When are you open?
Our office hours are 8:00 to 4:00 daily during the snowmobile season.
We may start snowmobile trips as early as Nov. 1, snow conditions permitting. We close for the season in early April.
Why should we choose Monarch Snowmobile Tours?
We are the most affordable snowmobile company in the state of Colorado (if you can find anyone less expensive for a comparable trip we will give you 5% off the rate you found). We offer a variety of trips and most of them leave from right outside our front door. We have an excellent safety record and have been in operation since 1988. We invite you to look at our comments on TripAdvisor and see why our guests think you should come with us.
Where are you located?
We are in Garfield/Monarch on Hwy 50, 3 miles east of the Monarch Ski Area.
How old do you have to be to rent a snowmobile?
If you are going with a guide you must be at least 18 years old to rent the snowmobile. If you are going out on your own, without one of the guides, you must be at least 21 years old.
How old do you have to be to drive your own machine?
You need to be at least 15 years old and someone over 18 years old must rent the snowmobile for you.
How old do passengers need to be?
We recommend passengers be at least 5 years old. If you have children 3 to 4-1/2 years old we require you sign up for a private trip. There is an additional charge for private trips.
Are clothes included?
Clothes are not included. We have found most people have warm clothes so we do not include it in the cost of our tours. Ski clothes work very well. We do have clothing available to rent at a minimal charge.
Can we use our own helmets?
If you have a motorcycle DOT approved helmet you are welcome to use it. Ski helmets may not be used. Helmets are provided at no extra cost. They do not have face shields so you will need eye protection.
What is included in the price?
The pricing on the guided trips include the guide, snowmobile, fuel, fees and helmets (open faced). Unguided it includes the snowmobile and first tank of fuel.
What should we bring?
Bring warm clothes, boots, or rent when you arrive, eye protection, scarf/face covering, sun screen, water and don't forget a camera.
What time should we check in?
You need to arrive at least a half an hour prior to the scheduled departure time.
Can three people ride on one snowmobile?
Colorado State law only allows 2 riders per machine.
Do you offer insurance on the snowmobile?
We do offer a $20 insurance policy per snowmobile. There is a $250 deductible.
Do you take a damage deposit?
If you go out with a guide we do not take a damage deposit but you are responsible for any damage you may cause to your snowmobile or someone else's. If you are going out without a guide we take a $500 damage deposit, per machine, prior to departure.
Is there a weight limit on the machine?
The weight limit is 450 lbs.
How many snowmobiles go out at one time?
We like to keep our groups small. Usually it is seven snowmobiles or less. During peak season we may take as many as nine guest's snowmobiles. If you have a large group and want to go out together we can take as many as thirty.
What is an average tip for the guide?
The average tip is 10% to 20% of the cost of your trip.
How do we make a reservation?
To make a reservation you will need to call us, 1.800.539.2573. We take full payment to confirm a reservation. We accept Visa or M/C.
What if it snows?
We still go. We ride in all weather conditions.
What is the cancelation policy?
If you cancel 72 hours prior to your trip we will refund your payment less a 10% processing fee. If it is within 72 hours of your trip it becomes non-refundable.
What if it snows and we can't get there?
Call us at 1.800.539.2573, as soon as you know you won't be able to make it. We will do what we can to reschedule you, however it doesn't always work out. We do what we can to work with you.
Can we go out without a guide?
You may. Unless you are extremely experienced in snowmobiling in the back country we highly recommend a guide. The trails in this area are not groomed or patrolled. You need to be totally self-sufficient while you are out there.
Which is better, guided or unguided?
It is our belief guided trips are better. With a guide you have someone that knows the area and problems riders may encounter; mechanical problems, getting unstuck, avalanche areas or just where to find the best scenery and snow conditions. You can spend your day riding and not worrying about the details. Worried about the people you don't know holding you back. You can arrange a private ride at an additional charge.
If we go on our own can we ride right from your location?
There is a trail up the Middle Fork you can ride. It is advanced riding and avalanche beacons and probe poles should be something you bring along. The trails we use for our guided tours access a lot of private lands. We have an agreement with the property owners that we will not allow anyone on their property without one of our guides along. The closest trail head is Old Monarch Pass. The second closest is Marshall Pass.
Do we have to tow the snowmobiles if we go out without a guide?
It depends on where you plan on taking the machines.