Fall & Winter Outdoors

Fall & Winter Outdoors

Thief River Falls Visitors Guide

Upcoming Events

TRF Entertainment Series Presents "Charlie Albright"
Thursday 21st of March at 7:30pm
Summer Theater Auditions
Thursday 21st of March to Friday 22nd of March
VFW State Hockey Tournament
Friday 22nd of March to Sunday 24th of March
Thief River Falls Skating Club Ice Show
Saturday 30th of March to Sunday 31st of March

Discover the cooler weather excitement waiting for you in Thief River Falls!

Thief River Falls is the birthplace of snowmobiling and known for its hunting opportunities. Pick your pastime and join us in Thief River Falls! Information on all of these attractions can be found here or at the Thief River Falls Travel Information Center: 102 Main Ave. North.


Snowmobiling

Thief River Falls has access to more than 500 miles of groomed trails that interconnect to over 1,500 miles of trails in northwest Minnesota. Thief River Falls is a snowmobile hub for northwest Minnesota with five different trails leading out of the city. Snowmobilers can choose from countless daily loop rides ranging from 50-200 miles. Snowmobiling was born in this part of Minnesota and the many food and fuel stops along the trails welcome all riders, whatever their brand. Click here for a TRF Snowmobile Trail Map or click here for a NW MN Regional Snowmobile Trail Map.

Trails to the west connect with the North Dakota trail system at the communities of Oslo and Hallock. Trails to the north connect to the community of Roseau and from there to the Canadian border and east to the Warroad and Baudette trail systems.

To the south, riders take trails that connect with Bemidji and Detroit Lakes. Each trail is unique in offering a variety of terrain including river riding and picturesque wilderness trails.

Goodridge/4G Snowmobile Trails

Connects with the Wapiti Trail system out of Thief River Falls, the Fourtown Trail system and the Riverland Trail System of Trail, Clearwater, Gully, etc.

Riverland North trail
Groomed trail connecting Thief River Falls with Red Lake Falls.

Wapiti Trail
Connects with Big Red Lake Bog and McTrail System Trails. Trail cuts through willow and poplar stands, frequent sightings of wildlife.

For weekly snowmobile trail reports, click here. For print copies of snowmobile trail maps, contact Visit Thief River Falls at info@visittrf.com or 218-686-9785.

Arctic Cat snowmobiles have been manufactured in Thief River Falls for over 35 years. The Arctic Cat plant is listed as having one of the top 250 plant tours in the nation in the book entitled “Watch It Made In The USA: A Visitors Guide To The Companies That Make Your Favorite Products.” Plant tours are free of charge and offered weekdays at 1 p.m. (except during winter months.) Call ahead to schedule a tour: 218-681-8558.

Cross Country Skiing

Cross country ski trails are groomed regularly in the Greenwood Trails Recreation Area. Click here for a Cross Country Ski Trail Map. For print trail maps, contact Visit Thief River Falls at info@visittrf.com or 218-686-9785.

Snowshoeing

With 48 acres of wooden trails, the Greenwood Trails Recreation Area is a great place to snowshoe. Bring your own or rent a pair at TR Family Time.

Ice Skating

Thief River Falls has two large indoor arenas: the Ralph Engelstad Arena and the Huck Olson Memorial Civic Center. Both offer recreational ice skating. To view the ice skating schedule, visit the Ralph Engelstad Arena website at www.reatrf.com. There are also two outdoor skating rinks in Thief River Falls. One is located at Engelstad Park and one is located at Northrop Park.

Sledding

Hartz Park, located on Riverside Avenue along the river, offers a huge hill for sledding. Sledders can enter the area through the National Guard Armory parking lot which is located on Highway 32.

Hiking

Thief River Falls is home to both the Greenwood Trails Recreation Area and the Northland Trails, next to Northland Community & Technical College. They are both excellent for hiking, and the 7 mile scenic River Walk connects the two. Click here for a River Walk Trail Map.

Hunting

With over 2 million acres of public hunting land to choose from, the Thief River Falls area offers hunters choices of moose, bear, deer, ducks, ruffed and sharptail grouse and woodcock. This is also a growing area for geese populations, making this area an untapped bonanza for waterfowlers. For an area hunting map contact Visit Thief River Falls at 218-686-9785 or MN DNR at 218-681-0946 .

ice skating

Engelstad Park

199 Crocker Ave. N.
Thief River Falls
MN 56701

1.32 acres, Tennis Courts, Basketball Court, Outdoor Ice Skating Rink, Warming House, Restrooms, Parking, Electricity, Water.

Engelstad Park
Map of Engelstad Park
(Placement on map is approximate)
Huck Olson Memorial Civic Center

501 Brooks Ave
Thief River Falls
MN 56701

Phone:
218-681-2183

The HOMCC was constructed in 1969 and named in memory of Huck Olson, a former sportswriter for the Thief River Falls Times. The City of Thief River Falls owns and operates the center. The HOMCC seats 3,600 and has an ...

Huck Olson Memorial Civic Center
Map of Huck Olson Memorial Civic Center
(Placement on map is approximate)
Northrop Park

9th St./LaBree Ave.
Thief River Falls
MN 56701

1.60 acres, Lighted Outdoor Ice Skating Rink, Warming House, Shelters, Playground Equipment, Electricity, Restrooms, Picnic Tables, Parking.

Northrop Park
Map of Northrop Park
(Placement on map is approximate)
Ralph Engelstad Arena

525 Brooks Ave. N
P.O Box 528
MN 56701

Phone:
218-681-2183

The Ralph Engelstad Arena and Huck Olson Memorial Civic Center provide Thief River Falls with over 140,000 sq. ft. for multi-sport activities, shows, events, concerts, consumer shows, banquets, receptions and corporate meetings. Features 2 ice sheets, basketball floor, on site ...

Ralph Engelstad Arena
Map of Ralph Engelstad Arena
(Placement on map is approximate)

sledding

LB Hartz Park

LB Hartz Park
Thief River Falls
MN 56701

6.00 acres, Shelter, Playground Equipment, Electricity, Picnic Tables, Parking, Volleyball, Sledding

LB Hartz Park
Map of LB Hartz Park
(Placement on map is approximate)

fitness centers

Family Time Racquetball & Fitness

1571 Hwy. 59 S.E.
Thief River Falls
MN 56701

Phone:
218-681-6709

Weight room, racquetball, basketball, badminton, and wallyball courts. Locker rooms with showers and saunas. Studio for parties and exercise classes.

Family Time Racquetball & Fitness
Map of Family Time Racquetball & Fitness
(Placement on map is approximate)
Sanford Wellness Center Thief River Falls

120 LaBree Ave. S.
Thief River Falls
MN 56701

Phone:
218-683-4367

Comprehensive fitness facility featuring state-of-the-art equipment. Day Pass $6 per day. Access 24/7. Must be 18 years or older or be accompanied by guardian. Memberships available.

Sanford Wellness Center
Map of Sanford Wellness Center Thief River Falls
(Placement on map is approximate)

snowmobile trails and clubs

Goodridge Trail Blazers


Goodridge
MN 56701

Phone:
218-378-4588 miliha@gvtel.com

Map of Goodridge Trail Blazers
(Placement on map is approximate)
Goodridge/4G Snowmobile Trails

Downtown
Goodridge
MN 56725

Connects with Wapiti Trail System out of Thief River Falls, the Fourtown Trail system, and Riverland Trail System, Clearwater and Gully, etc.

Map of Goodridge/4G Snowmobile Trails
(Placement on map is approximate)
Riverland North Trail

Thief River Falls
Thief River Falls
MN 56701

Groomed trail connecting Thief River Falls with Red Lake Falls.

Map of Riverland North Trail
(Placement on map is approximate)
Thief River Falls Sno-Drifters

1023 Atlantic Ave. N., P.O. Box 51
Thief River Falls
MN 56701

Phone:
218-689-0280 218-681-7423

Thief River Falls Sno-Drifters
Map of Thief River Falls Sno-Drifters
(Placement on map is approximate)
Wapiti Trail

Red Lake
Red Lake Falls
MN 56750

Connects with Big Red Lake Bog and McTrail System Trails. Trail cuts through Willow and Poplar stands, frequent sightings of wildlife.

Map of Wapiti Trail
(Placement on map is approximate)

Snow Shoeing

Greenwood Trails Recreation Area

148 Greenwood St. W
Thief River Falls
MN 56701

Phone:
218-681-2519

48 acres of paved and unpaved trails that are great for hiking, biking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

Biking in TRF - Greenwood Trails.jpg
Map of Greenwood Trails Recreation Area
(Placement on map is approximate)

Cross-Country Skiing

Greenwood Trails Recreation Area

148 Greenwood St. W
Thief River Falls
MN 56701

Phone:
218-681-2519

48 acres of paved and unpaved trails that are great for hiking, biking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

Biking in TRF - Greenwood Trails.jpg
Map of Greenwood Trails Recreation Area
(Placement on map is approximate)

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