Kevin and Carol Bennett
Kevin and Carol Bennett

Snowmobiling

Idaho has more groomed snowmobile trails than any other Western state, it's no wonder that folks in our region find snowmobiling one of their favorite recreation activities in the winter.

Priest Lake Area Snowmobile Trails
Mother Nature created a picture perfect marriage of early winter snow, spectacular scenery and many bright sunny days in the Priest Lake Basin. This natural winter paradise, coupled with the area's love affair with snowmobiles, has produced a groomed trail system in excess of 400-miles and a local business orientation that caters to snowmobile enthusiasts. The groomed trail system encircles both Priest Lake and Upper Priest Lake and affords easy access to spectacular powder pushing play areas. Snowmobiling on Sundance Mountain and challenging 'mountain goat' hill climbing challenges as well as postcard quality views of the lakes and surrounding mountains. In addition to the 400+ miles of groomed trails, there are numerous other unpublished routes throughout the 523,000 acres of public lands surrounding Priest Lake. The trails traverse through heavy timber, windswept ridges and snow-filled bowls above the tree line. Snowmobile trails are on either state or federal forest service roads ranging in elevation from 2,500 to over 7,000-feet. Click here for more info.

Coeur d'Alene Area Snowmobile Trails
Trails are on acres and acres of snow-covered land in the Idaho Panhandle National Forests. A history of timber and mining in the Coeur d'Alene area has left an extensive network of trails. Coeur d'Alene marks the western edge of a 1000-mile trail system, centered at Wallace and stretching into Montana. Trails are on acres and acres of snow covered land in the Idaho Panhandle National Forests. Wallace is the heart of a snowmobiling area which stretches from Coeur d'Alene to St. Regis, Montana, a 1,000-mile trip. In most cases you can rent riding gear, g.p.s., helmet, goggles and your machine all for one low daily rate including your first tank of gas. Popular riding locations will always have accurate trail maps and usually guides for hire to familiarize you with the local area and access to facilities for food and fuel. Contact the Idaho Panhandle National Forest for maps and information.

 

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