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Idaho Snowmobile Laws

Safe Travel and Ethics

Safety & Education

Idaho’s Trails and Riding Areas

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This agency’s programs and activities are operated free from discrimination onthe basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age or disability. Anyonewho believes they have been discriminated against or who needs furtherinformation regarding discrimination should write: P.I.O., Idaho Department ofParks and Recreation, PO BOX 83720, Boise, ID, 83720-0065, Costs associatedwith this publication are available from the Idaho Department of Parks andRecreation in accordance with Section 60-202, Idaho Code. HB366:12/09/33u/27410.


n or before November 1 of each year,the owner of each snowmobile must

register the snowmobile with the IdahoDepartment of Parks and Recreation(department). The department or itsauthorized vendor(s) will issue the owner aregistration. The registration fee forresidents is $32.50 ($62.50 for rentalmachines). This includes $1.00 forsnowmobile related search and rescueefforts. The owner has the opportunity todesignate their registration fees to thecounty snowmobile program of theirchoosing. The department sends 85% ofthe registration fee to that county (up to15% of the registration fee may be usedfor administrative costs). All registrationsare valid from November 1 to October 31of the following year.

Snowmobile dealers: Each snowmobile mustbe registered before it leaves the premises atthe time of sale from any snowmobile dealeraccording to section 67-7103, Idaho Code.





The purchaser of a used snowmobile,which has been previously registered,must transfer the registration within 15days of the sale. The department or itsvendor(s) will prepare a new registrationwith the purchaser’s name and address.The transfer fee is $4.50. Applications foran Idaho title must be filed at the nearestcounty assessor’s office.

NONRESIDENT SNOWMOBILE FEESIdaho requires all out-of-state snowmobilersto purchase a nonresident snowmobileuser certificate. The certificate costs$32.50 and is available at any authorizedsnowmobile registration vendor.Nonresidents may designate theircertificate to the county snowmobileprogram of their primary use.


• Some County Assessor’s Offices

• Idaho Department of Parks and RecreationHeadquarters and Region Offices

• On-line at

WHAT ARE THE COUNTY SNOWMOBILEAND STATE SNOWMOBILE ACCOUNTS? Each county with a snowmobile program isentitled to 85% of the registration feesdesignated for that county during theregistration period. The money may onlybe used for county snowmobile programs.The monies are used for the maintenanceand operation of snowmobile trailgroomers, signing of snowmobile trails,plowing parking lots, and maintainingwarming shelters. Up to 15% of the statesnowmobile account generated each yearmay be used by the department foradministrative costs, such as the cost ofthe sticker and mailing renewal notices.

WHAT IS THE COUNTY SNOWMOBILEADVISORY COMMITTEE? The County Commissioners of any countywith a designated snowmobile programmay appoint a snowmobile committee toserve in an advisory capacity relating tothe spending of monies in the countysnowmobile fund. Any person selected tobe on the committee must be an activesnowmobiler. Contact your CountyCommissioners for information on yourcounty snowmobile advisory committee.

Idaho Snowmobile registration stickerfees fund education programs, groomingprograms and maintenance projectsthroughout the state.

Idaho snowmobilers have the opportunityto have their registrator dollars put towork in the area they recreate. Includedon page 23 is the Idaho SnowmobileProgram location map. Please referencethis map when noting your destinationchoice on your registration.

For a detailed map of Idaho’s snowmobilelocations and designations, please visit:




The overall objective of snowmobile trailgrooming is to provide smooth trails that aresuitable for all levels of rider experience. Thiscan mean many things: establishing a trailbase at the beginning of the season, having tore-establish a trail after heavy snowfall and/orwinds have obliterated it, or having to work aheavily moguled trail back into a smoothsurface (also called “restoring” the trail).

TIPS FOR ENCOUNTERING GROOMINGEQUIPMENT ON THE TRAIL• Snowmobiles are much more maneuverablethan groomers, so always yield to a groomer.

• Recognize that trail groomers may beworking on the trail at any time.

• When approaching an oncoming groomeron the trail, slow down and move yoursnowmobile to the far right side of the trail.If the trail is narrow or winding, you mayneed to stop at the far outside edge of thetrail to let the groomer pass.

• When overtaking a groomer from the rear,slow down and assess the situation ahead.If there is good sight distance and the trailahead is clear of oncoming traffic, pass thegroomer while operating with caution.

• If you need to stop a groomer to ask forinformation or assistance, understand thisshould be done only in an area where thereis good sight distance and it is safe to stop.



TRAIL QUALITY AND TRAIL SET UP TIME• Trail grooming requires that “set up” timebe allowed for the freshly groomed trail tore-freeze. This could be up to ten hours.

• Try to avoid riding a snowmobile on freshlygroomed trails for at least two hours afterthe groomer passes by choosing analternate route to help improve the qualityand durability of snowmobile trails.

• Never follow behind a groomer becauseit immediately destroys the trail.

• If you come upon a groomer and you mustuse that route, try to minimize impacts tothe trail: slow down; try to stay off the freshgrooming if the trail is wide enough to safelydo so; operate only at the outside edge ofthe fresh grooming; ride in single file on thefresh grooming; and do not purposely fishtailor power through the soft snow.

• Understand that aggressive riding stylescan impact the quality and smoothnessof the trails you ride on. So the nexttime you hit the brake or throttle, thinkabout how you may have innocentlycontributed to destroying the trails youwould really prefer to be smooth.

WHERE’S THE GROOMER?Snowmobilers often, mistakenly, comment;“the groomers can’t be doing their jobbecause I’ve never seen one.” If snowmobilersdo not see grooming equipment on the trails,that is generally a good thing. Groomersshould work at night or when snowmobiletraffic is the lowest to ensure that groomingefforts are the most effective and that thereis proper time for the freshly groomed trail tore-freeze and set up. Trail grooming is veryexpensive so every effort should be made toensure that it will be effective and createtrails that are as durable as possible.

Groomers are working to provide you withsmooth and safe trails. Give them a breakand please do not follow them when theyare working.


• “Snowmobile” means any self-propelledvehicle under one thousand (1,000)pounds unladened gross weight,designed primarily for travel on snow orice or over natural terrain, which may besteered by tracks, skis, or runners.

• “Bona fide snowmobile program” meansservices or facilities as approved by thedepartment that will benefit snowmobilerssuch as snowmobile trail grooming, plowingand maintaining snowmobile parking areasand facilities, and trail signing.

• “Dealer” means any person who engages inthe retail sales of or rental of snowmobiles,motorbikes, or all-terrain vehicles.

• “Department” means the Idahodepartment of parks and recreation.

Definitions IC 67-7101

• “Designated parking area” means anarea located, constructed, maintained,and signed with the approval of the landmanager or owner.

• “Operator” means any person who is inphysical control of a motorbike, all-terrain vehicle, or snowmobile.

• “Owner” means every person holding recordtitle to a motorbike, all-terrain vehicle, orsnowmobile and entitled to the use orpossession thereof, other than a lien holder orother person having a security interest only.

• “Public roadway” means all portions ofany highway which are controlled by anauthority other than the Idahotransportation department.

The backing of the sticker has directions forplacing the sticker on the snowmobile. Theregistration stickers must be placed on theright and left side of the cowling located justbelow the hood and be visible and legible at alltimes. Placing the registration stickers in alocation other than the right and left side ofthe cowling invalidates the registration. (Idaho Code 67-7103)


place my registration stickersWhere should I

on my snowmobile?


The use of all-terrain vehicles on groomedsnowmobile trails varies from county tocounty. Please contact the sheriff’s officewithin the county you plan to recreate in forup to date ordinance information.

The use of utility type vehicles on groomedsnowmobile trails is not permitted.

Idaho code specifically allows the use of AllTerrain Vehicles on groomed snowmobiletrails, furthermore the state law empowersthe court to make this decision. There is noprovision in Idaho Code to allow UTVs ongroomed snowmobile trails.

• 67-7112 — Any ATV operating on agroomed snowmobile trail, must purchase asnowmobile registration sticker. No othervehicle shall operate on groomed snowmobiletrails unless specifically allowed by the county.

• 67-7125 — Noise abetment 96bd at ahalf-meter.

• 49-666 — Helmet under age 18.• Title 67 Recreational Activities —

• Title 49 Motor Vehicles —

For assistance with questions concerningvehicle registrations or program relatedquestions, contact:

Idaho Department of Parks andRecreation Registrations Section5657 Warm Springs Ave., Boise, ID 83716

(208) 514-2475 — Registration Section(208) 514-2411 — OHV Program Manager

Operationon groomed snowmobile trails


daho Department of Parks andRecreation recommends the following

safe riding guidelines:

For additional information on safe ridingand ethics

• Start by taking a safety course.

• Always ride in control. Ride within yourabilities and your machine’s capabilities.

• When riding a groomed snowmobile trail,always stay to the right side of the trail.

• Always wear the appropriate safety gear.At a minimum, this should include ahelmet, shatter resistant eye protection,long sleeves, long pants, gloves, andboots that cover the ankle.



• Only carry a passenger if yoursnowmobile is specifically designed to doso. Carrying passengers can alter thebalance of the machine, causing a lossof control.

• A responsible adult should superviseriders under the age of 16 at all times.

• Riders should be able to straddle themachine with a slight bend to the kneeswhile both feet are on the runningboards. Riding a machine that is toobig is a major cause of injuries toyoung riders.

• Always tell someone where you aregoing and when you will return. Providethem with a map of your intendedriding area.

• Be prepared for any emergency. Alwayscarry a tool kit and spare parts, a firstaid kit, and survival equipment when youride. Carry plenty of extra food, waterand fuel.


• Check the weather forecast beforeleaving home. Always check theavalanche forecast before venturing intothe backcountry. Avalanche informationis available from the Avalanche ForecastCenter at

• Never drink alcohol and ride.

• Travel only in areas open tosnowmobiling.

• Be aware of unmarked hazards orobstacles hidden beneath the snow.

• Buddy up with two or three riders asriding solo can leave you vulnerable if youhave an accident or become stranded.

• Be considerate to others.

• When stopping on the trail, pull yoursnowmobile as far to the right off thetrail as possible.

• Ride single file, and only pass on the leftwhen it is safe.

SNOWMOBILE CODE OF ETHICSAll riders must be good ambassadors forthe sport.

Generally, that means learning to share thetrails with other users, as well as learning totake proper care of the environment.


• I will be a good sports enthusiast. Irecognize that people judge allsnowmobile owners by my actions. Iwill use my influence with othersnowmobile owners to promote safesnowmobile conduct.

• I will not litter trails or parking areas.

• I will not damage living trees, shrubs, orother natural features. I will go out onlywhen there is sufficient snow so that Iwill not damage the land.

• I will respect other people’s property and rights.

• I will lend a helping hand when I seesomeone in distress.



• I will make myself and my vehicle availableto assist search and rescue parties.

• I will not interfere with or harass skiers,snowsho*rs, ice anglers or other wintersports enthusiasts. I will respect their rightsto enjoy our recreation facilities.

• I will know and obey all federal, state, andlocal rules regulating the operation ofsnowmobiles in areas where I plan to ride.

• I will not harass wildlife. I will avoid areasposted for the protection of wildlife.

• I will not ride under the influence of alcohol.

SNOWMOBILING IN TOWN?In cities that allow snowmobile operationwithin their city limits, be sure you know therules. Snowmobilers need to followordinances to ensure the privilege tocontinue. For more information pleasecontact the county in which you plan to ride.

TRIP PLANNING CHECKLISTPlanning for your ride is always an importantfactor in making your trip a success.Whether you’re going for the afternoon, theday, or camping overnight, make sure youhave everything you need, and yoursnowmobile is in good working condition.

• First Aid Kit

• Avalanche Survival Gear

• Snowmobiling Gear

• Survival Gear

• Snowmobile Tool Kit

For a detailed list of Idaho Department ofParks and Recreations recommendedsupplies, please visit our website

Snowmobile safety is about more thanpromoting safe riding. The key toresponsible operation is knowing yourmachine, your abilities and skill level andbeing aware of the dangers of the sport.Snowmobile safety is about encouragingsledders, both novice and expert, to putsafety into action.


daho Department of Parks andRecreation offers free avalanche

awareness courses for registeredsnowmobilers throughout the state.

Contact your Region Trails Specialist orOHV Trainers for more information.

• Boise — (208) 514-2413/514-2480• Idaho Falls — (208) 525-7121• Coeur d’Alene — (208) 769-1511

EIGHT STEPS TO REDUCING YOURAVALANCHE RISK1. Get smart! The smart first step is to

learn from the avalanche experts. This willtake a commitment of time and effort onyour part. Divide the task into three parts.First, take an avalanche course. Second,check out the videos on avalanche safety.Third, do some reading.

2. Utilize your

• Sawtooth National Avalanche Center(208) 622-8027

• Idaho Panhandle National Avalanche Center(208) 765-7323

• Payette National Forest Avalanche Center(208) 634-0409

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3. Identify avalanche terrain. Avalanchesrun repeatedly year after year in thesame areas — slopes called avalanchepaths. Avalanches most often start onslopes of 30–45 degrees but sometimesstart on slopes as shallow as 25degrees and as steep as 50 degrees.Knowing the slope angle is “rule numberone” in recognizing avalanche terrain, foronce slope angles reach 30 degrees, youare in potential avalanche terrainregardless of all other factors.

4. Read nature’s signs. Sometimes the snowshows clear and present danger signs ofan avalanche. Some signs are a freshavalanche, snow collapsing beneath you orcreating noticeable cracks. Some weathersigns that signal increasing inevitability areheavy snowfall — more than one inch perhour — or strong winds blowing snow andsnow plumes off the ridges.

Keep observing and evaluating all daylong. Keep asking yourself these fourquestions: Is the terrain capable ofproducing an avalanche? Could thesnow slide? Is the weather contributingto instability? Is there a safer route?

5. Test the snow. Look for test slopes whereyou can dig snowpits and perform stresstests. A test slope is a small, steep slope— preferably 30 degrees or steeper —where you will not be in danger of causingan avalanche, but is close to a larger slopethat you are concerned about. You canlearn all about snowpits while attendingIdaho Parks and Recreations AvalancheAwareness course.

6. Travel smart. There are several rulesof backcountry travel that will help tominimize your avalanche risk. One at atime! Only one person at a time shouldgo onto the slope.

Avoid the center. The greatest dangeron any steep slope comes when you arein the middle of it. Stay on shallowslopes. You can always travel onavalanche-free slopes up to 25 degrees.

Never ride alone.

7. Take your pulse. In other words, checkyour attitude. It can get you in trouble. Areyou so goal-oriented — to climb this peakor highmark that slope — that you arewilling to take unwarranted risk? Do notoverlook clear and present danger signs!Do not fall into peer pressure! Are youletting haste or fatigue get you in trouble?To prevent accidents from happening, youmust control the human factor in yourdecision-making. Know your limitations.

8. Be ready for rescue. There are threeparts to the rescue equation that willreduce your risk: what equipment tocarry, what to do if you are caught, andwhat to do if a friend is caught.


HIGHMARK’N SAFETYAnything steeper than 25 degrees canavalanche, but prime time slopes are30–45 degrees, the same slopes most ofus like to play on. You don’t have to be ona steep slope to make it avalanche, youjust have to be connected to it.

Highmarking accounts for more than 60% ofthe avalanche deaths involving snowmachiners.

Tracks do not mean that a slope is safe.TIMING IS EVERYTHING! You can playsafely on steep slopes ONLY whensnowpack is stable.

If you like to highmark, adopting thefollowing habits will help keep you and themembers of your group alive:

Stay alert for clues to instability, evenwhile driving to the trailhead. Ride yoursled onto small cutbanks to test snowstability. Periodically STOP your machine,remove your helmet, walk around to get afeel for the snow, and scan the area. Ifthe snow is unstable, you should noticeone or more of the following clues:

• Recent avalanches — (don’t play onsimilar, unreleased slopes)

• New snow or wind-loading — (may beyour only clue)


• Rain (weakens snow quickly, will stabilizewhen refrozen)

• Whumphing noises (indicate the collapseof a buried weak layer)

• Shooting cracks — (indicate snow is ripefor fracturing)

• Hollow-sounding snow — (indicates aburied weak layer)

• Signs of rapid or intense warming —(snow will weaken quickly)


CORNICE SAFETYCornices are overhanging deposits of wind-drifted snow that form along the leewardside of ridgecrests and gullies. Additionalnew snow, wind loading, warming, or theweight of a person or sled causes cornicebreaks. If you like to jump cornices, knowthat even if you don’t break the cornice thelanding shock-loads the slope (like detonatinga bomb) and can trigger an avalanche.

Bottom-line: Do not approach cornicesfrom the bottom or ride on slopes thatare overhung by cornices.

When approaching any ridge, slow down,think cornice, and make sure you areriding, parking, or standing on snow thathas solid ground beneath it. Many ridershave been fooled by bushes because thesesometimes extend through the cornice fromthe slope below.

RESCUE SAFETYThe best defense is to not get caught,educate yourself and the individuals yourecreate with by attending a free avalancheawareness course offered by the IdahoDepartment of Parks and Recreation.

You do not have time to go for help. YOUARE THE HELP!

IF YOU ARE CAUGHT:1. Try to ride to the side and stay on

your machine. If knocked off yoursled, push away from it to reduceyour chances of being injured andFIGHT HARD to stay on top of themoving snow by “swimming.”

2. Attempt to roll onto your back; youhave a better chance of survival ifburied face up.

3. As the avalanche slows, thrust somepart of your body above the surface.Expand your chest and use your arm tocreate an airspace in front of your face.

4. Try not to panic so that you will useoxygen at a slower rate and reducethe amount of carbon dioxide enteringyour lungs.



IF YOU ARE A RESCUER:Watch the victim! Establish the last seen area.

1. If you did not observe the slide,question any witnesses about thenumber of victims, their last seenlocations, and whether or not thevictims were wearing beacons.

2. Make sure it is safe to search.

3. Conduct a thorough initial search of thedebris below the last seen area.

4. Leave clues (including sleds) in place;they may help establish the victim’s lineof travel.

5. If wearing avalanche beacons, conduct abeacon search (which you should havepracticed many times before!)simultaneously with the initial search. Besure all members of the search partyhave their beacons turned to receive!

6. If the victim is not located by any ofthese methods, systematically probethe most likely search area.

7. When you locate the victim, dig fastbut carefully. Free the victim’s mouthand chest of snow first. It’s not overyet! Have first aid gear and be alertfor airway problems, hypothermia,and injuries.

TRAVEL SMART• Stop periodically to look for clues toinstability and discuss the avalanche hazard.

• NEVER travel above a stuck rider.

• Each rider should wear a transmittingavalanche beacon and carry a probe andshovel in a small pack.

• Ride with your helmet securely strapped.

• Assumptions can kill you. Avalanchesdon’t care what you want to do or howskilled a rider you are.

Remember that you can have fun evenon unstable days by staying away fromsteep slopes.


Idaho’s Trails & Riding Areas

Idaho has over 5,600 miles of snowmobiletrails in 29 grooming programs locatedthroughout the state. Millions of acres ofopen riding areas exist on Forest Service,Bureau of Land Management, State andsome private land. The U.S. Forest Serviceprovides travel plan maps that identify openand closed areas, closure dates and otherdetails that help you plan an enjoyable ride.Many county snowmobile programs alsoprovide trail maps of the areas that aregroomed. For these maps please refer tothe contact information that starts on page24 of this booklet for the area(s) that youwould like to visit.

Telephone numbers of various landmanaging agencies are included in thisbooklet on page 23. Always contact thelocal land managing authority for currenttrail maps and riding information.

U.S. FOREST SERVICE1. Idaho Panhandle

National Forest(208) 765-7223

2. Clearwater National Forest(208) 476-4541

3. Nez Perce National Forest(208) 938-1950

4. Payette National Forest(208) 634-0700

5. Boise National Forest(208) 373-4100

6. Sawtooth National Forest(208) 737-3200

7. Salmon/Challis National Forest(208) 756-5100

8. Caribou Targhee National Forest(208) 524-7500

BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT1. Coeur d’ Alene District Office

(208) 769-5000

2. Boise District Office(208) 384-3300

3. Idaho Falls District Office(208) 524-7500

4. Twin Falls District Office(208) 735-2060


(208) 514-2413/514-2480

2. Coeur d’ Alene(208) 759-1511

3. Idaho Falls (208) 525-7121

Idaho’s Land Managers

For a detailed map of Idaho’s snowmobile locations anddesignations, please visit:


PRIEST LAKEState Designated Area: #9A

Elevation: 2,500–6,500Prime Season:Dec–MarchRoute: Idaho Highway 57Lodging/Services Info: (888) 774-3785 Fax: (208) 443-4160Internet:www.priestlake.orgMap Info: (208) 443-2512

Priest Lake boasts morethan 400 miles ofgroomed trails that windthrough heavy timber,endless windswept ridgesand snow-filled bowls.North of Nordman, theGranite Pass trail systemconsists of four groomedtrails stretching nearly 100miles. Ten miles east ofNordman, the Old Mullan

Pass Trail offers first-ratesnowmobiling opportunities. Thehighest peaks range from 6,000to 7,000 feet. Snow depths cansurpass ten feet in the higherelevations. Priest Lakeaccommodations range fromluxury resorts, condominiums,rustic cabins, roadside motor innsand charming bed and breakfasts.

SANDPOINT and BONNERS FERRYState Designated Area: #9BElevation: 2,500–7,200Prime Season: Dec–MarchRoute: U.S. 95 and U.S. 2Lodging/Services Info: (208) 267-5922 (BonnersFerry) or (800) 800-2106(Sandpoint) Fax: (208) 265-5289 (Sandpoint)Internet: www.sandpointchamber.orgMap Info: (208) 263-5111










Located 40 miles north of Coeurd’Alene and 25 miles south of theCanadian border, the Sandpoint/Bonners Ferry area offers morethan 100 miles of marked andgroomed trails. This area ofbreathtaking mountain peaks isCanada’s gateway to Silver Country.Sandpoint and Bonners Ferry arejust hours from Spokane, WA,Cranbrook, B.C. or Libby, MT.Favorite riding areas include:Spruce Lake, Copper Ridge, DeerCreek, Canuck, Roman NoseLakes, Apache Ridge and DodgePeak to the southwest, and CooksPass to the west.

COEUR D’ALENEState Designated Area: #28Elevation: 3,000–5,000Prime Season: Jan–MarchMiles From Town: 12Route: U.S. 95Lodging/Services/Map Info:(208) 664-3194 Fax: (208) 667-9338Internet:

A tradition of timber and mininghas created an extensive networkof trails in the Coeur d’Alene/Kootenai County area. Thesetrails provide snowmobilers with350 miles of diverse ridingconditions within easy access offInterstate 90. From straighthigh-speed “highways” to high-mountain switchbacks, there’s atrail for any rider. The Coeurd’Alene system connects with theWallace trail system and on toHaugan and St. Regis, MT, a1,000-mile trek of unparalleledscenery, accommodations andaccessibility. Closer to Coeurd’Alene at the Fernan Saddle,elevations range from 2,500 feetto more than 6,000 feet. Twelvemiles east of Coeur d’Alene, theFourth-of-July system offers 54miles of trails for the snowmobileenthusiast. Numerous trailsystems can also be found nearthe towns of Hayden and HaydenLake, including the 43-mileHayden Creek-Horse HeavenLoop. Ten miles southeast ofAthol is the Bunco Trail Systemwhich takes in four groomedtrails totaling 60 miles.

WALLACEState Designated Area: #40Elevation: 2,700–5,000Prime Season: Dec–MarchFull Service Towns: Wallace,Kellogg, AveryRoute: Interstate 90Lodging/Services/Map Info:(208) 753-7151 Fax: (208) 753-7151Internet:

Experienced snowmobilers and familieslove the challenge of this rustic area.Historic Wallace is Idaho’s SnowmobileCity, USA and features some of thefinest high mountain snowmobiling inthe world through its Silver Country1,000-Mile Trail System. HistoricWallace is snowmobile-friendly andfeatures an ‘open streets’ ordinancewelcoming riders to access area trailsfrom anywhere in town. Located highin the Bitterroot Mountains near theIdaho/ Montana border, this beautiful1880’s Old West mining town is listedon the National Historic Register andis easily accessible via Interstate 90from Seattle, Spokane and Missoula.

ST. MARIESState Designated Area: #5Elevation: 6,300–10,157Prime Season: Dec–MarchFull Service Towns: St. MariesMiles From Town: 30 milesfrom St. MariesRoute: From St. Mariestravel South on Hwy 5 toSanta, then South on Hwy 3to Fernwood/Clarkia.Lodging/Services Info: St. Maries Chamber ofCommerce (208) 245-3563Fax: St. Joe’s RangerDistrict (208) 245-6052U.S. Forest Service (800) 245-2531Internet:

North Idaho has the snow andterrain to create a snowmobiler’sparadise. Snowmobiling is one ofthe area’s fastest growingsports. Because St. Maries islocated in the BitterrootMountains, ski areas andsnowmobiling opportunities are






plentiful. In winter monthssnowmobiling enthusiasts delight inmiles of groomed trails and goodsnow. There are over 600 acresavailable just outside St. Maries forsnowmobiling. Xmas Hills Recreationarea is located approximately twomiles east of St. Maries; it has awarming hut, restrooms andunloading docks. Potlatch Corprecreation permits are not requiredto ride at Xmas Hills Recreationarea. In surrounding Benewah andShoshone counties, the miles andmiles of trails are endless for

snowmobiling. A history oftimber and mining has left anextensive network of trailsthrough the Idaho PanhandleNational regulations andtrail maps are available fromU.S. Forest Service officesthroughout the region. Withthe eminent success ofsnowmobiling projectsthroughout North Idaho,here’s a recommendation:Make plans for your visitbefore the rest of the worldgets here! To the south, theSt. Joe/ Avery/St. Mariesarea is best known as thehome of Idaho’s St. Joe Riverand offers a southern accessto the Silver Country 1,000Mile Trail System.

AVERYState Designated Area: #40bElevation: 2,700–5,000Prime Season: Dec–MarchFull Service Towns: Avery, WallaceLodging: www.fyinorthidaho.comMap Info: (208) 245-4517

This once thriving railroad town isnow a great place to stage yoursnowmobile ride. With connection tothe Wallace (area 40) program to thenorth and the beautiful St. Joe RiverCounty to the south, Avery has manydifferent things to offer snowmobilers.In the winter, Avery can be accessedby driving 47 miles up NFD Road#50 from St. Maries.

MOSCOWState Designated Area: #29Elevation: 2,300–6,000Prime Season: Dec–MarchRoute: U.S. 95Lodging/Services Info: Elk River City Call (208) 826-3209 Fax: (208) 882-6186Internet: www.moscowchamber.comMap Info: (208) 875-1131

Latah County offers 300 miles ofgroomed snowmobile trails spreadover three areas. The largest is a250 mile network of trails betweenthe small towns of Bovill and Elk River.Northeast of Moscow on Moscow









Mountain, a smaller system oftrails extends along the ridge,down into a loop trail and backup to a spectacular view at themountain’s summit (4,721 feet).East of the town of Harvard is anetwork of groomed trails withtrailheads near Laird Park onStrychnine Creek and a few milesbeyond at North Fork Creek.

OROFINOState Designated Area: #18Elevation: 3,000–6,000Prime Season: Dec–AprFull Service Towns: Orofino,Pierce, WeippeMiles from Town: 20Route: U.S. 12, Idaho Highway 11Lodging/Services Info: (208) 476-4335 Fax: (208) 476-3634Internet: www.orofino.comMap Info: (208) 476-4541

In Clearwater County, apanoramic view of the region isfound at Bald Mountain Lookout,the site of a winter survival cabinfor snowmobilers. This areafeatures more than 200 miles ofgroomed and several miles ofungroomed trails. Trail rides andhill climbs can be enjoyed atelevations ranging from 3,000 to6,000 feet.

LEWISTONState Designated Area: #35Elevation: 3,000–5,000Prime Season: Jan–MarchFull Service Towns: Lewiston,WinchesterMiles from Town: 20Route: U.S. 95Lodging/Services Info: (800) 473-3543 Fax: (208) 743-2176Internet: Info: (208) 743-3531

Nez Perce County grooms 250 milesin the Waha Area in Nez Perce andLewis counties. The trail systemwinds around Craig Mountain nearWinchester and offers open andforested areas. Parking is availablenear Waha and Winchester.

GRANGEVILLEState Designated Area: #25AElevation: 5,000–8,000Prime Season: Nov–AprilMiles From Town: 7Route: U.S. 95, south on U.S.Forest Road 221Lodging/Services Info: (208) 983-0460Fax: (208) 983-9188Map Info: (208) 983-1950

The Grangeville area has a 150-milegroomed snowmobile trail systemthat begins seven miles south ofGrangeville at Fish Creek RecreationArea. From there, groomed trailsrun south along the Old Milner Trailto the old town site of Florence andthe breaks of the Salmon River. Sidetrips can be taken to the edge of theGospel Hump Wilderness. The trailsystem to the west of Fish Creek hastwo groomed loops. The Goose CreekLoop provides access to High Camp,overlooking Grangeville and theCamas Prairie. The longer ServiceFlats Loop offers open ridges andviews of the Seven Devils Mountainsand the Salmon River Canyon.

ELK CITY/DIXIEState Designated Area: #25BElevation: 4,000–7,000Prime Season: Dec–MarchRoute: U.S. 95, Idaho Highways 13 and 14Lodging/Services Info: (208) 842-2383Map Info: (208) 842-2245

Central Idaho County (Elk City,Red River, and Dixie) offersapproximately 200 miles ofgroomed trails. In cooperationwith the U.S. Forest Serviceand local businesses, theTimberliners Snowmobile Clubmaintains these trails. A widevariety of snowmobiling isavailable ranging from trails inheavy timber to opensnowfields. Major trailheads areavailable at Elk City, NewsomeCreek, Trapper Creek and Dixie.






MCCALLState Designated Area: #43AElevation: 5,000–8,000Prime Season: Dec–AprilRoute: Idaho Highway 55(Nearest parking is 3–5 milesfrom town)Lodging/Services Info: (208) 634-7631Fax: (208) 634-7752Internet: www.mccallchamber.orgMap Info: (208) 634-0427

This popular recreation areafeatures some of the bestsnowmobiling in the state withwell-groomed trails andbackcountry play areas.Snowmobile trails take off fromCascade, Donnelly and McCall.The trail accesses the Lady BugPlay Area, where acres ofpowder await. The Railroad PassTrail takes you into Warm Lake,Deadwood and into the town ofYellow Pine where fuel, food andlodging are available. Areabyways offer access tobackcountry areas such as

12 Goose Lake, Brundage Reservoir,Granite Lake, Little Payette Lake,Warren, Red Ridge, Burgdorf HotSprings and Blue Bunch. Warrenhas food and lodging available.Parking areas west and north ofMcCall provide off-highway parkingand easy access to trails.

SMITH’S FERRY/CASCADE/WARM LAKEState Designated Areas: #43B, #43C, #43DElevation: 5,000–8,000Prime Season: Dec–AprilRoute: Idaho Highway 55Lodging/Services Info: (208) 382-3833 (Call for events)Map Info: (208) 634-0427

Sixty miles north of Boise onHighway 55, snowmobile trails takeoff from Smith’s Ferry and 18 milesfurther north in Cascade. TheWellington Snow Park (near Smith’sFerry) offers 400 miles of trails,250 of which are groomed, withaccess to McCall, Cascade, Ola,








Stanley, Warm Lake and GardenValley. The Winter Wonderland Trailleaves the mountain meadows ofSmith’s Ferry, weaves past thetowns of Cascade and Donnelly andcrosses the mountains, offeringspectacular scenic vistas at over7,900 feet-before reaching McCall.

GARDEN VALLEYState Designated Area: #8BElevation: 3,000–8,000Prime Season: Dec–MarchMiles from Town: 5Route: Idaho Highway 55, turn east at BanksLodging/Services Info: (208) 462-5003 Fax: (208) 462-3703Internet: www.gvchamber.orgMap Info: (208) 634-0427

The Garden Valley snowmobiletrail system begins at the TerraceLake Resort. A total of 137 milesare groomed, leading to PackerJohn and connecting with the trailsystem maintained by the Smith’sFerry grooming program. Trailsare also groomed from SilverCreek Plunge to Six Mile, BoilingSprings, and Silver Creek Resort.Garden Mountain can also bereached from the trail systemthough the route is ungroomed.

IDAHO CITYState Designated Area: #8AElevation: 3,500–8,200Prime Season: Dec–MarchRoute: Idaho Highway 21Lodging/Services Info: (208) 392-4148 Fax: (208) 392-6684Map Info: (208) 392-6681

Located in the heart of Idaho’sGold Rush country, historic IdahoCity is a starting point for morethan 260 miles of groomedtrails. Gentle, tree-coveredmountain slopes offer a variety ofriding conditions for the entirefamily. Idaho City’s snowmobiletrail system connects with theStanley and Pine/Feathervillesystems. Food and lodging arelocated in Idaho City.

PINE ANDFEATHERVILLEState Designated Area: #20Elevation: 4,500–9,500Prime Season: Nov–AprilRoute: U.S. 20Lodging/Services Info: (800) 587-4464 Fax: (208) 344-6236Map Info: (208) 587-7961

A network of groomed trails islocated north of Highway 20near Anderson Ranch Reservoirin southwest Idaho. More than380 miles of well-marked,groomed trails offer snowmobilersnearly every kind of terrainimaginable for winter fun. Thebase elevation is near 4,200 feetand climbs close to 10,000 feetin the fabulous Trinity Mountainsand the high-mountain prairiesand rolling hills of Cat Creek.Popular paths include TrinityLakes, Pfifer Creek, JamesCreek, Wagon Town Loop andBurnt Creek. Other trails lead toFeatherville, Deer Creek, Prairie,Rocky Bar, Atlanta, Fall Creek,Pine and Nesters. Severallocations in the Anderson RanchRecreation Area offer lodging,food, gas and RV facilities. TheMalcomson Parking Area, 14miles west of Fairfield onHighway 20, provides a warminghut and access to more than300-square miles of publicand private land.





TWIN FALLSState Designated Area: #42Elevation: 7,000–8,000Prime Season: Dec–MarchMiles From Town: 36Route: Twin Falls County Route G3Lodging/Services Info: (800) 255-8946 Fax: (208) 733-3296Internet:www.twinfallschamber.comMap Info: (208) 737-3200

South of Twin Falls, locatedin the foothills andmountains of the southrim of the Snake RiverValley, lies the DiamondfieldJack Snowplay area. Easilyaccessible from Interstate84 on County Route G3,the Diamondfield Jackarea offers more than200 miles of groomed andmarked trails in 200-square miles of SawtoothNational Forest and BLMland. A plowed, 85-carparking lot provides accessand the U.S. Forest Servicemaintains two warming hutsand heated restrooms.

BURLEYState Designated Area: #16Elevation: 6,000–10,000Prime Season: Dec–MarchMiles from Town: 25Route: U.S. 30Lodging/Services Info: (800) 333-3408Fax: (208) 733-9216Internet:www.minicassiachamber.comMap Info: (208) 678-0430

Cassia County is much the sameas the South Hills of Twin Falls.The area is known for its longsnowmobiling season andfantastic views of the Snake RiverPlain. At Howell Canyon is awarming hut, heated restroomsand an 85-car parking lot. Thearea boasts some of the highestsnowfall totals in south centralIdaho. Cassia County has anextensive 120-mile groomed trailsystem in the Sublett Range eastof Burley. The main access forthe trail system is in NorthHeglar Canyon.






BEAR LAKE COUNTYState Designated Areas: #4,#15, #21Elevation: 6,000–8,700Prime Season: Nov–AprilFull-Service Towns: Montpelier,Preston, Soda SpringsMiles From Town: 10Route: U.S. 89 and U.S. 30Lodging/Services Info: (800) 448-BEAR Fax: (208) 945-2072Map Info: (208) 847-0375

Straddling the Utah border insoutheast Idaho, beautiful BearLake is accessible fromMontpelier on Highway 89. Inaddition to a network of 350miles of groomed trails, this areahas extensive additional mileagein marked, ungroomed trails.Changes in elevation offer terrainvarying from mountainous toopen meadow. The St. Charles/Fish Haven Loop is one of themost popular routes. Other trailsinclude: Paris, Mink Creek,Bloomington, Georgetown/Montpelier Loop, Crow Creek,Stump Creek, Eight-Mile MeadowCreek and Ant Canyon. A 40-milegroomed trail starts and ends atthe Trail Canyon Warming Hut.Several parking areas make trailseasily accessible. Snowmobilerentals, accommodations andtour packages are availablethroughout the Bear Lake area,with full services available inMontpelier. Services are alsoavailable in Preston, SodaSprings and several smallercommunities along Highway 89.

BANNOCK COUNTYState Designated Area: #3Elevation: 5,000–8,000Prime Season: Dec–MarchFull-Service Towns: Lava HotSprings, PocatelloRoute: U.S. 30Lodging/Services Info: (888) 201-1063Internet:www.pocatelloidaho.comMap Info: (208) 236-7500

The Bannock County groomingprogram maintains 250 miles ofsnowmobile trails in Bannock,Power and Caribou counties. Thetwo main areas with trail systemsare the Scout Mountain-MinkCreek area and the Inman-Pebble-Toponce area. Onewarming shelter is available ineach area. Parking lots areprovided in both areas. After along day, natural hot water poolswelcome winter enthusiasts atLava Hot Springs. Visitors canfind local accommodations and avariety of snowmobile activitiesthroughout the valley.

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BONNEVILLE and BINGHAM COUNTIESState Designated Areas:#10, #6Elevation: 5,000–9,000Prime Season:Jan–MarchFull-Service Town: Idaho FallsMiles From Town: 15Route: Bone RoadLodging/Services Info: (800) 634-3246 Fax: (208) 523-2255Internet:www.yellowstoneteton.orgMap Info: (800) 634-3246

A network of 400 miles ofgroomed trails leads you to someof the world’s finest snowmobilingplaygrounds. This trail system alsoconnects with the Bear Lake,Franklin and Caribou snowmobiletrail systems. Majestic mountains,beautiful timbered areas, andopen flats make this snowmobilingregion one of the finest. Populartrails are Bone to Alpine,Brockman and Skyline, Wolverineand King Canyon. These widegroomed trails lead you to thegreat playgrounds of easternIdaho. Three warming hutslocated along the trail system addto your comfort and safety.








MADISON,JEFFERSON, TETONCOUNTIES State Designated Areas: #33, #26, #41Elevation: 4,000–9,000Prime Season: Dec–AprilFull-Service Towns: Rexburg, DriggsMiles From Town: 10Route: Idaho Highway 33Lodging/Services Info: (208) 356-5700 Fax: (208) 356-5799Internet: www.rexcc.comMap Info: (208) 356-3102

Madison, Jefferson and Tetoncounties offer 280 miles ofgroomed trails and tens ofthousands of acres of off-trailriding. Riders can sled betweenthe communities of Rexburg,Tetonia and Driggs. Popular trailsstart in the west on Lyons Creek,Burn Siding and lead to RedButte via 218, with asnowmobile slide that drops into1,000 Springs Valley. Travel onto Green Canyon Hot Springs forlunch, gas, or soak in the pool orhot tub. Journey on toPacksaddle Basin for powderriding or hill climbing and then onto the Teton’s Viewpoint andDriggs or back to Rexburg overthe Roller Coasters.

ASHTON/ISLAND PARKState Designated Area: #22Elevation: 6,600–9,000Prime Season: Dec–AprilFull-Service Towns: numerouscommunities are located alongIsland Park’s 32-mile “MainStreet.” (Full Service centersinclude Last Chance, PondsLodge, Mack’s Inn and IslandPark Village)Route: U.S. 20Lodging/Services Info: (800) 634-3246Map Info: (208) 624-7266



22 AshtonWith a view of the majesticTeton Mountains, groomedtrails from Ashton provideroutes to the popular MesaFalls area, Yellowstone’s CaveFalls and Grand Teton NationalPark. The area contains wideopen powder riding acrossrolling hills. Snowmobilers canaccess 400 miles of groomedtrails on private and public landthrough the Targhee NationalForest. Trails from Mesa Fallslead north to Island Park andYellowstone National Park. A45-mph speed limit on groomedtrails is enforced. Snowmobilerentals are available.

Island ParkBordering Yellowstone NationalPark and connecting to the WestYellowstone and Continental DivideTrail systems, Island Park isIdaho’s crown jewel ofsnowmobiling. Here, more than500 miles of groomed trailsconnect with 800 more miles inWest Yellowstone and Wyoming.Island Park also has thousands ofmiles of backcountry riding. TheIsland Park system is uniquebecause it provides you withaccess to Yellowstone NationalPark through its northwestcorner. Tour the park, exit thesouth gate and return to yourmotel via the Ashton area.Riders will take inbreathtaking sights such asBig Springs, Mesa Falls,Mount Two-Top, SouthPlateau and the CentennialRange of the RockyMountains. Mount Jeffersonand the WaHoo Chute, TheKeg, Willow Creek, LionsHead and many moreexciting places are optionsfor the more experiencedrider. Renowned Two-TopMountain provides aspectacular view of Henry’sLake and Henry’s Lake Flat.A 45-mph speed limit ongroomed trails is enforced.Snowmobile rentals andguided tours are available.


FAIRFIELDState Designated Areas: #13,#24, #32Elevation: 5,000–9,000Prime Season: Dec–MarchMiles from Town: 10Route: U.S. 20Lodging/Services Info: (208) 764-2222or (208) 764-2506Map Info: (208) 764-3202

The Fairfield snowmobileprogram grooms 220 milesof trail in Camas County andprovides a snowmobileshelter north of WellsSummit. The area providesquality groomed trails andoutstanding open play areas.

BLAINE COUNTYState Designated Area: #7Elevation: 5,000–10,000Prime Season: Dec–MarchFull Service Towns: Hailey,Ketchum, Sun ValleyMiles from town: 10Route: Idaho Highway 75Lodging/Services Info: (800) 634-3347Fax: (208) 726-4533Internet: www.visitsunvalley.comMap Info: (800) 634-3347

Blaine County is world-famous forskiing at Sun Valley, but the areaoffers fantastic snowmobiling aswell. The Blaine County







snowmobile program grooms120 miles of trail in the BakerCreek area north of Ketchumand the Wood River RecreationArea, three miles west of Hailey.The area also has lots of off-trailriding and spectacular scenery.

STANLEYState Designated Area: #19Elevation: 2,700–9,500Prime Season: Nov–AprilFull-Service Towns: Stanley,LowmanRoute: Idaho Highways 21 and 75Lodging/Services Info: (800) 878-7950Map Info: (208) 774-3000

Stanley and the surrounding areaoffers spectacular scenery andeven more spectacularsnowmobiling. The City of Stanleygrooms more than 165 miles oftrails as well as the Stanley-Lowman Trail. Here, riders findoff-trail fun, some of the bestscenic vistas in the West andheights up to 7,000 feet as theycruise alongside the SawtoothMountain range. Mountain trails,lakes and wide-open meadowsoffer great riding for beginnersto experts. The Stanley trailsystem contains the northeastportion of the Highway to HeavenTrail that begins in Boise.Snowmobilers can also connectwith the Boise and Valley countygrooming programs. Trails aregroomed weekly and sometimesmore depending on the weather.Riders can play in the SawtoothValley up to Smiley Creek and theheadwaters of the Salmon River.A warming hut can be found inBear Valley. Towards the west,the meadows of Valley Creekprovide more off-trail fun.

SALMONState Designated Area: #30Elevation: 5,000–10,000Prime Season: Dec–AprilFull Service Town: SalmonRoute: U.S. 93Lodging/Services Info: (208) 756-2100Fax: (208) 756-4840Map Info: (208) 756-5200

Located in the shadow of theRocky Mountains and theContinental Divide, Lemhi County’ssnow-laden mountains offerterrain suited to all types of ridesand experiences. Two of sevengroomed trails (225 miles total),provide immediate access tonumerous points of interest. FromSalmon, snowmobilers enjoy ridingthe Old Stage Coach Road to theghost town of Leesburg, or selectany of several other locationsaccessible from this route. Twentymiles south on Highway 28, theWarm Spring Loop offers all sortsof exhilarating conquests. A few ofthe most accepted excursionsinclude miles of leisurely ridingalong the Continental Divide, biggame sightings and dropping offinto beautiful mountain meadows,lakes and some of the mostpristine country anyone could hopeto witness. The area hasunlimited, uncongestedrecreational opportunities,with many areas remainingundisturbed all seasonlong. Snow conditionsrange from good toexcellent throughout theseason.




iding on public lands is a privilege, nota right. Because it is a privilege, it

can be taken away if riders don’t doeverything they possibly can to protect it.

Responsible riders know that one way toprotect their riding privilege is to respectthe rights of all users. They also know thatriding areas and trail systems can beclosed because of the careless acts ofirresponsible riders.

Join a snowmobile club or organization inyour area and participate in theiractivities. Group rides provide a great wayto meet new people and learn new placesto ride. Another great way to makesnowmobiling better is to participate intrail maintenance days where groupsclean and repair designated trails.Working on a trail can be both fun andsatisfying. Groups are also working toincrease the number of designated trailsavailable to snowmobiles. All of theseworthwhile activities happen because ofvolunteers like you.

Being a member of an organized andrecognized club is the best way to voice yourconcerns and interests in the future of off-highway recreation opportunities in Idaho.


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IDAHO SNOWMOBILE ORGANIZATIONSIdaho State Snowmobile Association —

NATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS American Council of SnowmobileAssociations —

National Off-Highway Vehicle ConservationCouncil —

Snowmobile Alliance of Western States —

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Do you need a snowmobile license in Idaho? ›

Idaho requires all out-of-state snowmobilers to purchase a nonresident snowmobile user certificate. The certificate costs $59.50 and is available at authorized snowmobile registration vendors. It is good for a period of one year. Short term certificates are not available.

Do you have to wear a helmet on a snowmobile in Idaho? ›

Snowmobiling in Idaho generally falls under the state's broader recreational safety laws. Idaho does not have a specific statute mandating helmet use for snowmobilers of all ages. However, as with skiing, wearing a helmet is strongly recommended for safety reasons.

Can you ride snowmobiles on the road in Idaho? ›

(4) Snowmobiles may be operated on that portion of a highway or public roadway right-of-way that is not maintained or utilized for the operation of conventional motor vehicles. (5) Local authorities may, by ordinance, specifically designate public roadways upon which snowmobiles may be operated.

How much is a snowmobile sticker for Idaho? ›

On or before November 1 of each year, each Idaho snowmobile owner must register the snowmobile with the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation. The department or its authorized vendors will issue the owner a pair of validation stickers and a registration. The registration fee is $45.50 ($59.50 for Non-Resident).

How fast is a snowmobile? ›

The average highest speed for snowmobiles depends on the model but ranges around 95 miles per hour to 120 mph. Some of the higher speed snowmobiles can reach up to 150 miles per hour, but these are high power models.

Does Idaho require titles for snowmobiles? ›

Before you can hit the trails with your new sled, you first need to get it registered with the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation. The Gem State requires that all snowmobiles that will be operated on public or private land be registered on or before November 1 each year.

Should you wear a helmet on a snowmobile? ›

The primary piece of safety equipment you should wear while snowmobiling is a helmet.

Is Idaho a no helmet state? ›

Helmets required for all riders under 18.

Do you have to wear a helmet in a UTV in Idaho? ›

No person under eighteen (18) years of age shall ride upon or be permitted to operate a motorcycle, motorbike, utility type vehicle or an all-terrain vehicle unless at all times when so operating or riding upon the vehicle he is wearing, as part of his motorcycle, motorbike, UTV or ATV equipment, a protective safety ...

Is it illegal to drive with snow on your car in Idaho? ›

(3) No vehicle shall be operated when the windshield and/or windows of the vehicle are coated with ice, snow, sleet, or dust to the extent that the driver's view ahead, or to the sides or rear of the vehicle are obstructed. History: [49-612, added 1988, ch. 265, sec.

Can I drive my UTV on the road in Idaho? ›

If you are operating an ATV or UTV on the road in Idaho, it is required that you have a working brake light, headlight and taillight if dark or poor visibility, a horn audible from 200 feet, and a mirror showing at least 200 feet behind the ATV or UTV. Adult ATV/UTV riders are not required by law to wear a helmet.

Is Idaho ATV friendly? ›

Idaho boasts family-friendly opportunities to explore riding parks and ATV trails throughout the state.

Do you need a title for a jet ski in Idaho? ›


inboard and inboard/outboard motorboats, sailboats, and personal watercraft (jet skis). Any non-exempt vessel, model year 2000 or newer, over 12' in length, regardless of the mode of propulsion. Example: model year 2000 13' outboard.

Do I need an ORV sticker in Idaho? ›

Any OHV being operated or transported on Idaho public lands, roads, or trails where allowed must display a valid registration sticker. This includes OHVs operating off-highway on a designated trail, open riding area, or motocross track.

Where do you put stickers on a snowmobile? ›

Snowmobile registration decals

Placement of decal is to be affixed in an area provided by manufacturer, on the upper half of the cowling. Cowling is also referred to as the hood, which covers the engine, muffler and clutch assembly.

Do you need a license to drive an ATV in Idaho? ›

Idaho law requires that any person without a valid motor vehicle license who wishes to operate an OHV on US Forest Service roads must take an IDPR-approved OHV safety course. Riders 15 years and younger who wish to operate an OHV on roads must also be supervised by an adult.

Do you need a license to snowmobile Utah? ›

Operators eight through 15 years of age must possess an OHV education certificate marked specifically for snowmobile use. Operators 16 years of age and older must possess a valid driver's license or an OHV education certificate for snowmobile use.

Do you need a snowmobile license in SD? ›

In South Dakota, all snowmobiles must be properly licensed to operate on public or private lands, except those private lands owned by the snowmobile's operator. Resident snowmobile licenses must be permanently affixed to each side of a snowmobile, below the windshield and on the hood cowling.

Do you need a driver's license to drive a snowmobile in Colorado? ›

Snowmobile Laws in Colorado

In Colorado, there is no need for a special license, but you do need to have your snowmobile registered. Non-residents of the state are required to purchase a Colorado Non-Resident Snowmobile permit to drive. Those permits can be purchased via mail or ordered online.

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