Guide to Snowmobiling In Telluride

Telluride is an outdoor enthusiast’s playground. With a plethora of activities to enjoy year-round, there’s truly something for everyone in our charming mountain oasis—especially for adventure seekers.

Snowmobiling, in particular, is a popular activity because it’s not quite as intense as other winter sports (like skiing or snowboarding) but it still provides a thrilling ride.

If you’re curious about snowmobiling in Telluride, you’ve come to the right place. Check out our quick and easy guide and add this exciting winter activity to your bucket list!

Telluride Snowmobile Rentals

If you’re looking for a true snowmobile rental, you’ll have to venture about an hour and a half outside of Telluride—but trust us when we say the experience is worth the trek!

Middleton Motorsports Snowmobile Rentals

 

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Address: 315 Greene St, Silverton, CO 81433

Phone: (970) 387-8774

Hours: 9 am – 6 pm, Daily

Website: https://www.co-atv.rentals/

Based on Molas Pass, where the Silverton Snowmobile Club maintains dozens of miles of pristine trails, Middleton Motorsports is the San Juan Mountains. These avid snowmobile experts offer a variety of vehicles for any budget or group size, and all rentals are available on a full-day or half-day basis. They also offer a ‘family package’, which includes two single snowmobiles and two 2-up trail sleds. Helmets and goggles are included in the price of your rental, and additional items (like beacons, probes, and shovels) are available for an additional fee. After you’ve secured your rentals, riders are free to explore the mountain’s wide-open trails, stop for pictures, and even enjoy a little friendly competition. If you’re not sure where to go, the friendly folks at Middleton Motorsports can certainly point you in the right direction.

Telluride Snowmobile Tours

If a guided tour is more your speed—fret not. Telluride offers several great options when it comes to local tour guides. Here are three of our favorite snowmobile experts we recommend.

Telluride Outfitters

Address: 456 Mountain Village Blvd, Telluride, CO 81435

Phone: (970) 728-4475

Hours: 9 am – 5 pm, Daily

Website: https://www.tellurideoutfitters.com/

Variety is the spice of life at Telluride Outfitters. This full-service outdoor recreation provider offers several unique snowmobile tours in different areas of Telluride, each of which provides a unique and memorable experience. Current tours include: Alta ‘Ghost Town’, which is 2 hours and great for families and groups; Dunton Hot Springs, which is 8 hours and includes a sit-down gourmet lunch and a relaxing soak at Dunton Hot Springs Resort (best for adults and beginners, 16+); Barlow Creek Backcountry, which is 8 hours and best suited for experienced and advanced riders.

Telluride Outside

 

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Address: 121 W Colorado Ave, Telluride, CO 81435

Phone: (800) 831-6230

Hours: 7 am – 7 pm, Daily

Website: https://www.tellurideoutside.com/

As the name suggests, Telluride Outside is your one-stop-shop for outdoor adventure. The locally owned and operated shop offers several guided tours for snowmobilers of every level. Hit the trails and take in soaring mountain views and popular landmarks like Wilson Range, Little Cone, Sneffels Range, Dolores Peaks, and the La Sal Mountain Range in eastern Utah—to name just a few. Some of the most popular snowmobile tours include the “family-friendly” ride, which is a half-day tour on bunny slopes. If you’re an avid rider, check out the full or half-day advanced terrain course, or the Dunton Hot Springs full-day ride.

Ice Pirates

 

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Address: Molas Lake/Molas Trailhead Molas Pass, Silverton, CO 81433

Phone: (970) 247-3706

Hours: 7 am – 6 pm, Daily

Website: https://www.dgoicepirates.com/

If a ‘no-frills, no fuss’ snowmobile tour is what you’re looking for—look no farther than Ice Pirates. Located about an hour and a half outside of downtown Telluride, Ice Pirates offers single and double seat guided tours around the Molas Pass area. Tours are offered in 2-hour, 3-hour, or 8-hour packages, and all tours are great for riders of any level. Their simple packages, well-maintained trails, and local team of experts make Ice Pirates a favorite among beginners and families.

Telluride Snowmobiling FAQs

Still have a few questions about snowmobiling in Telluride? We’ve got you covered. Check out our FAQs below!

What should I wear snowmobiling?

We typically tell people to dress like they’re going skiing or participating in any other outdoor winter activity—dress warmly! A snowsuit or snow pants and parka are the best options to keep you warm and toasty during your ride. Snow boots, warm socks, goggles, a warm hat, and insulated gloves are also recommended.

How much does snowmobiling cost?

Just like anything else, this depends on where you go and if you book a rental versus a guided tour. Typically, you can expect to pay $200+ for a half-day and $400+ for a full day with a guided tour. Snowmobile rentals start at $150+ for a 2-hour rental and $250+ for a 6-hour rental.

How long is a snowmobile tour?

Snowmobile tours are typically offered in ‘half-day’ (4-hour) and ‘full day’ (8-hour) increments.

Are there age restrictions for driving or riding a snowmobile?

This varies from company to company—so be sure to call in advance and check on specific requirements. In general, most companies require riders to be at least 14-16 years old for a single rider snowmobile and 18-21 for a double rider snowmobile. The general rule of thumb for riders is that they are able to hold on and safely enjoy the ride.

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