Winter Activities at The Historic Elk Mountain Hotel
With over 2,000 miles of scenic powder-filled trails, its no wonder Wyoming is considered Sled Heaven. Spectacular views, off-trail riding opportunities, and great snow can all be found on the extensive trail systems.
The Historic Elk Mountain Hotel is located in the shadow of Elk Mountain and just 12 miles north of the Medicine Bow Forest and the little known back door to the trails of the Snowy Range. This access is certainly less frequented than the overcrowded Ten Mile and Centennial areas with some people hoping to keep it undiscovered!
Altogether the Snowy Range Area boasts 195 miles of groomed trails. Another 121 miles of natural trails give the more adventurous snowmobiler numerous places to hill-climb, boon-dock and powder-play.
With an annual snowfall of 300 inches and a 7 month season (November –through May) you can’t help but have a good time! Elevations range between 7000 and 11,000 feet with seasonal temperatures of +30º F to -30º F (-1º C to -34ºC)
Ranked 6 of 15 of the top spots in the West to snowmobile and 2 in the State of Wyoming by SnoWest Magazine
Buy your user fee permit and decal at the hotel for $25 during Fall and Winter. We are members of the Wyoming Snowmobile Association and welcome snowmobilers seeking comfort and good food after a day spent challenging the mountains.
The Snowy Range Ski and Recreation Area have four lifts and 27 different runs. It is probably the best place to ski outside of the Jackson Hole resort area. The area also offers a wide variety of cross country ski trails. Beautiful trails exist for novice and advanced skiers. In addition to designated cross country ski trails, almost all snowmobile trails are also accessible to skiing, snowshoeing and dog sledding.
The Medicine Bow Forest is an angler’s paradise with excellent ice fishing access to many rivers, streams and lakes.
The Historic Elk Mountain Hotel is within one of America’s best locations for the sport. We have diverse terrain with altitude varying between 5,500 to 12,000 feet; low population density which means miles and miles of wide open spaces, a ranching community that distributes water to the land creating habitat and cooperation amongst agencies all contribute to make the county a wildlife paradise. Pronghorn antelope bound across the plains and every Fall hunters seek the big bucks. Elk hunting is nearly without rival and big herds populate the Snowy Range. Mule deer and whitetail deer are plentiful. Blue grouse, sage grouse, ducks, geese, wild turkey, morning doves and cottontail rabbits are the common small game. For hunting information and license requirements contact the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.
For Antelope, Elk, White Tail Deer and Mule Deer contact: (a) Dan Artery's Outdoor Adventures who specializes in trophy hunts at 307-331-0117. Dan has 35 years experience guiding and outfitting hunters. For non-seasonal, license free depredation hunting please see Coda Hunts who organize depredation hunting in the terrain close to the hotel.
Wyoming Game & Fish
In October 2008 Greg Sutherland of Arizona shot this antelope with a classic British double rifle by J.W. Tolley in .375 H&H flanged Magnum circa 1890's.
Dave and Shauna with their antelope