Grand Rapids, Minnesota


MNmapVGRGrand Rapids is known for its snowmobile trails. Snowmobilers love the Grand Rapids area – and it’s no surprise. As the start of the famed Taconite Trail and the home to more than 1,000 miles of groomed wooded trails that cross over hundreds of lakes, the snowmobiling here has been a favorite of enthusiastic riders for decades.

If one of your favorite winter activities is snowmobiling, you are in the right place here. For your winter adventures, head to Itasca County for some of the best snowmobiling in Minnesota. Groomers carve thousands of miles of snowmobile trails through snow-packed forests and onto area lakes. So grab a trail map and gather some friends, then take off for a beautiful ride through Minnesota’s nature. Just make sure to leave time for lunch and a hot drink along the way.

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 long trail that runs 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.

So, plan your winter snowmobile vacation in the Grand Rapids, Minnesota, area this year. There are lots of lodging options to choose from. You will find resorts located right on the trail where you can stay with a group, cook your own meals and enjoy a nice evening by the fireplace. Or choose from the many Grand Rapids hotels and motels that are conveniently located in town and offer a wide variety of price ranges and on site amenities, like onsite restaurants, pools, hot tubs and saunas. There is also a quaint B&B located just minutes from downtown on Pokegama Lake that offers lodging for up to two couples.

The Visit Grand Rapids organization has created a snowmobile map with the help of GPS technology to provide the most accurate and easy-to-read information. The map is color coded according to the managing club and the mapping system matches the mileage markers on the trail for clear navigation. You can download the map for free at: Trail conditions are regularly updated as groomers operators send in their reports at

With above-normal snowfall expected in the area, this is the year to come to Grand Rapids, Minnesota, for your winter vacation to snowmobile. To learn more about the Grand Rapids area, download the Visitor Guide at

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Photo is property of Arctic Cat and is used with permission.