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North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department
 

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Cross country ski trails

 

For up-to-date trail conditions click here

North Dakota's state parks have an assortment of cross country ski trails designed to challenge novice and advanced skiers. In particular, Cross Ranch, Turtle River, Lake Metigoshe and Icelandic state parks offer excellent cross country skiing opportunities when winter descends on North Dakota.

While groomed trails can be found throughout the state, there are also areas where skiers can blaze their own trails through undisturbed snow.

Snowshoers, hikers and pets must stay off the groomed portions of state park ski trails...in particular, the "grooves" or tracks that skiers glide along.

Winter at Lake Metigoshe State Park
 

Trail use in State Forests, Recreation Areas and Natural Areas

North Dakota's State Forests, Recreation Areas and Natural Areas also offer many opportunities for trail users. Click here for more information and to view trail maps.


Park Name Approximate Length Description
Beaver Lake 5 miles skiing allowed, no groomed trails
Cross Ranch 10 miles marked/groomed, warming house, cabin rental
Fort Abraham Lincoln 6.75 miles skiing allowed, no groomed trails
Fort Ransom 6.5 miles marked/groomed, warming house
Fort Stevenson 3 miles marked/groomed
Grahams Island 3.5 miles marked/groomed
Icelandic 5 miles marked/groomed
Lake Metigoshe 8.5 miles marked/groomed, ski rentals, warming house, cabin rentals
Lake Sakakawea 3 miles skiing allowed, no groomed trails
Lewis and Clark 4 miles skiing allowed, no groomed trails
Missouri River Natural Area 5 miles skiing allowed, no groomed trails
Turtle River 7.5 miles marked/groomed, warming house