Snowmobile Laws and Regulations
Become a wise and safe Snowmobile operator by getting to know the rules of the trail in Colorado. Read up on the and legislative statutes for operating snowmobiles in Colorado.
Code of Colorado Regulations
Chapter 4 Snowmobile Regulations
ARTICLE 1 - Pursuant to the authority vested in the Parks and Outdoor Recreation Board by Article 14 of Title 33, C.R.S., the following regulations concerning required equipment and the registration of snowmobiles are hereby adopted.
#400 - Registration Information Required on Application.
a. Information to be furnished by applicant:
1. Snowmobile make
2. Snowmobile model
3. Snowmobile frame number
4. Model year
5. Cubic centimeters displacement
6. Date purchased
7. Proof of ownership or valid transfer registration certificate
8. Name and address of applicant
9. Date of birth
10. How machine is used
b. Additional information set forth on the registration certificate:
1. Registration number
2. Expiration date of registration
3. Notice to owner of procedure to follow when owner changes address
4. Notice to owner of procedure to follow when machine is transferred,
destroyed, abandoned, or permanently removed from the state
5. Notice to owner that the operator must carry the certificate of registration
while operating the snowmobile
c. Pending registration of a snowmobile, a temporary registration of possession on
the person of a notarized and dated bill of sale permits the operator of the newly
purchased snowmobile to operate the snowmobile in the State of Colorado for a
period not to exceed thirty (30) days from date of purchase.
#401 - Display of Validation Decal
a. The validation decals shall be permanently affixed on each side of the upper half
of the cowling of the machine.
b. Dealers and manufacturers may obtain up to 25 sets of validation decals and shall
permanently affix them on each side of the upper half of the cowling of the
#402 - Safety Equipment
a. Except as provided by law, every snowmobile operating in this state shall be
equipped with a muffler in good working order which conforms to the standards
set forth in C.R.S. 1973, 42-4-222, as amended.
b. No snowmobile shall be operated between the hours of sunset and sunrise unless
it is equipped with at least one head lamp having a minimum candlepower of
sufficient intensity to reveal persons and objects at a distance of at least 100
feet ahead under normal atmospheric conditions. Such head lamp shall be so
aimed that glaring rays are not projected into the eyes of operators in oncoming
c. No snowmobile shall be operated between the hours of sunset and sunrise unless
it is equipped with at least one red tail lamp, having a minimum candlepower of
sufficient intensity to exhibit a red light plainly visible from a distance of 500 feet
to the rear under normal atmospheric conditions.
d. No snowmobile shall be operated unless it is equipped with brakes adequate to
control the movement of, to stop, and to hold the snowmobile under any
conditions of operations.
33-15-102. Imposition of penalty – procedures.
(1) Any person who violates any of the provisions of articles 10 to 15 or 32 of this title or any rule of the board that does not have a specific penalty listed is guilty of a class 2 petty offense and, upon conviction, shall be punished by a fine of fifty dollars.
Code of Colorado Regulations Registration Fee Schedule for Snowmobiles