Trail/Park Fees

December 8, 2005

Many parks and trails systems require some sort of pass -- and sometimes, a combination of passes. We'll try to break down some of the most common fees, but remember to always check with each park/trail system before heading out.

Private/Resort Trails

Most private trails require some sort of fee. If the trails are located on the property of a resort, access may be available only to resort guests (or for a small fee).  Please check with the operators before skiing.  Note:  Central and Upper Gunflint trails fall into this category.

Donations

Many trail systems are supported in large part by skier donations. Look for a donation box at the trailhead.

Minnesota

  • Minnesota State Parks - If you plan to park at any Minnesota State Park, you'll need a vehicle permit.  And a Minnesota Ski Pass.
  • Minnesota Ski Pass - Required for most public ski trails in Minnesota, including the state parks and many local trail systems.

Regional Parks Systems

  • Three Rivers Park District Ski Pass - A cross-country ski pass is required for skiers ages 12 and older.  Daily and season passes are available. Parking is free. The Minnesota Ski Pass is not required.
  • Minneapolis Ski Pass - A cross-country ski pass is required for skiers ages 12 and older.  Daily and season passes are available. Parking is free.
  • Washington County Parks and Ski Pass - A parking permit is required. A Washington County Parks Ski Pass is also required.   Minnesota Ski Pass is not required.
  • Anoka County Parks - A parking permit is required. Minnesota Ski Pass is required.
  • Carver County Parks - No county permit/fee is required. Minnesota Ski Pass is required.
  • Dakota County Parks Ski Pass - A Dakota County Park ski pass is required.  Minnesota Ski Pass is not required.
  • University of Minnesota - The University of Minnesota Golf Course requires a daily or annual ski pass.

Wisconsin

Michigan 

Regional Parks Systems