VISIT & explore

Cross-country ski & snowshoe rental (Rental Closed Today - March 5)

Head to the Visitor Center to rent a pair of snowshoes or cross-country skis, and set off on a scenic adventure through the snow-capped trees. 

There are wonderful skiing destinations across the Arboretum grounds:

  • Cross-country ski trail map
  • Discover new territory on the Arboretum's East Side. Explore 3.5 miles of designated cross-country ski trails. This trail loops from the Conifer Collection out to Parking Lot 8 and back to the Elm Family Collection.
  • Blaze your own path across our 1,700 acres or trek along the Arboretum's 16 miles of hiking trails.

Popular Cross-Country Skiing & Snowshoeing Spots:

  • The Conifer Collection (good for kids and families)
  • Thornhill Education Center Lawn
  • Main Trail Loop 4 on the East Side
  • Spruce Plot near Parking Lot 12
  • Daffodil Glade at Parking Lot 22
  • Designated cross-country ski trails on the East Side

Please only wear snowshoes and cross-country skis on snow-covered trails and areas. No skis or snowshoes allowed on the roads. Benches are available in various locations. Restrooms and warming stations are located at the Visitor Center, Thornhill Education Center, and Thornhill Shelter (P-21).

For more information, visit the Information Desk at the Visitor Center or call ahead to see if conditions are good for rentals  630-968-0074.


You can rent equipment at the Visitor Center during the following hours.

Weekdays:  10 a.m. to 4 p.m.*
Weekends: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.*

*The last rentals will go out at 3 p.m. Rental equipment must be returned to the equipment trailer by 4 p.m.

On most days, snowshoe & ski rentals will be available, when four inches or more of snow have accumulated on the Arboretum grounds.  On such days, designated trails are groomed with classic-style skiing in mind. Call before your visit to confirm rental availability.  Credit card payments only.




  • $10 member  ($12 nonmember) per pair for two-hour rental
  • $14  member ($16 nonmember) per pair for all-day rental

Children (10 years and younger)

  • $8 member  ($10 nonmember) per pair for two-hour rental
  • $12 member ($14 nonmember) per pair for all-day rental

(Includes skis, boots & poles)

  • $15 member ($17 for nonmember) per pair for two-hour rental
  • $20 member ($22 nonmember) per pair for all-day rental


Rental fee must be paid by credit card and does not include Arboretum admission fee. Quantities are limited and available on a first-come first-served basis.