Have you been snowmobiling in the Gallatin National Forest of Montana yet? If you haven’t, it’s definitely something to add to your to-do list!
Snowmobiles offer a quick and easy way to escape into the wild mountains of Montana. There really is no better way to experience the great outdoors in winter – especially if you want to escape the crowds and explore nature’s pristine winter environment. Just jump on your sled and explore up to hundreds of miles of snowmobile trails that criss-cross this region.
From novices to experts to everyone in between, the greater Big Sky area is one of the country’s best places to go snowmobiling. From mid-December to April, the Custer Gallatin National Forest is a hidden gem for deep powder, stellar views, wild mountains, groomed trails, and a happy snowmobile culture. It’s the perfect destination for any snowmobile enthusiast.
The Custer Gallatin National Forest offers a lifetime of snowmobile friendly terrain that you are free to enjoy. If you use Big Sky as your snowmobile base camp, it’s easy to head down to world-renowned Yellowstone National Park or enjoy the endless riding opportunities in the Gallatin Canyon.
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There are an abundance of snowmobile access points along the Gallatin Canyon on Highway 191 – Storm Castle Creek, Portal Creek, Moose Creek, Taylor Fork, Buck Creek, and the list goes on. Grab a trail map or download the Winter Over Snow Use Maps from the Gallatin National Forest website to see where you are allowed to ride.
If you’re not ready to venture into the mountains on your own, hire a snowmobile guide to show you the best terrain and the most incredible views around. There are plenty of different snowmobile rental and guide companies to choose from in Bozeman, Big Sky, and West Yellowstone. Almost all of them rent high-end snowmobiles and warm clothing so you can enjoy your day outside.
Are you ready to go snowmobiling in the Gallatin National Forest? Book your flight to Bozeman and get ready for an adventure of a lifetime. Grab your sled, hit the throttle, enjoy the views, and experience Montana by snowmobile. You can ride endless groomed trails, seek out deep powder, or go on a backcountry adventure on the Big Sky Trail. It’s the experience of a lifetime.
Please remember that riding snowmobiles in snowy mountains can be a hazardous activity. Anytime you go snowmobiling in the Gallatin National Forest be sure to watch out for other riders, steer clear of wildlife, and always carry the appropriate avalanche safety gear. You can read the GNFAC avalanche forecast to check conditions before you head out.
It’s your responsibility to make sure you only ride in the appropriate designated areas. There is plenty of wilderness and private land that is off limits to snowmobilers. Always check with the Gallatin National Forest for the most up-to-date information.
If you’re going snowmobiling in the Gallatin National Forest, here are a few helpful links:
- Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center
- VisitMT.com Snowmobiling Information
- Montana Snowmobile Association
- Montana State Parks – Montana Snowmobile Program
- Gallatin National Forest Snowmobiling Page
- Download The Gallatin OverSnow Vehicle Use Map
- Gallatin Valley Snowmobile Association
Have fun out there!