Rafting Adventures in Gaylord
Rafting Adventures in Gaylord

With a unique location on the 45th parallel, the Alpine Village of Gaylord is truly northern Michigan’s heart. Visitors to the area can take advantage of a variety of local attractions, picturesque scenery and the charming downtown shopping district. Shoppers will enjoy browsing through the unique stores clustered along Main Street, while appreciating the small-town atmosphere of this growing community.


In Gaylord...we love to play in the snow. Come to our annual Alpenfrost located in beautiful downtown Gaylord.

Annual Ice Tree

When the temperature drops, come watch the Ice Tree. A great spot to stop for a photo!

Cross Country Ski

In Gaylord you'll find the gently sloping terrain, heavily wooded forests and deep annual snowfall ideal for Nordic skiing.

Downhill Skiing

Downhill skiing is also popular for the snow lovers that come to Gaylord.

Guided Winter Raft Trip

Experience the breathtaking beauty and solitude of winter, while floating beneath a canopy of cedars and pines covered with freshly fallen snow.

Ride the Old Fashioned Way

Ride the old fashioned way-in a horse drawn open sleigh; at Cook Family Farm. Then warm up inside with complimentary cookies and hot cocoa.

Shop Downtown Gaylord

Our downtown offers a distinct and unique shopping experience as well as new dining and tap choices!


Located in the center of Northern Lower Michigan's Snow Belt, the Gaylord area averages 180 inches of the white stuff annually.

Strap on Snowshoes

Snowshoe along the Sturgeon River in the super secluded, super quiet, no snowmobiles allowed Green Timbers section of the Pigeon River Country State Forest.

Winter in Gaylord

The heart of Northern Michigan, Gaylord is centered on the 45th parallel, with picturesque scenery. Surrounded by rolling hills, unspoiled forests and over 300 miles of groomed snowmobile trails.


A claim to fame of the northwest Michigan region is the only free ranging Elk herd East of the Mississippe River. Visit Aspen Park where a number of transported elk reside every day.

Sipping & Tasting

Savor traditional offerings, foods with a twist and chef inspired culinary specialties. Beer and wine connoisseurs will enjoy unique beverage offerings, great wines, craft beer and a brew pub.