
Vail Pass Winter Recreation Area
This area covers 55,000 acres and offers 119 miles of motorized and non-motorized trails. This winter recreation area is managed by the USDA Forest Service as part of the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act (FLREA) of 2004.
Trails and routes for motorized use are signed using snowmobile symbols, orange diamonds and orange snowpoles:
- Shrine Pass Road - A heavy use 4-mile trail primarily used by beginners. The section from Shrine Pass to Lime Creek and Turkey Creek junction (1.75 miles) is a very popular multi-use trail; be courteous to others and stay on marked routes to access snowplay areas.
- Shrine Bowl Trail - A heavy use 2-mile trail for intermediate snowmobilers. The Shrine Bowl play area is defined by the treeline of Shrine Bowl. Part of this route is through the non-motorized area of the West Ten Mile Creek drainage; follow the orange poles to Shrine Bowl.
- Lime Creek Road - A low use 9 mile adventure for intermediate/advanced users, Lime Creek Road connects Vail Pass to Red Cliff. The area to the north of the road is non-motorized, so please stay on the trail and watch for skiers the first 1/2 mile. The trail section 1/2 mile north of the Lime Creek/Turkey Creek junction is steep and sometimes icy and may not be passable traveling uphill.
- Turkey Creek Road - A beginner trail that is heavily used over its 5.75 miles, Turkey Creek Road is a very popular multi-use trail. Be courteous to others.
- Wearyman Creek Road - This low use, 4.5 mile advanced trail connects Red Cliff to Ptarmigan Pass. Be prepared for sidehill riding and several creek crossings. There is a snowplay area at the top of Wearyman Creek. This route is not maintained and variable conditions may exist.
- Wilder Gulch - This route is a very popular multi-use, 3 mile beginner trail from the Vail Pass Rest Area to Ptarmigan Pass. Stay on the marked route to access the snowplay areas in the gulch. Please avoid the south ridge of the gulch where the non-motorized terrain begins.
- Resolution Creek Road / 4-Mile Road - This beginner route is a popular multi-use trail from Camp Hale to Ptarmigan Pass with a 4-mile deadend spur at Pearl Creek junction. Stay on marked routes to access the large snowplay area at Ptarmigan Pass.
- Wearyman / Hornsilver Connector - This advanced 7.7-mile route starts at the Wearyman Road/Turkey Creek Road junction and then forks to the right after 1/2 mile. Follow the logging roads marked with orange diamonds to Hornsilver Mountain, then down towards the top of Wearyman Creek. The last section of this trail is shared use with skiers.
- Queen Bee / BBQ Hybrid Route - This intermediate, moderate-use trail is part of a motorized access ski area. Stay on the marked route and be courteous to other users.
- Boss Basin Hybrid Route - This low use, intermediate/advanced route is part of a motorized access ski area. Stay on the marked route and be courteous to other users.