North Dakota December 01, 2016
8 Unforgettable Places In North Dakota Everyone Must Visit This Winter
Since it is now officially December and a lot of us in North Dakota are seeing snow now, that means it is time to embrace the season and get out there! ND has quite a lot of things to do in the winter so the options are plentiful. A good amount of snow goes a long ways when it comes to activities! Here are 8 places in the state that have great opportunities for some snowy fun:
1. Frost Fire - Pembina
Frost Fire is an amazing ski area in North Dakota right in the beautiful Pembina Gorge. Snowboarding and skiing are super popular here, but for pure fun for everyone, there is also tubing! For this upcoming winter, only the tubing is open while other parts of Frost Fire are being upgraded, so get ready to get out on the snow and have a blast tubing down the hills.
2. Huff Hills - Mandan
Another awesome skiing area in a different area of North Dakota is Huff Hills, located in Mandan. They have amazing skiing and snowboarding opportunities that will be open this season. You don't need to be in the Rocky Mountains for great skiing; you can find it right here.
3. Cross Ranch State Park - Center
The scenic Cross Ranch State Park is absolutely stunning in the winter, and they even have a Winterfest to enjoy it with. Take a horse wagon ride and see the frosted sights of the park and take in your surroundings. There are also cross country skiing trails here to add to the fun.
All the way from Minot to Bottineau and criss-crossing all over the region are some of the best snowmobiling trails in the state, known as the SnoTrails. If you love snowmobiling, then this is a place you'll want to head out to this winter. Even if you don't have a snowmobile, there are places to rent one to enjoy over 350 miles of trails that make up this system.
5. Turtle River - Arvilla
The trails along the Turtle River are almost prettier in winter than any other time of the year and should not be missed. Try out snowshoeing on the snowshoe trails here, or cross country skiing, or simply just walking in the crisp air and enjoying the sights.
6. Devils Lake
Devils Lake is a great summertime lake for all kinds of activities on the water, but those don't end as soon as the snow starts the fall. Once the ice is thick enough, fishers come right back to take advantage of some of the best ice fishing in all of North Dakota. Even if you aren't much of an ice fisher, the lake itself is beautiful to see.
7. Wonders of Winter - Prairie Isle Dog Trekking
Out in Petersburg, North Dakota is a unique activity you can't find in many other places in the state: dog sledding! Prairie Isle keeps teams of happy, hard working dogs pulling sleds across the snow-covered plains, and you can try it out for yourself through their Wonders of Winter program. Please note that they are not currently taking reservations for Wonders of Winter, but this is definitely one to consider in the future!
8. Winter Badlands
Most people make visiting places like Theodore Roosevelt National Park a summer destination, but there is something equally as beautiful about them in the winter. Seeing the painted canyons covered in a layer of snow, even if just driving through, is awe-inspiring. Especially if you see a bighorn sheep strolling by!
There is tons to do this winter in North Dakota, so get your lists started!
You have to check out these winter festivals happening in the state this year.