Take a Hike This Winter in North Dakota
North Dakota's trail systems provide unique outdoor experiences during the winter
A person can squeeze a lot of trail time into a short winter day. A little snow and a bright blue sky are part of the allure of winter in North Dakota. Embrace the shorter days and snow-covered ground by hiking the trails solo or joining other adventurous souls. Thousands of miles of trails in North Dakota await, so make plans to enjoy them or blaze your own trail through the snow.
A comfortable pair of hiking boots or snowshoes can cut a path through Theodore Roosevelt National Park, along the Maah Daah Hey Trail or on several smaller trails found within the park. What can you see on a winter hike? Everything you can see any other season: amazing scenery, bison gazing in large herds – sometimes snow-covered – wild horse running along bluffs or frolicking in the valleys, eagles soaring overhead and ever-present prairie dogs. Experts say that winter is a very productive time for viewing wildlife because they are more concentrated and in more accessible areas to see.
Looking for something on a slightly smaller scale? If so, trails crisscross North Dakota’s 13 state parks. All offer picturesque scenery and several have all the equipment you’ll need right on site. Don’t be surprised to find deer and other winter animals within trees and along the trails.
Cross-country skiers can rent skis at Cross Ranch State Park, Fort Ransom State Park, Fort Stevenson State Park and Lake Metigoshe State Park. Cross Ranch, Fort Stevenson and Lake Metigoshe also have snowshoe rentals.