Snowmobiling in Minnesota
With all the snow that falls in Minnesota, snowmobiling is a great way to adventure in the outdoors. Did you know there are more than 22,000 miles of groomed trails to ride a snowmobile on in Minnesota?
The combination of great conditions and thousands of miles of trails makes snowmobiling in Minnesota a pure joy. Whether you’re a veteran rider or are looking to take up snowmobiling for the first time, this great state is where you should take your next ride.
There is incredible scenery to take in, fun to be had with family and friends, and wonderful resorts to stay in when you make your snowmobile trip a little vacation.
We’ve got you covered with some great tips to make sure you get the most out of your snowmobiling adventure.
Equipment for Snowmobiling in Minnesota
Before you jump on a snowmobile and take to the trails you need to make sure you have all the right equipment. Minnesota state laws require certain things so that you don’t run afoul of the law.
You’ll probably want a good quality helmet, but if you are under 18 then you must have one and be wearing it.
Your snowmobile has to have a muffler and meet decibel-level standards. You are not allowed to modify your muffler.
If you think you might be out and about after dark, working headlights and rear, red lights are a must. It’s not a bad idea to run with your lights on in the daylight, too. Just to be safe and easily seen.
Check that your reflectors are not cracked. Front-facing reflectors should be at least 16 square inches on each side of the rig.
If you’re renting a snowmobile make sure the company you rent from provides you with a snowmobile that meets these requirements. If it’s your own snowmobile, double-check everything before you head out. It’s also worth reading through the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources snowmobiling safety guide.
Trails and Scenery
It’s impossible to give you a sense of every mile of trail. Fortunately, with a little research, you can find many blogs and guides to different trails written by those in the know.
Some tips to make things a little more fun, though, can come in handy.
Stick to the trails. Volunteers groom and keep trails accessible. Use the trails so that you don’t damage the environment or find yourself trespassing on someone’s land.
Pay attention to where you’re going but don’t forget to look around. Minnesota is lovely. When you’re out in the backwoods or away from the rest of humanity, even with a loud engine you’re going to see wildlife. Depending on where you are in the state, be on the lookout for bears, deer, lynx, moose, wolves, eagles and hawks.
Get Out and Enjoy the Minnesota Wild
Get your snowmobile ready. Choose your place to stay. Ride the trails. It’s that simple to have a fun adventure this winter snowmobiling in Minnesota.
If you’ve ridden a snowmobile before, don’t worry. At Chase on the Lake, we’ve got you covered.
Come stay with us. We’ll make your snowmobiling vacation one to remember. Get in touch with us today to learn all about our snowmobile rentals and our wonderful lodge.