Backbone State Park

The oldest state park in Iowa, dedicated in 1920, Backbone offers 21 miles of snowmobiling trails that weave through cedar and hardwood forests, and rough, rocky staircases.

The area gets its legendary name from its unique geography, a steep, narrow ridge of bedrock that forms the highest point in northeast Iowa, known as the Devil’s Backbone. The park road is open to snowmobiles once there is sufficient snow, and many riders start on the West Lake trail, then travel along the southern portion of Backbone Lake until reaching the East Lake/Bluebird Trails.

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