While it’s a good idea for beginners, you don’t always have to hire a guide to explore Colorado snowmobiling trails. For riders who have their own sleds or friends with the experience and gear, there are plenty of do-it-yourself snowmobile adventures not far from Denver. Check out these easy picks for getting on a snowmobile and out in nature for a weekend of adventure.

Grand Lake: Kauffman Creek

All lines lead to snowmobile central: Colorado’s hugely popular Grand Lake area. But you can skirt the crowds on this relatively untapped snowmobile trail. Kauffman Creek’s long, winding groomed track rolls through clearcuts and meadows before connecting to the Walden/Gould trail system. Head across state highway 125 for play riding in ungroomed fields and along logging roads.

Frisco: Spring Creek

The Spring Creek system features 18 miles of groomed trails, which are laid out in a helpful figure 8. Stick to the path or head off trail for more advanced riding in this favorite Summit County playground. Find this trailhead by heading north on state highway 9 from Silverthorne. Turn left on county road 10 (Spring Creek Road) and follow it until you see the trailhead turnaround area.

Leadville: Turquoise Lake Road

This super-scenic 14-mile, multi-user loop around Turquoise Lake, near the historic mining town of Leadville, features beginner-friendly terrain with a couple of challenge off-shoots in meadows and along ungroomed singletrack trails. Park at the large lot at the intersection of county roads 99 and 9.