Special Event


Candlelight Hike

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore


Free. All programs are free with a valid park entrance pass. Passes may be purchased at the Phillip A. Hart Visitor Center in Empire, Michigan, and cost $25 (per vehicle) for seven days, $45 for an annual Sleeping Bear Dunes pass, or $80 (or less) for the America the Beautiful - National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands pass series. Learn more at: https://www.nps.gov/slbe/planyourvisit/fees.htm.

Location: LAT/LONG: 44.882553, -86.042150

Please meet rangers at the base of the Dune Climb. 6748 S Dune Hwy, Glen Arbor, MI 49636

Repeating Event


Every week on Saturday


February 10, 2024 to February 17, 2024


6:00 PM


2 hours

Type of Event

Children’s Program

The self-guided hike should take 30 minutes to one hour. This event starts at 6 pm but you can show up any time between 6 pm and 7:45 pm to participate. If you are looking for a twilight experience, arrive between 6-6:30 pm. For a completely dark walk, arrive around 7 pm.



6748 S Dune Hwy, Glen Arbor, MI 49636


Explore Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (National Lakeshore) at night on a candlelit winter hike on Saturday, February 10 and Saturday, February 17 from 6 pm to 8 pm at the Dune Climb. Arrive anytime between 6 pm and 7:30 pm to enjoy the full experience. Join park rangers and volunteers to experience the park after dark. Hike one mile on flat terrain along a candlelit trail. Bring your sense of adventure, enjoy a trail lit by luminaries, and engage with our knowledgeable rangers and volunteers.

All ages welcome. Please leave pets at home as the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail is currently closed to dogs.

This hike will take place regardless of snow conditions. Park rangers will share information along the route. If there is adequate snow, this will be a snowshoe hike. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own snowshoes for the event. Snowshoes will also be loaned on a first-come, first-served basis.   

There is no advanced registration needed. Luminaries will light the trail; however, visitors are encouraged to bring a flashlight or headlamp and wear layers.



Programs may be cancelled or the location may change due to snow conditions or winter temperatures.

The decision to cancel or change the location is made two hours in advance. Please call 231-326-4700, ext. 5005, for a voicemail message with the final details.

Programs should be assumed cancelled if Leelanau County or Benzie County are under a "Winter Storm Warning" issued by the National Weather Service.

Reservation or Registration: No