The Handbook of Montana Snowmobile Regulations
The Official Snowmobiling Handbook of the Montana State Parks - Web Version
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Snowmobiling in Montana
What Is a Snowmobile?
According to Montana law, a snowmobile is a self-propelled vehicle that:
- Has an overall width of 48 inches or less, excluding accessories and…
- Is designed for travel on snow or ice and…
- May be steered by skis or runners and…
- Is not otherwise registered or licensed under the laws of the state of Montana.
Montana Snowmobile Program
Montana has over 4,000 miles of groomed snowmobile trails that are maintained by local clubs and Chambers of Commerce using grant money provided by Montana State Parks, a division of Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP). Snowmobile gas tax refund, decal fees, and the Resident Trail Pass provide funding for trail grooming.
National Forest Land
Most national forest land in Montana is open for unrestricted winter travel.
- In some areas, these routes are shared by skiers, hikers on snowshoes, fat tire bikes, motorized snow bikes, and snowmobilers.
- Check with the U.S. Forest Service, the local ranger, or the ski area manager for specific restrictions.
Many local snowmobile clubs exist in Montana.
- Most of them are members of the Montana Snowmobile Association (MSA).
- To find a club, locate others to ride with, ask about riding areas, or get involved in preserving the sport, contact the MSA at www.snowmobilemt.org.