Ski and Snowshoe Trails

Our grounds and buildings are open by reservation  only. Click here to make a reservation to use our ski and snowshoe trails this winter. 

Cross-Country Ski and Snowshoe Trails

Enjoy eight miles of cross-country ski and 11 miles of snowshoe trails that meander along 1,200-plus acres of woodland, prairie and open fields. The Arboretum offers a variety of trails to accommodate a range of skill levels. The trails are groomed when there is an adequate base of snow.

There will be a few changes to our groomed cross-country ski and snowshoe trails this winter. Please be aware that the trailhead for ski trails has moved to the Farm at the Arb. Enter at 3210 W 82nd Street, Chanhassen, MN. When you leave, slowly pull forward until the gate opens. Snowshoe trails begin near the Oswald Visitor Center, enter through our main entrance. 

For current trail conditions, visit our Winter at the Arb page.


The Arboretum does not have a ski patrol or staff available to ski to an emergency on the trails. We strongly recommend that you do not ski alone.

In case of emergency, call 911 or if able able, go to the Oswald Visitor Center Information Desk. The Arboretum requires that you ski during times that the Visitor Center is open.


The Oswald Visitor Center and Gift & Garden Store are open every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas. Click here for hours and more information.

Ski and Snowshoe Box


Ski trails now start at the Farm at the Arb -- 3210 W 82nd St, Chanhassen, MN 55317.


Use our digital map or download a pdf.

Download our 2021 brochure and map.


$7.00 for first hour 
$5.00 for each additional hour


December 1, 2020 - January 3, 2021: 
DAILY 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 
Last rental of snowshoes from Visitor Center at 1:30 p.m.
Snowshoes must be returned by 3:00 p.m.

Starting January 18, 2021:
DAILY 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 
Last rental of snowshoes from Visitor Center at 2:30 p.m.
Snowshoes must be returned by 4:00 p.m.


  • Please do not hike, snowshoe or bring sleds or dogs on ski trails as damage to the trail will result.
  • There are separate routes for snowshoeing/hiking.
  • Please stay on the groomed trails and follow directional signs.
  • Arboretum trails a designed and groomed for traditional skiing only--no skate-skiing.
  • The Arboretum is a research facility, so plants must remain undisturbed. The trail of even one skier can damage plants.