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!

Iron Range Food Tour

Venture north to Minnesota’s Mesabi Iron Range and you’ll find 75 miles of paved cycling trails, 60 miles of hiking trails, many small, friendly lakes, and one-of-a-kind attractions that explore the region’s history and mystery. The must-see list is long, but wherever the trails take you – into the woods, onto the course, or into […]

Spring a ding-ding: events & activities to get you back outside #MesabiIsMagic

Longer days are here, and spring is right around the corner on the Mesabi Iron Range. If you’ve been hibernating, it’s time to get out and move! Head onto the ice for crappies on our smaller, and easy-to-get-to lakes, or go on up to Giants Ridge for the best spring skiing in the Midwest! It’s not […]

5 Tips for Making the Most of Giants Ridge

Giants Ridge is a winter hot spot near Biwabik on the magical Minnesota Mesabi Iron Range,  with alpine and nordic skiing, fat bike trails, snowmobile trails, an ice bar, onsite and offsite lodging and a bunch of other cool stuff. Here’s what you need to know to enjoy whatever it is you want to do, […]

February’s full of fun events

February is chock full of events on the Mesabi Range, from an ATV ride and the Sax-Zim Bog Birding Festival (Feb 12-14), to dinner and an interactive murder mystery at the Minnesota Discovery Center (Feb 20). There are events for everyone during this magic Mesabi month!   See the Wolak and Donnelly Duo bring a […]

Taconite Trail Turns Thirty

Thirty years after its official completion, the Taconite Trail (connecting Grand Rapids to the Iron Range, to Ely) is still a favorite Minnesota trail among snowmobilers. Spanning 165 miles, the trail was one of the first of its kind, designed as a major artery in a system of smaller, spur-like trails. The Taconite helped jumpstart […]

Low snow? Go birding in The Bog!

Birding? It’s one of our favorite winter pastimes. Of course, the Mesabi Iron Range is known for thousands of miles of  immaculate snowmobile trails, excellent Nordic skiing and  great family alpine skiing at Giants Ridge. But when winter won’t produce snow for our trails, we know we can still make for the woods. Snowshoeing, fat […]

Warm up at these Mesabi restaurants

Fabulous food, delightful digs Plenty of Mesabi restaurants deliver great food to your table, but these four stand out for having a great vibe, too. If you’re hungry for hot food and a warm atmosphere, be sure to stop at The Shop Coffee House in Virginia, The Whistling Bird in Gilbert, BoomTown Woodfire in Eveleth, […]

Mesabi Is Magic

Why “Mesabi”?  In the far north of Minnesota, just below the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, bordering the Superior National Forest, is the greatest of the state’s four major iron ore deposits: the Mesabi. Mesabi comes from a Native American word that is said to describe the vast glacier that once covered the area, a […]

Calling all fat bikes

Starting with the 2015-2016 winter season, Giants Ridge ski resort in Biwabik is opening 60km of Nordic trails to fat bikes. These shared fat bike trails wind over and around the alpine terrain, following forest roads and winding paths through the Superior National Forest. Trail availability is determined on a day-by-day basis, depending on the […]

Let’s Make Some Snow!

Like all Midwestern ski resorts, Giants Ridge targets Thanksgiving weekend for its opening date. This usually depends on the temps, of course. “Real” snow isn’t necessary – ski hills the caliber of Giants Ridge will make their own. Every run might not be open, but enthusiasts will be out there anyway, taking advantage of their […]