Carver Winter Trailhead

Hit the cross-country ski trails from the Carver Winter Trailhead. Bring your own skis or rent them from the Carver trailhead building. Drop in when you first arrive for information on trails or swing by when you’re done to warm up with a hot drink and a snack. For hiking, snowshoeing and sledding, head to Lowry Nature Center.

Hours See trailhead building hours below. Park hours: 5:00 AM–10:00 PM

Carver PDF Maps

Carver Winter Map

Find all printable maps of Carver on the Carver Park Reserve page.

Things To Do



a boy releases an arrow at an archery range in the winter.

The stationary archery range is open year-round. The walk-through range is closed in the winter.

Cross-Country Skiing

Cross-Country Skiing

a skiier on a wooded trail

11.3 miles of trails

Trails groomed for classic and skate skiing wind through the western portion of the park, passing scenic overlooks along the way. One trail leads to Lowry Nature Center. Don't forget to check the trail conditions before you head out.

Mountain Bike Trail

Mountain Biking

A mountain biker rides on a dirt path through tall grasses.

10.3 miles

The Monarch Singletrack trail at Carver Park Reserve is open year-round and offers trails for adapted, beginner, intermediate and advanced riders. 

Building Hours and Information

The trailhead building is closed.

At the Carver trailhead building, you can rent classic and skate skis, a sit ski and a child ski trailer. You can also purchase daily and annual ski passes and find information about the trails. Snacks and hot drinks are also available.


9:00 AM–5:00 PM, Daily and holidays*

*Open regular hours on holidays except:

Nov. 26: Closed
Dec. 24: 9 AM-2 PM
Dec. 25: Closed

Hours vary depending on trail conditions, so give us a call to see if we’re open. 

Ski Trail Conditions

Check ski trail conditions before you visit.

Cross-Country Ski Passes

Skiers age 12 and older must have a daily or annual Three Rivers cross-country ski pass. Purchase your pass at the Carver Trailhead building, or buy an annual pass online.

Ski Rentals

NEW FOR THE 2020-21 SEASON: Cross-country ski sets can be reserved up to seven days in advance as trail conditions allow; same-day reservations are available. Reservations can be made online or over the phone by calling 763.559.6700. Due to limited equipment and indoor capacity, reserving equipment prior to arriving is highly encouraged.

Reserve Skis Online at Carver

Classic skis | Skate skis 


Parking is available at the winter trailhead. See the interactive map above.

Other Trails

Other trails cannot be accessed from the winter trailhead. Hiking and snowshoeing trails begin at Lowry Nature Center. The sledding hill is just steps from Lowry. Hiking and dog walking is permitted on the winter walking trail near the dog off-leash area.


In the summer, the Carver Winter Trailhead is the Carver Archery Range.

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