Aurora

The friendly town of Aurora is just a hop, skip and jump from Giants Ridge. Stop for a bite at the cafe, restaurant or drive-in on main street. This is the gateway city to the Superior National Forest Scenic Byway, offering a serene wilderness drive all the way to Lake Superior.

Outdoor recreation abounds

ATV trails connect Aurora to Biwabik in the west and neighboring Hoyt Lakes east, and offer a scenic wooded route to explore with connecting routes that let you ride all day. Snowmobile trails lead from town to just about anywhere in the northeast part of the state; dedicated clubs take care of their trails!

A spur of the paved Mesabi Trail enters Aurora and connects to the St James Mine Pit trail. This is super scenic way to cycle or walk around a former mine pit now filled with water. In winter, the trail is groomed for cross country skiing.

Friendly community, fun events

Look for events at the Sportsmans Club, with rifle and archery ranges. Each year, enjoy Patriotic Days in July, and Pumpkinfest the second Saturday in October, with food, games, wagon rides and pumpkins for all.

Things to Do
Aurora

Superb Snowshoeing

The Iron Range is a great snowshoeing getaway! If you love winter (or even just tolerate it) you need to bring your ‘shoes to northern Minnesota’s Iron Range. This region…

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Hunting

The Range is blessed with 320,000 acres of the Superior National Forest, three state forests, and 500 lakes, rivers and streams that provide hunters and sportsmen with a perfect habitat…

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Canoe & Kayak

Canoeing and kayaking on the Range usually means exploring small lakes with very little boat traffic and enjoying sun, birds, trees and fresh air. If you want real adventure, paddle across a mine lake and imagine the bottom of the pit, hundreds of feet below. These waters are clear and cool. You'll be able to see down a good distance. In fact, scuba divers love mine lakes !

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Mesabi Trail

From the Mississippi River in the west to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in the east, the paved Mesabi Trail runs like a ribbon across the Iron Range, passing…

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The Best Minnesota Snowmobiling

There’s no reason not to love the Mesabi snowmobile trails. Northern Minnesota’s Mesabi Iron Range makes a great hub to explore points east, west and north from sun-up to sundown. Well-groomed and signed, our trails get you away from traffic...

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Giants Ridge

Giants Ridge resort is a great place to stay if you love hiking, mountain biking, paved trail cycling, golf or disc golf. Learn more about this hidden gem of a destination.

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Scenic Tours

Fall is a great time to see the spectacular Iron Range foliage. The best time to enjoy fall is mid-September to early October, but check with Minnesota’s Fall Color Finder. Here are some of our favorite autumn activities to add to your tour.

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Superior National Forest Scenic Byway

Explore the serenity of this little-known route The Superior National Forest Scenic Byway is a 78-mile route that winds through the Superior National Forest, a 3 million acre rugged landscape…

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Cross Country Skiing

Serenity in the Superior National Forest  You’ll find serenity on our trails and we promise to keep them well-groomed and ready for you! Our winters can be long and snowy,…

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Horseback Riding

Horseback riding on the Iron Range is arguably the best way to experience the natural scenic beauty that can be found along our many miles of horse trails. What could be better than breathing in the crisp fall air while riding a leafy path...

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ATVs explore wooded trails lined with fall color in northern Minnesota on the Iron Range
ATV / OHV Trails

Hundreds of miles of ATV and OHV off-roading trails network throughout the Iron Range and you’ll find secluded spots, great overlooks, or mudding trails around every turn. And don’t forget…

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Aurora
Businesses

Forest Garden Motel
Aurora

800-718-2181

413 Main Street South
Aurora, MN 55705

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Dahlin House
Aurora | View Website

218-290-5511

401 North Main Street
Aurora, MN 55705

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A&W Restaurant – Seasonal
Aurora | View Website

218-229-2240

103 Main Street South
Aurora, MN 55705

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The Hive
Aurora

(218) 229-0001

103 Main Street South
Aurora, MN 55705

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Aurora Splash Pad

483 West 3rd Avenue North
Aurora, MN 55705

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Superior National Forest Scenic Byway

Explore the serenity of this little-known route The Superior National Forest Scenic Byway is a 78-mile route that winds through the Superior National Forest, a 3 million acre rugged landscape…

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Aurora Pines Motel
Aurora | View Website

218-229-3377

310 West 1st Avenue South
Aurora, MN 55705

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Megan’s Family Restaurant
Aurora | View Website

218-229-3418

114 North Main Street
Aurora, MN 55705

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Rudy’s Bar & Grill
Aurora | View Website

218-229-3983

116 Main Street South
Aurora, MN 55705

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