Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing

A couple cross-country skiing

This winter embrace the snowy season and trek through the 1,700 acres of The Morton Arboretum’s winter wonderland. Visitors are invited to bring their own cross-country skis or snowshoes to explore the grounds from 7:00 a.m. to sunset when four inches or more of snow are on the ground. Seasonal rentals are also available at the Visitor Center and are dependent on proper snow conditions.  Please call ahead.  

Popular locations and routes:

  • 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

Please only wear skis and snowshoes on snow-covered trails and areas. No skis 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).

Ski and snowshoe rentals

Now through mid-March, kids' and adults' skis and snowshoes are available for rent at the Visitor Center Area on a first-come, first-served basis.  At least four inches of snow must present, along with acceptable snow conditions, for rentals to be open.  learn more