The Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is a breathtaking symphony of water, sky and towering sand dunes on our Lake Michigan shoreline. Part of the national park system since 1972, Sleeping Bear is one of America’s most profoundly beautiful landscapes: a 64-mile curve of sweeping vistas, miles of perfect freshwater beaches, forested wilderness islands, and miles of hiking trails. The dark blue of Lake Michigan makes a stunning backdrop for the snowy dunes and forests, while abundant wildlife and a diverse ecosystem thrill the nature lover.
Winter is a beautiful time at Sleeping Bear; when the cobalt blue of the lake provides a stunning contrast with the snow-covered dunes and hills, whose contours are suddenly revealed by the lack of. The park's many hiking trails are used for snowshoeing and Nordic skiing (the new Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail is groomed for both skate and classic skiers. On winter Saturdays, rangers lead free introductory snowshoe hikes of favorite parts of the park.