"Where should I go this winter?" - is a top question Minnesotans regularly ask themselves. Google has influence here, as people first search the web to find highly rated winter travel adventures. When you search the term Cuyuna, you'll find it's a highly-rated outdoor adventure mecca. However, it's not just a spring, summer, and fall destination. There's much to be said and experienced about venturing out during the winter. Here are five great reasons to visit Cuyuna this winter.
Here are the top 6 winter adventures we enjoy:
1. Fat Tire Biking
Biking fun is another level when you're fat biking trails on the Cuyuna trails. The more than 40 miles of flowing trails are groomed and offer routes for beginner, intermediate and expert riders. No bike? No problem. Cuyuna offers fat bike rentals. Here's rental information at this link and a link to trail maps.
2. Cross-Country Skiing
If the quiet glide of cross-country skiing is your idea of winter fun, Cuyuna, MN, has you covered with more than 30 miles of trails nearby, This article provides an overview of these favorite trails:
· Larson Lake Trail - 11.0 km double track set
· Wolf Lake Trail - 10 k of single track
· Nordic Ridge Trail - (22 kilometers)
· French Rapids Trail - 16.0 k trackset
3. Snowshoeing & Winter Hiking
Hiking continues when winter starts. Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area provides a gorgeous setting for snowshoeing. Strap a pair on and head into the woods or up to snowy Miners Mountain. Cuyuna Outfitters, Crosby offers snowshoe rentals, and here's a link to the trail map.
Snowmobiling is taken seriously in Minnesota. With more than 22,000 miles of groomed trails, you can ride uninterrupted from one end of the state to the other and all sorts of places. Cuyuna offers excellent access points to the vast network of Minnesota snowmobile trails. Here are some helpful links to hit the snowmobile trails:
· Area snowmobile maps here
· Info for snowmobile beginners here
· Snowmobile rental information here
5. Skiing, Snowboarding & Tubing
Family-favorite Mount Ski Gull, a scenic 30-mile drive from Cuyuna, offers downhill skiing and snowboarding. Ski Gull has 12 runs (40% beginner, 30% intermediate, 30% expert), a terrain park, bunny hill, and offers lessons, ski and snowboard rentals, and snow tubing. Mount Ski Gull 9898 County 77 SW Nisswa, MN 56468 218-963-4353 mountskigull.com
6. Bowling - Bowling at Cuyuna Lanes is fun for all ages. It's located on Crosby Main Street, 218 W Main St, Crosby, Minnesota. Call (218) 546-5027 for current business hours.
Trail Connected Lodging
True North Basecamp offers six warm Lakeview, trail-connected cabins with high-speed WiFi access to showers and bathrooms with heated floors. Each cabin includes a fire ring, a cooking grate, three twin and one full-size bed, and a refrigerator. Takeout and delivery food are available in nearby Crosby. Prices start at $99 per night. Book here.