Visit the Wirth Winter Recreation Area and you'll quickly forget you're in the city. This 700-acre urban forest is a winter sports-lover's paradise! The Wirth Winter Recreation Area at Theodore Wirth Park offers cross-country skiing, snowboarding, tubing, snowshoeing, skijoring, cycling, walking/running trails, birthday parties, and more!
Don't have your own gear? Need a lesson? We have everything you need to get outside and enjoy the beauty and fun of winter right in the heart of Minneapolis.
After a day in the snow, warm up and refuel at the bar and grill inside the Wirth Chalet, which offers sandwiches, hot dogs, soup, snacks, and beverages, plus free wireless Internet.
The Wirth Winter Recreation Area is open on Minneapolis school release days December-February including Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and President's Day. Kids can enjoy winter fun all day long by attending our School's Out Camps.
The Clubhouse at Theodore Wirth Park is modeled after a Swiss Chalet and is available for rentals such as wedding receptions and other parties of up to 150 people. The Fireplace Room has a vaulted ceiling, large wood burning fireplace and the warm feeling of a rustic lodge. Our event consultant may be reached at 612-328-2263 to discuss pricing and availability.
Enjoy the beauty along the designated winter walking route in the Eloise Butler area. Also explore over 50 miles of plowed trails along the Grand Rounds Scenic Byway, the longest continuous system of public urban parkways in the nation!
Bike all winter long at our off-road cycling trail. The 4.36-mile trail twists and climbs its way through a wooded, hilly section of Wirth Park east of Twin Lakes, north of Highway 55, and west of the Wirth Par 3 Golf course.
Head out for some exercise with your four-legged friend this winter! Skijoring is available in the Front-9 and in the J.D. Rivers/Wirth Lake areas. For safety reasons, skijoring is not allowed on the remainder of the Theodore Wirth trails.
We have a day of fun planned for kids ages 7 and older at the Wirth Winter Recreation Area! Camps include beginner cross-country ski lessons, beginner Learn-to-Ride snowboard instruction, snow tubing, rental equipment, plus lunch and warm refreshments in the Wirth Chalet.