Candlelight Walk at Fort Snelling State Park canceled due to severe weather

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Due to weekend forecasts for bitterly cold temperatures, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Parks and Trails Division will cancel this year’s Fort Snelling State Park New Year’s Eve Candlelight Walk.  Although the candlelight walk is popular, park staff is concerned first for safety, and does not want to place visitors, volunteers and staff at risk due to severely cold conditions. 

Additional candlelight walks are scheduled in the metro area this winter for those who wish to walk among luminaries and participate in other family-fun events.

On Friday, Jan. 26, the staff at Gateway State Trail offers a one-mile walk lit with candle luminaries, blazing campfires to warm visitors, and hot apple cider. In addition, three metro area candlelight walks will be held on Saturday, Feb. 3, at Afton State Park, Lake Maria State Park, and William O’Brien State Park. For times and locations of all DNR Parks and Trails candlelight events, see:

Many additional fun winter activities and programs such as snowshoeing, ice fishing, geocaching and more can be accessed on the DNR parks and trails events calendar at

Weather related updates are posted on state park and trail webpages under visitor alerts. During the week you can call the DNR Information Center for information about program changes or cancellations, 651-296-6157 or 888-646-6367 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and Saturday between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.

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