Minnesota ice climbing

Winter Fun in Sandstone MN

Looking for something fun to do this winter ? We’ve have a couple of option here in Sandstone, Minnesota.  

Minnesota Ice Climbing

Ice Climbing in Sandstone MN

Sandstone, Minnesota is home to Minnesota’s first ice park.  On the old Quarry walls of Robinson Park climbers now have a winter playground.  The park is open to climbing year round and during the winter months north facing walls are flooded.  Ice routs as high as 80 feet to lower angle “beginner” ice slopes give a variety for climbers of all experience levels.

If you’re looking for a real adventure, the local guide company, Hard Water Sports, can take you out for a day of ice climbing.

More information about Sandstone, Minnesota Ice Climbing

Hiking the Trails of Banning State Park

Plenty of options for winter hiking near Sandstone, Minnesota.  Banning State Park is to the North, South, and East of Sandstone. 
It’s an easy 1 mile walk to the truly beautiful Big Spring Falls from Robinson Park.  The trail is a little rougher to Wolf Creek Falls from Robinson Park.
Once in Banning State Park you’ll have several good choices of hiking trails. The park has 17 miles of marked trails.  Hike along the Kettle River to Hell’s Gate for some of the best views.

More information on Banning State Park.

Ice Fishing near Sandstone, MN

A bunch of great fishing lakes are within a few minutes of Sandstone, Minnesota.

Grindstone, Sand, Pine and Big Pine lakes are just a couple of the options for ice fishing adventure lovers.

check out Petry’s Bait to stock up for this adventure.

Skiing and Snowmobiling 

And there’s skiing.  Downhill skiing at Spirit Mountain and Mount du Lac.  Banning State Park has ungroomed trails for cross country skiing and a few miles of snowmobile that connect up to longer trails. 

Find your winter adventure in Sandstone, MN

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Ice Climbing Photo Contest

The Visit Sandstone Ice Climbing Photo Contest

Share your best ice climbing photo to win a white water rafting adventure for 2.  

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The Visit Sandstone Tourism Board “climb ice” Photo Contest begins January 26, 2018 and ends March 1, 2018, at 12:00 PM local time. Uploading your photo into the “climb ice” photo contest indicates that you are 18 years old or older and have read and agree to the rules and are knowingly and voluntarily participating in the photo contest.

Who may enter:
Adults 18 years old or older living in the United States. The Visit Sandstone Board reserves the right to determine winners’ eligibility.

What to enter:
The photograph should capture ice climbing in Sandstone, Minnesota’s Robinson Park.  The winning photo will be decided on by participant vote on the Visit Sandstone facebook page. 

For a photo in which a person is recognizable, you must secure a model release from the sandstone mn ice climbingsubject or, in the case of a minor, the subject’s parent or guardian and provide it to Visit Sandstone Tourism Board upon request.

Photos that violate or infringe upon another person’s rights, including but not limited to copyright, are not eligible.

How to enter:
Please submit photographs online through the Visit Sandstone facebook page: www.facebook.com/visitsandstonemn. We do not accept photographs submitted through the mail. Uploading your photo to Facebook designates your entry into the photo contest. By entering the contest, entrants grant the Visit Sandstone Tourism Board a royalty-free, worldwide, perpetual, non-exclusive license to display, distribute, reproduce and create derivative works of the entries, in whole or in part, in any media now existing or subsequently developed, for any educational, promotional, publicity, and all other standard Visit Sandstone Tourism Board purposes. Any photograph reproduced will include a photographer credit as feasible. Visit Sandstone Tourism Board will not be required to pay any additional consideration or seek any sandstone ice parkadditional approval in connection with such uses.

Entry deadline:
All entries must be received through the Visit Sandstone Facebook page by 12pm Central Time on March 1, 2018.

Judging will be conducted by voting on the Visit Sandstone Facebook page. Only fans of the Visit Sandstone Facebook page are allowed to vote. The winner will be announced on March 18 on the Visit Sandstone Tourism Board facebook page and website, and email newsletter. The contest is void where prohibited or restricted by law. Visit Sandstone Tourism Board reserves the right to cancel the contest or modify these rules at its discretion. Decisions of Visit Sandstone Tourism Board will be final.

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win a rafting trip for 2

Grand Prize:
Whitewater rafting adventure for 2 on the “clean and beautiful” Kettle River with Hard Water Sports.  Winner receives a gift certificate from Hard Water Sports good for any date during the 2018 rafting season.

For information on the Kettle River whitewater rafting tours please visit MNrafting.com Rafting tours run from mid April through September.