Snowshoeing & Cross-Country Skiing
Trekking through snow to enjoy all of Minot’s winter wonderland is the perfect way to get out and explore. With snowshoeing and cross-country skiing locations right inside the city limits or explore a bit farther only a short distance from the city.
TRAILS & PARKS IN THE CITY
Minot Park District offers snowshoe and cross-country skiing rentals, at the Corbett Field warming house. The rentals used from the Minot Parks District must only be used on their designated trails. For more information on availability visit their website.
Souris Valley Golf Course
Located on the west side of Minot sits Souris Valley Golf Course by summer and a snow-dusted wonderland by winter. Enjoy the adventure of snowshoeing or cross-country skiing right inside the city limits. Minot Parks District works to maintain and upkeep the trails for convenient use. Also, enjoy the rentable snowshoe and cross-country gear at the Corbett Field warming house.
Oak Park features year-round activities, of course, be a spot full of fun for winter as well. Included in the Minot Park Districts groomed trails, Oak Park boasts wintery views and lots of room for adventure. Make sure to check out the Minot Parks District page for time availability and the status of trails.
With nearly 2.5 miles of trail to explore this is the perfect place to adventure right in Minot. The Bison Plant trail is located right along the beautiful Souris River, creating a beautiful trail to trek through. Included in the trails that Minot Parks District upkeeps, ensure you are up to date on the weather conditions.
FREEDOM TRAIL | 10 Minutes from Minot
Just North of Minot towards the Air Base lies the Freedom Trail. Creating an easily accessible trail for those looking for a quick outing close to Minot.
DENBIGH EXPERIMENTAL FOREST | 40 MINUTES FROM MINOT
The Denbigh trail is a 3 mile or 4.8-kilometer loop through a manmade forest. There are two trailheads for entry, ensure you are watching the weather and snow conditions for safety while adventuring.
GARRISON DAM NATIONAL FISH HATCHERY | 50 MINUTES FROM MINOT
The Garrison Dam National Fish Hatchery offers two snowshoeing trails for premier viewing of winter waterfowl. The Lewis and Clark Trail Loop offers glimpses of the Missouri River and a rich historical connection. Make sure to check out their plaques that give historical information of the people who once walked along this trail. You can also mosey on over to the Hatchery Trail loop that is just a bit over 1.3 miles long.
FORT STEVENSON STATE PARK | 50 MINUTES FROM MINOT
Located along the shores of Lake Sakakawea, equipped with 5.5 miles of snowy trails to enjoy the beautiful scenery. Fort Stevenson offering the option for snowshoe and cross-country skiing rentals.
LAKE SAKAKAWEA STATE PARK | 1 HOUR FROM MINOT
Take a scenic stroll along the shoreline of Lake Sakakawea, while admiring the beauty of a North Dakota winter. With trails along the shoreline you can view the beautiful frozen take for many miles.
WASHBURN DISCOVERY TRAIL | 1 HOUR 10 MINUTES FROM MINOT
Starting at the Lewis and Clark Interpretative Center you can enter this trail through Harmony Park. The path is paved and plowed allowing for an easy walk even during the snowy winter months. Although the path is plowed you are able to snowshoe just parallel to the trail, allowing for walkers year-round as well, the best of both. The Washburn Discovery Trail is about 2.2 miles long with a trail and boasts views of the Missouri River.
CROSS RANCH STATE PARK | 1 HOUR 20 MINUTES FROM MINOT
Cross Ranch State Park offers 4 different trails of the forest surrounding some of the untouched land winding around the Missouri River. A peaceful scenery offering a picturesque winter trail.
· Matah “River” Trail | 2.9 Miles
· Ma-ak-oti “Old Village” Trail | 2.5 Miles
· Cottonwood Trail/Gaines Trail | 5.4 Miles
· Levi’s Trail | 2.2 Miles
BOTTINEAU WINTER PARK | 1 HOUR 30 MINUTES FROM MINOT
Annie’s House Hiking Trails, are available and open to the public. Upon arrival, be sure to sign in, and then as you exit, sign out. Like most trail systems, you ‘pack it in and pack it out’ meaning what you bring with you, including any items that are trash, you would take out with you.
· Wayland Trail | .75 Miles or 1.2 Kilometers
· Hannah’s Trail | .30 Miles or .48 Kilometers
· Carelton Trail | 1.35 Miles or 2.17 Kilometers
· Stanley Trail | 1.0 Miles or 1.6 Kilometers
· Andy’s Trail | .10 Miles or .16 Kilometers
LAKE METIGOSHE STATE PARK | 1 HOUR 40 MINUTES FROM MINOT
Wind your way through 5 miles of trail, including snow-dusted trees, frozen creeks, ponds, and through the white snowfall surrounding Lake Metigoshe State Park. Make sure to check out their winter trail map for more information on which trails are groomed, trailhead location, and snow density.
· Bobcat Loop | 0.7 miles
· Cub Loop | 0.35 miles
· Scout Loop | 0.67 miles
· Tenderfoot Loop | 0.77 miles
· Eagle Loop | 1.22 miles
· Beaver Loop | 1.93 miles
· Coyote Loop | 1.45 miles
· Deer Loop | 2.55 miles
INTERNATIONAL PEACE GARDENS | 2 HOURS FROM MINOT
The International Peace Gardens are one of the most precious locations within our driving area. The Gardens boast year-round activities including hiking trails around the plot of neutral territory. The Peace Gardens are considered neutral territory between the two countries, allowing for a truly unique experience. When you head to the Peace Gardens, it is important to remember that you exit the United States, but you do not actually enter Canada, so we recommend traveling with a passport. The Peace Gardens features several snowshoeing and cross-country skiing trails around the grounds that are suitable for hikers at all skill levels. The trail systems are throughout the vast wooded areas, near beautiful lakes, and next to picnic areas where hikers can take a break during their trek. For specifics on the multitude of trails check out their trail map.