Grand Rapids, Minnesota


When snowmobile fever hits, Grand Rapids, Minnesota, is a tremendous winter vacation destination. It boasts some of the best snowmobile trails in Minnesota, allowing visitors to ride all day through the beauty of Northern Minnesota.

Though the riding is mostly done by following awe-inspiring groomed paths through the rural Itasca County backcountry, the amenities are plenty right in the snowmobile-friendly, full-service city of Grand Rapids. Stay at one of the many welcoming lodging options right in town, and dine right from the snowmobile trail at one of Grand Rapids’ many great restaurants, all with direct access from the trail. It isn’t difficult to find things to do in the winter in Grand Rapids, but if one of your favorite winter activities is snowmobiling, you are definitely in the right place.

Once ready to the trail, Itasca County has some of the best snowmobiling in all of Minnesota. Groomers carve hundreds of miles of snowmobile trails through snow-packed forests and onto area lakes. A few trails to consider include the famous, 165-mile Minnesota State Taconite Trail that connects Grand Rapids to Ely; the Driftskipper Trail that takes riders through Grand Rapids; the Bushwacker Trail that leads west toward Cohasset and Deer River; and the Keystone and Greenway trails that take riders east to Coleraine, Bovey and Pengilly.

All of these trails and more can be found at As you’ll see, Grand Rapids has more than 2,000 miles of well-groomed snowmobile trails to enjoy.

So grab a trail map and get some friends together, then take off for a beautiful ride through the snow in the Grand Rapids area – just make sure to leave time for lunch and a hot drink along the way. Grand Rapids welcomes you this winter. For information go to