Go Play: Go snowmobiling with local lodges
MESA LAKES LODGE
Located in Mesa, Colo., Mesa Lakes Lodge also offers snowmobile tours and rentals.
For more information, visit http://www.mesalakeslodge.com or call 970-268-5467.
Don’t have a snowmobile? That doesn’t matter when you head to a lodge with plenty of rentals.
ELECTRIC MOUNTAIN LODGE
41348 Electric Mtn. Ln., Paonia, CO
Electric Mountain Lodge is located 19 miles above Paonia, Colo., on Stevens Gulch Road. It offers snowmobile and cabin rentals, with access to plenty of open fields and trails.
According to Electric Mountain Lodge employee Renea Ranch, this outfitter gets pretty busy during its peak snow months in January and February.
“Folks can rent snowmobiles, but they must call ahead,” Ranch said. “We get pretty booked.”
Other offerings at Electric Mountain Lodge include a full bar and restaurant, a game room, a pool table and a hot tub. There are also three large cabins, two little ones, and four “honeymoon” cabins available as rentals.
“We have tour guides, too,” Ranch said, “and you can bring your own snowmobile. You don’t need to rent.”
Visit http://www.electricmountainlodge.com or call 877-929-5522 for more information and pricing.
67270 64 6/10 Road, Collbran, CO
With access to 250 miles of groomed trails from its door, Vega Lodge in Collbran, Colo., offers overnight cabin rentals, snowmobile rentals, Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, and ice fishing on Vega Reservoir.
“We’re on Vega State Park, 12 miles east of Collbran,” owner Glenn Stoll said. “Basically it’s an hour drive from most parts of Grand Junction, about 50 miles. It’s away from all the other lodges, and it’s centrally located on the Grand Mesa.”
Vega Lodge also boasts a full-service restaurant and bar, a fireplace and Wi-Fi access.
“We have a bonified chef, who puts out a full menu, which is terrific,” Stoll said.
Reservations during the winter months are suggested. Call ahead, even if you’re not spending the night.
Daily trailer parking is free, and Vega Lodge also offers monthly parking for a charge.
Visit http://www.vegalodge.com or call 970-487-3733 for more information and pricing.
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