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Montana

Montana is known as "the Big Sky state" but realistically it could be known as the "the big snow state" as it's home to the World Snowmobile Expo and massive amounts of snow each winter.

Starting with Seeley Lake, between the Mission Mountains and the Swan Range, you'll find a variety of riding conditions. Popular areas include the Double Arrow Lookout Trail, Seeley Lake-Ovando, Marshall Lake and Monture Snowmobile Trail, which is a low difficulty trail that is great for families and runs 18 miles, one way.

You'll discover some of the best snowmobiling in the world in West Yellowstone. Adjacent to and outside of Yellowstone National Park, there is an extensive trail system too. West Yellowstone is where you'll find the World Snowmobile Expo every March too. We've found that some of the best times for riding are at the end of December and through January. Trails to visit include Two Top, Big Sky and Lionshead. Guided tours of the national park are available.

Make sure to check out updated snowmobile regulations in the park at the Web site that follows.

Like to travel in the upper altitudes? Then head to Flathead Valley where there is an abundant amount of mountain riding areas. For the little less adventurous rider there are over 200 miles of scenic alpine forest trails and 2,000 miles of national forests to travel through.

Trails in the Lolo/Missoula area are extensive and interconnecting with 3,700 miles to ride on. You can crisscross over the Montana-Idaho border, through two national forests (be sure you have trail passes for both states). East Fork, Lost Park, Elk Meadows, Moose Ridge, Cooper Creek and Wagon Mountain are just a few of the trails that will take you through meadows and exciting play areas to the Bitterroot Range, south of Missoula. Other great places to visit include the Skalkaho Pass Trail, Lolo Hot Springs, the Clark National Historic Trail and Clearwater National Forest.

There are many more areas in Montana to discover, find them at the Web pages below.

Helpful Sites
Mont. Snowmobile Association: www.snowtana.com
Mont. State Travel: www.wintermt.com
Yellowstone National Park: www.yellowstonenationalpark.com/snowmobiling.htm
Regulations in Yellowstone National Park: www.yellowstonewinterguide.com/snowmobiling/snowmobiling_regulations.php

Lodging
Days Inn West Yellowstone
301 Madison Ave., West Yellowstone
800-548-9551
www.allyellowstone.com

Lolo Hot Springs
38500 W. Highway 12, Lolo
406-273-2290
www.lolohotsprings.com

Dining
Lolo Hot Springs
38500 W. Highway 12, Lolo
406-273-2290
www.lolohotsprings.com
Dealer/Rentals
Lolo Hot Springs
38500 W. Highway 12, Lolo
406-273-2290
www.lolohotsprings.com

Yellowstone Adventures
1131 Dunraven St., West Yellowstone
406-646-7765
www.yellowstoneadventures.com

All Yellowstone Sports
302 Madison Ave., West Yellowstone
406-646-9332
www.allyellowstone.com

Tour Operators
Yellowstone Adventures
1131 Dunraven St., West Yellowstone
406-646-7765
www.yellowstoneadventures.com

All Yellowstone Sports
302 Madison Ave., West Yellowstone
406-646-9332
www.allyellowstone.com

Other
Flathead Convention & Visitors Bureau
4170 US HWY 2 East #14
Kalispell
406-756-9091
www.fcvb.com
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