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Winter Snowshoeing

A snowshoe in the snow

Shake off the cabin fever and take advantage of Minnesota's winters on the Circle Trail. Bring your own pair of snowshoes or check out a pair for free in the Visitor Center (limited supply)!  
Details
The trail is 3/4 of a mile. Time to complete the hike varies depending on factors such as experience, fitness, and whether visitors stop for photos and to read interpretive wayside signs.
A 3/4-mile snowshoe hike around the Circle Trail. Call ahead to verify snowshoe availability if you'd like to check a pair out for free (first-come, first-served) and to learn more about the current trail conditions. 
There is no age requirement; the only limiting factor is ability. Snowshoeing is a strenuous activity, please give yourself plenty of time (at least an hour) if trying it for the first time.  
If snowshoeing with a pet, please keep them on a 6' leash at all times and clean up after them (complimentary waste bags are available at the trailhead). 
Admission and snowshoe checkout are free (snowshoes are limited).
If checking out snowshoes, there is a limited supply available on a first-come, first-served basis (they may not be reserved over the phone).
Available after January 1st (conditions permitting) until the snow melts.
Last snowshoe rental is a 4:00 p.m. and snowshoes must be returned by the time the Visitor Center closes at 5:00 p.m. If bringing your own snowshoes, the trail does not close and you may hike after operating hours.  
Accessibility Information
The trail is not ADA compliant, and when covered in snow can be difficult to navigate. 
2 people showshoeing
Free snowshoeing is available throughout the winter as conditions allow for it.

NPS/N.Barber

Snow removal operations on the Circle Trail stop after January 1st of each year. This allows accumulation of snow so that visitors may enjoy snowshoeing throughout the winter months.

Visitors may either bring their own snowshoes or check out a pair for free in the Visitor Center (limited supply). The staff at the front desk are happy to show first-time snowshoers how to use the equipment safely, and if staffing allows, provide a snowshoe tour. However, outdoor activities are typically self-guided during the winter.

To check conditions before attempting to snowshoe, call 507-825-5464 ext. 214

Last updated: June 12, 2020