Enjoy a Winter Stay at a Camper Cabin

By Explore Minnesota

Cabin and skiiersExploring a winter trail by ski or snowshoe is exhilarating, the woods a quietly beautiful winter wonderland. Make the experience last a little longer with an overnight stay at a trailside cabin.

Eighteen state parks offer rustic camper cabins for winter stays. These small, wood cabins have bunkbeds, table and chairs, and are heated by electricity or propane; there are no bathrooms or kitchens (bring a camp stove to use outside). The simplicity of the experience has its own rewards: the solitude of a winter night in the woods, warming by the campfire under a starlit sky, fresh snow sparkling in the moonlight.

The camper cabins sleep up to six, and start at $50 per night. Find out more, including which state parks offer them for winter use, on the DNR website.

Boundary Country Trekking on the Gunflint Trail offers trailside stays in round, canvas huts called yurts, heated by woodstove. There are bunks, a kitchen area, and a nearby outhouse. Travel to the yurt by ski or snowshoe along the Banadad Trail, and your gear and food will be transported there for you. You can even have Boundary Country deliver dinner!

Of course, there are several resorts that offer trailside cabins with all the comforts of home, if you want to enjoy more indoor amenities after a day on the trail.