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You are invited to experience the beautiful Cannon Valley Trail. 

 

Ski Passes Are Required

 

As a reminder, all skiers that are 16 years of age and older are required by state law to have a valid Great Minnesota Ski Pass when skiing the Cannon Valley Trail.  Funds raised from the passes are credited to a DNR account and allocated back to trails throughout the State of Minnesota to assist with maintenance costs. The Cannon Valley Trail is groomed and tracked for both traditional and skate skiing.

Many cross country skiers look for hills and curves on a ski trail and although the Cannon Valley Trail does not have much of that, it does offer exceptional winter scenery.  In the winter seeing Bald Eagles and flocks of Wild Turkeys along the Trail is routine. The Anderson Rest Area makes a great ski destination and you could add some interest by having a fire in the pit. Remember recreational fires are allowed in designated areas only.

12/8/14

 

The Cannon Valley Trail has not received enough snow to groom for cross country skiing.

 

It will be posted here when the Trail is ready for cross country ski use.  The Trail will be groomed for both traditional skiing and skate skiing.

 

 

 

 

Great Minnesota Ski Pass Rates
 

Daily ski pass: $6
One-season ski pass: $20 
Three-season ski pass: $55

 

 

Please send us your comments!
 
Please send questions or comments to info@cannonvalleytrail.com

   

 

Purchasing a ski pass

 

Electronic Licensing System
Get your daily, one-season and three-season ski passes using Minnesota's new electronic licensing system. There are 1750 locations around the state where you can use ELS. For a list of these, go to the ELS page or call the DNR Information Center at 651-296-6157 or 1-888-646-6367 (TTY: 651-296-5484 or 1-800-657-3929).

 

On the Internet

Buy your daily, one-season and three-season ski passes through the DNR online licensing system.

 

By phone

Call 1-888-MNLICENse (1-888-665-4236) to buy a daily, one-season or three-season ski pass. It's instant and easy. Have your date of birth, driver's license and credit card (Discover, MasterCard or Visa) ready when you call. (There is a $3.50 processing fee for this convenience.)

 


 

The Cannon Valley Trail is a 19.7 mile long trail that runs through diverse and  spectacular scenery on a former Chicago Great Western Railroad line connecting the cities of Cannon Falls, Welch and Red Wing in beautiful southeastern Minnesota. 

Paralleling the Cannon River, the Trail offers glimpses and panoramas of the valley and gradually descends 115 feet in elevation from Cannon Falls to Red Wing.  From overhanging cliffs to views of extensive wetland complexes, nature's seasonal changes are vividly displayed.  

The Trail is open year round for bicycling, in-line skating, skateboarding, hiking and walking, and similar wheeled recreational devices.  Trail users age 18 or older must have a valid Wheel Pass when using the trail from April 1st - November 1st .  During the snow season, cross-country skiing is a common trail activity.  The Great Minnesota Ski Pass is required to cross-country ski on the Cannon Valley Trail.

Share the Trail!!!

  • Watch for and obey all signs

  • Look both ways at road crossings  

  • Be in control of your bicycle at all times 

  • Watch for hazards on or near the trail 

  • Use the right hand side of the trail

  • Announce your presence when passing

  • Wear a helmet

Be a 'Friend' of the  Cannon Valley Trail.

Please, no pets on the

Cannon Valley Trail!!

(Including those in

 baskets and trailers)


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