Silverthorne bans use of snowmobiles in town |

Silverthorne bans use of snowmobiles in town

Aidan Leonard

SUMMIT COUNTY – If you plan to make it across any parks, trails or open spaces on Silverthorne town property this winter, bring snowshoes.

The Silverthorne town council voted unanimously Wednesday to approve an ordinance banning the use of snowmobiles on town property.

“The town, like any other landowner, has the right to decide if it doesn’t want snowmobiles,” Jerry Dahl, the town’s attorney, said.

The ordinance leaves open the possibility for the police chief to designate specific snowmobile routes for use by recreationists, though none were delineated at the meeting.

“We’re not closing the door on that type of recreational activity, but we are establishing some ground rules,” Councilmember Howard Hallman said.

The council had previously expressed concerns that banning snowmobiles on town property might deny access to those users attempting to enter national forest land.

Police Chief John Patterson said that would not be the case as only two National Forest access points abut town property and neither currently allow snowmobile access.

Aidan Leonard can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 229, or

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