Snow tubing at Buck Hill in Burnsville

26 of the Best Sledding & Snow Tubing Hills in Minnesota

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Snow tubing at Buck Hill in Burnsville 

26 of the Best Sledding & Snow Tubing Hills in Minnesota

By Joe Albert

Whether it's during the day as the sun shines brightly, or after dark amid laser light displays and live music, there’s something magical about sledding and tubing down snow-covered slopes in Minnesota. Here are some of the state's best options for seizing the season broken down by region.

Winter snow tubing at Theodore Wirth Park in Minneapolis

Snow tubing at Theodore Wirth Park  / Krivit Photo, Courtesy of Meet Minneapolis

Minneapolis-St. Paul Area

Northeast Minnesota

Glow tubing on Mount Kato in Mankato

Glow tubing on Mount Kato  / Kvidt Creative, courtesy of Visit Mankato

Central Minnesota

Southern Minnesota

Northwest Minnesota

Sledding near Elbow Lake

Sledding through a forested winter wonderland near Elbow Lake / Laura Dekowski

A Note About Safety

Sledding and tubing for many children in Minnesota is almost a rite of passage, but there is some risk involved anytime someone takes a ride down a hill. That goes for people riding plastic sleds or saucers, rubber tubes or wooden toboggans. Following are some tips from Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota to ensure sledding and tubing is done as safely as possible:

  • Adults should accompany children on sledding adventures–and ride down the hill with kids who are under 5 years old.
  • Wear a helmet to prevent against head injury and avoid items such as scarves that can get wrapped around objects. Wear waterproof clothing, and pack extra along if you plan to stay out for an extended period of time.
  • Pick hills that don’t have fences, streets, trees and water nearby. Ensure there’s a flat area at the bottom to stop.
  • Take turns going down a hill to avoid collisions.

Find more winter fun with our 10 things to do this winter.

Joe Albert

Joe Albert is a Bloomington-based writer who currently works for the Department of Natural Resources. His work has appeared in publications including Outdoor NewsStar Tribune and Field & Stream.