Have Winter Fun in North Dakota

North Dakotans' reaction to winter is "let’s play!”

North Dakotans' reaction to winter is "let’s play!” Winter is yet another season to enjoy the fresh air and fresh snow – and some of the best time to catch the Northern Lights.

Cross-Country Skiing and Snowshoeing

Cross-country skiers have a variety of trails to choose from, through parks, along rivers and even through the Badlands. Blaze your own trail or view a list of available trails here.

Dog Sledding

Learn about dog sledding and experience being pulled by a team of freight sled dogs with Wonders of Winter (W.O.W.). Get hands-on experience harnessing, hooking dogs into the gangline and becoming part of the team.

Prairie Isle Dog Trekking teaches you all about the equipment used in freight dog sledding, plus the training, nutritional needs and health care for these amazing athletes. Join the Prairie Isle sled dogs for a “paw-tastic” experience at Red Willow Bible Camp and Retreat in Binford.

Downhill Skiing

You won't find the Rocky Mountains' famous ski resorts here, but you will find downhill ski areas that provide a lengthy season at Huff Hills, Bottineau Winter Park, Bears Den Mountain Ski Area and Frostfire Ski Resort.

Ice Fishing

Anglers will find excellent ice fishing opportunities on North Dakota's lakes and rivers, as yellow perch, northern pike and walleye bite through the winter. Ice fishing is especially popular at Devils Lake, a world-renowned perch fishery, as well as Icelandic and Lake Metigoshe state parks, and on Lake Sakakawea and Lake Audubon.

Sledding and Skating

Whether you crave the nostalgic experience of skating at the local pond or steering the hottest toboggan to hit the snow, you can find it in North Dakota. All major cities have indoor skating rinks, and most communities have outdoor rinks and sledding hills.


There are more than 2,800 miles of groomed snowmobile trails enough for you? If not, there are several hundred miles of less developed trails to explore. Well-developed trails lead through the forests of the Turtle Mountains and Pembina Gorge, the scenic valleys of the Sheyenne, Missouri and Red rivers, the Badlands and the endless shorelines of Devils Lake and Lake Sakakawea.

Twin Oaks Resort at Lake Metigoshe is offering daily snowmobile rentals this winter. The Lake Metigoshe area and Turtle Mountains are excellent for all winter activities.

Related Content: