Remember the thrill of an afternoon at the local sledding hill? Even when your cheeks turned rosy and your toes went numb, you wanted just one more trip down the hill. It’s easy to feel like a kid again in Three Rivers, where you'll find some of the best sledding hills in the Twin Cities. Just bundle up and grab a sled, or check one out at certain locations, for hours of exhilarating fun.

Sledding Hill Conditions


Updated: March 22, 2024, 12:00 PM

Carver (Lowry Nature Center)

Updated: February 20, 2024, 2:41 PM

Elm Creek Winter Recreation Area

Updated: March 25, 2024 9:32 AM


Updated: February 23, 2024, 9:15 AM

Hyland (Richardson Nature Center)

Updated: February 20, 2024, 9:00 AM

Rules & Guidelines

Sledding hills are unsupervised. Children should be accompanied by an adult. Skiing and snowboarding are not allowed on sledding hills. Hills will close when the conditions are poor or during extremely cold temperatures. Most hills are located near a park facility with restrooms and concessions.

Other Things To Do

Cross-Country Skiing

Cross-country Skiing

Two women cross-country ski on a sunny day.

Three Rivers features 80 miles of groomed cross-country ski trails at various locations. Trails are available for skiers of all skill levels. Don't forget to check trail conditions before you head out.

New this season - cross-country ski equipment rentals are available online and are encouraged before arriving at the park.

Downhill Ski Area

Downhill & Telemark Skiing

Skier mule kicking in the air

Hyland Hills Ski Area and the Winter Recreation Area at Elm Creek offer downhill ski areas for all skill levels, from training hills to Olympic-level training jumps. The downhill ski areas feature snowmaking and well-groomed hills for unbeatable winter fun.



A turf trail passes by a sign that says "hiking trail."

One of the best ways to explore year-round is to head out for a hike on the extensive trail system in Three Rivers. Trails wind through the woodland, grassland and wetland habitats of many species of wildlife. You’ll be amazed at what you might see along the way.

Please note: In winter, hiking on cross-country ski trails is not permitted.

Play Area

Play Areas

Colorful play area with slides and climbing strutures

Create new memories at our play areas. Three Rivers has multiple areas designed for varying ages and abilities where toddlers to teens can let their imagination run wild. Monkey business never sounded so fun.



four people snowshoeing on a sunny day.

Three Rivers offers trails of varying difficulty for snowshoers of all skill levels. It’s a great way for the entire family to take in the scenes of a Minnesota winter. Please note: Snowshoeing is not permitted on cross-country ski trails unless otherwise noted.

New This Season: Snowshoe rentals require advanced reservations. Availability will vary by location.




Children waiting at the top of the tubing hill

If you like sledding, you’ll love snow tubing at the Winter Recreation Area at Elm Creek. Ride a moving sidewalk up a hill 10 stories high and then soar back down on a specially designed inner tube. Once you get to the bottom, do it all over again.

Advance reservations are strongly encouraged; please check availability online before coming to the hill. Reservations can be made online or by calling our reservations office at 763-559-6700.