Even though it may be cold outside, Iowa is a winter wonderland waiting to be explored. This region comes alive in the winter with tons of fun things to do. Whether you are on a solo adventure, with your significant other, or want to bring the whole family along, the winter wonderland awaits! Below are some suggestions of winter fun in Iowa if you are visiting or live there.
Iowa is a haven for snowmobiling fanatics with over fifty snowmobiling clubs. These local clubs manage almost ten thousand miles of snowmobiling trails of all different types from deep, forested hill trails to wide and flat open spaces. These clubs keep the trails safe by clearing obstacles, putting up signage, and providing maps. You can get information about the different local clubs and their regions here. All you will need is your snowmobile, the right equipment, and the desire to mob! Recent legislation allows young people to drive their own snowmobile so your whole family can enjoy a snowmobiling excursion. Just make sure your Iowa winter adventure is safe by having all of the right snowmobiling gear and warm clothing. There is nothing like a snowmobiling adventure and a picnic. Don’t forget to bring a thermos of something warm.
2. Cross Country Skiing or Snowshoeing
If you love to ski and are looking to try an entirely new way of skiing, you should try cross-country skiing in Iowa. If, during the warmer months, you are a fan of hiking trails, this is the way to stay on the trails in winter. You can try snowshoeing as a different way to conquer the trails as well. This equipment is easy to rent if you don’t have your own and excursions can even be done at night with the proper lighting equipment and a full moon. This is an excellent way to get in some exercise and try something new. It is recommended to do this activity with a partner for safety purposes.
3. Dog Sledding
This is a once in a lifetime experience you will never forget. You do not need to be an Iditarod racer to achieve the exhilarating experience of being pulled by a team of sled dogs! Depending on the tour operator you can either guide the sled alone or have a guide manage your sled dog team. This adrenaline-filled activity also occurs on Iowa’s snow inundated trails. You can make this into a long term camping excursion if you are inclined to such an adventure, or have your team of dogs pull you to a luxury hotel where you can climb in a hot tub after a long, fun day of mushing.
4. Ice Fishing
This state is great for Ice Fishing in the coldest part of winter from December to February. If you are a novice it is recommended to go with an experienced ice fisher or educate yourself well on the safety measures of ice fishing. After that you can have a unique experience that die-hard fishing fanatics dream of accomplishing. With modern equipment and technology, staying warm is not as difficult as you might think. There are portable shelters and heaters. Some people even bring TVs into their ice fishing shelters! You don’t have to wait until the thaw to get back out there with your fishing pole. Try a new kind of fishing and explore another facet of your hobby.
Hibernating is for bears. Get out there and have an adventurous winter experience in Iowa.