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.

Snowmobile Clubs

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.