If your idea of a great time involves fast machines roaring through heaps of snow, check out our 225+ miles of groomed trails with innumerable off-trail opportunities on wide-open ridges, rolling parks, and steep climbs. Accessing some of Colorado’s most scenic wintertime vistas (at 12,000+ feet) will take your breath away!

Important Always consult local sources concerning directions and trail conditions before riding.
Remember!! Never go alone. ALWAYS CARRY AN AVALANCHE BEACON, SHOVEL, AND SNOW PROBE. Leave riding location information with family, friends, or with your lodge owner.

South Fork Powder Busters Groomed Trails

Share the Trail! The following trails are groomed for Snowmobile and X-Country Ski access by volunteers with the Powder Busters Snowmobile Club. Donations for equipment maintenance are accepted for them at the South Fork Visitor Center.

SouthFork PowderBustersTrails

Powder Busters #1 - Willow Park/Del Norte Peak #345/350
(H5) Parks and valleys are plentiful to play in and at close observation you will possibly see a variety of wildlife. Restroom and picnic tables available. Loops with PB2-Beaver Creek/Cross Creek. 8,250-12,400ft. Easy to Extreme.

Powder Busters #2 - Beaver Creek/Cross Creek #360/359
(G6) Parking is at far end of the reservoir, with restrooms. There is a possible 23 mile loop on #359 for experienced riders only. Intercepts with PB1 for a 90 mile loop. 8,700-11,500ft. Easy to Extreme.

Powder Busters #3 - Park Creek/Summitville #380
(G6) Trailhead is 3 miles up Park Creek #380, or unload at highway. 14 mile route from Fox Mnt turnoff, with plenty of ungroomed riding in Summitville area. Note avalanche danger and wilderness areas. Return on same route. 8,500-11,530 ft. Easy to Extreme.

Powder Busters #4 - Fox Mountain #381
(G7) Trailhead is 3 miles up Park Creek #380. Eight miles to the end of the trail, large meadows at the top to play. Winter toilet available at trail end. Return on same route. 8,800-11,530 ft. Easy to Expert.

Powder Busters #5 - Big Meadows #410/430
(F7) Parking just off the highway. First stop is 2 miles in at the lake, good ice fishing, then continues for 13 more miles, mostly trail riding, some side trails and a few meadows. Restrooms at Big Meadows Reservoir and Shaw Lake. Return on same route. Also Recommended for XC Skiing. Snowmobiles must stay off nordic trails. 9,300-11,400 ft. Easy.

Powder Busters #6 - Tucker Ponds/Pass Creek #390
(F7) Parking just off highway. Trail is 13 miles. After the big meadow (Campo Molino) at 7 miles, the remaining 6 miles has side hills and is a steep, winding trail - experienced/expert riders only. Note avalanche danger and areas closed to snowmobiles. Return on same route. Intercepts with PB3. 9,300-11,800ft. Expert to Extreme.

Trail Grooming Notes: 

  • Grooming Equipment is large and slow. Please watch your speed, as it may be around any corner, day or night...
  • Orange or Brown snow poles indicate a groomed trail. Note, the poles are placed on the right side of the groomed trail when you are riding away from the trail head.
  • Yellow/Black poles indicate some kind of DANGER (rock, stump, gate, etc). Don't run into them!

Pick up a FREE MAP
at the South Fork Visitors Center

Snowmobile Regulations and Notices for our Area

You must have a current Colorado registration on each sled you're riding. Registration is required to legally ride in Colorado, and also helps fund equipment for grooming and marking trails. Visit cpw.state.co.us

Out-of-state snowmobiles must have a current permit. Permits may be purchased in South Fork at Rainbow Grocery or Twin Pines Motorsports.

Over-snow motorized travel is restricted to designated routes in some areas to protect sensitive wildlife. No motorized travel is allowed in Wilderness areas. Learn More

Warning!

Extreme Avalanche Danger

Avalanches are a constant danger, so backcountry travelers are cautioned to have avalanche training and to carry proper safety equipment, including a beacon, shovel, and snow probe. Learn more

 

Winter Recreation Map

SilverThread Map 2022 Winter thumb
Click to Enlarge