Monday, January 18, 2016

Snowmobiling in Idaho: The Good, The Better, The Win

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How long have you been snowmobiling? If you are anything like me, you were so young when you took your first snowmobile ride that you can't even remember it. This is typical for those of us who have grown up in snowmobile country.

I have my favorite trails that my family and I take most of the time. Usually, we take the same trails because of their convenience to my home, because of the beauty of the trail, and the wildlife that we see on those trails. Now and then I like to branch out and try a trail that I have never tried before. Here are some good ones that I have tried recently.

      The Soda Springs area (located near Lake Tahoe in California) has over 250 miles of trails. These trails give you the variety of forests, mountains, and valley floors. Real bonuses are the restrooms and warming huts. A geyser that blows water 100 feet into the air truly sets this place apart of the others.

      Preston Area Snowmobile Trails (located Southeast of Pocatello in Idaho) have beautifully groomed trails that connect with miles of Bear Lake Trails. They have competition type hill climbing for the brave hearted. They also have a beautiful ride along the river.

A couple of the trails that I would consider to be outstanding are:

      Malad Area is located near the Idaho/Utah border. There are hundreds of miles of obstacle-free space over rolling hills. Part of this area is perfect for the novice snowmobiler. Food and lodging are nearby.

      The Inkom/Lava Snowmobile Trails offers majestic views of Mt. Bonneville and of the Portneuf River. The area offers snowmobile activities, accommodations, and natural hot water pools.

The winner, in my mind, would be the Bear Lake - Fish Haven/St. Charles Snowmobile Trails. It is probably the largest network of trails, with 350 miles of groomed trails and many more miles of ungroomed, unmarked trails. These trails offer mountains to meadows, hilltop to valley, and river to lake views. The trails are easily accessible because of the many parking areas.

Also, it is a good idea to have a map of the trails that you will be taking. The Pioneer Country Travel Council can furnish you with maps which can be downloaded from their website for areas in Southeast Idaho. Be sure to also include a first aid kit, blanket and protein bars in case of emergencies.

Coming up later this month is the Great Snow Fest, January 22 - 31, 2016 in Teton Valley, Idaho. If you are interested in going to some of the events, you can get the schedule in the January/February issue of Idaho Falls Magazine. It focuses on snowmobiling, but also has skiing events, skating, dog sled races, ecology tours, snow tubing, and snowscape competition. There will be something for everyone!

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Julie Wood said...

Idaho has really beautiful trails this winter with all the snow that they have been getting! I bet it is so much fun to go riding on the trails with the family. I need to get out and ride around at least once this Winter!