Take a Hike. Check In. Get Rewarded.
CHECK IN JULY 1 – NOVEMBER 30, 2022 FOR A CHANCE TO WIN!
Participants that check in at one of the 60 featured locations each month using the mobile passport will automatically be entered for a chance to win prizes. Only one check in per location for the duration of the campaign will be allowed. See Official Rules for details.
Winners will be notified by text/email.
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Hike MN Passport
- Mobile exclusive
- Instantly delivered via text and email
- No apps to download- 100% FREE
- Hike at featured destinations across the state
- Be entered to win prizes along the way!
How this Pass Works
Step 1 - Get Your Pass
This mobile exclusive passport is a collection of curated hiking locations with check-in opportunities towards prize entries!
Step 2 - Receive Text
Your passport will be instantly delivered to your phone via text and email and is ready to use immediately! There is no app to download. Your pass can be saved to your phone’s home screen for easy one-tap access.
Step 3 - Redeem
When visiting a participating trail location, simply ensure that your location services are enabled on your smart device and press the "check-in" button!
See locations on an interactive map.
Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge
One of the 50 best places in the U.S. to observe a diversity of birds and mammals and one of 100 best places in North America to observe birds View wildlife from Lost Bay Habitat Drive, Headquarters, Maakstad and Rodahl Hiking Trails, 290 St. NE and adjacent township roads. Free admission.
Banning State Park
Venture the 17 miles of hiking trails along the Kettle River amid dramatic sandstone rock formations with lush lichens, liverworts and mosses. Watch for wildlife, climb through unique geological formations, and visit two waterfalls during your stay. Stop along the Quarry Loop Trail to explore the...Show more
Bear Head Lake State Park
Experience the beauty of the North at the edge of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area with 17 mile hiking trails, connecting with the Taconite State Trail. Listen quietly for the call of the loon, or cast a line in these outstanding fishing waters. Permit required.
Big Bog State Recreation Area - Boardwalk
Big Bog State Recreation Area has been called Minnesota's last true wilderness. A mile long boardwalk, located in the Northern Unit, enables visitors to get a first-fand look at the unique plant and animal life of this rare 500-square mile peat bog the largest in the lower 48 states. Permit required.
Blue Mounds Park State Park
Blue Mounds State Park is full of natural surprises. Start with the Sioux quartzite cliff, rising 100 feet from the plains. A bison herd grazes on the prairie. Prickly pear cactus blooms in June and July. A sea of prairie grasses and flowers sway in the wind. Permit required.
Buffalo River State Park
Prairie lovers, this park is for you. Hike along a glacial beach ridge in this big sky prairie country. Bring your binoculars on the nature trail along the river where many species of wildlife and birds abound. A picnic area and campground are located in the hardwood forest along the Buffalo River....Show more
Bunker Hills Regional Park
Bunker Hills Regional Park is home to one of only a few remaining Oak Savannah’s in Minnesota. . With over 10 miles of paved and natural surface trails and a beautiful boardwalk, Bunker Hills offers a variety of opportunities to explore and connect with nature. No fee.
Camden State Park
Hike or ride the trails, then cool off in the spring-fed pool. Walk along the wooded river valley, climb the valley to the Dakota Valley Lookout and enjoy Brawner Lake. 15 miles hiking, 4 miles biking and 10 miles horse trails. Permit required.
Caponi Art Park
Located on 60-acres of rolling wooded hills in Eagan, Mn, Caponi Art Park is a unique environment for art, nature and discovery. The park features wooded trails, Sculpture Garden and the Theater in the Woods amphitheater. Free admission.
Carver Park Reserve
Enjoy hiking with breathtaking views of rolling countryside, wooded hills and sky-blue lakes make Carver Park Reserve in Victoria the ideal place to get away from it all. Stop by Lowry Nature Center, where you will regain the wonder of your childhood during naturalist-led programs. Free parking.
Cuyuna Lakes State Trail, Crosby
Park and check in at the Croft Mine trail head. The Cuyuna Lakes State Trail is eight miles of paved trail within the Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area from Crosby to Riverton. One mile passes through the City of Aitkin along State Highway 169. Abandoned by mining companies more than 35 years...Show more
Dunton Locks County Park
Dunton Locks County Park is nestled along the shores of Muskrat Lake and Lake Sallie near Detroit Lakes. The park offers a paved 1 mile non-motorized recreation trail, as well as 6.1 km of hiking trails. No fee required.
Father Hennepin State Park
Father Hennepin State Park is located on the southeast shore of Mille Lacs Lake. The park's 320 acres include a 4.5 mile and a 3/4 mile wheelchair accessible hiking trails that wind through a hardwood forest mixed with marsh areas and pines along the rocky shoreline of Mille Lacs. Permit required.
Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park
The park features a rugged wooded landscape with blue ribbon trout streams, 17 mi of hiking trails. Minnesota's longest known cave, with stalactites, stalagmites, flowstone, and beautiful underground pools, and a maze of interconnecting passages. Modern lighting and walkways enhance accessible tours. Permit required.
Franz Jevne State Park
Franz Jevne State Park features 2.5 miles of secluded and peaceful hiking trails and offers picturesque views of Ontario and Rainy River with a picnic area near the water, so you can relax as you enjoy fishing in the Rainy River. Permit required.
Glendalough State Park
Nestled in the transition zone between prairie and hardwood forest, Glendalough offers a true respite from civilization. 9 miles of hiking trails with trail access from picnic area and trail center. Wildlife abounds year-round, and there are many observation decks along the trails. Permit required.
Grand Portage State Park
Grand Portage State Park has beautiful and accessible views, like the highest waterfall in the state. It is an easy 1/2 mile, wheelchair-accessible paved trail to High Falls. There is also a rugged 3.5-mile hiking trail to Middle Falls, with spectacular ridgetop views of Lake Superior and Canada....Show more
Great River Bluffs State Park
High on the bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River, scenic overlooks are easily reached by walking trails and offer a chance to get away in the quiet bluff country. Oak-hickory woods, pine plantations and goat prairies provide excellent birding, scenery, hiking on over 6 miles of trails. Permit required.
Hayes Lake State Park - Pine Ridge Trail
The central focus of the park is the lake and the north fork of the Roseau River. Here there is an abrupt transition from farmland to wilderness. This secluded park gives visitors a chance to see a variety of Minnesota wildlife. 13 mi hiking trails. Permit required.
He Mni Can/Barn Bluff Regional Park - Barn Bluff Trail Head
He Mni Can-Barn Bluff is one of the best-known natural features along the upper Mississippi River. This is a hike you’ll want to take at a slow pace due to its steady climb. This hike is worth the effort needed to reach the top of the 340-foot bluff. The cliff showcases a spectacular view of the...Show more
Hidden Falls Regional Park - North Gate
Hidden Falls Regional Park is located at the east bank of the Mississippi River in St. Paul beginning 7 miles north of the Mississippi's confluence with the Minnesota River and continues south to Crosby Farm Park. A paved biking and hiking trail along the bluff provides good birding opportunities. No fee required.
Jay C. Hormel Nature Center
Enjoy over 10 miles of hiking, a three-story observation tower, a state-of-the-art Interpretive Center, staff-led programs on topics such as wildflower and bird hikes, cider pressing, maple syruping, monarch tagging, bird banding, honey-making, and more. Handicapped accessible. Free admission.
Jay Cooke State Park - Silver Creek Trail
Hike the historic Grand Portage of the St Louis River. Peer over the swinging bridge at the dramatic rocky river gorge below or pause for a moment in the pioneer cemetery. The forests and vistas make this park a hikers'' delight. 50 mi of hiking trails. Permit required.
Kaplan’s Woods Park
Whether you're interested in biking, hiking, trail running or just taking a scenic walk Kaplan's Woods and Parkway has well marked trail maps, and nearly 7 miles of trails. Trails range from easy to intermediate, and include hills, dirt terrain, and heavily wooded landscape. No fee required.
Kensington Rune Stone Park - Nokke Veien Trail
12.0 km track set. Mostly intermediate-level trails. Gently rolling glacial hills populated by oak, ash, maple, and basswood forest. The loop-style trail system winds around two small lakes. Trail maps are available at the visitor center which is a remodeled dairy barn. No fee requrired.
Lake Bemidji State Park
This popular state park offers sunsets over the water along with strolls under the pines, spring flowers and fall colors in the maple forest, and a unique bogwalk that winds into the mysterious world of a spruce-tamarack bog with its rare orchids and insect-eating plants. 11 miles of easy to...Show more
Lake Bronson State Park - Hiking Club Loop
Located in the transition zone between the prairie land of the Red River Valley and the aspen parkland to the east, this park offers a diversity of wildlife habitat. Climb the historic tower for a view of the area. 14 miles of easy hiking trails that take you through prairie and aspen parklands...Show more
Lebanon Hills Regional Park
Hike year-round on more than 50 miles of peaceful, scenic trails. Enjoy all this large park has to offer and come back to unwind in the relaxing atmosphere of the Visitor Center where you can find park information, trail access, and a warm fire on cold days. No fee required.
Maplewood State Park
Visitors are surprised by the size and incredible beauty of this west-central Minnesota park with 25 miles of hiking trails.here is great fishing, with eight major lakes in this 9,250-acre park. The rolling hills and hardwood forests along the park drive make it an exciting place to watch for...Show more
Mille Lacs Kathio State Park - Glacial Ridge Trail
These 35 miles of wooded trails take you to river, lake and beaver pond overlooks and through Kathio's rolling glacial moraines. Many trails are minimum maintenance during summer months. 1 mile of wheelchair accessible trail. Permit required.
Minnehaha Falls / Minnehaha City Park
A striking, wilderness waterfall in an urban setting. Overlooking the Mississippi River, Minnehaha Park is one of Minneapolis’ oldest and most popular parks. The 193-acre park features a 53-foot waterfall, limestone bluffs and river overlooks. The park contains a diversity of tree species, as...Show more
Minneopa State Park
Walk the 4.5 mi trail and enjoy the beauty of the the falls and a panoramic view of the valley. Visit Seppmann Mill, a wind driven grist mill fashioned in German style from native stone and lumber, or hike through oak savanna and native prairie grasslands overlooking the scenic Minnesota River...Show more
Mississippi Gateway Regional Park
5.9 miles of trails. Two turf trails follow the river downstream from the dam and offer vistas of the islands and back channels. There is one mile of paved trail in the park including a walkway across the dam. Rush Creek Regional Trail connects the park to Elm Creek Park Reserve. Free parking.
Nerstrand Big Woods State Park - Hidden Falls Trail
Part of the original "Big Woods," this park is known for its spring wildflowers, large hardwood trees, and fall color. Take the boardwalk trail or hike to Hidden Falls. The best way to see the beauty of this park is on foot, on 11 miles of hiking trails. Permit required.
Nordic Ridge Trails - Nordic Ridge Trailhead
The Nordic Ridge Recreation Area offers nearly 14 miles of multiuse trails year round. The trailhead and parking lot is at the Crosslake Community Center. The Nordic Ridge Trail is a perfect fall hike for all ages. At 2.2 miles, you’ll wind your way through woods with mature trees and around Cranberry Lake. No fee required.
North Country National Scenic Trail - Praire Wetlands Learning Center
Currently, about 70% of the NCT's route is complete in Minnesota with a 196-mile, contiguous segment located in the north central area . Check-in and start your adventure at the Prairie Wetlands learning Center in Fergus Falls and hike the 10-mile loop and enjoy the diversity of wildlife along the way. No fee required.
The Northland Arboretum boasts nearly 12 miles of trails for hiking designed to accommodate all ages and skill levels and are considered among the best in Minnesota.The new Accessible Wellness Fitness Trail is ADA-compliant and includes 12 fitness stations for stretching, cardio, balance and...Show more
Pipestone National Monument
Pipestone National Monument offers a visitor center, museum, orientation film, exhibits, gift shop, pipestone carving demonstrations by American Indians, a ¾ mile walking trail along Pipestone Creek, Winnewissa Falls, and the tall grass prairie. Permit required.
Purgatory Creek Park
Purgatory Creek Park offers families the opportunity to bike or hike a paved loop trail that meanders through gardens and wetlands. While visiting, families may want to seek out the beautiful Veterans Memorial and enjoy the large fountain. Off-street parking available.
Quarry Park and Nature Preserve
Quarry Park and Nature Preserve currently contains 684 acres of trails, quarries for swimming, rock climbing walls, and more. Enjoy scenic woodlands, open prairie, wetlands, and unquarried bedrock areas, oaks and aspens to yellow ladyslippers, Indian paintbrush, and prickly pear cactus. Permit required.
Redhead Mountain Bike Park
The Redhead Mountain Bike Park has something for everyone and offers trails for hiking which are clearly marked with a hiking symbol. Check in at the trail head in the back of the Minnesota Discovery Center parking lot with your passport to begin your adventure. Free admission.
Rice Lake National Refuge Center
This 18,000 acre National Wildlife Refuge offers year-round wildlife and recreational opportunities in a mixture of forest, bog, upland and open water habitats.The refuge offers 14 miles of scenic roads in it's auto tour route and more than 7 miles of walking trails. Free admission.
Rydell National Wildlife Refuge Trails
The Refuge Visitor Center is wheelchair-accessible and an extensive 7-mile paved trail system allow for optimum wildlife observation and photography. The Refuge has a diverse combination of mammals, raptors, invertebrates, and over 100 species of migratory waterfowl and songbirds. Free admission.
Sakatah Lake State Park - Hiking Club Trail
5 miles of Hiking trails are moderate to challenging. The State Trail provides a level walking surface. 1/4 mile of wheelchair accessible trail. On the boundary between the prairie and the "Big Woods", this park offers a diversity of landscapes. Permit required.
Scenic State Park
So named because many would say it is the most scenic state park in Minnesota.These 14 miles are easy to moderate trails that take you through wooded areas including a virgin pine forest. The Chase Point Trail is on an esker between Coon and Sandwick lakes. Permit required.
Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge
The refuge is celebrated both for its wildlife and the extraordinary opportunities provided to visitors. Available for public use throughout the year are the Prairie's Edge Wildlife Drive, the Mahnomen, Blue Hill, and Oak Savanna Learning Center hiking trails. Free admission.
Shingobee Recreation Area
Some 6 miles of hiking trails loop through mixed aspen, birch and pine woods along two small lakes and the Shingobee River. Rolling terrain and scenic overlook of Shingobee River Valley. Check in on the Shingobee Trail on your passport. Trail system connects to the North Country National Scenic Trail. No fee required.
Sibley State Park
There is something for everyone at this active west-central Minnesota park. Camping, swimming, fishing, hiking, skiing and attending interpretive programs are among the visitor favorites. Easy to moderate trails offer beautiful vistas and wind through woods and hilltop prairies and savannas, with...Show more
Spring Lake Park Reserve
Enjoy the feel of Minnesota from this scenic park that overlooks the Mississippi River. A rest stop along the Great River Road, Spring Lake Park Reserve is the "hidden jewel" of the Upper Mississippi River Valley. 4 miles of hiking trails. Check in at Schaar's Bluff Trailhead with your passport. No fee required.
Springbrook Nature Center
Springbrook Nature Center features 127 acres of stunning forest, wetland and prairie landscapes. Three miles of trails, including a 900 foot long floating boardwalk provide access to incredible wildlife including deer, fox, turtles, beavers and a stunning diversity of birds. Free admission.
Suomi Hills Recreation Area
The Chippewa National Forest offers over 298 miles of non-motorized trails. Check in with your passport at the Sruce Island Lake Trail, a 4.70 mile loop trail near Deer Lake. Generally considered a moderately challenging route. No fee required. Donations are appreciated.
Superior National Forest - Oberg Mountain Trailhead
Hiking trails vary in length and difficulty to provide adventures of just a few hours to an extended trip of a week or more. Check in at the Oberg Mountain Loop Via Superior Hiking Trail with your passport, a 3-mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Tofte that features a great forest...Show more
Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge
This 43,000-acre National Wildlife Refuge hosts more than 250 species of birds and is a premier production site for trumpeter swans. It features nesting bald eagles, golden-winged warblers, otters, porcupine, wolves and more. Check in at the Visitor Center with your passport to begin your hiking...Show more
Tettegouche State Park
This park is a spectacular destination. Hike out to the rocky, wind-swept Shovel Point or back into one of the four, quiet inland lakes. And, of course, don't miss the beautiful High Falls on the Baptism River, the highest waterfall fully inside Minnesota's borders. Moderate to difficult hiking trails. Permit required.
Upper Sioux Agency State Park
Reconstructed employee duplex from 1854 Indian agency destroyed in a US Government conflict with Dakota Indians in 1862. This park is at the confluence of the beautiful Yellow Medicine and Minnesota rivers with approximately 18 mi of hiking. Explore the open prairie knolls, bluffs and cool, wooded...Show more
Voyageurs National Park - Blind Ash Bay Trail/Ash River Visitor Center
Voyageurs National Park is a water-based park with 218,054 acres and more than 1/3 of that acreage is water. Check in at the Ash River Visitor Center and begin your hiking adventure on the 3-mile out-and-back Blind Ash Bay Trail. The trail is considered a moderately challengin route. No fee required.
Whitewater State Park
Discover the beauty of southeastern Minnesota's bluff lands, with its absence of mosquitoes. This park features six scenic overlooks with 10 miles of hiking. Be sure to see the Whitewater Visitor Center. Permit required.
William O’Brien State Park
William O’Brien State Park sits on the beautiful St. Croix River and is the perfect getaway to enjoy the outdoors. 12 miles of hiking trails that range from easy to difficult, and pass through wooded areas, wetlands, and restored oak savanna areas, with 1.5 miles of wheelchair accessible trails. Permit required.
Wood Lake Nature Center
A haven for migrating birds and waterfowl: 150-acre cattail marsh, woodland and restored prairie. Three miles of wheelchair accessible trails. The interpretive center features interactive displays, live animals, meeting space and professional naturalist staff. Free unless part of a Naturalist-led activity.
Zippel Bay State Park
This is north country! The park is located on the shores of Lake of the Woods, a 950,000 acre lake with 6 miles of hiking. Birding is excellent—be sure to watch for sandhill cranes and piping plovers. Permit required.