Snowmobilers love the Grand Rapids area – and it’s no surprise because Grand Rapids is well known for its amazing trails. As the start of the famed Taconite Trail and the home to more than 1,000 miles of groomed, wooded trails that cross hundreds of lakes, this has been a snowmobiler’s favorite for decades. The Grand Rapids area is blessed with public lands and mixed pine and hardwood forests. Along the trails you are likely to see an abundance of wildlife and scenic vistas. White tail deer and owls are common sights in this area.
The famous Taconite Trail is a beautiful 147-mile trail that takes riders past many of the Iron Range towns from Grand Rapids to Ely. The wide variety of club trails that intersect the Taconite Trail offer many different loop options for new adventures each day of your Grand Rapids winter vacation. Thirteen area snowmobile clubs work hard to keep the trails in top condition, as does Itasca County and Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Be sure to stop in at the area clubhouses and trail shelters for a break, get warmed up and meet some new friends. Plus, all Itasca County trails are open to studded tracks.
Visit Grand Rapids has designed a snowmobile map that was created with GPS technology to be the most accurate and easy-to-read. The map is color coded according to the managing club, and the mapping system matches the mileage markers on the trail for clear navigation. The trail conditions are updated on a regular basis as groomers send in their reports at www.visitgrandrapids.com.