Minnesota Snowmobiling Resorts

by Meg Jernigan

Minnesota’s 20,000 miles of groomed snowmobile trails course through wilderness and over frozen lakes, providing safe, well-signed routes for the more than 250,000 snowmobiles registered in the state. Snowmobiling resorts, located throughout northern Minnesota provide rentals, easy trail access and special activities for young riders. Amenities range from rustic to high-end.

Ash Ka Nam Resort & Lodge

Ash Ka Nam Resort, located in far northern Minnesota at the juncture of the Ash River and Namakan and Kabetogama Lakes, provides access to Voyageurs National Park. The rustic resort, near 500 miles of groomed trails and marked lake paths, rents Arctic Cat snowmobiles and sells fuel. Ash Ka Nam rents standard hotel rooms and cabins that sleep up to 18 guests. The resort’s lodge has a deck overlooking the lake, a lounge with large screen televisions and a full-service restaurant.

Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center

This upscale resort on Lake Darling in central Minnesota rents full-sized snowmobiles for adults and Mini Z snowmobiles for kids 6 through 11. The resort is located on the D.A.T.A. (Douglas Area Trails Association) trail with access to hundreds of miles of groomed trails. Kids ride in a special area with safety features. The resort provides trail maps and leads guided group tours on the weekend. Lodging options at Arrowwood include standard rooms, suites and town houses. Restaurants at the property are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Hungry Jack Lodge and Campground

Hungry Jack is located on the Gunflint Snowmobile Trail System near Minnesota’s border with Canada. The resort rents Polaris snowmobiles by the day and suggests that guests should make their snowmobile rental arrangements before arrival because there are a limited number available. Built in 2009, the main lodge has a two-story stone fireplace and restaurant. During the winter season the restaurant is open shorter hours than in the summer and only serves light fare. Both rustic cabins without running water and deluxe cabins are available in the winter.

Cragun’s Resort and Hotel on Gull Lake

Cragun’s, located on the Gull Lake Lighted Trail near Brainerd rents Polaris snowmobiles buy the half-day, full day and weekend. The resort offers guided tours for adults and 20 minute Kitty Kat rentals for kids. Accommodations include a large assortment of one- to five-bedroom cabins, two-level apartments, standard hotel rooms and suites. The resort’s spa offers massage and salon treatments and a Kid’s Spa caters to 10 to 17-year olds. Cragun’s provides both casual and formal dining options.

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