Snowmobiling 2017-09-06T19:50:37+00:00


Snowmobiling Vacations Better Than Yellowstone National Park, Steamboat Springs, CO or Rabbit Ears Pass

Wild Skies’ Cabin is located 45 minutes south of the Steamboat Springs, CO airport in between two mountain passes at 8400+ elevation in an untouched, undiscovered part of Colorado that gets heavy snows.  Between 20-25 feet of snowfall occurs annually and forms a deep base for premier snowmobiling without the crowds or restrictions of Yellowstone National Park or the traffic or parking issues of snowmobiling Rabbit Ears’ Pass near Steamboat Springs.

Carved out of the forest, the WildSkies cabin is extremely snowmobile friendly, offering riding opportunities right from the covered carport at the front entrance door for your snowmobiling comfort and convenience. Within a few moments, snowmobilers can be floating through awesome powder conditions or weaving through cozy forest settings or racing along over 78 miles of groomed roads and 100′s of miles of natural trails.Our extensive trail systems and our proximity to the Routt National Forest and White River National Forest, all within 1 hour SW of Steamboat Springs, CO, afford snowmobilers of every ability level fantastic views of not only the Flat Tops Wilderness, but also Steamboat Springs Ski Resort.

Hundreds of miles of groomed snowmobile trails, endless deep powder, mountain riding, and back country riding are available to test your skills. The cabin is located between Ripple Creek and Dunckley Passes, local mountains rise to 12,500 feet, providing exceptional photo opportunities and first class powder conditions in an alpine setting. Adjacent hills offer great bowls and with average snow falls of 20-25 feet annually, normally there are good snowmobiling conditions from December through April, but snowmobilers are often roaming area mountaintops well into May.

Snowmobiling at Wild Skies’ Cabin Rental has something for everyone, whether you are an experienced Boondocker or a complete novice who wants to experience snowmobiling for the first time. So avoid the crowds and hassles of snowmobiling Yellowstone National Park and Rabbit Ears Pass where you have to trailer up every day to go snowmobiling, and snowmobile from the front door of Wild Skies Snowmobile cabin andenjoy hundreds of miles of snowmobile trails many or most of which you may not encounter any other snowmobilers. You will experience a “winter wonderland” of unparalleled beauty. The surrounding Routt National Forest and White River National Forest areas are comprised of over 5 millions of acres and many geologic and geothermal wonders similar to what is found at Yellowstone National Park since the area is part of the same underground thermal/volcanic area.

With trails as far as the eye can see and powder meadows waiting to be ridden, Wild Skies’ Cabins is a hot spot for snowmobilers who are looking to have the time of their lives in an uncrowded area with miles of groomed trails and roads.There are actually more snowmobile trails than the map below shows but this is a good basic reference.

There are local snowmobile rental companies who will  deliver to our location for those who want to rent a snowmobile during their stay.

Minimum stay – 4 nights. Rates are $600 a night plus taxes for groups up to 7 people. Additional fees apply for larger groups. Contact Lisa at 970.926.0216 for rate information.

Avalanche and Registration

Colorado Avalanche Information Center

You have to either mail in or buy in person at
one of the locations listed in the link below unless you are
renewing a permit which you can then do online.
The Northern Craig Snowmobile System is located in the Bears Ears District of Routt National Forest in Northwest Colorado. Trailheads, of maintained trails leading into the Black Mountain and California Park areas of the Elkhead Mountain Range, are conveniently located approximately 10, 11 and 25 miles north of Craig on Colorado Highway 13. All trailheads are approximately 1 to 2 miles east of the Highway. Maps are available at the Trail Head parking lots.
Trail elevations range from approximately 7000 to over 10,000 feet, with snow depths of 4 to 10 feet from late November through April. The area has a wide variety of terrain and scenery, including steep mountains, stands of Spruce, Fir and Aspen trees, and scenic overlook points of the Yampa Valley. At the lower elevations, the trails pass through many large open parks and meadows, and over gently rolling hills. Most wildlife is located below the 8,000 foot elevation during the winter months. Elk, deer and antelope can often be seen in the fields along CO HWY 13 and the country leading to the trailheads.
Hard Copy Maps are available at the Black Mountain, Freeman Reservoir and Wilderness Ranch Trailhead Parking Lots. This map is provided for you by the Northwest Colorado Snowmobile Club.
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Who Needs to Register

Colorado Snowmobile Registration requirements:

All snowmobiles owned an​d operated in Colorado must display current Colorado snowmobile registration stickers when in a person’s possession in a snowmobile staging area or operated in Colorado.

Colorado Snowmobile Use Permit requirements:

Out-of-state residents who bring snowmobiles into Colorado must purchase a Colorado Non-Resident Snowmobile permit which is valid from the date of purchase through the following Sept. 30. These permits can be purchased via mail in request or ordered online. Once purchased, this sticker should be placed on the machine’s outside face of the right front part of the cowling. Since this is only a use permit, no renewal notice will be sent to non-resident permit holders; you must purchase a new permit each year you come to Colorado with your snowmobile.

How to Register

To register your Snowmobile in your name for the first time, complete the Snowmobile Registration Form and return it, along with your proof of ownership,​ to:

Colorado Parks and Wildlife – Registration Unit
13787 South Highway 85
Littleton, CO 80125
You may also register your vehicle at various snowmobile dealers or Colorado Parks and Wildlife offices. Visit our Snowmobile Registration Agent Location list for the nearest location. Always call ahead to ensure services are available.

Registration Fees

The annual registration fee is $30.25. Registrations are valid Oct. 1 through Sept. 30 each year. This is a flat administrative transaction fee – it cannot be prorated for a partial year’s registration, and will not be subject to refund if the machine is sold or stolen.

Registration Renewals

Registration renewal cards are mailed to currently registered owners each August. Registrations are valid Oct. 1 through Sept. 30 each year. You may also renew your registration online by going to the link on the back of the registration card. You MUST have your registration number to renew online or please call 303-791-1920 to get your information.
Link to register:

Watch this video to get the feel of snowmobiling at Wild Skies:

Snowstorm Quid drops over a foot of snow at Wild Skies Cabin Rentals

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Snowy Scene

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“Our snowmobiling trip was great The lodge exceeded everyone’s expectations well appointed kitchen nice rooms very clean and beautiful as close to ripple creek pass as one can get and still have excellent lodging. We will be back again soon thanks again.”   
-Craig Patnode, MN