Special Event


Winter Break Hikes

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore


Free. All programs offered by the National Lakeshore are free. Participants need only purchase the park entrance pass or have an annual pass displayed in their vehicle to join in the fun.

Repeating Event


Every day


December 27, 2023 to December 27, 2023


10:00 AM, 1:00 PM


2 hours

Type of Event


All hikes start with an introduction at the Philip A. Hart Visitor Center in Empire. Inside the visitor center, rangers will first provide an introduction and basic snowshoeing instructions, and then everyone will travel by car to the trailhead or area of the National Lakeshore pre-selected for that day. Once there, the ranger will help participants learn about the park’s unique features and winter’s effect on them by exploring and discovering clues on site. Be prepared and plan to be outside for about two hours. Dress in layers and wear waterproof boots to be most comfortable.


This winter season, ranger-led hikes will be offered on Wednesday, December 27, at 10:00 am and 1:00 pm; and Saturday, December 30, at 10:00 am and 1:00 pm. These two ranger-led hikes will be for all experience levels. 

If snow depth allows, snowshoes will be provided.Snowshoes will be loaned at no charge to participants that do not have their own. The National Lakeshore has traditional and modern snowshoes available.

The ranger-led hikes are mildly strenuous, yet they proceed at a leisurely pace for one and a half miles at the most. Locations are determined the day before based on weather conditions.

Reservation or Registration: Yes

Reservations are required. Please call 231-326-4700, extension 5010, for details and to make reservations. Reservations are required whether participants borrow snowshoes from the National Lakeshore or have their own. To cancel a reservation, please call the National Lakeshore so visitors on the waiting list can be contacted to participate in the hike.