Warm Weather Adventures Near Minot

Embrace the summer weather and take full advantage of these Minot outdoor activities! Catch a glimpse of rare species during migration and observe endangered species in their natural habitats. Venture on hikes and bike rides along paths that wind through our stunning landscapes. And for those seeking water activities, nearby lakes provide an excellent opportunity to explore and kayak.


Take a day trip to the lakes and water trails near Minot, perfect for swimming, kayaking, canoeing, and picnicking. You can even rent kayaks, paddles, and life jackets locally!

Rice Lake | 30 Minutes From Minot

Rice Lake is an excellent destination for a day of leisure at the swim beach or taking your boat out. If you are looking to simply relax near the water, Rice Lake offers a volleyball court, horseshoe pit, bonfire pits, picnic tables, and a fishing pier.

Nelson Carlson Lake | 40 Minutes From Minot

In addition to the scenic lake, Nelson Carlson offers a swim beach with fire pits, picnic tables, and camping areas for your relaxation and convenience. If you seek activities beyond the water, there is a swing set and a tire swing for the whole family to enjoy!

Check out more areas near Minot to kayak here!

Drink from Atypical
Wind Down

After a long and refreshing day at the lake, there’s no better place to unwind than Atypical Brewery & Barrelworks in Minot. This unique establishment specializes in Barrel-Aged sour ales and craft beer. Their “London Fog”, a local favorite, is always on tap to quench your thirst!

Encounter Wildlife

The region around Minot offers many opportunities to encounter native and migratory species due to its diverse landscapes including forests, sprawling cattle ranches, wildlife refuges, state parks, and hatcheries.

Denbigh Experimental Forest | 40 Minutes From Minot

A forest is a rare sight in North Dakota, which makes Denbigh Experimental Forest a unique day trip to add to your itinerary! This special woodland is a favored destination among birdwatchers with over 200 species to spot, including bald eagles and northern saw-whet owls. The forest is also frequented by various animals such as deer, elk, and occasionally even moose.

Audubon Wildlife Refuge | 50 Minutes From Minot

This sanctuary is nearly 15,000 acres and offers an experience for every type of outdoor enthusiast! At the Visitor Center, you will find an exhibit hall that features wetlands, grassland habitats, migratory birds, history, and more. Audubon’s many trails meander through the prairie grasslands and along wetlands, perfect for observing a diverse population of plants, birds, and other animals. This area is also ideal for photography, hunting, fishing, and more!

There are many more wildlife encounters to explore near Minot, here.

Take It Easy & Eat!

Wrap up your wildlife adventure with dinner at The Badlands Restaurant and Bar in Minot. This establishment offers a unique blend of fine dining in a casual setting with high quality steak, seafood, chicken, pasta, and more. Sit by the fire or enjoy the summer sun outside on the patio!


Check out the many captivating trails near Minot, or hike locally!

Rice Lake
30 Minutes From Minot

Choose between a half-mile walking trail around Rice Lake or a switch-back trail up the hillside.

Upper Souris Refuge
30 Minutes From Minot

This protected refuge includes five nature trails of different lengths to hike and view the diverse wildlife population.

Des Lacs Refuge
50 Minutes From Minot

The trails at Des Lacs National Wildlife Refuge wind through a variety of habitats, including grasslands, wetlands, and forests. Enjoy the shorter 1.25-mile trail, or take the longer 7.5-mile hike.

For trails and parks located within the city of Minot, click here.


The Minot area has a range of trails suitable for various skill levels, whether you are a novice or experienced cyclist.

Minot Outdoor Recreation Area
Northwest Minot

Admire the views from the NEW Outdoor Recreation Area in Minot, with 1.75 miles of trails for biking, hiking, and birding.

Denbigh Experimental Forest
40 Minutes From Minot

Denbigh’s 3-mile loop winds through the trees and is ideal for a peaceful bike ride surrounded by wildlife.

Pedal On

Visit Val’s Cyclery in Minot for a quick tune-up, equipment, or apparel.

Learn more about places to bike near Minot!

Check out the complete guide to Minot outdoor activities. Looking for a great place to camp in the Minot area? Click here. Next Stop – Outdoor Adventure!

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