The Iron Range Blog

Read through our blog articles to discover highlights of the Iron Range.  The Iron Range blog is a great way to find out the latest trends in Minnesota’s nature for fishing, hunting, and hiking.  Those who enjoy boating and family activities will enjoy the information in these articles as well. Are you ready to experience the grand adventure offered by northern Minnesota?  Get ready to pack your bags and visit Minnesota’s Iron Range – after reading through our articles!


Guest Blog: the Mesabi by Motorcycle, Part 2

Editor’s Note: Please enjoy this guest blog by traveler, teacher and motorcycle enthusiast Phil Holbo. Phil and his wife traveled from the Twin Cities area in the spring of 2018 to experience the Mesabi Iron Range by car and motorcycle. You can read part 1 of their adventures here.  After picking up a Mesabi 2017 […]

Guest Blog: You *must* take this tour!

Editor’s Note: James Pointer is an Interpretive Supervisor at the Soudan Underground Mine State Park. The “Iron Range” of Minnesota offers visitors world-class art venues, a multitude of recreational adventures, fantastic wildlife viewing, and a wide variety of historical attractions. The one attraction; however, that everyone needs to put on their travel plans when they […]

Guest Blog: The Mesabi by Motorcycle Part I

Editor’s Note: Please enjoy this guest blog by traveler, teacher and motorcycle enthusiast Phil Holbo. Phil and his wife traveled from the Twin Cities area in the spring of 2018 to experience the Mesabi Iron Range by car and motorcycle. Enjoy reading about their adventures!  When I told my niece, I was going to tour […]

Traveling With Pets on the Mesabi

Editor’s Note: Thank you to our dog-loving friend, Caitlin Lilly for her travel tips! Traveling is one thing. Traveling with a four-legged companion is an entirely different thing. As a dog owner, I am passionate about bringing my pups along with me for as many adventures as possible. In order to do this, I have […]

Guest Blog: Shop, Make, Take & More!

This guest blog is one in a series featuring unique experiences on the Mesabi Iron Range. Jenni Smith, owner of Smith’s Infusion in Virginia, and is an ardent crafter, creator and mom. Her boutique is full of handmade local art and craft intermingled with antiques and collectibles. Her classes are open to all. Next time […]

Guest Blog: Bog Biodiversity

Editor’s Note: Clinton Nienhaus is a naturalist at Sax-Zim Bog. His occasional guest blogs share information about the bog and its’ inhabitants, as well as activities taking place there throughout the year.  As I illuded to in the last blog post, the Sax-Zim Bog is incredibly diverse in habitat types, as well as diverse in […]

Guest Blog: A Vistor’s Guide to the Sax-Zim Bog

Located an easy 50-minute drive northwest of Duluth, Minnesota or equally as nice 40-minute drive south of Virginia, the Sax-Zim Bog is a nationally and internationally known birdwatching location. Knowing this, the “Bog” is relatively unknown to locals and those that frequent northern Minnesota through the seasons. So what actually is the Sax-Zim Bog?

Guest Blog: Mesabi Outdoor Adventures

Hi, I’m Bret Alexander. A few months ago I decided to start inviting people to join me in group hikes around the region. The outings were well-received, and I’ve decided to move forward with Mesabi Outdoor Adventures, a new outdoor club on the Iron Range that hopes to bring many of the non-motorized outdoor enthusiasts […]

Top Five FREE Things to Do on the Mesabi

Free yourself and your whole family with these fun – and totally free – things to do this spring and summer.   1. Museums and Historic Sites: That’s right, free admission to the interesting and educational – and that’s just the wonderful staff! The exhibits are great, too. Best of the best: Hibbing Area Historical […]

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Your Next Summer Biking Itinerary on the Mesabi

Biking & Hiking in Minnesota’s Iron Range An unforgettable ride along the scenic and historic Mesabi Trail By Holly McCaughan   A few years ago, my husband, Chris, and I finally invested in a couple of top-quality bikes, and we’d done quite a bit of cycling on trails near our home. We were hungry for […]