Kremmling is a gateway to winter fun

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— But more than 100 years later, the town named after its first settler is a winter paradise for many outdoor recreationalists.

Kremmling, 50 miles east of Steamboat Springs at the juncture of U.S. Highway 40 and Colorado Highway 9, is situated in an ideal location for snowmobilers and other outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy winter activities.

Popular snowmobile areas such as Rabbit Ears Pass, Gore Pass, Spring Creek, Winter Park and Grand Lake are all a short drive away, and Kremmling's affordable lodging can make a dream vacation possible for those with tight budgets.

A variety of motels and bed-and-breakfasts include Bob's Western Motel, Hotel Eastin and Tree House Bed and Breakfast. A number of guest ranches and resorts are in the area surrounding Kremmling.

Grand Adventures offers visitors snowmobile rentals and guided tours, and Kremmling's Alpine Motor Sports is a full-service snowmobile shop.

Snowmobiling is far from the only winter opportunity for Kremmling visitors. A wealth of area trails offers seemingly unlimited snowshoe and cross-country skiing terrain. Eight major ski resorts also surround Kremmling, including Steamboat, Breckenridge, Keystone, Winter Park and Arapahoe Basin.

Kremmling has been famous the last eight years for its international dog sled racing that is held in February. This year, there will be a new event for visitors to experience. The Snowmobile Drag Racing event will be held from Feb. 3 to 5 at Wolford Reservoir.

"I think it will be pretty popular," said Kremmling Chamber of Commerce director Katrina Wright. "This is an event for all the snowmobilers in the area and it's a good way to have some fun and try to win money."

The drag racing event will be split into separate classes so that riders of all ages and abilities can participate.

Kremmling also hosts two ice-fishing contests each winter. The first, which takes place Jan. 14, is held at Green Mountain Reservoir. The second contest is Feb. 18 at Wolford Mountain Reservoir.

Both contests feature cash prizes for winners and offer goodie bags to participating kids.

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