Snowmobiling at Ruttger's

Brainerd Snowmobile Trails & Rentals

Ruttger’s is home to some of the best snowmobiling trails in Minnesota, connecting to miles of groomed trails throughout the Brainerd Lakes Area!

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Your Winter Playground

Welcome to your winter playground! Whether it’s your first time or your thousandth time heading out on the trails, we can help make sure you have everything you need for an unforgettable experience.

Snowmobile Trails

Garrison Trails 

Explore Garrison Trails, passing through a winter wonderland of thick forests and frozen lakes. For a longer ride, you can take Garrison Trails all the way to Mille Lacs Lake, stopping for lunch and scenic spots along the way.  

Cuyuna Hills Trail

Cuyuna Hills offers a 6-mile doubletrack trail on fairly even terrain, making it great for beginners and seasoned snowmobilers alike. Beginners can get a feel for snowmobiling, while the pros can cruise the trail, taking in the breathtaking scenery and wildlife. 

CI-Loop Trail

Up near Crosby, Ci-Loop is a 9 mile doubletrack trail, riding over easy terrain. You can ride the trail in both directions, making it easy to navigate the area and branch off onto connecting trails, such as the Great River and Airport Spur Trails leading towards Brainerd or the Riverton Trail heading further up north.

Sno Serpents Trails

With over 80 miles of trails to traverse, hop on the Sno Serpents Trails right from Ruttger’s for a beautiful ride around Bay Lake and up to Serpent Lake. Continue your ride through Cuyuna Recreation Area or head north past Rabbit Lake for an extended ride, experiencing everything a Minnesota winter has to offer.

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Check Out the Trail Conditions

Check trail conditions with The Crow Wing County Snowmobile Association’s trail reports. The Crow Wing County Snowmobile Association (CWCSTA) is made up of 12 Snowmobile Clubs with over 700 members who volunteer to help maintain over 1,000 miles of trail, ensuring everyone has a safe and fun ride.


Snowmobile Rentals

Mcquoid's Inn

McQuoid’s offers several snowmobile rental packages and guided tours to accommodate your trip, whether you want a sled only for a few hours or for the entire weekend. Rental helmets and snowsuit packages are also available to ensure you have the right gear for a warm and safe ride. As a perk, McQuoid’s greets you after your ride with complimentary hot cocoa.

Power Lodge

If you’re interested in exploring the trails around Brainerd, Power Lodge offers a large fleet of Polaris snowmobiles with rates for a full day and up to 5-day rentals. Helmets are provided with each rental.

Gear rentals are also available that include a bib, boots, jacket, and gloves.

Get Geared Up!

Snowmobiling is much more enjoyable when you’re warm! Stay cozy on the trails and layer up with heavy socks, warm and water-resistant boots, gloves, a neck warmer, a great winter jacket, a bib, and, of course, your DOT-approved helmet.

If you feel you might have forgotten a few layers we have you covered! Our retail shops transform into the Ruttger’s Winter Market with great winter gear to ensure you not only keep warm on your ride but that you look especially fashionable at the same time with Bay Lake and Ruttger’s-branded gear along with a ton of cozy sweaters and sweatshirts to select from.

For snowmobile-specific gear, many of the surrounding snowmobile rental places offer gear rentals, so you don’t have to worry if you forgot your helmet or heavy-duty gloves!   

Warm Up at the White Oak Grill

After your ride, warm up with a hot drink and refuel at the White Oak Grill, perfectly situated right off the Garrison trail.

You can keep your gear on for a quick bite before heading back out or order to go with one of our hot, homemade soups or a great burger for a hearty meal on the trails.

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Make Sure You Have Your Permit

Everyone operating a snowmobile on state or grant-in-aid trails is required to have a permit. Don’t worry, they’re easy to get!

You can order one online from the Department of Natural Resources. If you’re renting a snowmobile, they may have the permit covered, but check in with the rental business to ensure you have all the proper documentation before you hit the trails!

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