Off-Highway Vehicles

Snow Grooming

Overview

The Utah Division of Parks and Recreation grooms 13 snowmobile complexes across the State accessed from about 60 trailheads. On average, our staff groom 25,000 miles of trail annually. We work with multiple partners to provide snowmobile riding opportunities including the US Forest Service, UDOT, SITLA, Counties, and private partners. 

Use of Snowmobile Registration Fees

A portion of snowmobile registration fees and non-resident OHV permits are used directly to provide snowmobile riding opportunities in these 13 complexes. We spend over $345,000 on grooming operations for the state each year. Our expert mechanics at our park shop provide maintenance, upkeep, emergency field repairs, and major repair in order to maintain our fleet of snowcats in the best condition. To keep our snowcat fleet current we purchase one replacement snowcat a year at a cost of about $218,000.

Grooming Guidelines for Low Snow

To ensure the best use of registration dollars and the best user experienced on our groomed trail system we adhere to the following guidelines when deciding when to groom these trails in low snow years:

  • When grooming a snowmobile trail with an underlying asphalt road we can groom when there is a base of 10 inches of snow.
  • When grooming a snowmobile trail without an underlying asphalt road we can groom when there is a base of 18 inches of snow.

Should current conditions not fall within these guidelines, some areas may not be groomed until conditions improve.

Ride Prepared

Please remember to always check weather and avalanche conditions before getting on the road. Always bring the appropriate gear, and let someone know where you are going and when they can expect to hear back from you.

View the SnowUT Snowgrooming Reports

Check the Avalance Forecast