Savor the solitary beauty of winter – and see the Arboretum in a whole new light– when you slap on a pair of cross-country skis or snowshoes and hit the trails that meander through our 1,100-plus acres.
The Arboretum boasts 8 miles of designated cross-country ski trails and an equal number of separate snowshoe trails. The ski trails accommodate a range of skill levels - from the relatively easy 2K Green Heron Trail (just one interesting downhill at the start) to the more difficult Ridge Trail with a few challenging hills. Ski trails are groomed for the classic skiing (in two tracks), not skate-skiing.
Skiing enthusiasts will be happy to learn that we have brought back a prairie trail. This one features two-way skiing for half the route. It traverses the Bennett-Johnson Prairie and meanders past shrub collections, the hedges and through oak and other tree collections on a gently rolling terrain.
Arboretum gardener and skiing enthusiast Richard Gjertson claims his favorite ski trail is the Lost Pond Trail, a 1K fairly level trail through maple and basswood forests.
Whichever route you take, bring along a friend or two. There’s safety in numbers and the Arboretum does not have an emergency trail patrol. Maps available at the Visitor Center.
Snowshoe lovers have a variety of trail options, mostly in the western Arboretum grounds, through woodlands, wetlands and prairie. Snowshoe rentals available at the Visitor Center ($6 for 1st hour, $4 for each add’l. hour).
For specific Ski and Snowshoe trail information please Click Here.
Prefer something a little less strenuous? Take a Winter Wonders Bus ride on Three-Mile Drive (see the Sculpture Garden in snow), offered at noon and 1:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through April 27 ($3 per ticket available at Visitor Center). The drive is closed to motorized vehicles through April 15. However, pedestrians welcome!
New! Member Appreciation Event on Saturday, Feb. 15 includes Snowshoe Treks
Try out snowshoeing on Arboretum trails on a guided trek with Arboretum staff and Tubbs and Hoigaard's volunteers. Snowshoes provided complimentary (limited sizes for men, women and children) by Tubbs and Hoigaard's. Saturday, Feb. 15, 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Join us on the trails: Arboretum Outdoors! With Hoigaard’s and take a Mid-Day Trek on Friday, Dec. 27, 11 a.m.–2 p.m. Try out snowshoes and Nordic walking poles on guided tours. Limited quantity.
Rent snowshoes at the Arboretum Information Desk. Both adult and kids sizes available. $6 first hour, $4 each additional hour.