Dunes State Forest
Ranger's Blog (NEW!)
Winter "Fat" Biking (NEW!)
isn't a country, it is winter
my garden isn't a garden, it is the plain
my road isn't a road, it is the snow
My country isn't a country, it is winter"
Wintersnow Trails and Travel,
the winter trails, exploration, recreation and backcountry
travel website sponsored by the Backcountry Trail
Patrol Association. Our passion is to
encourage recreation and exploration in the backcountry areas of in
Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin, on skis and snowshoes, "fat
bikes" and discover the "undiscovered season".
Detailed trail descriptions of the trails we have adopted and patrol,
and land manager links are located on our "Trails"
here for detailed information on our winter trails at Sand
Dunes State Forest Recreation Area,
near Zimmerman, MN
cross-country ski trail conditions
can be found at
To see our latest activity schedule, check out www.trailpatrol.org
Annual Winter Family Fun Day
Lake Maria State Park, Monticello (Silver Creek), MN
Our annual Winter Fun Day provides an opportunity to enjoy Lake Maria in the winter!
Schedule for the day:
10 - 11 AM: Snowshoe Hike: Reservations required.*
11 AM -12 noon: Jr. Snow Ranger program
12 - 12:30: Kid's Activity, Snacks & Refreshments
1:00 - 2:00: NEW! Winter Sports Triathlon! (Snowshoeing, X-C Skiing and Geocaching)
NEW This Year: Winter (Fat) Biking! Find out more about these hugely popular FAT tired bicycles.
There will also be ongoing demonstrations of winter camping equipment, winter camping in a quinzee.
Plus opportunities to snowshoe, ski, ice skate and sled.
*Registration required for snowshoe hike only, a limited number of snowshoes are available for use.
Call the park office at 763-878-2325.
Snow, and we'll see you on the trails!
Who Are We?
Backcountry Trail Patrol is a non-profit, volunteer trail safety, education and assistance organization
that provides services to all trail users in the forests and parks
of Minnesota through x-c ski and snowshoe patrol in the winter, and
mountain bike patrol in the summer season. The roots of the patrol go back to 1992, when the same
park rangers who would start the bike patrol three years later,
were given responsibility for the volunteer ski patrol in the
Anoka (MN) County Parks. The rangers and volunteers went to training
with the Hennepin (now Three Rivers) Parks volunteer patrol and
the National Ski Patrol at Wild River State Park, and what would
become the Backcountry Trail Patrol was born. In 2000 the group
started patrolling the ski trails at Lake Maria State Park and
Sand Dunes State Forest. As time progressed and the patrol grew,
we developed our own training programs and added training in trail
care, grooming and area operations, as well as snowshoe patrol and
winter camping. We also started winter safety education and
outreach programs including our annual Backcountry Winter
Workshop and the Junior Snow Ranger program. Since
2001, we have served as the official medical ski and bike patrol at several races,
including the City of Lakes Loppet Urban Ski Festival and the
North End Ski Classic. The advent of the "Fat Bike" has added
a whole new dimension to our snowy season activities.
was updated last on December 29, 2012 (c) www.wintersnowtrails.org