Backcountry Snowmobiling And Golfing All Within 24 Hours In Colorado

March 10, 2017

There are a limited number of places in the states where you can say that you went backcountry snowmobiling and then golfed the next day all within the span of 24 hours. Fortunately, that’s the beautiful weather that my buddies and I received when we were out in Colorado this past weekend.

It all started in Denver

We flew into Denver on Thursday, where we met our good friend who actually lives in Steamboat Springs. We were pleasantly surprised by the unseasonably warm weather (roughly high 50s/low 60s) upon arrival. While we weren’t planning on it for that day, we did make the judgment call that outdoor activities where in order.

TopGolf was suggested and quickly became the unanimous decision. I’ve been wanting to check out TopGolf for quite a while after seeing numerous social friends’ posts — I mean, can you really argue with drinks, food and highly competitive driving-range action? It’s pretty much like going to the bar and at the same time getting to burn a few hundred calories. Let’s just say, thank god they had nets all around that place or there would have been balls out on I-25.

Topgolf Denver

Backcountry snowmobiling and tubing

Roughly 150 miles away is Steamboat Springs, Colo., the next stop on our weekend extravaganza. If you haven’t been to Steamboat in the winter months, it’s definitely a voyage you need to make. Primarily known for its unreal skiing and riding trails, there are actually a ton of other entertaining outdoor adventures to be had.

After rolling into Steamboat Springs and getting unpacked a bit, we made our way for Saddleback Ranch to test our “skills” at tubing at their Yee Haw Tubing Hill. They have a pretty awesome setup with a tow-rope and your option of multiple runs to choose from.

Tubing at Saddleback Ranch

We tried them all multiple times and found that actually the mid-tier run was the fastest and most fun. Plus, when you add the weight of four grown men together in a tight pack, you can hit speeds in the neighborhood of 35 to40 mph (per our official estimates). I think our screaming and laughing in the video below is enough evidence of the good time we were having.

The following day we traveled 30 minutes outside of Steamboat Springs to hook up with Rocky Mountain Rentals for 4 hours of backcountry snowmobiling. They are a great outfitter that has everything that you’d ever need, including sleds, gear, packs, and most importantly, extremely experienced guides. Ours was Stan, and after he walked us through the game plan for the day, he guided us through some of the best untouched and extremely deep snow we’ve ever seen. Growing up in northern Minnesota with sleds and a good amount of snow each winter, we thought we had a good idea of type of riding we were in store for.

It was beyond our expectations — the depth of snow, the open land and the amazing views, and it literally felt like no one was living within 100 miles of us.

We actually rode so far that we made it to the Colorado-Wyoming border.

Colorado Wyoming border

Stan took us to the top of Farwell Mountain and combine that with a crystal-clear afternoon we could probably see a hundred miles in any direction.

Farwell Mountain

We all agreed that it was by far the best snowmobiling we had ever done.


70 degrees and sunny

The next morning, we were on our way back to Denver to spend another day checking out the sights and entertainment. As we descended out of the mountains the temperature just kept climbing. By the time we got to Denver it was in the 70s and we found the closest golf course to get in a quick 18 holes. We picked Fossil Trace, which is a very nice 18-hole public course with great facilities, quality rental equipment and a stunning layout with fantastic views. If we had brought shorts, we would’ve been wearing them, because it was a perfect afternoon. Hard to imagine that less than 24 hours prior we were sitting around 10,100 feet on top of a mountain.

Fossil Trace Golf Course

Can you spot the mule deer watching me tee off below?

Denver Golfing At Fossil Trace Golf Course

I would recommend any of the places I’ve linked above for whatever sounds like your cup of tea. Colorado has so much to offer, and this was just a small sample of what you can accomplish in a weekend — let alone a single day.


Backcountry snowmobiling in Steamboat Springs and golfing all within 24 hours