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!

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 […]

Hunting Season is Here

What’s it like during hunting season on the Iron Range? Orange is the color of the day, not only for hunters, but anyone in the great outdoors this time of year. Even dogs wear orange neckerchiefs or collars so they stand out in the brown foliage of the season. Hunting clothes hang outdoors (to air […]

Best fall hikes on the Iron Range

Lookout Mountain Looking for an afternoon hike, say, 1-4 hours, maybe after a morning on the golf course or visiting area museums? Head up to the Laurentian Divide Recreation Area, a US Forest Service site that serves as the trailhead for Lookout Mountain, and a 15-mile trail system. The site, along North America’s north-south continental divide, is […]

Find Sweet Treats this Autumn on the Iron Range

Best Places for a Sweet Treat this Autumn on the Iron Range! The 12 communities of the Mesabi Iron Range are home to scenic views, top-notch trails and gorgeous golf courses. With recreational diversity comes the need to feed a variety of palates, and this region won’t disappoint.

Top Four Scenic Drives in Northeastern Minnesota

From the Superior National Forest and Boundary Water Canoe Area Wilderness, to the Laurentian Divide and North Shore of Lake Superior and back. These four fall color drives are loaded with brilliant colors and plenty to see and do!