State Parks

Minnesotans Prep For Bitterly Cold WeekendState park employees say they are prepared to show people a good time in the extreme cold, and offered a few tips on how to stay warm while doing it.
Wis. Park, Trail Fees To See Price Hike On Jan. 1Hikers, cyclists, cross-country skiers and other outdoor lovers will have to pay more to get into Wisconsin state parks and use state trails in the new year.
State Parks Give Free Admission On Black FridayWhile many Minnesotans spent Black Friday shopping for bargains, state parks were also packed. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources waived fees to enter all 75 state parks.
Minnesota State Parks Are Free On Black FridayBlack Friday fever is spreading to Minnesota state parks. The state will offer free entry to all 76 state parks and recreation areas on Nov. 27, the day after Thanksgiving. A daily permit to a park generally costs $5.
WCCO Viewers' Choice For Best Fall Hiking Trail In MinnesotaGooseberry Falls State Park is the unofficial gateway to the North Shore. And its beauty is such a draw that you cannot drive by without stopping to explore. Thousands of people visit each year, anticipating the vision of Gooseberry Falls and the memories they will make there.
Minnesota State Parks Draw Record Holiday Weekend CrowdsMinnesota state parks drew record crowds on the Fourth of July holiday weekend, and park officials say there are still great recreational opportunities ahead for the rest of the summer. Department of Natural Resources figures show occupancy at state parks hit 84 percent.
Free Admission, Activities At State Parks For Nat’l Get Outdoors DayMinnesota's 75 state parks are all offering free admission this coming Saturday to celebrate National Get Outdoors Day. All of the state's parks have special activities planned.
Dayton, Pawlenty Join Groundbreaking At State's Newest ParkGov. Mark Dayton and former Gov. Tim Pawlenty were among the government officials who grabbed shovels to help break ground for Minnesota's newest state park. Construction began Friday on the campground at Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground Mine State Park in northeastern Minnesota.
Travel Guide To Colorado's Great Sand DunesHead out for a vacation that will put you in the heart of America's Great Sand Dunes. During your trip you can explore the country's highest dunes, go hiking through diverse forests or splash around in local waterways.
State Parks Await Spring-Time VisitorsAs the last drops of maple syrup are collected from Fort Snelling State Park, it can mean only one thing -- the sights and sounds of spring are coming back. Brent Wennberg has been enjoying Minnesota's state parks since he was 2.
Minnesota State Parks Seek Fee Bump To Maintain ServicesThe Department of Natural Resources is asking the Minnesota Legislature to raise entrance fees at state parks so it can maintain services at existing levels. Gov. Mark Dayton's budget proposes to bump the current $5 daily vehicle fee by $1 to $6, and the current 12-month $25 vehicle fee by $5 to $30.
State Parks Offering New Camping Experience -- YurtsOutdoor lovers have a new way to spend the night at three of Minnesota's state parks. The new shelters have the feel of a tent only with comfort of a cabin. They are known as "yurts."

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