Date: February 17, 2018
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Location: Gooseberry Falls State Park
Join us for a special evening of winter fun at Gooseberry Falls State Park. Drop by any time between 6:00 and 8:30 p.m. for an unforgettable experience of skiing, snowshoeing or hiking with stars twinkling overhead and candles flickering in the snow.
Visitor comments from previous candlelight events:
“Perfect evening! 4th year coming up! Beautiful weather, gorgeous scenery! Couldn’t be better, we loved it. See you again next year.”
“This was one of my favorite candlelight events ever! Perfect weather, beautiful night and great experience. Thank you Gooseberry Falls State Park!”
“Thanks DNR staff and volunteers for a fun event. The snow cave and snow angel by candlelight was very clever. Campfire, Hot Chocolate and Cookies were a plus!”
Candle luminaries guide visitors on several miles of ski, snowshoe and hiking trails. Begin at the Visitor Center and follow the glowing luminaries to the along the trail. A bonfire and marshmallows await visitors at Lady Slipper Amphitheater. Hot beverages and snacks are available at the Visitor Center
Save time: Get vehicle permits and ski passes in advance online
A vehicle permit is not required at Gooseberry Falls State Park’s Visitor Center parking lot. Visitors who wish to have full access to the park can purchase a vehicle permit at the park or you can save time by getting one in advance. Visit www.mndnr.gov/reservations, log in (or create an account), click on “entry permit,” select a duration of “one-day” ($7) or “year-round” ($35), and continue as directed. You’ll receive an email with a permit that can be printed and displayed in your vehicle during your visit.
Those age 16 and older will also need the Great Minnesota Ski Pass if they plan to cross-country ski. The Great Minnesota Ski Pass ($6/daily, $20/one-season, $55/three-season) allows cross-country skiers age 16 or older to access miles of trails in state parks or forests or on grant-in-aid trails (www.mndnr.gov/skiing). Passes can be purchased at the park, but you can save time by getting them in advance; call 888-665-4236 or visit www.mndnr.gov/skipass.
Note that severe weather may cause this event to be changed or canceled. For more information, including event details, weather updates and directions to the park call 218-595-7100 or check the visitor alert online at www.mndnr.gov/gooseberryfalls
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