Snowmobiling

Recognized as the Snowmobile Capital of the North by Minnesota Monthly, here are a few of the reasons why you should ride the Legendary trails of Bemidji…

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Bemidji has the best trail system.

No other area is as central to the state’s 14,000 miles of trails. As the crossroads city for two major Minnesota Interconnecting Trail System routes, MITS-71 and MITS-2, MITS trails link up with hundreds of spur trails, guaranteeing riders connections to virtually any place in the state.

TRAIL DESTINATION MILES CONNECTS TO
NORTH Northland Upper Red Lake 50 Baudette or Roseau
Blue Ox International Falls / Winnipeg 110 Crane or Rainy Lakes
SOUTH Heartland Walker 35 Longville / 65 Miles
SnowWay #1 Brainerd 100
Paul Bunyan Brainerd 115
Bemidji-Itasca Itasca State Park 37 Detroit Lakes / 104 Miles
Schoolcraft Park Rapids 45
EAST Soo Line Remer 63 Grand Rapids / North Shore
WEST Pinewood Clearbrook 35 Thief River Falls
Trailblazer Bagley 41 Lake of the Woods
The MITS-71 consists of two major trails, the Paul Bunyan Trail which originates at Lake Bemidji State Park and runs 1,115 miles between Bemidji and Brainerd, and the Blue Ox Trail, running 110 miles north from Bemidji to International Falls, Winnipeg and beyond. The entire Paul Bunyan/Blue Ox Network is considered to be the longest “rail conversion to recreation trail” in America.

Bemidji’s trails offer the most challenging ride.

The variety of terrain found in the Bemidji area makes the trails not only scenic, but challenging. Dash across 1,000 frozen lakes along the Continental Divide, over bogs, beside rushing streams, up rolling hills and through snow-draped forests.

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Bemidji’s trails offers the most scenic rides.

One especially scenic loop off the Blue Ox is to jump onto the Buena Vista Trail in Buena Vista State Forest. Or head south on the Itasca and Becida Trails to Itasca State Park, site of the headwaters of the Mississippi River. Bemidji trails take you to historic sites, beautiful scenic lakes, forests harboring red and white pines more than 300 years old and through friendly, charming northwoods towns.

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Bemidji takes pride in exceptionally well-groomed trails.

Groomed and well-marked are two qualities that rank Bemidji’s trails as exceptional. With reference point trail signage every two miles, these highly rated routes will lead you to all parts of the state and back.

Trails officially open December 1st to April 1st, conditions permitting. Out-of-state snowmobilers need to check on trail fees. A Snowmobile State Trail sticker is required for all persons operating a snowmobile on state or grant-in-aid trails.

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