Don’t hibernate this winter, do winter differently! Grand Rapids is a great winter destination to get outdoors, even in the winter!
In Minnesota, winter is a long season, but it doesn’t have to be one that keeps you inside all of the time. Grand Rapids is a place where you can Head North to explore Minnesota’s nature in the winter. Because of the up north location, chances there will be snow and ice. Even when conditions are light on snow, we still have lots of outdoor recreation options.
Grand Rapids, Minnesota is known for their trails. There are over 2,000 miles of groomed snowmobile
trails to ride in the Grand Rapids, MN area. We are the start of the famous state Taconite Trail continues to the Iron Range. You will see a diverse landscape on the trails. From frozen bogs, hardwood and pine forests to mine reclaimed land. A beautiful area to ride in the winter.
Mt Itasca is located just 10 minutes east of Grand Rapids in
Coleraine, MN. It is an winter outdoor mecca facility that offers downhill skiing, snowboarding, snowtubing, and over 5k of groomed cross country ski trails. Mt Itasca starts making snow Thanksgiving weekend, so there is
sure to be snow at this location through the winter.
Grand Rapids has over 1 million acres of public accessible forest land to enjoy, and this area is prime for snowshoeing. Snowshoeing can be done by anyone. Whether you have never tried the sport, or you are an expert, Grand Rapids is the place for you. Places to try if you are an amateur: Legion Trail and the Forest History Center. For more challenging terrain try: Sugar Hills and Tioga Pit Recreation area both in Cohasset, MN.
Fat Tire Biking
The Grand Rapids area has several trails that are set up to ride fat tire biking. The Legion Trail and the Forest History Center have designated trails for fat tire biking. The Tioga Pit Recreation area are still in development, but people are welcome to enjoy this area. Right now there is a path marked from the parking lot to access that the locals use. Otherwise, there are a lot of dirt roads to ride all winter long, as well as riding in town. Check out the Get Fit Itasca map for walking and biking through the city.
In Grand Rapids you will find several indoor options for the days that are inclement, or you just would like to warm up inside. Cozy up by the fireplace at one of the many Minnesota Family Resorts located on one of their 1,000 area lakes. You will find many area attractions that offer indoor entertainment: Forest History Center, Judy Garland Museum and Children’s Discovery Museum, Itasca County Historical Society, MacRostie Art Center, The Reif Center, Mann’s Theater, Thunder Alley Bowling are just a few. Make sure that you check with their winter hours and rates. The following hotels offer heated pools to enjoy: Timberlake Lodge Grand Splash offers a 98 ft water slide, a kiddie pool, and a 20 person hot tub; Sawmill Inn offers pool side rooms that open onto the domed skylight area that offers a large pool and hot tub; AmericInn and Country Inn & Suites also have indoor heated pools to enjoy.
Check out our conveniently located Motels/Hotels that offer close access to restaurants, area attractions and city trails. Sawmill Inn and Timberlake Lodge offer on site restaurants and bars. Check out the quaint Bed & Breakfast that offers lake access and close to trails. Minnesota Family Resorts provide cabins where you can make your own meals and enjoy a warm evening by the fire.