Continental Divide Snowmobiling

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The Continental Divide Snowmobile Trail (CDST) follows the Wind River Range and includes trail systems in the Lander, Pinedale, Dubois, Togwotee Pass and Gros Ventre areas. The CDST runs from Lander (the southeast end) to West Yellowstone (the northwest end). It generally parallels the Continental Divide and actually crosses it four times. The variety of terrain, trail, snow and scenery is unequaled anywhere else. The distance from Lander through Grand Teton National Park to Flagg Ranch at the south gate of Yellowstone National Park is 270 miles.

The Lander area has 118 miles of groomed trails through scenic-forested mountains. Excellent ice fishing can be enjoyed in beautiful mountain lakes along the trails. Average snow depth runs from three to six feet. Complete facilities and services are available in Lander, and gas, food and lodging are available in the South Pass area. There are many on-trail businesses that offer services along the trail system.

Travel 12 miles south of Pinedale on US 191/Wyoming Centennial Scenic Byway to Boulder, Wyoming. Travel east 16 miles on HWY 353 to Irish Canyon parking Area. The trail from Irish Canyon Trail to Blucher Creek Safety Shelter is ~26 miles,  a beautiful and fun to ride for riders that prefer ungroomed sections of the CDST.

From Pinedale, one of the most breathtaking sections of the CDST is from the Upper Green River Valley, approximately 25 minutes from the Town of Pinedale. Road travel north on US 191/Wyoming Centennial Scenic Byway to HWY 352 east to where the road ends at the Upper Green River Parking Area.  This area offers hundreds of miles of trails from the CDST through and is known for some of the most scenic country in the Rocky Mountains. These are miles of open country with mountains in view from everywhere, abundant wildlife viewing, frozen lakes for icefishing, the Green River, and excellent snow with depths up to eight feet deep. Popular half day scenic rides from the Upper Green River Parking Area include; the 33 mile loop to Green River Lakes to view Square Top Mountain and the 36 mile trip to Strawberry Safety Shelter. It is recommended to fuel in Pinedale before you head in and overnight lodging is available in the town of Pinedale.

The Dubois area boasts of some of the best and most scenic riding in the world on 150 miles of beautiful trails and thousands of acres of off-trail riding. Snow conditions are good with a snow depth of one to ten feet and one of the longest seasons. All services can be found in Dubois as well as gas, food, lodging, rentals and guides along the CDST north of Dubois.

The Gros Ventre area has approximately 57 miles of groomed trail and is located just east of the Tetons. This trail system provides easy access to the Togwotee, Dubois and Pinedale areas from Jackson. The parking area at the Lower Slide Lake is 20 miles from Jackson. Snowmobiling is restricted to the trail in most place because this is a very sensitive wildlife area. Please note and obey restrictions as posted on the trail. The Gros Ventre Valley is very special with spectacular views of the Tetons and the possibility of seeing elk, moose, deer, mountain sheep, coyotes and bobcats. The lower end of the trail can experience low snow conditions. At higher elevations it can reach five feet.

In addition, Jackson Hole, Wyoming, is a prominent vacation destination. The community caters to winter activities and offers many choices to the winter recreationalist.

Elevations: 6,000 feet to 10,000 feet
Season: Late November through April.
Season Temperature: +30 F to -30 F

This trail system is maintained through cooperative efforts of the Wyoming Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources/Division of State Parks and Historic Sites, the U.S. Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management and the local snowmobile clubs.

Questions and comments may be directed to: snowmo@state.wy.us

Special Links:
Snow Conditions for Continental Divide Snowmobile Trail
North Continental Divide Map
South Continental Divide Map

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