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Snowshoeing in state parks


Snowshoeing is a great way to discover North Dakota State Parks during the winter months.

Snowshoeing is inexpensive and easy to learn, providing easy access to areas covered in snow. It’s a great cardiovascular exercise for adults and children and can be an entertaining group activity.

Without the dense foliage, it’s easier to explore the parks and view the wildlife which is often hidden by the brush and trees. Park scenery is much different in the winter covered in a blanket of snow.

Snowshoeing at Cross Ranch State Park trailhead.
Snowshoes allow hikers to enjoy a stroll through the park without having to worry about the deep snow.  Lake Metigoshe state park provides snowshoe rentals and occasionally provides guided tours.  

Those wearing snowshoes in North Dakota State Parks are asked to refrain from using groomed cross-country ski trails, another popular winter activity. The snowshoes break up the ski trails making them difficult and even dangerous for skiers to traverse.

All North Dakota State Parks charge a daily vehicle entrance fee. 100 percent of entrance fees are used to fund the operation and maintenance of North State Parks. All trails are for non-motorized use. For more information on what winter activities are available at a state park near you, call the park directly. The park can usually provide trail maps which can guide snowshoeing enthusiasts during their excursions.

Trail use in State Forests, Recreation Areas and Natural Areas

North Dakota's State Forests, Recreation Areas and Natural Areas also offer many opportunities for trail users. Click here for more information and to view trail maps.

Snowshoeing opportunities may be found at the following parks: